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Hal BidlackHal BidlackNovember 23, 20187min188

Today is Black Friday, an invented marketing tool that encourages us to shake off our turkey and dressing stupor and to head to the mall, the shops, main street, and, if you had that extra piece of pie, the computer, to start our holiday shopping. And if you are like me (Ed: Hal, very few readers are like you), you will end today having made a few purchases, eaten a few leftovers, and ruminating about the Cog Railroad (Ed: See? Told ya).


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackNovember 20, 20186min255

Water awareness is becoming increasingly important, not just for desert cities like Las Vegas, but more and more for, well, everyone in Colorado. And while finding water in mines and other unusual places is helpful, there is a very significant problem facing Colorado and the American West that we, as citizens of the region, must demand our leaders address. To complicate matters, the policies and laws required to properly address the coming water crisis will directly impact what many westerners feel are their fundamental rights and freedoms.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackNovember 16, 20187min280

I really like our state. Colorado has, again and again, shown itself to be a national leader in good things and a bellwether in political trends. One area I hope the rest of the nation can learn from us is in how to behave after elections. Coloradans, for the most part, have not embraced the sour winds emanating from the White House regarding the outcomes of various contests, as well as the ongoing vote counting, and that’s important.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackNovember 6, 20186min205

Today is election day, and that’s a remarkable thing. We Americans all too often take voting for granted. About half of us don’t bother to vote and the rest vary widely in their enthusiasm to exercise their franchise. And that’s a shame. We are all of us born into a society wherein voting is a normal, if oft ignored, part of life. But for most of human history the act of voting was unknown and occasionally sinister. Thomas Jefferson’s remarkable 35-word statement within the Declaration of Independence, beginning with the famous phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident…” represents the most remarkable political writing in history – the idea that governments were created for the citizens and not as servants to a king. We are the sons and daughters of revolutionaries that took on the world’s greatest military power on the principle that we are inherently free. Yet today, far too many in Colorado and the nation forget that legacy.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackNovember 2, 20186min265

The top headline in the Gazette yesterday made a national story quite local. Ace military reporter Tom Roeder wrote that our president has decided to send lots more troops south. He is upping the ante in his campaign to make Americans fear immigrants. Mr. Trump has increased the number of troops he is rushing to the border to as many as 15,000 – roughly the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and three times the number we have in Iraq – including thousands of active-duty troops. That number will include 200 soldiers from Colorado’s own Fort Carson.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 30, 20187min263

Every so often, I’m asked how I go about writing these columns twice a week. My usual process is to sit at my computer with my copy of the Colorado Springs Gazette from that morning, with the ColoradoPolitics.com website open on my monitor, a can of Coke Zero by my side. I look for something that either inspires or irritates me, and then I think about how I can write something that is interesting enough to get past my long-suffering editor Dan


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 26, 20186min235

Regular readers of my twice-weekly columns (Hi Dan the opinion editor!) may recall my frequent harping on the importance of local government in the lives of Coloradans, while we tend to focus far too much attention on the national-level politics that impacts our lives less dramatically. But a recent story in the Colorado Springs Gazette illustrates the importance of local stuff convincingly.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 23, 20186min392

A recent Colorado Politics story reported on Denver TV stations pulling a political ad against Jared Polis that was truly vile. It was placed by an organization ironically named “Colorado Citizens for Truth,” which came into existence on Oct 9. Full disclosure: I know Jared a bit, and I support his campaign. So, you can imagine my shock when I saw the ad aired on my local Colorado Springs station. The ad was a hit piece against Jared, which is normally fine. But the people behind “Colorado Citizens for Truth” went way beyond any normal negative ad and ventured into outright falsehoods and deeply misleading statements.