Ken ToltzKen ToltzAugust 13, 20187min3490

On a very hot sunny Saturday afternoon this month, I attended yet another gun violence prevention protest rally on the west steps of Denver’s Colorado State Capitol. This one was a local version of the national March on the NRA, a student-activist led movement of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student survivors of the Valentine’s Day 2018 school shooting.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 13, 20185min4510

Colorado falls short in implementing policies and passing legislation to reduce death and suffering from cancer. According to the latest edition of “How Do You  Measure Up? A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality,” Colorado meets the policy recommendations in just two of the nine key issue areas. The report was released this month by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).


Hal BidlackHal BidlackAugust 10, 20186min2600

One of the great good fortunes in my life was the opportunity to meet and ultimately become a friend of the late John Denver. John was a remarkable man and a gifted songwriter and singer. He sold millions of records and was a kind and gentle soul. It was his music, way back when I was still in High School in Michigan, that first called me to Colorado. The Air Force was kind enough to send me to the American west, first to Cheyenne to serve as a “finger on the button” ICBM launch officer, and then to Colorado Springs to join the faculty at the Air Force Academy. From that day until today, there has never been a time I drove onto the Academy, looked at the majesty of the Rocky Mountain high in front of me, and was not touched by the wonder of the mountains, the beauty, the majesty of Colorado.


Miller HudsonMiller HudsonAugust 9, 20187min3190

Since Colorado voters pasted the TABOR amendment that steers spending and revenues into our state constitution in 1992, the myth of its sacrosanct power has been embroidered each year.  It is frequently viewed as the "third rail" of politics – attempt to tamper with it and you will surely die. However, only a slim majority approved Doug Bruce’s fourth attempt to handcuff government on an otherwise crowded ballot. While Bill Clinton won the presidential poll that year, Ross Perot’s message of budget rectitude scored its largest voter endorsement in Colorado.


Kelly SloanKelly SloanAugust 9, 20186min4820

Last November, voters in School District 51, over in Mesa County, approved a mill levy override which increased property taxes by something like $6.5 million annually for 10 years, ostensibly to pay for classroom improvements and instructional expenses otherwise denied by an emaciated local budget. Well now word comes that changes enacted by the district subsequent to the taxpayer’s plebiscitary generosity are resulting instead in $1.2 million in salary raises for the district’s administrators, and nine new administrator positions.


Hal BidlackHal BidlackAugust 7, 20186min2150

A recent article in Colorado Politics told of Colorado’s Education Leadership Council and their work, ordered by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2017, to explore what Colorado’s kids need to learn in school in order to be well positioned for success in life in the 21stCentury. The Council has even set up an on-line survey for Coloradans to let the Council know what regular folks think should be taught in schools. It’s an interesting survey, and I urge you to take a look.


Daniel FischelDaniel FischelAugust 7, 20187min8710

The debate over fossil fuel divestment is nothing new in Colorado. Across college campuses in the state, activists have pushed for schools to rid their endowments of fossil fuels holdings, calls which both the University of Colorado and the University of Denver have resisted due to the steep financial costs it would impose. Now we are seeing the same debate play out in the political sphere, with demands for the state to divest its public pension fund, the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA).