BOIGON: THIS IS A VERY TAXING TOPIC
More than 400 medical marijuana dispensaries have applied for use permits in Denver, most of them in the last two and a half months. Constituents on all sides of the issue have contacted me: patients depending on marijuana to ease their illnesses, caregivers seeking to provide a service, and deeply concerned residents trying to protect their neighborhoods from crime and their children from harm.
HUDSON: STATE EMPLOYEES DESERVE BETTER
For more than two thousand years legislatures have found it necessary to provide pensions to public workers. Otherwise, it would prove nearly impossible to attract qualified workers willing to perform many of the thankless tasks all societies leave to government. Despite the allure of plundering the provinces, the Roman Senate guaranteed enlisting legionnaires a plot of land, a separation bonus to build a farmhouse and a lifetime pension following 25 years of military service.
HILLMAN: ANOTHER LIFELINE TO RESCUE PERA
Rescuing the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) is nothing new for state lawmakers. Twice in the last decade, legislators have thrown PERA a lifeline, forcing the state, school districts, local governments and finally even workers to chip in hundreds of millions of dollars to keep the plan afloat.
HILLMAN: WE CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER 'BUSINESS-FRIENDLY' DEM
After all the Hickenhoopla dies down, Colorado voters may experience a sick feeling of déjà vu as the Denver mayor and Democrat candidate for governor claims that he’s “business friendly.”
HAMMER: WE MUST INSURE ALL CHILDREN
When we provide health coverage for kids, we give them the opportunity to grow into healthy adults who live, work and thrive in every Colorado community.
LEVINE: A SMALL BUSINESSMAN'S VIEW OF JOBS
These days, it seems that every elected official, regardless of party affiliation, talks about the need for jobs. Some in passing and some at length, but, either way, it’s jobs, jobs, jobs. And, after all, who could argue with that? Unfortunately, not everyone fully understands what it takes to create jobs.
PENNY: NINE OUT OF 10 CITIES INVEST IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Solutions to our problems are often found right at home — and the current recession is a good example. I’m heartened to see that Colorado’s hometowns have rolled up their sleeves and are working hard to improve our state’s economy. That means jobs for our residents and investment in our communities.
BENSON: BIPARTISAN BILL AIMS TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY
Colorado’s higher education community looks to the start of the 2010 session of the General Assembly with a mixture of trepidation and hope.
KERSGAARD: KIDS NEED TO SEE COLLEGE AS A POSSIBILITY
Higher education funding in Colorado is problematic. We all know that.
HILLMAN: UNITY FOR CENTRIST CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES
Conservatives and Libertarians fight about social issues so routinely that we assume their differences are insurmountable. Most everyone on the center-right is dubious of big government, but when it comes to protecting the unborn or preserving the traditional definition of marriage, we are divided as to government’s proper role.