Guest Columns

HIRSCHFELD: ASCENT TO JAPAN WILL SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

United flight to Tokyo a real asset for state

The Colorado Statesman

On June 10, my husband and I had the distinct honor of being a part of the inaugural United Airlines flight from Denver to Japan. This incredible accomplishment was the result of the hard work of a number of dedicated Colorado community leaders throughout the years. The Denver delegation was part of a ceremony and celebration, led by representatives from the Japanese community, with Mayor Michael Hancock, Governor John Hickenlooper, Kim Day and representatives from United Airlines.

TEEGARDEN: REMEMBRANCES OF JULY 4th

Celebrating both myth and history of Gettysburg as a great Union victory

The Colorado Statesman

July 4, 1863 was “Moving Day” in the American Civil War. While the battle of Gettysburg actually took place over the three-day period of July 1 through 3, culminating with the ill-fated Pickett/Pettigrew Charge against the Union forces on Cemetery Ridge, the longer term impact on the war arguably occurred the next day.

Packing tips for Colorado’s traveling elected officials

The Colorado Statesman

‘Tis the season when politicos find themselves kissing babies, glad-handing voters and washing underwear in motel sinks. As soon as the final gavel descends at the state house, elected officials make plans to go home and tour their districts. Summer visits are key times to keep up with community issues and placate voters. But staying in touch can involve grueling car rides, overloaded itineraries, and lots and lots of packing and unpacking. Colorado weather can be as capricious as an ornery supporter, so even if the trip is just a day, knowing what to bring and what not to, can ease the mood of a worn-out legislator.

TORO: CHANGES ARE NEEDED TO ENSURE A BETTER SYSTEM

Gessler decision shows why Colorado needs an Independent Ethics Commission

The Colorado Statesman

The idea that an elected official cannot use state funds on partisan political events or for personal use should not be controversial. The Independent Ethics Commission’s determination that Secretary of State Scott Gessler violated state laws regarding the use of public funds was an exercise in common sense.

FULTON: ‘REGULATORY DRAG’ DRAINS CRITICAL TIME AND MONEY

To keep on trucking, we need to move toward smarter and simpler regulation

The Colorado Statesman

Recent statistics reflect that over 90 percent of the trucking companies in Colorado are made up of businesses that have 20 or less employees. Very few of these companies have a staff attorney, regulatory director, or tax specialist. Yet because of the increasing complex web of laws and regulations in our state and country, almost all of these companies at one time during the year will need to retain the services of one of these specialists.

What to wear when you want to influence people

The Colorado Statesman

Lobbying: The process of influencing public and government policy at all levels: federal, state, and local. Lobbying involves the advocacy of an interest that is affected, actually or potentially, by the decisions of government leaders. (From thefreedictionary.com)

LAMM: EULOGY OF JIM MONAGHAN, MAY 22, 2013

Jim Monaghan was my ‘mentor-in-chief’

The Colorado Statesman

All politicians stand on the shoulders of other people. Politics is a team sport — but it has the cruelest reward system, because the glory goes almost exclusively to the candidate. No day-after pictures of the smiling winning team — like sailing, soccer, football — no, no the spotlight settles on one person, almost to the exclusion of those who did the most work.

HUDSON: HOW TIME FLIES!

Denver International Airport — steeped in politics from the start… and into the future

It has been thirty years since Denver’s mayoral campaign served as the political incubator for DIA. Stapleton had been evidencing constraints for at least a decade. Park Hill neighborhoods had recently won their lawsuit against the city, which was draining substantial airport revenues to provide soundproofing against the larger, noisier passenger jets that were beginning to dominate the industry. To the east, Aurora residents were beating a path into court for similar consideration.

WILLIAMS: SENATE LOOKED BACKWARDS WITH BUSINESS AS USUAL

Minority businesses are being shut out, but we’ll never know with such outdated info

GUEST COLUMNIST

Our great state suffered a major setback last week when my colleagues on the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee decided to vote against 21st century Colorado in favor of 20th century business as usual.

KING: PREPARING FOR BATTLE WITH NATURE’S MOST POWERFUL FORCES

The Governor needs to fund C-FAC — or risk playing with fire in our tinder box state

GUEST COLUMNIST

One unattended campfire. One lightning strike. Or even darker and more sinister, one intentional terrorist or arsonist’s match strike. That is all it will take for a catastrophic wildfire to erupt in any part of our state’s four million acres of dead trees. A wildfire that will show no mercy and will not yield as it destroys lives, homes and our environment. The fear of fires in Colorado’s most precious water sheds alone should sound alarm bells to the highest reaches of state and federal government.