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Columns

  • Who is in charge in America?

    By Jim Rohrer
    Every single year since 1969, except for a brief three-year period between 1998 and 2001, our U.S. government has spent more than it has taken in. Every American who can add and subtract understands that this is not a good situation, yet our politicians are increasing spending at even higher rates, while our receipts are declining as a percent of our gross domestic product (the total of what we produce). In 2010 we spent 25 percent of our GDP, while bringing in only 14.9 percent of GDP.

  • Ugly turkey vultures are summer residents in the foothills

    One of the strangest big birds you can see in this area is the turkey vulture. They are rather ugly-looking birds when you see them up close as they squabble over a road kill.

  • Colorado should head off trouble at the pass

    There are 110 seats in the Michigan House of Representatives. Penises occupy 83 of them. Vaginas are sadly underrepresented, and indeed two of them were recently prohibited from speaking out on, of all topics, women’s reproductive rights.

  • Fresh faces headed for legislature

    Combine term limits and redistricting, and you get the biggest infusion of fresh faces anyone can remember when the Colorado General Assembly convenes next January.

  • A reminder that all life is precious

    Obviously, words cannot heal or explain the terrible events of last week. But I think President Obama made some decent and heartfelt remarks on the matter. Here’s what he said:

  • An assault on citizens’ safety

    In the somber wake of last week’s mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater, Coloradans are looking for answers.

  • Public should be able to trust trustees

    If you can’t trust a public trustee with the public’s trust, whom can you trust?

  • Enough Americans still believe in America

    Seems like there’s plenty to lose sleep over these days. We’re into the fourth year of the worst recession since the Great Depression. In Afghanistan, we’re a decade into an “operation” nobody seems to understand. Long-term fiscal obligations mount apace, pushing dangerously against the limits of mathematical sustainability.

  • Politics, and poor judgment, on parade

    I’ve walked in the Evergreen Rodeo Parade on many occasions, and it’s always a highlight of my summer. My job often involves attempting to keep sweet rewards out of the hands of politicians — so a morning spent depositing candy into the hands of cute kids provides a welcome break.

  • From crises come opportunities

    All indications continue to suggest that Colorado is emerging from the recession ahead of the rest of the country. In just one day last week, the state’s economists reported that revenue estimates were almost a quarter of a billion dollars ahead of earlier projections; it was revealed that our share of national tourism spending had gone up for the first time in 20 years; and the value of oil produced in Colorado charged past natural gas revenues.