Guest Columns

HUDSON: GESSLER SHOULD JUST ANTE UP THE BUCKS

Great Scott! A political tempest in a teapot

Contributing Columnist

Colorado’s good government brigades placed Amendment 41 on the ballot in 2006, creating an Independent Ethics Commission where complaints can be lodged against state employees and elected officials for alleged breaches of propriety. The proposal was adopted with 62 percent of the vote despite the fact that there is virtually no evidence of misbehavior in Colorado’s governance. By comparison with many of its peers, both state and local governments in Colorado have been remarkably clean over the years. But, in the hyper-partisan political environment that has taken root during the past decade, the Commission has provided an inviting venue for besmirching an opponent’s reputation.

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Minority businesses are being shut out, but we’ll never know with such outdated info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

SMITH: THE MANY SIDES OF OUR NEIGHBOR TO THE SOUTH

Colorado involvement is helping Mexico

Contributing Columnist

President Obama’s recent trip to Mexico is good news for Colorado. Exports to Mexico are up. Its manufacturing sector is increasingly strong and will continue to attract U.S. companies that had previously off shored operations to China. Mexico is finally focusing on the corruption in its educational system and the need to make more competitive its telecom and oil sectors. Drug-related violence appears to be down, although it’s hard to have confidence in the Mexican reporting system.

TEEGARDEN: A LOT AT STAKE IN CIVIL WAR

“Resist manfully,” Johnny Reb! All the Rebels had to do was run out the clock

Contributing Columnist

In reflecting on the greatest Civil War battles prior to Grant’s Overland Campaign of 1864/65, as well as upon public opinion in both the North and the South during that period, it’s truly bewildering that the Union didn’t “throw in the towel.” It takes nothing away from the courage and determination of the southern white people who constituted the Confederacy to say that they had the much less daunting task of the two warring sides.

ARNOLD: BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK

The new Justice Center is a monument to imperial, unaccountable Colorado

GUEST COLUMNIST

Last week’s issue of The Colorado Statesman was host to a pair of guest judiciary commentary articles extolling the virtues of the newly-opened Colorado Justice Center.

Admittedly, it is an impressive edifice — as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor noted, with an “architectural grandeur” imposing a feeling of being “humbled before the majesty of the law.”

STYLE MATTERS

Penne Baguta and the closing of an institution

Contributing Columnist

HUDSON: A MODEL PRISONER, NOT VIOLENT TROUBLEMAKER

Governor’s office, Denver Post complicit in covering up mistreatment of al-Turki

Contributing Columnist

During the darkest days of the Cold War, a “hot line” was installed connecting the White House and the Kremlin as a safeguard against the inadvertent launch of nuclear missiles that would trigger the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) of both countries. Picking up this red telephone, at a time when all other phones were black, would ring the companion phone at the other end. A similar arrangement appears to exist between the editorial offices at the Denver Post and Governor Hickenlooper’s policy staff.

BENDER: MONUMENTS TO JUSTICE

Colorado celebrates law day and opening of Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center

GUEST COLUMNIST

Last week, people across the United States observed Law Day. It is a time each year to celebrate the rule of law and the role the courts and legal system play in helping people peacefully resolve disputes in modern society. Here in Colorado, we were privileged and honored to have U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor help us mark the occasion.

FOGG: STRIVING FOR FULL EUALITY BEFORE THE LAW

Law Day marks important strides toward equality

GUEST COLUMNIST

In 1963, my Dad and I heard the words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. to a large crowd gathered at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit following the Freedom Walk. It was a great speech. We did not know at that time that many of the words contained in that speech would soon be repeated to inspire not just those at Cobo Hall, but would inspire a nation and generations of Americans to bring to life those words of equality and justice for all carved in the bedrock of our country’s foundation and reiterated in the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln 100 years earlier.