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There are good reasons Black people don’t trust health institutions, but I still got the COVID-19 vaccine

By: - December 28, 2020

This guest commentary first appeared in Newsline sister outlet the Louisiana Illuminator. By Maurice Sholas, M.D., Ph.D. “To make people trust, you need to become trustworthy …  I think if … communities were engaged in conversation … people would know: ‘You are hearing me, you are respecting my right to ask questions and get a […]

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Protection from oil and gas operations needed for biodiversity in Colorado

By: - November 9, 2020

By Gabrielle Katz This month, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is considering revisions to its wildlife rules. According to the state law Senate Bill 19-181, passed last year, the new mission of the COGCC is to regulate oil and gas operations in a way that protects public health, safety, and welfare; the environment, […]

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The environmental heritage of Día de Los Muertos

By: - November 2, 2020

By Ean Tafoya Día de Los Muertos — the Day of the Dead — offers Latinos in the United States and Latin America a few days annually to welcome back the souls of their ancestors with offerings of food, drink and celebration. While the roots of this festivity go back some 3,000 years to the […]

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Colorado has a proud pro-choice history

By: - October 30, 2020

By Dottie Lamm I was there at the beginning. It was the year 1967 when Democratic state Rep. Dick Lamm, along with a Republican state senator, the late John Bermingham, introduced the nation’s first abortion legalization bill. This bill, which allowed a woman to access an abortion, after her procedure was approved by two doctors, […]

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Former governor acted for people with disabilities

By: - October 21, 2020

By Betty Lehman My son Eli has autism and complex care needs. Thousands of Colorado families know caring for a family member with significant disabilities can be all consuming — and a massive financial strain. Medicaid helps fund the care supports we need. Without access to Medicaid’s Home and Community Based Services program to help Eli […]

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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 […]