Personally, while investigating hundreds of nonviolent and violent drug-related crimes in Washington, D.C., between 1983 and 2002 — including the Rayful Edmond gang murders that played a role in the press labeling the District of Columbia the “murder capital” — I witnessed the injustice inflicted by sentencing guidelines that removed judicial discretion for nonviolent drug offenders swept up in the hysteria of the time.
The Aug. 10, 2012, edition of this column was headlined, “Will Roberts rise to Magill’s challenge?” The column examined complaints about then-Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts primarily raised by three members of the Steamboat Springs City Council — Walter Magill, Kenny Reisman and Sonja Macys — during that week’s City Council meeting.
While I’ll cheer for Peyton and the Broncos on Sunday, and I can’t wait to watch our Winter Olympians perform in Russia, my hero this week is Steamboat Springs Middle School student Cedar Turek.
By conducting a public meeting concerning sage grouse conservation while excluding the press, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Gov. John Hickenlooper did not “foster an open and frank discussion.” Instead, they’ve raised questions about their commitment to a free and unfettered press as enshrined in the U.S. and Colorado Constitutions.
Just as it was wrong back in July for Sen. Lindsey Graham to call on the United States to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, because Russian President Vladimir Putin granted asylum to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama’s decision this week to use the U.S. Olympic delegation as a political tool to oppose Russian laws against “nontraditional sexual relations” is shortsighted.
For some reason, when it comes to education, the benchmark is another school just down the road or across the state. Rarely, if ever, do school systems compare themselves to their international counterparts.
With the elections of Nov. 5 receding in the rearview mirror, a glance ahead shows 2014’s local, state and federal races coming into focus. With Colorado’s precinct caucuses scheduled for March 4, some incumbents and candidates already have begun the grunt work associated with running for office.
On Wednesday, while folks in Routt County were absorbing Tuesday’s election results, Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet were in a private meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.
As the hometown of more winter Olympians than any other community in the U.S., Steamboat Springs is accustomed to seeing residents of Ski Town USA regularly mentioned by the national and international press.
A week ago, Steamboat Springs resident Leah Wolf Martin knocked on my door and asked if I was aware health insurance premiums for coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act were far higher in Steamboat than in most other Colorado communities.