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Appoint a presidential commission on sustainable development

By: - October 19, 2020

By Gary Wockner Earlier this year, the Democratic National Committee’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis released its recommendations for the 2020 Democratic Party platform. I make no apology that I plan on voting for Joe Biden and I hope he uses the recommendations of this Council to address the environmental and climate crisis. […]

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New oil and gas rules can’t help my family — but they could help yours

By: - October 19, 2020

By Dawn Stein In 1985, my husband and I bought what we expected to be our retirement home on our own little piece of heaven. I lost my husband in 2013, and after a long standoff with the city of Greeley was told I would be losing my home to eminent domain. To make matters […]

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Colorado can invest in our schools, our students and our public health

By: - October 8, 2020

By Jeanne McQueeney and Leslie Nichols In a state beset by pandemic budget cuts, this election we have a chance to protect our public health and public schools and make a significant investment in Colorado’s kids by creating access to universal preschool. A measure appearing on this November’s ballot, Proposition EE, would allow voters to […]

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Respect for the environment is a universal moral value

By: - September 30, 2020

By Elizabeth Fuhr First, our economy discreetly sacrificed Black and Latino communities to pollution, as with the Suncor oil refinery spewing hydrogen cyanide gas in north Denver for several decades. Then, we let fine particulate air pollution from dirty energy take the lives of 200,000 Americans annually, according to researchers based at the Veterans Affairs […]

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EPA’s methane rollbacks will adversely affect the health of all Coloradans

By: - September 25, 2020

By Patrick Hager Have you noticed Colorado’s air quality in recent weeks? Many of us have been forced to shelter indoors, away from the haze of fires burning in both Colorado and California that are obscuring Denver’s skies. The smog has gotten so thick, the mountains aren’t visible, to the point that it is disorienting, […]

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Colorado health professionals: The oil and gas industry needs to take a step back

By: - September 23, 2020

By Velma L. Campbell, Cory D. Carroll, Karen K. Dike and Jan Douglas When entering the medical field, we vowed to always do whatever it takes to improve and protect the health of our patients. Little did we know that in order to do that, advocacy was needed outside our medical offices. As clinicians we […]

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Have we forgotten the true meaning of Labor Day?

By: - September 7, 2020

By Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University Labor Day is a U.S. national holiday held the first Monday every September. Unlike most U.S. holidays, it is a strange celebration without rituals, except for shopping and barbecuing. For most people it simply marks the last weekend of summer and the start of the school year. The holiday’s […]

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DACA is threatened by Senate inaction

By: - September 4, 2020

By Alejandro Flores-Munoz In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration did not have the authority to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the manner that it did. Introduced in 2012, DACA offers temporary protection to select undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. With […]

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Colorado should live up to its responsibility as The Headwaters State

By: - September 1, 2020

By Ean Thomas Tafoya and Hannah Collazo The pandemic has revealed much about the inequities that plague our nation, the resiliency of our communities, and that health is tied to zip code. Now is the time for our lawmakers to enact policies that protect the health and wellbeing of their constituents on the frontlines who […]

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Trust science to get us through pandemic

By: - August 31, 2020

By Angelina Romasanta The United States is known for breaking records, but this record is troubling: Just recently, the United States reached over 60,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day. This brings the total number of cases in the United States to about 6 million and over 183,000 deaths. The more the death rate […]

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Colorado should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

By: - August 12, 2020

By Sheela Mahnke How do you know it’s summer in Colorado? Sadly, it’s not just because of the beauty of the hikes you might be taking or the wonderful camping experiences you might be having. Often, it’s because our highways, news outlets, and social media feeds are filled with ozone warnings asking us to limit […]

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Green space is essential during the pandemic. Not all Denverites have equitable access to it.

By: - August 7, 2020

By Kristi Roybal As public officials continue to urge Denver residents to stay home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of us may be walking our neighborhood streets and using our local parks more often. The pandemic puts green space front and center as a necessary urban amenity to deal with the current restrictions […]