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Columns

  • League of Women Voters celebrates anniversary of women’s suffrage

    Women celebrated 91 years of voting on Aug. 26, which marks the 91st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting the right to vote to all American women.

  • Cut trillions, not voting rights

    The enormity of the federal government’s liabilities is the biggest challenge we face. As of the moment I write this, national debt stands at about $14.652 trillion (add a few billion by the time you read this). Yet debt is only a part of the equation: Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff estimates that the “real liability” of the federal government is actually in excess of $70 trillion.
    No wonder markets weren’t jumping for joy when Congress and the president agreed to a deal that nets only $900 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.

  • Boulder ballot misses the point

    On Nov. 1, 2011, municipalities across Colorado will conduct elections. Voters in those cities and towns will be picking mayors and members of their city councils. They will decide on tax questions and other issues concerning how their cities will operate.
    And then there is Boulder.

  • K-12 funding needs a solution

    An odd convergence took place last Monday when oral arguments began in the case of Lobato vs. State of Colorado and supporters of Initiative 25 turned in nearly twice as many signatures to the secretary of state as are necessary to put the measure on this November’s ballot.

  • The time has come for leadership

    Last week, I sat down for coffee with a recent college graduate. The young man, whom I’ll call “K,” worked his way through ROTC, took a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army, and now serves in an Army engineer company.
    K is the son of immigrants, a first-generation American. He’s a student of American history, especially the founding era. And he understands as well as anyone I know the principles that animate the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. What’s more, he believes in those principles to the core of his being.

  • Words can set the caged bird free

    By Anushka Anastasia Solomon

  • Hopefuls draw lines in the sand

  • Reconciliation key to big solutions

    In a recent radio interview, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger made an interesting point about how polarized our politics have become. I’m paraphrasing here, but Kissinger’s idea is essentially that positive changes in society are achieved only through moments of reconciliation, not conflict. It seems clear he views the partisan environment as a major obstacle to the continued success of America.
    So how can we get to a point of reconciliation? And are we so polarized that reconciliation is no longer possible?

  • The importance of being pleasant

    I was recently at an awards ceremony where a local business executive was honored. In describing his philosophy about hiring employees, he noted that his first test is always to find pleasant people. That rang true with me, but I’d never heard anyone say it before.
    It made me wonder: Is pleasantness the most underrated human trait?

  • Indirect results of direct governing