Guest Columns

SMITH: FORMER LEGISLATOR LOVED THE CAMARADERIE AND FRIENDSHIP

Don Friedman always told the truth, despite the political consequences

The Colorado Statesman

"Morgan, I want to come out to Adams County and testify for Eldon Cooper,” the man on the phone said. It was someone I’d never met, State Representative Don Friedman, a Republican from Denver. Eldon had moved during the 1972 re-apportionment process, and the Secretary of State had ruled that he no longer met the necessary residency requirements and therefore couldn’t be on the ballot. We had filed suit in Adams County to reverse his ruling.

HUDSON: PERHAPS LONG AWAITED NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON RACE CAN BEGIN WITH GLANCE BACK

Our kids are better than we were, Mr. President, but we’re better than most of our parents were

The Colorado Statesman

So, how bad was it? Take my word for it, before Brown vs. the Board of Education, before the federal voting rights act, the fair housing act and the equal accommodations act, it was very, very bad. If you don’t remember the 1950s, then the civil rights crusade of the ‘60s may not make much sense. Separate but equal (wink, wink — probably not so equal) may have been far from perfect, but it incorporated the inherent acknowledgment that every American was entitled to equal treatment, didn’t it? No, not so much!

Riley-Chetwynd: DBG extendS beyond plants to art and entertainment

Denver Botanic Gardens is Colorado Proud!

The Colorado Statesman

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Cliché, perhaps… but true. Colorado has seen a lot of change since its establishment as a state, but certain elements remain constant: a pioneering spirit, a connection to the land and a tendency to be at the center of things (and not just geographically, lest we be subjected to any fly-over-state jabs).

NORTON: LET ME BRAG ABOUT MY HOME TOWN

You can stop blaming Greeley for agricultural odors — we’re cleaning up our image

The Colorado Statesman

Many people still think Greeley is a small town with a large cattle population. That is old information and incorrect on both counts. This year Greeley’s population reached 98,000, and not one is of the bovine variety.

NORTON: PIONEERING VISION CONTINUES TODAY

UNC’s roots in the community run deep

The Colorado Statesman

We have always been a part of and not apart from our community.

Absent the pioneering vision of community leaders, the simple fact is our university would not exist.

With the backing of residents who recognized the value of an educated citizenry in a prosperous society, our institution was founded to serve a pressing need in Colorado.

INNIS, DARIN & PROPST: WIND POWER STATS WILL BLOW YOU AWAY

Wind energy works in rural Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

For the first time since May 2008, Colorado’s total jobs numbers are larger than they were before what some have termed “the Great Recession.” 

While this is good news worth mentioning, it’s clear Coloradans are hungry for a lot more good news about jobs and the Colorado economy.

Well there’s good news, Colorado — wind power is up to the task.

SMITH: MICHAEL BENDER THEN AND NOW

‘Justice’ describes Justice Bender to a tee

Congratulations to Chief Justice Mike Bender for his 16 years on the Colorado Supreme Court and his record of extraordinary achievement. He has repeatedly throughout his career stood up for justice and fairness.

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.

HUDSON: THE COWBOY LOBBY IS THINNING ITS HERD

Temper tantrum time on the high plains

The Colorado Statesman

What can we learn from the proposal to create North Colorado as the nation’s 51st state? Right out of the box I’d suggest supporters should settle on a sexier name. West Virginia worked well when its mountaineers were making a political statement regarding plantation slavery across the Old Dominion’s coastal flats. Native American tribal names have served well in the past — perhaps Pawnee, Comanche or Arapaho might “glam up” this campaign. 

SMITH: SHARED MEMORIES FROM LAMM’S CABINET

Frank Traylor, truly ahead of his times

The Colorado Statesman

“This is a very amorphous undisciplined mass,” announced Frank Traylor of the Republican Party on August 22, 1982 in a Cabinet meeting of then-Governor Dick Lamm. Frank was a member of the Cabinet then, but as a Republican, he had previously served four years (1974-78) in the Colorado House of Representatives. In fact, he was part of a political dynasty, the likes of which we’ll never see again.