Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 23, 20186min375

A recent Colorado Politics story reported on Denver TV stations pulling a political ad against Jared Polis that was truly vile. It was placed by an organization ironically named “Colorado Citizens for Truth,” which came into existence on Oct 9. Full disclosure: I know Jared a bit, and I support his campaign. So, you can imagine my shock when I saw the ad aired on my local Colorado Springs station. The ad was a hit piece against Jared, which is normally fine. But the people behind “Colorado Citizens for Truth” went way beyond any normal negative ad and ventured into outright falsehoods and deeply misleading statements.


Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsOctober 23, 20185min740

Fall in Colorado is an amazing time to experience our outdoor traditions. Rifle season is in full swing for big game hunters. Fishing is peaking as autumn mayfly hatches and spawning brown trout draw anglers to Gold Medal streams and lakes throughout the state. It is the time of year that drives our $28 billion outdoor recreation economy as hikers, campers, climbers, and mountain bikers spend time outdoors before switching gears to snow sports.


Miller HudsonMiller HudsonOctober 22, 20187min513

The passing of Bill Coors reminds me that the challenge of providing affordable access to health care across Colorado has produced a recurring history of failed reforms. For nearly 40 years voters have reported the cost of medical insurance as their number one, two or three policy concern, depending on what else was jarring the state’s economy at the time. This conundrum has advanced to the front of the governor’s race as Jared Polis promises to search for a way to cover every Coloradan and Walker Stapleton protests we can’t afford universal health care. At the core of this policy dilemma is a failure to reach consensus on whether health care should be treated as a public or private good.


Timothy J. LarsenTimothy J. LarsenOctober 22, 20185min263

Proposition 110 and 109 do not create fair funding for our highways.  Currently Colorado taxes gasoline and diesel fuel, with all users of our highways helping to maintain and improve our highways.  Colorado and out-of-state businesses pay over 18 percent of the Colorado fuel tax (for diesel fuel) to support highways.  Propositions 110 and 109 will not collect any money for highways from trucks and businesses.


Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 19, 20186min344

If you are of a certain age (say, 60 or above, which is still young, darn it all) and you have a memory for political trivia, you may recall the old political maxim that, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.” For decades the state of Maine was the main state, so to speak, in predicting the main outcome for elections, and presidential elections in particular.  Maine was the “bellwether” state for many, many years, even though most folks using the term don’t know its origin. The term “bellwether” comes to us from Middle English, regarding the placing of a bell around the neck of a (wince) castrated ram – known as a wether – who lead a flock of voters, I mean sheep. There, now even if you don’t agree with me about anything political, at least you can say you learned something by reading my column. (Ed: just barely)


Jim AlexeeJim AlexeeOctober 19, 20185min318

The Sierra Club, Colorado’s largest grassroots group committed to protecting our air, water, land and people, has voted to endorse Proposition 110. Why are we weighing in on transportation? Well, the cars and trucks we drive (and getting the oil and gas that power them) is the largest source of air pollution in the metro area, and one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reduce pollution, we need to switch to cleaner cars and electric vehicles – but we also need better transportation infrastructure that gives us more options in how we travel, and lets us spend less time stuck in traffic. That’s where Proposition 110 comes in.


Kelly SloanKelly SloanOctober 18, 20186min953

Back in 1961, the Animas Valley Sand and Gravel Company sought to acquire about 50 or so acres of land in La Plata County for the purpose of, you guessed it, producing and selling sand and gravel. Insofar as there existed no law or regulation proscribing their doing so on the acreage in question the land was in due course purchased, for a price reflecting its intended use.