The questions Sen. Cory Gardner has yet to address
By: Newsline contributor - July 21, 2020
By Katie Farnan With little over 100 days until the presidential election, and with COVID-19 keeping people distant, elected officials understandably are not hosting many public forums. Sen. Cory Gardner is no exception. But, prior to COVID-19, Gardner had been maintaining such distance from his constituents that political groups organized a statewide bus tour to […]
Groundbreaking law opened police internal affairs investigations records. But more transparency is needed.
By: Newsline contributor - July 16, 2020
By Jeffrey A. Roberts Fourteen months before Colorado lawmakers passed the sweeping law enforcement accountability and transparency bill recently signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis, they approved a measure to shine a light on how police departments police themselves. House Bill 19-1119 was groundbreaking, introducing a statewide standard for the disclosure of records on completed internal affairs investigations. Before […]
Expanded outdoor dining should be state law, even after COVID-19
By: Newsline contributor - July 14, 2020
By Loren Hansen As several cities across the Front Range and beyond have been affected by the novel coronavirus, they have turned to outdoor dining as a means of allowing to increase the capacity of their restaurants. From downtown Golden on Washington Avenue providing additional seating for restaurants, to Breckenridge closing portions of their main […]
We have historic opportunity to reallocate resources, not defund, and make policing more just
By: Newsline contributor - July 10, 2020
By Bruce Brown In his 2002 book “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,” Malcolm Gladwell noted that ideas, trends and behaviors spread like wildfire after reaching a critical threshold of acceptance. It is clear that our nation has reached a positive tipping point on police reform since the brutal murder […]
Why is the National Guard investigating peaceful protests?
By: Newsline contributor - July 9, 2020
By Alan Kennedy From Kent State to hovering helicopters, the National Guard has never had an easy relationship with peaceful protest and free speech. That was supposed to change after the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain. Colorado’s top general, Maj. Gen. Michael Loh, wrote that we must “protect our fellow Americans as […]
What did Frederick Douglass think of the Fourth of July?
By: Newsline contributor - July 4, 2020
Editor’s note: Following are excerpts from a speech, as it appeared in published form, on the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by the formerly enslaved American abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852. Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What […]
Coronavirus recovery requires end to environmental racism
By: Newsline contributor - July 3, 2020
By Alexis Schwartz “Safer at Home” they say. But all who are weathering the pandemic at home do not have the same level of safety; many people’s health has already been compromised precisely by the location of their residence. A lot of things are unknown about COVID-19, but one thing is becoming increasingly clear: Where […]