Monthly Archives: January 2011

How should we respond to the Arizona murders?

By |January 17th, 2011|

(CCU Student) A terrible thing happened in Tucson on Jan. 8. A crazed man shot and killed six people and injured fourteen, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D, Arizona) and a Federal Judge.

Most poignant, of the six murdered, is the story of Christina Taylor, a nine–year–old girl born on September 11th, 2001. […]

‘Who should win? Americans, every time,’ insists Jenks

By |January 17th, 2011|

When another speaker at Centennial’s immigration debate on Jan. 12 asked rhetorically who should win and lose in the job market, Rosemary Jenks of Numbers USA burst out, “Americans should win, every time!” It was one of the most dramatic moments of the event, soon to be available in full on video at this website. Meanwhile, here is the text of Jenks’s opening statement: […]

One businessman’s approach to immigration reform

By |January 16th, 2011|

On Immigration Reform, can we stipulate four starting points? (1) The borders must be secured. (2) There is no way we are going to send any significant number of illegal immigrants back to their country of origin. (3) We must bring all the illegals out from the shadows. (4) Employers want and need cheap labor.

[Editor: Rick Grice served in Gov. Bill Owens’ cabinet and now works in international business. He proposed this outline after attending Centennial Institute’s debate on “Immigration: Which Way America?”, Jan. 12 in Lakewood.] […]

Can American education save itself?

By |January 16th, 2011|

Reforming Colorado’s schools, and their finances, links directly to the larger cause of preserving the viability of our American democracy and the free enterprise system that is its indispensable foundation. Our Centennial Institute Policy Brief […]

Schultheis: Securing the border is a moral imperative

By |January 14th, 2011|

Editor: Here is the first in our series of position papers from Centennial Institute’s debate on “Immigration: Which Way America?” attended by a full house of 300 on Jan. 12 in Lakewood. Former State Sen. David Schultheis (R–Colorado Springs) spoke against the evening’s proposition: “Resolved: A less restrictive immigration policy is civically and morally best for America.” His opening remarks are given below. Position papers from fellow debaters Lucia Guzman, Rosemary Jenks, and Helen Krieble will be posted as we receive them. The debate was recorded for later airing on TV and radio; watch this space for broadcast times. […]

Two takes on Tucson

By |January 13th, 2011|

The assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is proof we need more gun control, says Susan Barnes–Gelt in the January round of Head On TV debates. Wrong, says John Andrews: gun rights enhance public safety, and the liberties of all shouldn’t be curtailed to deter a few lunatics. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over Speaker John Boehner, repeal of Obamacare, the Hickenlooper agenda, and dysfunctional mass transit. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997. Below are all five scripts for January: […]

Conservative rhetoric not behind Arizona shooting

By |January 11th, 2011|

Dead birds have lately been falling from the sky all over the place and if you wanted to be as inane in locating a cause as some have been about fault–finding in the tragic Arizona shooting, you would blame the tea party, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Sarah Palin—anyone to the right of Lenin. Problem solved.

It’s a laughable thesis, but if you ventured it, maybe some sober soul would gently explain that there isn’t any discernible causal connection between political commentary and the demise of some of our feathered friends. […]

My pen pal, Sen. Bennet, evasive as ever on Obamacare

By |January 11th, 2011|

(’76 Contributor) The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on a proposal to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. So this is a good time to discuss the continuing obfuscation—what I have called “purposeful ignorance”—of one, not untypical, Member of Congress, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D–Colo. Bennet cast a decisive vote enabling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D–Nev., to secure Senate passage on Christmas Eve, 2009. […]

Performance marks for GOP Houses in Denver & DC

By |January 11th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) As Republican majorities take the reins of power both in Congress and in the Colorado House of Representatives, they carry the lofty expectations of their supporters alongside the inconvenient reality that Democrats still control half of the legislative branch plus the executive.

Practically speaking, Republicans can do only so much, but that certainly doesn’t mean they are powerless. Here’s what a good strategy for the next two years might look like: […]

‘Better Schools on Lower Budgets’ briefing set for Jan. 31

By |January 8th, 2011|

Former Colorado Education Commissioner William Moloney and former Heritage Foundation education analyst Krista Kafer, both now serving as Centennial Institute Fellows, are featured on Issue Monday, Jan. 31 at 7pm at the CCU Beckman Center, […]