A Final Salute — And Thank You

I never had the honor of personally meeting Lt. Jim Downing, USN, in life, but I knew about him. He was the oldest surviving service member from the attack on Pearl Harbor on that long-ago December day. We lost Lt. Downing last week, at the remarkable age of 104. He was a proud Coloradan and…

We all agree on Gun Control

Yes, we do. Americans by and large accept the need for some gun control. No reasonable person supports the right of their odd neighbor down the street to have a tactical nuclear weapon. No reasonable person thinks a 10-year-old should be able to buy a flame thrower. No reasonable person thinks anyone should have a private anthrax…

Who loves a parade? Not the military

In 1984 I was in a military parade. Well, not exactly. I was in the military and I was in a parade, up in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Our Olympic Arena team had won several trophies for excellence at the missile operations competition (think Red Flag for missiles), and the nice folks running Cheyenne Frontier Days that…

Let’s Clear up Clearances

To truly understand the importance and shock value of the most recent crisis/scandal/fake news to come out of the White House, regarding Rob Porter and his alleged security clearance, you really need to talk to someone who once worked in the White House and held a very high-level security clearance. Hi there. As a career…

Someone tell Donald Trump Opposition is not Treason

My poor and long-suffering editor here at Colorado Politics is Diligent, Awesome, and Nice, so I call him “Dan.” And poor Dan often has to remind me that the name of the site is “Colorado Politics” and not “DC Politics.” And I really, really do try to write about Colorado. After all, there is lots…

Tail Gunner Donald?

I had the honor and the very good fortune to spend much of my 25-plus year military career teaching at the Air Force Academy. I came there after serving as a “finger on the button” ICMB launch officer up the road from Colorado in Cheyenne. In both assignments there was an absolute premium placed on…

Two Heroes You Don’t Know

There has always been something that seemed not quite right to me about the way television and movie stars are, well, worshiped might be the best word, by lots and lots of us. While I have enjoyed their work, I’ve always thought that these nice folks’ skill set is mainly about pretending to be other…

Stop Hiding the Tools of Death

If you want to start an argument in a phone booth with two people, the best subject to bring up might be the death penalty. Recent polling both nationally and here in Colorado tells us that just about half of Americans (49 percent nationally and 47 percent here) support the death penalty, while about 47…

Will of the People-ish

Regular readers of my columns (and I want to thank both of you) may recall my previous ruminations on representation as well as on hypocrisy. On representation I mulled over whether an elected senator or congressperson should vote in accordance with the will of the people (the “delegate model” of doing things) or should vote for what…