Embrace goods made by inmates

By |November 19th, 2015|

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|

(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|

(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|

(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|

(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|

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 […]

Don't punish taxpayers for prosperity

By |January 16th, 2015|

Colorado’s economy has shown remarkable resiliency in the wake of the Great Recession.

Unemployment has steadily fallen from a high of 9.6% in 2010 to an estimated 4.1% in November 2014.

Income indicators roared past pre-recession levels and now both wages and salary and per capita income are significantly higher.

In the past five years, taxes and fees paid by Coloradans to their state government have grown by 43% from $8.5 billion to an estimated $12.3 billion in the current year.

And next year, state revenue could surpass the state’s spending limit for the first time in 15 years, triggering a modest rebate to taxpayers of $116 million or 0.4% of next year’s state budget.

But those in the Government Always Needs More Money Choir just can’t stand this prosperity. They are howling that that this modest refund – and perhaps future refunds, if the economy continues to grow – are somehow strangling our state government. […]

Thoughts and advice on Colorado ballot questions

By |October 17th, 2014|

After some friends asked for my opinion on the four ballot measures, I put together the following explanation to try to be more illuminating than the commercials on television. […]

Colorado women upset with Udall’s support of Obamacare

By |October 14th, 2014|

“No one should come between a woman and her doctor.” […]

Energy prices may tip Colorado women’s vote

By |October 14th, 2014|

As a single mom budgeting for energy costs, my blood pressure just went up a little higher. The Farmer’s Almanac recently released its latest prediction: This winter will be colder, and the 2015 summer will be hotter. That means higher energy costs in my family budget. […]