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: Guest Columns

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: Guest Columns

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: Guest Columns

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: Guest Columns


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: Guest Columns

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: Guest Columns

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: Guest Columns

' 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: Guest Columns

Budget measures will be challenging this year

Good morning from the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. You may not get this in the morning, but I'm writing it Saturday morning from my office in the state Capitol.Having a private office is one...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Cost weighs on all decisions in legislative session

We're heading into the third week of the session, and already it's a year much different than the others. The obvious concern for me, and many others, is the budget. The unavoidable backdrop behind...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

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: Guest Columns


There is not much doubt this country has more problems than one man can fix. Whether Barack Obama, as the 44th president of the United States of America, can fix any of them remains to be seen....

DATE: Jan. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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