Obama and secrecy

The world has followed every move of President Barack Obama in his first days in office, and with good reason. These are unsettled times, and expectations are high.In his most important act to...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

9-R: The Road Ahead

Recently, our newly elected President Barack Obama called for a "21st century education system," and as a result, this has become a popular catch phrase throughout public education.I believe one...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Why are we not prosecuting Wall Street's socialist jet-setters?

WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama spreads his New Testament balm over the capital, I'm longing for a bit of Old Testament wrath.Couldn't he throw down his BlackBerry tablet and smash it in...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Close elections

More often than not, elections produce clear results. One candidate receives a statistically decisive majority and a winner is declared. There are times, however, when it is not so simple. Most...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Living according to what life asks of us can save us from ourselves

A few years ago, a faculty committee at Harvard produced a report on the purpose of education. "The aim of a liberal education" the report declared, "is to unsettle presumptions, to defamiliarize...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Highway work

Colorado's Democrats have a straightforward method to fund some badly needed highway work: increase auto and truck registration fees, and rental-car fees. Republicans, understandably eager to be...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Fuel efficiency gets boost

In his first days at the nation's helm, President Barack Obama has made some bold statements that suggest a course markedly different from the one set by his predecessor. Not least among these was...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Budgets

Like it or not, one of the prime functions of government is to reallocate wealth. At its best, government creates efficiencies of scale. A prime example of that is the military, which assembles the...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Family planning

International agencies that provide family planning services again are able to receive important federal funding for their work, thanks to an executive order signed Friday by President Barack...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

U.S. spies to share files - finally

The Bush administration's Director of National Intelligence has put together a program that will allow all 16 U.S. spy agencies to share the sensitive information in their databases. It should...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

' I was there'

A white eight-by-six invitation bordered in silver read: "The honor of your presence is requested at the ceremonies attending the Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

City boards

With the stated goal of enhancing efficiency and easing the city staff's workload, the Durango City Council is considering a plan to reduce the number of city advisory boards and commissions. It is...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

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