Hal Bidlack is a retired professor of political science and a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who taught more than 17 years at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Hal Bidlack: "While I do not care for his music, I admit I was impressed (as a rank amateur guitar player myself) by Ted Nugent’s amazing skill on his fretboard. And I would think that his opinions on guitar technique would be both valid and expert. On wolves, not so much."
Hal Bidlack: "Do you know who is on the front lines of protecting the vote here in the Centennial State? It is your local county clerk and the elections divisions of his or her office. A recent Colorado Politics story highlighted the hard and vital work being done by those clerks, and how they are the superheroes of this election, much to Donald Trump’s likely annoyance."
I have often written about civility, and more specifically the lack of it, in American politics and, frankly, in American society today. But the first (and now likely last) presidential debate of the 2020 campaign season clearly demonstrated the president’s lack of empathy, compassion, interest or even basic concern regarding the health of the American people, from both COVID and other ills.
Hal Bidlack: "When the good people of Colorado voted in 2012 to legalize personal use of marijuana, a lot of people breathed a sigh of relief, and I bet many of them were cops. Chasing down people with tiny amounts of pot for personal use was always a hassle and rarely worth the effort."
Hal Bidlack: "As a cop, I would rather deal with someone who is smoking marijuana over someone drunk on beer any day of the week. And from my cop perspective, I would also rather not have to deal with chasing down people with mushrooms when there are far more important law enforcement functions to take care of."