Monthly Archives: January 2011

Hey government, we’re out of patience

(Denver Post, Jan. 9) “Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish, I wish he’d go away.” The little poem from a century ago should haunt Colorado’s new governor and legislature as they climb the Capitol steps and set to work this week.

John Hickenlooper is shrewdly adding Republicans as well as fellow Democrats to his cabinet, but no one has been appointed from the Tea Party. Continue reading

Governator fittingly caught in towaway zone

(Centennial Fellow) The state’s Democratic legislators were “girlie men,” Arnold Schwarzenegger stated early in his tenure as governor of California, and you had to laugh and even applaud, because here was a popular, muscular action hero of the movies taunting opponents who really did seem politically sissified. The laughs and applause for that and more are over now. It’s parking ticket time.

The meter–maid story out of Los Angeles came a day after Jerry Brown replaced the fading star as chief of a state where everything has gone wrong. The cost of living is a killer. Business taxes and regulation are insufferable. Continue reading

Centennial’s school reform ideas touted in National Journal

National Journal Online today asked contributors to its Education Experts Blog for ideas on what 2011 may hold in school reform, since divided government in Washington means “it’s likely that any changes on the federal level will be incremental. That means it’s up to the folks at the local level—the school boards, the superintendents, and the unions—to turn around the failing schools and lift up the ones languishing in the middle.” Continue reading

China is booming, not only economically but spiritually

(CCU Faculty) Good morning from the People’s Republic of China. It is the beginning of 2011 here—It’s still the old year in the states. And since many a pundit is arguing that the future of the world is here it seems like a good idea to be writing my first blog of the year from this location.

China is, indeed, booming. The signs of growth are everywhere: endless office and apartment buildings being built to the sky. Bustling, booming cities. Brand, spanking new airports built to impress the world. Continue reading

Let’s seek leaders of George Washington’s caliber in 2011

(CCU Student) Any group of individuals that has faced a difficult task quickly comes to realize that a successful completion of their endeavors is impossible without solid leadership. Without effective leadership, any significant task will be torn asunder either from external pressures or internal strife.

No one understood this more than our Founding Fathers. The task of uniting thirteen stubborn and independent colonies against the most powerful economic and militaristic empire on the planet is a challenge that rivals the impossible. Continue reading