The fight for the dream

My great-grandfather Nicholas was named for his birthplace - the ship that brought his parents to the new world. His mother boarded a wooden sailing ship knowing she might die in labor, far from...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Some emotional debates mark long week

If you've wondered whether my job at the Legislature is boring, last week's events should prove to you otherwise.The contentious week began with a vote on House Bill 1260, a measure that provides...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Race and politics

Eric Holder, U.S. attorney general, garnered both attention and ire last week by calling the United States a "nation of cowards" when it came to openly and honestly discussing race."We, average...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Keep sports priorities straight

Participating in sports has for a long time been a childhood tradition that, over the years, has grown in intensity for athletes, their coaches and their parents. What began as a pastime has become...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

High expectations are the norm in Animas High School model

At Animas High School, we believe in educating students for the future, not for the past. We believe kids have the right to a free, public education that encourages them to reach their potential....

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Six percent solution

We look forward to a return to more representative government in Colorado. Not fully, of course, as there should always be an opportunity for voters to place a few (reasonable) initiatives on the...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Unique learning will grow from interests at Big Picture School

Durango High School is a high-achieving school with an excellent reputation. Our success is the result of a talented staff working collaboratively to improve teaching and learning and to prepare...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Measure raises health care access

It's been a while since I've written about the bills I'm carrying this session, so here's an update. The two juvenile justice bills are headed to the Senate, as is my youth council amendment bill....

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Supplemental bills now in House

Friday was the 45th day of the 120-day legislative session. However, it seemed more like the 100th. Committee hearings were going late, legislators and staff were looking tired and stressed, and...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature


President Barack Obama is flying to Denver today to sign the latest federal stimulus package. Obama has been traveling around quite a bit, and we should expect more.On Wednesday, he'll be in...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Wolf Creek

It appears the proposed Village at Wolf Creek is dead. Perhaps there is some benefit to the national economic downturn, after all. Or maybe the diligence of the Forest Service and the hard work of...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Budget woes ripple water

Throughout the West, the availability of water is a defining issue that can become contentious - or more - when communities that need it pressure those that have it to share. Colorado is certainly...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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