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February 24, 2018

Denver Post: More guns in schools not the answer

However, training and arming teachers is not a silver-bullet solution…

February 24, 2018

Fort Collins Coloradoan: US should research gun violence as a public health issue

As much as we talk about gun violence in this country, we don’t have enough information on how to prevent it.

February 24, 2018

The Gazette: Council, minus one, wants housing solution

Homes become more accessible and “affordable” when we allow builders to build

February 24, 2018

The Gazette: Trump will make or break GOP in 2018

Whatever happens in the 2018 midterms won’t be politics as usual for either major party.


February 23, 2018

BIDLACK: Final salute — and thank you

I never had the honor of personally meeting Lt. Jim Downing, USN, in life, but I knew about him. He was the oldest surviving service member from the attack on Pearl Harbor on that long-ago December day. We lost Lt. Downing last week, at the remarkable age of 104. He was a proud Coloradan and back in 2015, when he was only 101, I played a small role in Lt Downing’s trip to Washington DC, to be the guest of Sen. Michael Bennet at that year’s State of the Union address. Like my own WWII veteran father, when I looked at pictures of Lt. Downing, I saw the face of an old man, making it hard to remember just how young they once were. At five score and ten, in some ways Lt. Downing was no longer the 27-year-old who faced the Japanese attack. But in a more important way, he was a reminder of the Greatest Generation and the sacrifices they made.

February 22, 2018

THE PODIUM: Transportation fix hits partisan speed bump

On the opening day of the current legislative session, Senate Republicans introduced a $3.5 billion state transportation plan. If approved by voters in November, Senate Bill 18-001 will take aim at the state’s $9 billion backlog in road and highway improvements — and do it without raising state taxes.

February 22, 2018

FEEDBACK: Background checks for gun sales; big hand for lawmakers

Of all the arguments made against gun safety proposals, far and away the most ridiculous is the “why have laws at all” argument. “But criminals won’t follow the law! It won’t make any difference!” We don’t have laws for criminals. We have laws for the rest of us, so we can tell the difference and punish those who break them. Should we eliminate laws against rape? Against robbery? People still drive drunk, but the Colorado legislature passed a felony drunk-driving law with severe penalties last year. Should we not have bothered?