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Cong. Mike Coffman’s Jewish forbears

Cong. Mike Coffman’s Jewish forbears

I CAME to Cong. Mike Coffman intending to get the story of his Jewish forbears. He gave me that, and much more, too.

Highlights from our 90-minute conversation:

Coffman’s forbears were Jewish, originating in Baghdad, coming to the US and Israel via Shanghai, China.

Waste at the Dept. of Defense is out of control. Coffman would go further than President Obama in cutting it.

The VA hospital at Anschutz is not the only VA hospital over budget and years behind. The culprit: VA management. The solution: Strip the VA permanently of construction management.

Coffman has more military experience than any other member of Congress.

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Liberal Lens

States redistribute the wealth

IN 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama was lambasted for supposedly endorsing policies of wealth redistribution. The right feared that under an Obama presidency, Washington would use federal power to take money from some Americans and give it to others. Yet, only a few years later, the most explicit examples of such redistribution are happening in the states, and often at the urging of Republicans. The most illustrative example began in 2012, when Kansas’ Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed a ...
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View from Central Park

Cops

“PEOPLE ONLY care about us after we are dead,” were the words a NY cop said to me over 20 years ago after helping me out in a difficult situation. As I expressed my gratitude to him, we somehow got into an extensive conversation about a cop’s duties. Lately, with all the current tension, his words have been echoing in my ears. After 9/11, America loved our cops. Heroically, they sacrificed their lives for us, and we as a nation authentically grieved for them and with them, as a community...
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Conservative Lens

PhDs and other false gods

I have been devoting my recent columns to the Ten Commandments because we need a fixed moral anchor to solve the problem of evil. Nothing is as effective as the Ten Commandments. Everything needed to make a good world is contained in these Ten Commandments. Here is my commentary on the second commandment as enumerated in the oldest, that is, the Jewish, tradition. In Christian tradition, it is the first commandment. The most common translation begins: “You shall have no other gods before me...
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View From Denver

CU vs. aches and pains

Like many people, I have benefitted from physical therapists. They make the aches and pains go away. That’s why I was receptive when Pat Grant, a former Colorado state legislator and president and CEO of the National Western Stock Show, told me his story — and what it inspired him to do. He went to a “PT” (physical therapist) who was a CU faculty member. “My physical therapy was so successful that I became committed to the program,” Grant, the perennial activist, told me. The pro...
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