Travel starts in earnest this time of year. If you are checking luggage, the unhappy news is that the airlines are starting to weigh suitcases for passengers who fly coach. Too much weight and bam! An extra charge. Not so fair when you figure so many travelers are shlepping gifts for family and friends.
Last issue we visited the museum stores at the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Style Matters was even more impressed with their inventory than we had hoped to be. Looking for the unusual, the unique and the one of a kind? Denver’s gift shops have them all. Figuring we were on a roll, this week we hit the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Zoo.
WEBB: IN DEFENSE OF A GOOD WOMAN
As a former delegate to the United Nations, I have been especially dismayed by the personal attacks of some Republican critics against UN Ambassador Susan Rice and her comments shortly after the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack.
I saw firsthand in 2009 how Rice and her staff work with information coming through Washington in the most thorough and thoughtful way. As President Obama has strongly defended, Rice’s comments were based on intelligence that she had received and what the administration knew at the time.
TEEGARDEN: A MOVIE REVIEW BY A LINCOLN DEVOTEE
Last week, my friend and colleague, Doug Young, wrote a brilliant review of the recently released Stephen Spielberg film, Lincoln. As follow up, I have three enthusiastic recommendations: First, go see the movie. Second, take 5-10 minutes to read the actual texts of Abraham Lincoln’s two greatest speeches, the Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863) and his Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1865). Third, with both the movie and Lincoln’s poetic prose fresh in your mind, read or re-read Mr. Young’s review in the November 23 edition of The Colorado Statesman.
(Sung to “Deck the Halls”)
Deck the stores with pre-wrapped presents, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la
MCSHANE: RECLAIMING COLORADO ON THE GROUND
Election Day 2012, a day many on the right, including myself, thought would bring victories all across the country, and here in Colorado. Colorado Republicans had hoped for and somewhat expected not only a top ticket win for Romney, but a possible retak-ing of the State Senate and widening their majority in the State House. No one expected the night to end with the gavel being proverbially torn from Frank McNulty’s hand, but that’s ex-actly what happened.
TEEGARDEN: HIS LEGACY AND LEADERSHIP
This weekend, the much-anticipated movie, Lincoln, will be debut across the country to much fanfare and pre-release hype. In preparation for what will likely be another Stephen Spielberg masterpiece, starring, among others, Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field, it seems appropriate to reflect upon a few of the complexities and ambiguities of our 16th and still greatest President.
SALAZAR: EXPORTS OF AG PRODUCTS IMPORTANT TO STATE
When thinking about the goods or services that Colorado exports to other countries, agricultural products may not be the first thing that crosses your mind. Think again.
At the outskirts of downtown Denver, at 12th and Lincoln to be exact, rests a jewel of three-year higher learning — the Art Institute of Colorado, herein known as the AIC. Accredited by the national higher learning commission, the AIC has an extensive fashion retail management and design department with about 200 students enrolled. The program grants Bachelors of Arts degrees, and from the looks of their facilities and design work, well, all I can say is “move over Michael Kors!” Some of these budding designers could go straight to “Project Runway” without passing sew. The win by Denver designer Mondo didn’t hurt the confidence of these baby fashionistas.
FERRANDINO AND VAAD: SUPPORT FROM GENERAL ASSEMBLY WAS UNANIMOUS
There’s no reason for Colorado’s government to be stuck in the past. And yet it is.
The rules and procedures that govern state hiring and personnel management in Colorado have not been updated or revised in over 40 years. In the context of a system that employs over 30,000 hardworking people, our obsolete management procedures mean large-scale inefficiency and waste.