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Debating high profile, volatile issues

Debating high profile, volatile issues

Every week, this session seems to feature a new high profile and volatile issue to be debated. Last week, it was the start of the school finance bill. Colorado’s approach…

Try a moderate approach, for a change

Try a moderate approach, for a change

Despite the fact Colorado and Archuleta County voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing limited recreational use and commercial sale of marijuana, the controversy over what to do with weed continues.…

Week features constituent contacts

Week features constituent contacts

Last week was busy with constituent contact as well as my regular legislative duties. A group of citizens participating in the Montrose Chamber’s leadership program came to Denver to spend…

Give them the right to vote

Give them  the right to vote

With a special election in the town of Pagosa Springs set for April 23, and a Monday registration deadline looming for unregistered town residents who want to vote, the topic…

Let’s talk about water in the legislature

Let’s talk about water in the legislature

One could get the impression that there’s not much agreement on issues going on here at the Capitol. In actuality, we should be reminded that both sides of the aisle…

Stinkin’ thinkin’ in a nutshell

Stinkin’ thinkin’ in a nutshell

By Sue Ellen Haning Columnist Hello, all you nuts out there. We have arrived at the essence of it all — fear, buts, hell breaking loose, comfort zone and everything…

A shameful denial of the right to speak

A shameful denial of the right to speak

We voted on the gun control bills on Monday and the bills now go back to the House, if they were amended in the Senate or, if unamended, they now…

A time to differ, a time for thanks

A time to differ,  a time for thanks

A glance at monthly sales tax reports for Archuleta County reveals a couple of things quite clearly, and directs us to a moment of recognition and appreciation. The December 2012…

A productive week at the Capitol

A productive week at the Capitol

The last few weeks at the State Capitol have been very productive and exciting. As I mentioned last week, I was very pleased to join Gov. Hickenlooper for the signing…

A busy season begins in Pagosa

A busy season begins in Pagosa

Strap on your seat belts, stock up on provisions — it’s on the way. Spring break. Not only will nothing stop it, nothing should. Given relatively flat sales tax revenues…