Columns & Op-Eds

To quote Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, “There has been an awakening.  Have you felt it?” Whether we’re talking about PreK-12 schooling or higher ed, things are changing.  Parents and students are starting to realize the raw deal they’ve been getting with the current education systems.  It’s showing up in enrollment data — and […]

The year was 2003, the summer between my seventh- and eighth-grade years at Falcon Creek Middle School. We were on our annual vacation visiting family back home in Upstate New York, and my Grandpa Walt took me on a golf outing. On the way back to his house, a very curious thing happened. Grandpa turned […]

It was Dec. 6, 1983.  Blues/rock guitar god Stevie Ray Vaughan, then just 29 and not yet a blip on the music radar screen, was set to join blues legend Albert King, then twice his age, for a televised jam session in Hamilton Ontario, Canada.  The performance was recorded live for a TV show called In […]

The song erupted clear across the golf course. A golfer recoiled in anger. “The man’s a menace!” he shouted. “Cut that off!” His frustration, mixed with a sneering attitude, was palpable. “Music is a violation of my personal privacy. He’s breaking the law!” Sadly, decades-old jokes from a cult classic (of course, I’m talking about […]

Congressional Democrats are moving apace with their student loan forgiveness schemes. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren, along with several liberal members of Congress, introduced a resolution calling for President Biden to cancel unilaterally up to $50,000 in student loan debt for every borrower. It’s unknown if Biden, who favors some […]

Last Thursday, a group of U.S. senators, led by Sens. Chuck Schumer (NY) and Elizabeth Warren (MA), put forward a resolution calling on President Biden to unilaterally “cancel” $50,000 in federal student loan debt.  All are Democrats, yet thankfully not a single one was from Colorado.  It should stay that way. At over $1.7 trillion, […]

Exactly 20 years and one month ago today, we moved to Colorado for my dad’s work. I was a 10-year-old fifth-grader coming to a new state and a new school, yet one thing didn’t change: The existence of standardized tests. Back at the dawn of the century, though, standardized testing was not as big as […]

I have been plugged into Colorado Republican Party politics since the ripe old age of 13.  My first experience was attending the Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club breakfasts.  A few months later, I was making phone calls on behalf of George W. Bush’s reelection campaign. Over about 17 years — whether just an activist, leader […]

Last November in Colorado Politics, I revealed publicly how, seven years ago this past New Year’s Eve, I almost took my own life. Thankfully, I stopped myself from jumping off a parking garage that night and ended up in an overnight mental health hold. For over seven years, I underwent treatment for clinical depression and […]

For four years, we heard constant, confident claims from many quarters that the Republican Party was the exemplar of failed leadership.  It’s certainly debatable, but the drumbeat was incessant for years. Now, as Democrats solidify control both here in Colorado and in Washington, D.C., we must all assess whether the party in power offers the […]


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