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Columns

  • For women, a drive for justice

    Did your heart stir at the recent news of the bravery of Saudi women as they dared to drive? Here’s a new word, “mihrim,” one they know all too well because this male guardian is needed to walk them to the store, give them permission to travel out of the country, or accompany them to the hospital to give birth.
    Saudi religious police are gaining powers over women, humiliating them in public, even as women are beginning to be seen demonstrating all over the Middle East.

  • Indirect results of direct governing

  • Budget cuts can’t be gleaned from green

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden employs 2,300 and generates many more spinoff jobs as it operates within its budget of $350 million. NREL’s Research Support Facility has won numerous awards as it influences the way energy is consumed. From concept to completion, it is changing commercial building design nationwide. Solar panels, windmill blades, contracts and, uh-oh, progress are all part of NREL.

  • It’s past time for a true leader

    Every now and then, New York Times columnist David Brooks hits the nail right on the head, as he did last week. Writing about the upcoming presidential election, he noted that “the two parties contesting this election are unusually pathetic. Their programs are unusually unimaginative. Their policies are unusually incommensurate to the problem at hand.”
    Why? Because in Brooks’ words, “this election is about how to avert national decline.”

  • Front-runners, please step to the rear

    Chris Romer joined a fairly exclusive club last week. Along with Dale Tooley, Norm Early and Ari Zavaras, he’s now one of the can’t-miss front-runners for Denver mayor who fell to lesser-known opponents each of the last four times the office was truly up for grabs.

  • The smell of scandal at Elk Creek

    Where there's smoke, there's fire.

  • Did freedom or government come first?

    I recently overheard a conversation that went something like this: “Where does the right to free speech come from?” “The right to free speech,” came the reply, “was given to us by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”
    Is that accurate? Would our founders have agreed with that formulation? Take a closer look at the language of the First amendment itself: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.”

  • Just woofing: Barking is a bear

    The hills are alive with the sound of barking dogs. Warm weather is surely upon us. The windows are open, the smells are fresh, but the sounds can be awful if you live in a neighborhood where people harbor bored or unhappy pets.
    Reading on the interwebs, you’ll learn there are three types of people who accommodate barking dogs: the uninformed, the lazy and reluctant, and the malicious and recalcitrant. Hmmm, could one of these be you?
    Hi Sparky. There you are again.

  • Spend now, or spend more later

    When I first started working, some of the best advice I ever got was, “Don’t let the urgent get in the way of the important.” Over the years, that idiom has helped me to step back and think about long-term priorities, immediate needs and how they should be balanced and prioritized.

  • NFL risks demystifying the game

    I was lucky enough to be present at John Elway’s first comeback game. I remember well the feeling heading into the fourth quarter at old Mile High Stadium. As the sun began to fade and the final seconds ticked off the clock in the third quarter, things seemed pretty bleak for the Broncos. Down 19-0 to the Baltimore Colts, it looked as though my first-ever in-person Broncos game would be a bust.
    Then something wonderful happened. In the space of one quarter, Elway led his team to three touchdowns and rallied his team to an improbable 21-19 win. It was magical.