Guest Columns

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.

MAMET: ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL

More than 40 municipal elections scheduled

GUEST COLUMNIST

The Colorado Municipal League (CML), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 that represents the interests of 265 cities and towns, anticipates that at least 43 cities and towns throughout the state will be holding regular or special elections next month. What follows is a summary of some of them.

STYLE MATTERS: FALL FASHION TIPS

Contributing Columnist

For many women, this time of year brings on a bad case of fashion angst. Summer clothing is worn out; last year’s fall wardrobe doesn’t look nearly as great as memory serves. It’s time to pump up the closet with some trendy new duds. But which ones? What should we invest in, what will become clothing malfunctions?

THE WEBBCAST

The flack over fracking continues — it’s time to export common sense

Contributing Columnist

It’s only been in the last year or so that controversy has erupted over the practice of “fracking,” an energy industry term that’s shorthand for “hydraulic fracturing,” a technique used to disrupt underground formations and release the oil and gas captured in the geological strata.

TEEGARDEN: NEVER BEEN TO GRACELAND, BUT…

Elvis lives! In the cradle of the Civil War

Contributing Columnist

Last week was Elvis Week. The Beatles may have had “Eight Days a Week,” but Elvis got 9! That’s right — Aug. 10 through Aug. 18 was Elvis Week, and the primary celebrations occurred in Memphis, Tennessee, at Graceland, and throughout the Memphis metropolitan area.