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Hal BidlackHal BidlackNovember 6, 20186min186

Today is election day, and that’s a remarkable thing. We Americans all too often take voting for granted. About half of us don’t bother to vote and the rest vary widely in their enthusiasm to exercise their franchise. And that’s a shame. We are all of us born into a society wherein voting is a normal, if oft ignored, part of life. But for most of human history the act of voting was unknown and occasionally sinister. Thomas Jefferson’s remarkable 35-word statement within the Declaration of Independence, beginning with the famous phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident…” represents the most remarkable political writing in history – the idea that governments were created for the citizens and not as servants to a king. We are the sons and daughters of revolutionaries that took on the world’s greatest military power on the principle that we are inherently free. Yet today, far too many in Colorado and the nation forget that legacy.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJuly 24, 20186min436

I stood in a very deep hole a few years ago, when I was a staffer working veterans issues for Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. I had been given my very simple marching orders – make Colorado the best state for veterans – by the boss. Which is how I ended up in that hole. It was the excavation for one of the new buildings that make up the new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital complex. It was a massive project and, as I said, a really big hole.