Opinion

Guest Commentary: Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans

January 8, 2014
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COFFMAN: Military families have already been stressed by the multiple deployments of their service members and they now face more anxiety with the uncertain future of having to leave the military

COFFMAN: Military families have already been stressed by the multiple deployments of their service members

With the Iraq War over with and our involvement in Afghanistan winding down, the military is getting ready to downsize and many more veterans will soon be forced to make the transition from the military to civilian life.

I joined the Army after my junior year of high school, earned a high school diploma through an Army program, and was accepted at the University of Colorado before I left active duty. Needless to say, attending the University of Colorado as a young, single veteran was a great experience, both academically and socially.  Read more »

Guest Commentary: Local Fracking Ban Imposed by Two Officials, Not Voters

January 1, 2014
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MARKS: Will Broomfield allow the will of just two people to substitute for the voice of the voters?

MARKS: Will Broomfield allow the will of just two people to substitute for the voice of the voters?

Broomfield voters trusted that their community would decide the fate of fracking. The ugly truth: two self-interested individuals imposed Broomfield’s fracking ban.

Will the Broomfield City Council and/or the courts allow the will of just two people to substitute for the voice of the voters? More importantly, will Coloradans recognize that the Broomfield experience exposes the fact that the wheels have come off Colorado’s election system? Read more »

Guest Commentary: Diplomacy With Iran More Style than Substance

November 27, 2013
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McNULTY:  Trust is far more difficult to be gained than it is to be lost

I am concerned.  I am concerned that the Obama Administration is so committed to striking a deal with Iran that it is willing to do so at the expense of our Allies in the region and our foreign policy in general. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Coloradans Deserve Affordable, Accessible Health Care

November 25, 2013
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TIPTON:  The conversation is beginning to shift toward finding alternative solutions to the President’s health care law

TIPTON: The conversation is beginning to shift toward finding alternative solutions to the President’s health care law

Over the last month, there have been lots of changed attitudes in Washington about the President’s health care law. With new issues arising almost daily from the disastrous rollout, the President and Congressional Democrats can’t escape the fact that the law is broken. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Coffman Steadfast in Opposition to Obamacare “Trainwreck”

November 14, 2013
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ZVONEK: Coffman heard the warning whistles on Obamacare long before the train went off the tracks

ZVONEK: Rep. Coffman heard the warning whistles on Obamacare long before the train went off the tracks

At a time when the Obamacare “trainwreck” is making daily headlines, prompting fair weather supporters of the fatally-flawed law to duck for cover, it’s worth taking a moment to recognize the elected leaders, like U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, who were alert enough to hear the warning whistles long before the train went off the tracks. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Voters Right to Reject Income Tax Hike

November 11, 2013
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FIELDS:  Even without a well-funded opposition, Coloradans did not buy the slick, pro-tax hike advertisements that saturated the airwaves.

FIELDS: It shouldn’t be surprising that there was a backlash against out-of-staters trying to raise our taxes here in Colorado.

Proponents of Amendment 66 had everything they claimed they didn’t have two years ago when Proposition 103 was soundly defeated. This time, they had a detailed reform package. They had a massive bankroll. They had a long list of endorsements. They had Governor Hickenlooper. So what went wrong? How did Coloradans reject the amendment by a 2:1 margin? Read more »

Guest Commentary: Will Obamacare Take Down Amendment 66?

October 31, 2013
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FIELDS:  When failures like the meltdown of the Obamacare website occur, people are reminded that the private sector does things (including healthcare) more efficiently than government

FIELDS: When failures like the meltdown of the Obamacare website occur, people are reminded that the private sector does things more efficiently than government

It should have, but it didn’t dawn on me that Obamacare might drag down Amendment 66 until I saw an article highlighting this possibility on the New York Times blog. Despite a $10 million spending advantage, approval for the $1 billion tax increase is still very much in question. Read more »

Guest Commentary: The Three Scariest Things About Amendment 66

October 30, 2013
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TRICK OR TREAT? You’re not a heartless monster who hates kids if you oppose this massive tax increase.

TRICK OR TREAT? You’re not a heartless monster who hates kids if you oppose this massive tax increase (Li Tsin Soon Image)

Teachers’ unions, both national and local, are flooding the TV airwaves and spending piles of union bucks  – five million so far– to convince Colorado parents to pass a nearly one billion dollar tax increase “for the children.”  The irony is that most of the ad money they’re spending is taxpayer money – we pay our teachers’ salaries, and they pay union dues that buy TV and radio ads to convince us to give them more money.  Read more »

Guest Commentary: Special Session Needed to Fix Flawed Election Law

September 27, 2013
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McNULTY:  The time is now for Governor Hickenlooper to call a special legislative session to clean up the elections mess that  HB 1303 created

McNULTY: The time is now for Governor Hickenlooper to call a special legislative session to clean up the elections mess the Democrats created

Even as county clerks in El Paso and Pueblo counties clear their desks of September’s historic special elections where the Democratic state Senate President John Morse and his freshman Democratic colleague Angela Giron were recalled, clerks across the state are prepping for a heated November off year election — and dealing with recently altered elections laws that offer unworkable contradictions and invitations for voter fraud. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Hickenlooper No Longer a Centrist

September 23, 2013
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ZVONEK: Hickenlooper has lost the pragmatic centrism that made him so appealing not all that long ago

ZVONEK: Hickenlooper has lost the pragmatic centrism that made him so appealing not all that long ago

A national survey of how states are doing, and where they’re heading, finds the emergence of two distinct groups. One group is boldly taking steps to improve their business climate and get their fiscal affairs in order to spur job creation and give taxpayers a break. In the meantime, the other group, as if stuck in a rut, continues on a last-century trajectory that leads to economic decline and fiscal disaster. Read more »

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