How Peyton Manning could increase your income

March 24th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications No Responses

Economist finds a positive correlation between an NFL team’s winning percentage and local per-capita income.

Concealed carry allowed at Colorado’s public universities

March 15th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications, firearms No Responses

Like the fictional Dirty Harry who popularized “make my day,” arguments against self-defense rights fit in Hollywood scripts, but not in reality.

Is a Balanced Budget Amendment “Delusional?”

March 15th, 2012 by admin Categories: Barry Poulson, Opinion Editorials, Publications, spending No Responses

By Barry Poulson, PhD, Representative Spencer Swalm and Representative Ed Casso
During the past year both the House and Senate failed to pass a resolution calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. Resolutions proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment have failed numerous times in Congress over the past half century; in 1995 the Amendment passed [...]

Economic indicators that best correlate with presidential election results

February 28th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications No Responses

For the 16 presidential elections since World War II, Nate Silver computed the correlation between the incumbent party’s margin of victory & the value of 43 indicators in the first 9 months of the election year. Change in employment rates matter. Market indexes and oil prices don’t

Bill Would Compromise Patients’ Medical Privacy

February 23rd, 2012 by admin Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications, health No Responses

by Linda Gorman and Amy Oliver
Colorado officials have no business forcing people to choose between medical care and exposing their personal lives to hackers, busybody bureaucrats, and commercial interests. Nor do they have any business increasing the cost of health care by requiring those who pay for their own health care to participate in the [...]

Let’s Pay Teachers To Be Effective, Too

February 23rd, 2012 by admin Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications, education No Responses

by Ben DeGrow
Colorado is one key step closer to distinguishing teachers who effectively help students learn from those who don’t. But we certainly haven’t overcome every obstacle to delivering top-notch instruction.
House Bill 1001’s “rule review evaluation of educator effectiveness” quickly sailed through the Colorado Legislature with only a single vote against, before Gov. John Hickenlooper [...]

Colorado’s ban on text messaging while driving: ineffective, misguided

February 14th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials No Responses

Journalist Radley Balko argues, to promote safe streets, “we should be punishing reckless driving. It shouldn’t matter if it’s caused by alcohol, sleep deprivation, prescription medication, text messaging, or road rage. … The punishable act should be violating road rules or causing an accident, not the factors that led to those offenses.”

A Bill of Good Things to Have

February 10th, 2012 by admin Categories: Barry Fagin, Opinion Editorials, Publications, housing No Responses

by Barry Fagin
Mr. President:
What a pleasure to see your byline on The Gazette’s opinion pages. Of course, you must have had your people write that column on your “Housing Bill of Rights.” But you’re a busy man; that’s completely excusable.
What is less excusable is the idea that what a dozen previous administrations of both parties [...]

Obama’s State of the Union: You’re just part of his “blueprint”

February 1st, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, taxes No Responses

Obama has the same conceit that better economists have warned about for centuries. Describing the “man of system,” Adam Smith wrote: “He seems to imagine that he can arrange … members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges … pieces upon a chess-board.”

Boulder’s “Climate Action Plan”: inefficient, ineffective

January 19th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications, energy, taxes No Responses

Directly reducing these threat from extreme temperature, coastal flooding, hurricanes, malaria, poverty, starvation, and water stress and promoting prosperity save more lives at lower cost than attempts involving emissions reductions.