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Let’s be the Backbone State

By |January 18th, 2016|Categories: Books, Colorado|Tags: , , , , |

  (By John Andrews, Centennial Fellow) What’s a state? For starters, an expanse of territory, a resident population, and a sovereign government. But there’s a lot more, when you think about it […]

Let’s Make Our Country Better

By |January 7th, 2016|Categories: Colorado, Colorado Christian University, Conservatives, Students|

I believe we can create a better country if more conservative women are in leadership positions and active in their communities. 10 years from now - I would like key leaders in our political systems [...]

What if it’s not possible to be both a good Muslim and a good American?

By |January 3rd, 2016|Categories: America, Books, Colorado, Conservatives, Ideas, Islam, Jihad, National Security|Tags: , , , |

  (By John Andrews, Centennial Fellow) Can a good Muslim be a good American? Brian, a constitutional scholar, put the question to Michael, a national security expert, […]

Book: What happened to America’s backbone?

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: America, Books, Colorado, Ideas, Politics, Values|Tags: , |

John Andrews, former president of the Colorado Senate and director of Centennial Institute since its founding seven years ago, marks his transition to the new role of Centennial policy fellow in American thought with publication of an essay collection about what he calls “America’s backbone crisis.” […]

Embrace goods made by inmates

By |November 19th, 2015|Categories: Colorado, Economics, Economics & business, Opinion, programs|Tags: , , , , |

A hand-braided black, white and red bridle with tassels and glass rosettes was one of my dad’s favorite antiques, both for its artistry and its history. Sometime in the early 20th century, an inmate in a Colorado penitentiary in Cañon City worked strands of stiff horsehair into a work of art. […]

Will union lies squash successful Colorado education reforms?

By |October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Colorado, Education, Elections, Politics|Tags: , , , |

(By Joy Overbeck, ’76 Contributor) Colorado teachers unions are working hard to erase the gains in student achievement that parents want by trying to defeat reform-minded Douglas and Jefferson County school board members in upcoming elections with national implications for educational transformation. […]

Jeffco school reformers face social-media lynching

By |October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Colorado, Education, Politics|Tags: , , |

(By Melanie Sturm, ’76 Contributor) As a giant marketplace of ideas, Facebook is an astonishing barometer, for better or worse. Its force-multiplying “likes” and “shares” can direct masses toward aspirational “Arab Spring”-type movements or incite mobs with false grievances, […]

Liberal front group rolls out ‘Taxing a Better Colorado’ scheme

By |August 25th, 2015|Categories: Colorado, constitution, Policy, Taxes & TABOR|Tags: , , , , |

(By John Andrews, ’76 Editor) Soothing rhetoric and high-minded goals characterized the Sunday Denver Post lead story on a new, prestigious, ostensibly bipartisan group called Building a Better Colorado. […]

In memoriam: Clair B. Orr, 1953-2015

By |August 13th, 2015|Categories: Colorado|Tags: , , |

(By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow) The Book of Ecclesiastes tells us “To Everything there is a season, and a Time to every purpose under the heaven”.  Included are “A time to be born and a [...]

Are PERA and TABOR on a collision course?

By |April 26th, 2015|Categories: Colorado, Policy|Tags: , , , , |

Absent changes to the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association, PERA, or Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights, TABOR, Colorado’s public employee retiree population will be on a collision course with the Colorado taxpayer population in the [...]