Because of his regular beat, not to mention his hosting duties on the public-affairs program Your Show, 9News political reporter Adam Schrager meets and interviews candidates and public officials on a near-daily basis. But when it came time to write a book about a politician he truly admired, he chose to bring fresh attention to an often-overlooked figure from Colorado's past: Governor Ralph Carr, whose career was all but destroyed when he welcomed, rather than ostracized, Japanese internees sent to the state during World War II. Schrager believes the lessons contained in The Principled Politician: The Ralph Carr Story, which he'll discuss at two events today, remain vital even though many events date back more than sixty years.
"We are still dealing with the same issues as Governor Carr," Schrager writes via e-mail. "Issues like personal privacy vs. public safety, the role of the federal government during a time of war." In addition, he notes, "we're still asking ourselves, 'What price do we pay for fear? What price do we need to pay to stay safe?'"
Schrager speaks at 1 and 7 p.m. at the Colorado Historical Society, 1300 Broadway. Admission is $7 for CHS members, $8.50 for non-members, and reservations are required. Call 303-866-4686 or visit www.coloradohistory.org.
Tue., April 15, 2008