Guest Columns

WEBB: IN DEFENSE OF A GOOD WOMAN

Attacks on UN Ambassador Susan Rice should be denounced as cowardly

GUEST COLUMNIST

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

The movie Lincoln is almost as satisfying as reading “Team of Rivals”

Contributing Columnist

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.

STYLE MATTERS

Hidden Treasures at the Gift Shops of Denver’s Cultural Institutions

Contributing Columnist

(Sung to “Deck the Halls”)

Deck the stores with pre-wrapped presents, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la
Not much new from last year’s remnants, fa-la-la-la-la la la la la.
Hold your breath it’s more perfume, fa-la-la-la-la la la la la.
Ditch the malls for something new... fa-la-la-la-la la la la la.

MCSHANE: RECLAIMING COLORADO ON THE GROUND

Why Republicans were slaughtered in 2012 — and what we can do in 2014

GUEST COLUMNIST

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

“Abraham Lincoln, a Prince of Men.” Just ask his harshest critics

Contributing Columnist

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

International markets play major role in Colorado’s agriculture exports

GUEST COLUMNIST

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.

STYLE MATTERS: Inaugural dresses show style of Colorado’s First Ladies

Contributing Columnist

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

Vote for Amendment S and bring state government into the 21st Century

GUEST COLUMNISTS

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.

SPENCE: ROMNEY WILL SCORE HIGH GRADES ON REFORM

Obama has been beholden to teacher unions — no wonder there isn’t education reform

GUEST COLUMNIST

The job of President is a tough one indeed. It involves many priorities and many challenges. As president, Mitt Romney will pursue genuine education reform that puts parents and students’ interests ahead of special interests. His reforms will ensure that every child has a chance to receive a quality education in a good school.

STYLE MATTERS: Great Fashion Moments at the Denver Art Museum’s “Becoming Van Gogh” Gala

Contributing Columnist

The Denver Art Museum is on a roll. The institution has been staging one stellar exhibit after another. On the stiletto heels of the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit (shown only in Paris, Madrid and... Denver) to Madeleine Albright’s unusual collection of pins commemorating her diplomatic career, the DAM now brings to Colorado “Becoming Van Gogh,” the first major display of his work in the Rocky Mountain region.