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Columns

  • Guns simply aren’t the answer

    While there might be debate as to the order of the Bill of Rights — Did James Madison prioritize them? — for our purpose, it is striking to note the Second Amendment, which is about the need for a strong militia bearing arms, comes long before the Eighth Amendment that declares cruel and unusual punishment taboo. 

  • Compromise is the only solution

     Call him an aggressive progressive. In his full-throated declaration of progressive values in his inauguration speech, President Barack Obama eloquently states the case for modern liberalism. No apologies here.

    Obama draws upon advances made throughout history to make the case that our ascent has been an ongoing progression from the notion that the status quo is good enough.

    He emphasizes it was “together” we moved forward and only together can we keep building that “perfect union.”

  • Remembering Irv Krueger at the ISFD

     Twenty years as a volunteer firefighter in Idaho Springs didn’t define the life of Irv Krueger, who died earlier this month, but those two decades of formal service and countless days of service since his retirement made our community much richer and safer.

  • Unity and awareness needed for Republicans

     A forest fire raged on one side of a mighty river. At the river’s edge were a scorpion and a fox. They both faced imminent death. The scorpion said, “I can’t swim. Please let me ride on your back to safety on the other side.”

    The fox replied, “No. For surely we will get halfway across the river, you will sting me and we will both die.”

  • Suicide rate among military at all-time high

     The United States military passed a major milestone in 2012. For the first time in recent history, military suicides exceeded the number killed in combat. The military suicide rate has increased steadily over the past five years, exceeding the national average of 11.1 suicides per 100,000 people. 

    Even more alarming, veterans discharged since 9/11 have had the highest suicide rate of all, estimated at between 22.9 and 31.9 per 100,000 people.

  • No guns means no gun violence

    The heated debate over the role of guns mirrors the divide in which we still are mired. The sides arise from two disparate world views: pragmatism versus social-political-economic ideology and religious fundamentalism. 

    Pragmatists are not wedded to a particular set of beliefs. They tend to be forward-looking, progressive problem-solvers, willing to put all options on the table. Ideologists, who often seek the cover of philosophy, are purists, unwilling to deviate from secular or religious dogma.

  • Uniting people in both football and politics

     I was wrong. Many times I have written about how divided we are and how I will not participate in the division. However, this morning as I write this column, I realized that we are truly united … United in Orange. 

    Yes, it is Broncos playoff season and regardless of the outcome of today’s playoff, we are United in Orange. There is even a Twitter hashtag #UnitedInOrange to tweet your feelings about the situation. Fortunately for me, I have the chance to speak to you in this paper about the playoffs. 

  • Death penalty should be abolished

     The question before us with regard to the death penalty is its efficaciousness. Coolly and deliberately, it’s incumbent upon society to review its purpose, history and practicality.

    The death penalty is the most extreme and final consequence for a crime, usually murder. There’s no undoing its implementation, for once one is dead, one is dead. There’s no chance of undoing that “oops” or making it right vis-à-vis restitution. 

  • Gun control conversation doesn’t mean changing laws

    Three weeks ago, I committed to you to not co-opt the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., by talking about the Second Amendment. However, I cannot say the same about virtually every liberal columnist, talk-show host or pundit. Before the first victims were buried, their message has been out there, and it has been uniform across all media. You might have heard it. They say, “Now is the time to have the conversation about gun control.”  

  • Gun debate has many nuances

    Perhaps good can come of the more-than-horrific mass murder of 20 of our most innocent Americans and their teachers. As a retired a teacher, I “get it,” as does every current and retired teacher when it comes to what teachers do: first protect your charges even at the cost of your life. 

    The children — what can one say? Their slayings tear the heart out of every decent human being.