Guest Columns

MARTIN: IMAGINE THE PENTAGON PAPERS ON TWITTER

By silencing reporters, crisis in journalism poses threat to democracy at every level

One of the unintended consequences of the closing of 1,900 or so Chrysler and GM dealerships is yet another blow to the newspaper industry. Car dealers have always bought lots of ad space, and those dollars pay for reporters who cover city councils as well as county, state and federal governments — and do their best to keep them honest.

JULANDER: COMPLEX FORMULAS PRONE TO PORK

Carbon tax could reduce greenhouse gas now

Colorado’s city of Boulder was the first municipality in the nation to levy a so-called carbon tax for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to address climate change. Now the rest of the nation needs to follow its example.

HILLMAN: COULD $13 MILLION TO OBAMA FROM UAW TIP SCALES?

Obama Motors is taking the nation for a ride

President Barack Obama claims to “have no interest” in running General Motors. He does so with a straight face — and the same monotonous cadence that he employs whether condemning North Korea for nuclear explosions or joking with Jay Leno. But his actions, as well as his words, betray him.

SMITH: LEGISLATIVE VETERANS WELCOME JOE SHOEMAKER'S NEW BRIDE

Shoemaker pulls another stunner

Morgan. I want you to come to Denver for a wedding on May 16.”

I immediately recognize Joe Shoemaker’s raspy voice.

“Whose wedding?” I ask.

“Mine.”

DURAN: PROMISES MADE, PROMISES BROKEN

Ritter is no friend of Colorado workers

As a fifth-generation Coloradan and someone who saw promise in citizen Bill Ritter when I attended law school with him, I can tell you that today is a sad day in Colorado history. Gov. Bill Ritter has proven he cannot be trusted.

MARTIN: SPECTER'S SWITCH IS PERFECT EXAMPLE

Republican ‘big tent’ has fallen flat because of lack of diversity and thought

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, of Pennsylvania, did more than simply change his party affiliation recently. By leaving the GOP to become a Democrat, he shifted control of the Senate. But he also did something more far-reaching, perhaps firing the final shot in a new moderate revolution in American politics.

Even Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-SC, slammed the right wing of his party for pushing moderates out.

HILLMAN: ADDING ARROGANCE TO INSULT

Colorado Dems ignore the Constitution, and state Supreme Court backs them up

If Democrats in the 2007 General Assembly were devious for passing Gov. Bill Ritter’s infamous property tax hike without voter approval, the current crop plunges to new depths.

In an act of sheer arrogance, this year’s Democrat majority poked taxpayers in the eye just for spite.

DAVOREN: THE PAST AND FUTURE COME TOGETHER

Goodstein’s new book evokes memories of South Denver’s colorful politicians

Phil Goodstein. The Haunts of Washington Park. Denver: New Social Publications, 2009. vi + 302 pp. ISBN 0-9743364-4-0. $19.95. maps, illustrations, index.

Reviewed By John Davoren
GUEST COLUMNIST

As a boy, I sometimes traveled across town from my home in North Denver to visit Washington Park. Particularly exciting was plunging off the high-diving tower, about 30 feet above the water, into Smith Lake. After splashing into the water, I remember sinking down, the mud encompassing my ankles. Phil Goodstein’s new book, The Haunts of Washington Park, brought this to mind and many other memories of the people and places that have made South Denver what it is.

STRAAYER: THIS IS NO TIME TO SQUANDER $1 MILLION

Memo to CSU: Wait! Don’t do it! Oops!

On May 5, in what appeared to be an attempt to outrace the Legislature’s effort to place some limits on the hiring of college and university presidents and chancellors, the Colorado State University Board of Governors rushed the selection of a chancellor and proceeded to name a single finalist: Joe Blake, the board’s own vice president.

MAROSTICA: ARVESCOUG-BIRD HANDCUFFS LEGISLATURE

Budget process is broken; SB 228 would fix it

There’s an old saying that goes, “If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyways.”

That’s a pretty good summation of where we’re at with Colorado’s budget system.