Commentary

Denver’s urban camping ban will get national spotlight during MLB All-Star Game

BY: - July 9, 2021

As excitement grows from leaders and baseball fans alike for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game to come to Denver this weekend, there continues to be a conversation about how political decisions have caused the change in venue. Decisions by Georgia lawmakers to further restrict access to voting gave impetus for the MLB to find […]

Delta variant Q&A

BY: - July 7, 2021

As the delta variant takes hold, the unvaccinated are in for a rude awakening. It’s not just ignorance — they’re begging for a Darwin Award. Unfortunately, thanks to all these unvaccinated knuckleheads, vaccinated Americans are now being put more at risk, too. The delta variant is a mutant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Early estimates […]

Skip the fireworks this record-dry Fourth of July, over 150 wildfire scientists urge the US West

BY: , , and - July 4, 2021

The heat wave hitting the northwestern U.S. and Canada has been shattering records, with temperatures 30 degrees Fahrenheit or more above normal. With drought already gripping the West, the intense heat has helped suck even more moisture from millions of acres of forests and grasslands, bringing dead vegetation in many regions to record-dry levels and […]

Colorado Newsline at 1 year old

BY: - July 1, 2021

We launched on July 1, 2020, at a truly terrible time. There were street clashes over racial injustices. A pandemic was killing Americans by the thousands. The country’s leadership was a lying crew of grifter authoritarians. Vast swaths of the electorate were coming under the sway of ludicrous conspiracy theories like a national bad trip. […]

Examining our hidden bias

BY: - July 1, 2021

Pride Month and Juneteenth may have passed, but the time to address systemic biases of all kinds certainly hasn’t. To start, a riddle: A father and his son are in a car crash. The father dies. The son is brought to the emergency department for life saving surgery. Upon entering the room, the surgeon shouts, […]

America the Beautiful initiative is right on time

BY: - June 30, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed for me just how lucky I am to live in Colorado. As households across the country spent months in lockdown, a trip to the great outdoors provided much needed physical, emotional and spiritual escape. And here in Colorado, we are fortunate to have so many national parks and green spaces […]

Heat dome leaves Colorado hot, dry and fiery

BY: - June 28, 2021

Nothing says summer in Colorado like exploring one of the state’s many breathtaking parks. However, from excessive heat warnings in Grand Junction and bad air alerts in Denver to smoke advisories in Eagle, hitting the trails could come with severe health and safety risks. While Colorado is no stranger to hot weather, the extreme, triple-digit temperatures […]

This is the destruction that was predicted

BY: - June 25, 2021

In 1970, George S. Benton, in his time one of the nation’s leading atmospheric scientists, wrote about a rise in the Earth’s mean temperature since 1880.  “The cause of these changes has been under extensive study,” Benton wrote. “One factor is the steady increase in carbon dioxide which has been observed, presumably as a result […]

Biden’s American Jobs Plan invests in infrastructure and workers while putting us on a path to meet our climate goals

BY: and - June 25, 2021

After a year of COVID-19, Coloradans are starting to see hopes of things going back to normal. But in its wake, the pandemic has caused too much loss — we’ve lost loved ones, closed down businesses, and upended our day-to-day routines. Now, one of the biggest challenges we face in Colorado is also one of […]

Leave God out of government

BY: - June 23, 2021

A minister, a priest and a rabbi go to Washington. There is no punch line. All of them should uphold the separation of church and state. It often shocks people when I say I don’t believe in God. To them, it’s as if all of my morality hinges upon agreeing to a single, socially constructed […]

Let’s bring Colorado’s transportation system up to speed

BY: - June 21, 2021

By Andy Kerr, Keith Baker and Lance Waring The Colorado Legislature just wrapped up a whirlwind session, navigating pandemic delays, prioritizing federal stimulus dollars, and tackling critical issues in the state. One of the most important bills passed was Senate Bill 21-260, the comprehensive statewide transportation funding package, which was signed into law on June […]

Colorado’s senators are failing to meet the moment

BY: - June 18, 2021

Republicans in Washington have abandoned basic principles of governing. They have dropped any pretense of caring about the best interests of Americans. Many of them have even rejected reality and insist on believing up is down. For Democrats who must operate in the same legislative chamber as Republicans, that means hope for cooperation is foolish. […]