Commentaries

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Babbitt’s chance to mend his ways

Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt will be in Colorado this week. His visit comes on the heels of a string of defeats for his controversial plans to rewrite the rules of the game for managing public lands in the West. Earlier this year, the White House left Secretary Babbitt at the altar when it deleted his…

We need leaders with backbone

Fickle polls. A panicky Congress. Here we go again. Polls released this week show approval of President Bush’s conduct in the Mideast crisis dropping more than 30 points – from 82% to 51% approval rating since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. As every pollster knows, public opinion is most likely to change dramatically on issues…

School reform is inevitable

High drama, comedy and dark humor seem to be driving public discussion of the public school amendments ‹ both the “tax now/reform later” proposal (Amendment 6) and the proposal to give school choice to everyone, not just the rich (Amendment 7). Somehow, in all this discussion of budgets, regulations and the public school “system,” there…