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Columns

  • Will hard Left policies play in Colorado?

    By now you most assuredly have heard of the new face of the Democratic Party, the rising star of the hard Left, one Ms. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
    To say that she portends both an interesting challenge and/or opportunity for the Democratic Party would be quite the understatement. Indeed, liberal media outlets have been quite active in championing her Democratic Socialist platform, and promoting her support and enlistment of other Democratic Socialists for the upcoming mid-term elections.

  • Feel-good sports stories a welcome respite

    One of the best things about sports teams is the catalyst they can provide to bring people together. Eyes all over the world were focused on the World Cup in June and July.  
    While our team failed to make it into the 32-nation tournament, we watched people from all over the world show their national pride until France won the championship with a win over Croatia.

  • Elect a Speaker of the House not speaker of a party

    Admittedly, my last recommendation to improve the working of our dysfunctional U.S. House of Representatives will be challenging. It will take a groundswell of voter support to amend the Constitution to provide longer terms and a one-term limitation for House members.
    A recent McLaughlin & Associates survey shows that 82 percent of voters support a Constitutional amendment to impose term limits. We must speak out for a specific initiative for this to gain some momentum.

  • A Rocky Mountain low for the N.Y. Times

    Perhaps by now you’ve had the unfortunate occasion to read or hear about the scurrilous piece of yellow journalism recently perpetrated upon the Republican candidate for governor, Walker Stapleton.
    In a N.Y. Times article titled “Family history haunts GOP candidate for governor in Colorado” by Julie Turkewitz (July 24), we have the perfect example of biased reporting of facts masquerading as news reporting. We have the perfect example of why Trump supporters regard with such disdain that bastion of Progressive fabrications, the N.Y. Times.

  • 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.