Guest Columns

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.

SMITH: SHOEMAKER’S LEGACY IS ONE OF RESPECT

Joe Shoemaker was a real straight shooter

It was 9:30 Monday night when the phone rang. I saw Jeff Shoemaker’s name on the panel and knew immediately why he was calling. Yes, Joe Shoemaker had been slipping fast but, to me, he had always seemed invincible. So to hear that he had passed was like a hammer blow.

STYLE MATTERS: What the well-dressed sweaty professional wears to the office

Contributing Columnist

The heat is unbearable, I will grant you that. But it’s no reason for stylish readers to sacrifice their professional dress standards. If nothing else, think of your colleagues. Who wants to sit next to someone with Lake Michigan size armpit sweat stains or have to hold up their iPads in a vain attempt to block the odors of a deodorant that has long ago waved the white flag. It’s possible to look good even while the temperatures climb.

WEBBCAST: BEHIND THE NEWS

Media Musings… Or, why is it done that way?

Contributing Columnist

• Let’s recognize that Channel 7 stepped up to cover the weeks of fire storms. Clearly it’s a sign that new owner Scripps-Howard takes local newsgathering seriously, and committed the resources to cover High Park, then Waldo Canyon, with reporters who could actually tell the story. Apparently they also moved crews and producers in from other Scripps-Howard stations to ensure there was enough “people-power” to report the news. What a concept. It did pay off — KMGH was second in the overnight ratings during the height of the Waldo Canyon coverage, close behind 9News.

GOODTIMES: WISH I COULD PROMISE MORE GOODTIMES

I’m proud of what we’ve done in San Miguel County despite hard times

GUEST COLUMNIST

Citizens, it’s election season. The major parties have held their primaries and selected their candidates. As Greens, we had our state convention in Carbondale this past March. I was unanimously nominated there as the San Miguel Greens chapter’s sole county commissioner candidate.

While some counties have term limits, the majority of San Miguel voters have chosen to make their term decisions in the ballot box. And, indeed, we have a tradition of long-serving county elected officials in our county — Sheriff Bill Masters, Clerk Gay Cappis, Assessor Peggy Kantor.

TEEGARDEN: HISTORY OF KANSAS TERRITORY TRULY COMPELLING

Jayhawkers, Border Ruffians, and Bleeding Kansas — quite the adventure

Contributing Columnist

My goal for this column is to interest a few folks who, like me, have previously ignored the compelling adventure that comprises the history of the Kansas Territory.

“Bleeding Kansas” evokes an attention-grabbing mental image, to be sure! So how is it that every time this aspect of our national history has been presented to me, my eyes have glazed over and I’ve drifted off in search of more interesting topics?

HANCOCK: VICTORY IS NOW WITHIN SIGHT

In a country founded on liberty and justice, how could legislature deny civil unions?

GUEST COLUMNIST

I’m very disappointed that the full House was not provided the opportunity to consider the Civil Unions Act as it’s impossible to miss the winds of change sweeping across America and Colorado in recent weeks.

From the White House to our Statehouse, the clarion call to extend basic civil rights to same-sex couples has never been louder.

STYLE MATTERS: HBO’s Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Women politicians and their fashions — the messages they send

Contributing Columnist

Many citizens of this country admit to being embarrassed that the United States, the leader of the free world, has yet to elect a female vice president or president. Veep, an HBO vehicle for Seinfeld alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will do nothing to allay their concerns. Even the name of the show evokes a wince or two. Veep? Sounds like a pet the Flintstones might have owned. JLD plays Vice President Selina Meyers, the same character type she played on Seinfeld and New Adventures of the Old Christine — Elaine, always Elaine.

MASTERS: NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW

Law Day stresses courts’ role in democracy

GUEST COLUMNIST

While in a jail cell in Birmingham, Ala., Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote: “Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.”