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Columns

  • Conservativism can and does win elections

     Today at CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Committee) Conference, Ronald Reagan emerged as strong as ever to address the issues we face in 2013. Wishful thinking, but what if Reagan were to address conservatives today? There is no doubt that CPAC is Reagan-oriented. It hands out Reagan posters to its attendees and espouses the views of Reagan in many ways. 

  • Colorado should return to forefront

    Last Tuesday, the Colorado House voted to approve civil unions for same-sex couples. On Wednesday, the picture on the front page of the Denver Post showed speaker Mark Ferrandino kissing his partner. Like the photo of the gay couple kissing after one’s return from Iraq, it is iconic.

  • In these times, what would Reagan do?

    Wikipedia, the source of all worthless knowledge, defines WWRD (What Would Reagan Do) as “a phrase that has become popular primarily among conservatives and Republicans in the United States. Its usage reflects a belief in former United States President Ronald Reagan as a model conservative leader.” You can tell that the person who posted that definition certainly has a bias … about conservatives and about the “belief” that Ronald Reagan is a “model conservative leader.” Well, he isn’t. 

  • Column’s message needs some deciphering

    It’s been more than the usual fascination digesting feedback on recent columns, reflections that have ranged from “Huh?” to “You lost me,” so not so disparate reactions. That’s good. I’m learning to revel in un-clarity. 

  • Watch for scams that may target veterans

    It seems inconceivable that scammers would target current and former military service members who most deserve our respect and appreciation. Surely, as decent Americans, we all hope that no one even thinks about ripping off elderly and disabled veterans. In some cases, we would be wrong. 

  • A ranking of fiscally conservative presidents

    Recently at the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, I toured Air Force One Tail No. 27000, which is a Boeing 707 that was in service during Reagan’s presidency. It was a fascinating tour in that it was a humble jet with four seats across separated by an aisle. 

    The media seating area was the last part of the jet in the very back. I was reminded of Reagan’s policy to make the media pay “full fare plus one dollar” for every seat. 

  • The unintended consequences of gun control

     As a student living on Chicago’s south side in the early 1990s, I understood that the beginning of spring brought not only warmer days, but the sound of gunfire at night. Sometimes it would be the single shot from a handgun, and occasionally it would be the “pop-pop-pop” of a semi-automatic weapon. 

  • Helton shows he’s human in addressing DUI

     Sorry, Todd Helton. You acted unwisely when you drove your vehicle while under the influence and will need to pay the consequences, which you will do most willingly. 

    That makes you human. 

    Thank you, though, for accepting responsibility rather than copping a superstar attitude like so many others in America’s pantheon of gods, heroes and lovable monsters.

  • Current GOP state leaders have correct vision for Colorado

     “Where my people lack vision, they perish” is a proverb from the Old Testament. How true for a political party as well.

    Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in beautiful Simi Valley, Calif. For me, this has been a few years in the planning. As you know, I admire Reagan for all he did for America. But, what did he really do for us? For you ’60s music fans, remember that “Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man; that he didn’t, didn’t already have.” 

  • Presidency should be about job, not legacy

    The president gave his State of the Union address last week. As a good citizen, I suppose I should’ve watched, but I couldn’t find the time. Actually, I could’ve, but I chose not to.

    The next day’s headline blared something about if he wants to secure his legacy, he needs to act quickly. I thought about that and wondered whether Abraham Lincoln fretted about his legacy.