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Face to face with the real world

Face to face with the real world

Last week brought life in the legislature face to face with the real world on a couple of different fronts. We began the week with two funerals, one for Tom…

Make it easy, in the open

Make it easy,  in the open

Every spring, folks in the journalism business assess how local government uses or, in some cases, misuses open meetings and records laws. The conclusion each year: Keep records open whenever…

Dealing with life’s little obstacles

Dealing with life’s little obstacles

The last two weeks have been wholly different than any other so far at the State Capitol. As many of you already know, I was admitted to Porter Adventist Hospital…

When people challenge your comfort zone

When people challenge your comfort zone

By Sue Ellen Haning Welcome back, devoted nuts. I trust your personal road to successful nuthood has become irresistible, and every day opens a door of opportunity for you to…

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…