Guest Columns

SALAZAR: OUR AG PRODUCERS EMBODY FREEDOM, HONOR & INTEGRITY

Colo. Ag Day celebrates American way of life

Throughout the centuries, the American way of life has stood for freedom, honor, and integrity.

TEEGARDEN: WOMEN MAKE THEIR MARK

Harriet Tubman and Clara Barton — true heroes of the American Civil War

Famous heroes are critical to understanding our history because they draw our attention to the important events that enveloped them, and because they stand as representatives of so many other similarly courageous and important individuals whose names we will never know.

PENRY: REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ARE NOT ALONE

What the Big Apple tells us about the Big Cheese — and what it says about unions

The media likes bold images, big conflict and simple story lines, so it’s not a surprise that the panoramic mob of angry Davis-Bacon Cheeseheads squaring off against an arch conservative Governor has the rapt attention of the media. In truth, the Madison Moment was a breaking point in our politics that deserves the breadth of coverage that it has earned.

TEEGARDEN: 150 YEARS AGO.

Lincoln’s Inaugural addresses spearheaded our journey towards equality and freedom

This week’s edition of The Colorado Statesman is dated March 4, 2011. 150 years ago today, on March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as our 16th President. 146 years ago, on March 4, 1865, he was inaugurated for a second term.

TEEGARDEN: AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

President Lincoln maintained early resolve to preserve the Union in the face of chaos

[Warning: Generally, it’s my intention to link key political and public policy questions of the Civil War era with those of today. However, I want to make clear that I do not consider Abraham Lincoln’s arrest and detention of members of the Maryland Legislature as appropriate precedent for how Colorado’s governors deal with the Joint Budget Committee and the Long Bill.]

HUDSON: Budget cutting is a messy job

Get ready, the real ox-goring is set to begin

One of Johnny Carson’s funniest skits was his recurring appearance as Carnac, the Magnificent! He would stroll to his desk wearing a feathered turban and silk cape where he would use his “psychic powers” to discern the answers for questions placed in sealed envelopes provided by Ed McMahon.

TEEGARDEN: SEVEN SCORE AND 10 YEARS AGO…

To the history books: Sesquicentennial is here!

2011 marks the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial, if you prefer) of the American Civil War. Stated another way, seven score and 10 years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a severely fractured nation, poised to erupt into a four-year-long cataclysm of fratricidal carnage, suffering and near despair.

MARTIN:?WE ARE WITNESSING DEATH OF REPORTING IN THIS COUNTRY

Closing of CU J-School is blow to freedom of the press

One of the unintended consequences of the closing of the school of journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder is yet another blow to our commitment to “freedom of the press” enumerated in the first amendment of the US Constitution.

GALLAGHER: TAKE A SEAT, BUT NOT ANY SEAT

Where legislators sit in the chambers is a lot about politics

At the invitation of Anne O’Donnell, former volunteer in the office of Senator Claire Traylor, R-Wheat Ridge, with whom I served when in our Senate, I recently took a group of volunteers on a tour of our state Capitol. The volunteers were from Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science, the brander’s new name for what I still call the Natural History Museum. Anne volunteers there as well.

THE WEBBCAST: LEGISLATORS NEED TO COME TO GRIPS WITH ‘AIN’T GOING TO HAPPEN’

Wasting their time and our money at the Capitol — a legislative prerogative?

With the heady issues facing the state — our revenue stream and budget being foremost — you have to wonder what’s on the mind of some lawmakers when they introduce proposed legislation that doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of passage.