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Columns

  • Time to even the playing field again

    Joe Webb

  • FODR initiative is missing the mark

    It was quite a week for Independence Institute president Jon Caldara and his “Fix Our Damn Roads” initiative.  First, Colorado Springs mayor John Suthers signed a petition to help get it onto the ballot. Then, Caldara announced plans to sue the Greeley Stampede for stopping the collection of petition signatures at the event. Because the Stampede takes place on publicly owned land, Caldara believes it’s unconstitutional to restrict access to potential signatories on public land.

  • Change requires action

    In my last article, I promised suggested solutions to the dysfunctional Congress, and specifically U. S. House members focused more on re-election than on solving problems.

  • The smokescreen called civility

    “I’ve had all I can stands and I can’t stands no more!”

    Familiar refrain for all you Popeye fans out there.  
    But increasingly, this is exactly the sentiment of Americans whose view of our country and its direction are in direct conflict with that of the Progressives. Despite editorials and political columns decrying the lack of civility in today’s political discourse, the knee-jerk reaction consistently has the Conservative position being the source of this conflict.

  • Non-stop race to November is upon us

    And then there were two. We’ve now narrowed the field from almost 30 people who filed paperwork with the secretary of state to run for governor as major party candidates to eight who qualified for primary ballots of the two major parties to the final nominees.  Colorado’s next governor will be either Democrat Jared Polis or Republican Walker Stapleton.

  • What’s wrong with our political system?

    I talk to lots of folks who express dismay that our political system is not working. Not only did we have two undesirable choices for president in 2016, but Congress has a 16 percent approval rating.
    Yet, over 90 percent of our representatives continue to be reelected. Research from the Pew Research Center shows that trust in government is at an all-time low, including during reconstruction after the Civil War. There has been a steady decline since a high just after 9/11.

  • Appreciation through reflection

    Although originally signed on July 2, 1776, our official date for celebrating our Declaration of Independence is today, July 4th. Unfortunately, for many, this is just a day off from work, a day to relax, maybe eat a couple of hot dogs, watch a few fireworks. There is little reflection on just what this day meant in 1776 and what this means today.

  • Casting votes with thought and foresight

    By Joe Webb, columnist

    Negative campaigning is one of the more unfortunate facts of politics. If you say that is true because negative campaigning is effective, then you’re engaging in shallow thinking.

    The real questions, in my mind, about negative campaigns are what gives rise to them, why they matter in the election of a public official and what their consequences are.

  • We must uphold our values, culture

    Parents are often told that among the most important things to observe and analyze are changes to their kids’ attitudes and activities and with whom they interact.

    It’s often found that when kids disassociate themselves from their longtime friends and positive influences and relationships, they become more vulnerable to negative influences that can make them more subject to destructive activities and harm.

  • Survey says: Jeffco community members, employees support direction and potential election questions

    Dr. Jason Glass