Opinion Archives - Colorado Politics

Fawn BolakFawn BolakJanuary 19, 20184min4270

If you get lost on your way to the Women’s March this Saturday and find yourself walking past the “March for Abolition,” don’t expect to hear any homage paid to Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner or Harriet Tubman. The so called “Colorado Right To Life” organization has foolishly appropriated language rooted in the anti-slavery movement in a botched attempt to compare apples to orange seeds. Demonstrators will congregate outside the Stapleton Planned Parenthood on Jan. 20 to intimidate anyone seeking a wide range of reproductive health services while preaching abortion “abolition.”


Bob BeauprezBob BeauprezJanuary 18, 201810min5830

Recently, Colorado Politics published my commentary lauding the many noteworthy achievements of the new Trump administration in only the president's first year in office. That praise is justified and hopefully there is a great deal more good to come from our 45th president and the Republican majority in Congress. However, as we have repeatedly witnessed with Donald Trump, every gain seems to come with a measure of pain – usually self-inflicted.


Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJanuary 18, 20185min1060

It was with great disappointment that we read an editorial in Colorado Politics’ news affiliate, the Colorado Springs Gazette, calling for a preemptive conclusion to our democratic primary process in favor of prematurely anointing one candidate (“EDITORIAL: Republicans should clear the field for Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton,” Jan. 14.) Such strident favoritism for a candidate in the Republican primary is unbecoming of a paper that is quickly becoming Colorado’s paper of record, particularly among conservatives.


Floyd CiruliFloyd CiruliJanuary 17, 20185min1640

Just as President Trump was hoping to leave for his holiday in Palm Beach, cable commentators were questioning why he hadn’t yet signed the tax bill. Trump, ever sensitive to his TV image, staged a quick signing ceremony on December 20 before wheels up. When asked if he will spend time promoting the plan, Trump said: “I don’t think I’m going to have to travel too much to sell it. I think it’s selling itself.”


Hal BidlackHal BidlackJanuary 17, 20186min1180

On May 22, 1856, a man was brutally beaten with a heavy metal-capped cane. The attacker approached his target from behind, and then repeatedly crashed his cane into the skull of the seated victim, who tried to rise, bloodied and dazed. The assault continued for a full 60 seconds, until the victim was unconscious, and was carried from the room, as the attacker walked unchallenged from the scene of the crime.


Randy BaumgardnerRandy BaumgardnerJanuary 17, 20186min6650

Coloradans and voters across the state agree that Colorado’s roads are in terrible shape and that improving and maintaining our state highways and roads needs to be Priority One for the state’s lawmakers. The mystery is why in the face of this broad, statewide consensus, from Grand Junction to Colorado Springs and Aurora to Alamosa, it is so difficult to get Colorado’s governor and all state lawmakers to prioritize state budget dollars to match the size of the problem.


Kevin LundbergKevin LundbergJanuary 15, 20186min4650

Last year I sponsored Senate Bill 17-065, which the governor signed into law in April. It requires hospitals, doctors offices and other medical clinics to publicly post their most common charges for medical services. It is not intended to be a burdensome requirement, as there is a limited number of services to be listed. The purpose is to give citizens a better idea of what medical procedures cost before they get the treatment or the bill, and to start that much-needed conversation concerning the cost of medical services between a doctor and their patient.