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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonMay 23, 20187min650

Last week the desultory path of the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s TABOR amendment found its way into Courtroom 2 at the old federal building in downtown Denver. Just one day short of seven years since their case was originally filed, arguments and a resolution regarding the merits of plaintiffs’ claims appeared no closer than they did in May of 2011. If ever there were justification needed for Shakespeare’s appeal by Dick, the Butcher, in Henry VI, Part 2, this hearing provided it. “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers!” felt more than appropriate.


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Leah CurtsingerLeah CurtsingerMay 23, 20185min1270

While new to many, Colorado celebrates a long history of collaboration to tackle the big challenges our state has faced. Colorado thrives because people from across our state work together, and our energy and natural resource development is a chief example. Here, some of the strictest government oversights of oil and gas production and energy efficiency requirements exist alongside strong agricultural communities and awe-inspiring outdoor recreation –  creating jobs, generating tax revenue, and supporting our quality of life. We achieve all this because of Colorado’s spirit.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackMay 22, 20186min2540

I hate the fact that I am less horrified than I was in April of 1999. On the 19thof that month, I spent the evening watching a Rockies game with fellow members of my academic department at the Air Force Academy. It was our yearly outing, and I was the guy in charge of setting things up. As I recall, there were a couple of big home runs, and the Rockies beat the Expos 11 to 10 in an excitingly close game. As I drove south on I-25 to Colorado Springs, I passed only a few miles from Columbine High School, where the next day the nation would be stunned, saddened, and horrified by a school shooting that would leave 13 dead, plus the shooters.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackMay 18, 20186min1890

Yesterday, May 17, was a special day in my family. My late mother, Melva Sparks Bidlack, was born on that day, a century ago. We lost her to cancer in the 1990s, but like most dutiful sons, I still miss her, and I find it almost hard to believe that she’d be 100 today. She was born on a farm in remote Clio, Iowa. That long-ago May would also see the birth of perhaps America’s greatest mind, physicist Richard Feynman. The year would end with great hope, when the War to End All Wars concluded on Nov. 11.


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Sharon O'HaraSharon O'HaraMay 17, 20185min1750

With the gavel having fallen on the 2018 legislative session, Colorado lawmakers were once again unable to reach consensus on an effective plan for tackling the issue of high prescription drug costs. With patients spending more in out-of-pocket health care costs than ever before, let’s hope leaders on both sides of the aisle will place a renewed focus on the true sources of the problem and find meaningful solutions for patients.