Guest Columns

CISNEROS: IS OBAMA TALKING DOWN TO BROWN?

Only McCain has put his political career on the line to support Hispanic immigration

It’s not often I quote Jesse Jackson. But after listening to Barack Obama’s speech to La Raza on July 13, I finally understood what Jackson was saying. This time, however, Obama was not speaking “down to black people.” Instead, he was speaking down to brown people — to the Hispanic community.

LINKHART: MUNICIPAL LEAGUE CONTEST GETS KIDS THINKING

Young Colorado teens share their insights on what they would do if they were mayors

Let’s invite kids to town council meetings because they are an important part of the community. Or we could hold a council meeting just for kids so they could voice their opinions about what they think our town needs. They would be free to give suggestions for improvement. Then they could learn if what they want is practical and affordable.

Sounds like something a mayor or town manager may have said, right?

CHILDEARS: HARD DATA SHOW STRONG BANKS

Want a safe place for your money? Try the institution you can bank on

Powerful photojournalism or a dramatic headline can influence our perceptions in ways that don’t exactly mirror reality.

The reality is that the commercial banking industry is strong, solid and vibrant. It has the tools, oversight and experience to weather the economic turbulence.

SMITH: REMEMBERING A GREAT LEGISLATOR AND FRIEND

Jim Kadlecek brought energy, ideas, productivity, fun to Joint Budget Committee

By Morgan Smith
GUEST COLUMNIST

“Keep an eye on that Kadlecek kid. He does his homework and he’d be a damned good budget committee member.”

— Sen. Joe Shoemaker, R-Denver, commenting to Sen. Ruth Stockton, R-Jefferson County, during the 1974 legislative session.