• State now ground zero in battle for Senate

     Talk about a game changer!

    Polling has suggested that U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is vulnerable as he seeks re-election this fall, but conventional wisdom was that none of his announced challengers were gaining much traction.

    Then, last week, less than a week before precinct caucuses would mark the formal beginning of the process for major parties to choose their nominees, Congressman Cory Gardner dropped a bombshell when he announced he would abandon his re-election campaign for the 4th Congressional District and challenge Udall instead.

  • Highway histrionics all about funding

     If the comments at state Rep. KC Becker’s town hall meeting can serve as a barometer, there’s considerable apprehension about the I-70 corridor, understandably so given the recent brouhaha about the Boulder Turnpike being essentially handed over to foreign nationals. What next?  

  • Making student testing more palatable

     Robert Zubrin perfectly fits the mold of an independent thinker. Zubrin is the president of Pioneer Energy and author of “Energy Victory.”  

    One might, then, given his credentials, stereotype him as a proponent of testing students until their brains turn to mush. But he isn’t; in fact, in a column titled “Colorado’s school testers flunk themselves” in the Denver Post, Zubrin dissects the arguments that the test-until-they-drop crowd offer.  

  • The sun is a lifeline this time of the year

     I stood there in the stream up to my knees, not catching anything. I stood there and never caught anything. 

    Other fishermen were packing up for the day with terrific scowls that told tales of similar heroic misfortune. Truthfully, I might have had better luck diving in head-first and trying to snare a trout between my teeth than on the end of my line. 

    But there I was Saturday on the South Platte, not snaring anything but the piteous looks from the fish and game folks who came to check my license and listen to my tale of woe.

  • Could the Jeffco scenario happen here?

     “Off with her head!” cried the Queens of Hearts, but instead of Alice in Wonderland’s head rolling, as did John the Baptist’s for Salome, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson fell on her sword by resigning before the Jeffco Board of Education Threesome could fire her.

    I wonder if, in lieu of the Pledge of Allegiance before the blood-letting, there was an invocation “asking the Lord for wisdom, grace and protection over these precious people of God.”  

  • ‘United in Orange’ supersedes politics

     You had to be there, but if you couldn’t, then watching the Broncos defeat the Patriots on TV was next best. I’m blessed that I have season tickets. Of course, I know that by revealing that, I will have a few new best friends. Game companion beware: My seats are located in the highest reaches of Mile High. But then, when one lives as Clear Creekers do between 7,500 feet and 10,000 feet, sprinting up eight ramps to make kickoff is a breeze. 

  • Remembering Clarence, a Capitol fixture

     There are people we encounter in life who achieve notoriety and influence beyond what any reasonable person would expect. Clarence Miller, who passed away last week at the age of 64, was one of those people.

  • Is privatizing public schools good for kids?

     “The complete privatization of schooling might be desirable, but this objective is politically impossible for the time being. Vouchers are a type of reform that is possible now, and would put us on the path to further privatization.” 

    — Joseph Bast, 

    president and CEO of the Heartland Institute


  • Right-wingers leave schools without prayer

     The crusade began with the Douglas County Board of Education in 2009. A shift in power took place, giving the forces of so-called reform a majority. That new majority began to impose rules that took aim at veteran teachers with the hope they’d move on and out. It’s succeeding.

  • A set of resolutions to live by

    It’s been tradition for many to make New Year’s resolutions — e.g., lose weight, quit smoking — that most often fail to materialize. The reasons vary, but I suspect they primarily relate to the fact they are specific goals, which, while well-intentioned, are negative or reactive, despite being grounded in positive intention.