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February 23, 2018

The Pueblo Chieftain: County notices essential for an informed public

The public’s right to know would be diminished if government lobbyists succeed in getting the Colorado Legislature to pass a bill phasing out the legal requirement that public notices of county salaries and monthly county financial reports be published in a newspaper.

February 23, 2018

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: An environment of fear in our schools

While it’s natural for the subject of school shootings to be on everyone’s lips in the wake of the recent massacre in Florida, School District 51 appears to be caught in the clutches of escalating paranoia.

February 23, 2018

The Colorado Springs Gazette: Disrupt the left’s academic monopoly (something good happening at CU-Boulder)

Headlines about liberal bias in higher education read like “The sun rises in the east.”

February 22, 2018

Steamboat Today: It’s time for Baumgardner to resign

After an outside investigation found the sexual harassment complaint filed against Colorado State Rep. Randy Baumgardner to be credible, the legislator stepped down as chair of the transportation committee but did not resign, denying the allegations that were made against him.


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?