Commentary

MAGA cops are a mega threat

BY: - September 29, 2022

More than 30 police officers from multiple states attended former President Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 rally or participated in the insurrection that day. Many more with a law enforcement background joined the attempted coup. Thousands of law enforcement officers, as well as military members, have joined anti-government militia groups. Such groups have demonstrated a potent […]

An empowered electorate will face choices in 2022 election, candidates face reckoning

BY: - September 28, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Ohio Capital Journal. After the 2016 election, shellshocked women braced for the worst. A crude misogynist — and direct threat to reproductive, civil and human rights — was poised to make the next four years a living hell. The day after he was inaugurated president, more than four million […]

Pandemic made racial discrepancies in health care much worse

BY: - September 27, 2022

As a Colorado native and a biology researcher studying infectious disease and the human immune system, I am in firm agreement with Dr. Vanessa Griffith’s commentary in this paper last month, “Socioeconomic status should not determine access to health care in America.” The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, but […]

Make Camp Hale a national monument

BY: - September 26, 2022

The Camp Hale-Continental Divide is the proposed site of a national monument encompassing the historic site of Camp Hale and the area surrounding Colorado’s Continental Divide. As a former military base, the Army’s 10th Mountain Division trained at Camp Hale during World War II. After training at 9,200 feet, the soldiers of the 10th Division […]

Colorado is failing on climate goals. What did you expect?

BY: - September 22, 2022

A new progress report on Colorado’s greenhouse gas emission reductions shows the state is not on track to meet key goals. And anyone could have seen it coming. The goals are set by statute, yet state officials haven’t taken climate action with sufficient seriousness to do right by the law, let alone public health and […]

Legendary author Rudolfo Anaya on banning books

BY: - September 21, 2022

This commentary was originally published on April 20, 2022, in Source New Mexico. Ten years ago, Bless Me, Ultima was being pulled from the shelves in Arizona classrooms as Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program was dismantled. I was a reporter at Albuquerque’s now defunct alt-weekly. In our rundown brick office, I pulled out the city’s […]

Ron Johnson’s push to ban abortion

BY: - September 20, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Wisconsin Examiner. Sen. Ron Johnson is a famous flip-flopper. Take his recent wriggling on the bipartisan same-sex marriage bill for which Wisconsin’s other senator, Democrat Tammy Baldwin, has been busy rounding up Republican votes. Back in July, when the bill passed the House, Johnson said he saw “no reason […]

Democracy: Use it or lose it

BY: - September 19, 2022

A version of this commentary originally appeared in the Nevada Current. Republicans, as they continue to call themselves, have good reasons to be against democracy. Their nominee lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. And yet on two of those five occasions, their candidate ended up in the White House […]

How community organizing helps people thrive in challenging times

BY: and - September 15, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in The Conversation. Americans don’t agree on much these days, but many feel that the U.S. is on the wrong track and the future is bleak. In a time of unprecedented division, rising inequality and intensifying climate change, it’s easy to feel that progress is impossible. In fact, models exist all […]

What Boebert and Frisch did not say

BY: - September 14, 2022

This commentary originally appeared at Big Pivots. U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and her challenger, Adam Frisch, debated on Saturday evening at a forum in Grand Junction sponsored by Club 20. Frisch, a Democrat, tried to define the Republican Boebert as a legislator who talks a lot but gets nothing done. Boebert suggested Frisch would be […]

Black voters’ trust in SCOTUS plummets with abortion decision

BY: - September 13, 2022

A version of this commentary originally appeared in the Tennessee Lookout. In many ways, the U.S. Supreme Court’s actions over the past few years serve as a blueprint of what not to do if you’re a Tennessee judge looking to build public trust in our state courts. The Supreme Court continues to issue hostile, unsigned, […]

Colorado played major role in passing Inflation Reduction Act cost savings

BY: - September 12, 2022

2022 will be a year we’ll remember for a long time. Facing war in Eastern Europe, economic uncertainty driven by the highest inflation in decades, still dealing with the effects of a deadly pandemic, and running out of time to act on climate, Congress — yes, Congress — decided to do something about it. The […]