Stop normalizing Islamophobia

BY: - December 14, 2021

This commentary first appeared at In her latest act of demonizing Muslims, Rep. Lauren Boebert recently insinuated at multiple events that Rep. Ilhan Omar could have been a suicide bomber because of her Islamic faith. This might be business as usual for the Colorado Republican. But for Muslim Americans like myself, it’s another painful reminder of […]

Congress must protect Colorado’s public lands in Build Back Better

BY: - December 13, 2021

While it often feels like there’s more dividing than uniting us, vast majorities of Coloradans across political, racial and demographic lines strongly believe we should be protecting our state’s public lands. Polling conducted earlier this year shows nearly 4 out of 5 Colorado voters believe we should strictly limit or entirely stop oil and gas […]

The poor health of American health care

BY: - December 10, 2021

Sometimes you can’t win for losing. A family member and long-time Colorado resident recently found himself working in a restaurant that paid health benefits (not always the case in the food service industry). All was well until a) management messed up and closed down, and b) my relative was diagnosed with a form of throat […]

Threats of violence are at the point of emergency

BY: - December 9, 2021

Last week, a conservative Colorado podcaster said Gov. Jared Polis should be hanged. He was not discreet about the matter. He felt no need to employ suggestive language. He named Polis, called him a traitor, and said he should go to the gallows. Joe Oltmann, the perpetrator of this outrage, in many respects is a […]

Street protesters understand climate change crisis more than politicians do

BY: - December 6, 2021

COP26 has come and gone, but what emerges from the climate change summit will be with us today and tomorrow. Finally, at least, there seems to be consensus that climate change is taking place, but my experiences at the summit last month in Glasgow, Scotland, suggest two starkly distinct perspectives on the severity of the […]

Money will help homelessness. Better mental health care will help more.

BY: - December 3, 2021

Life never ceases with its teachable moments. I’m certainly not a know-it-all, but I believe I have a solid base on the issues surrounding homelessness in Colorado. Well, on Nov. 17, I added another lesson to the mental Rolodex. I spoke at the Denver Press Club alongside 9News’ Jeremy Jojola and Denver Voice’s Robert Davis […]

Colorado takes its place at the center of election denialism

BY: - December 2, 2021

Coloradans have shown repeatedly at the polls that by big margins they prefer Democrats in government, and Colorado government officials oversee what are widely viewed as “gold standard” elections. But the state since November 2020, when former Republican President Donald Trump engendered the lie that the election was stolen from him, has been especially fertile […]

Hey, Congress, climate change is a health care crisis

BY: - November 30, 2021

As a nurse, I am sounding the alarm on climate change as an urgent public health crisis and calling on our Congressional delegation to take bold action to lessen the effects of climate change that are negatively impacting our health. They have the tools in front of them, right now, to begin the urgent process […]

None can truly do well unless all are doing well

BY: and - November 29, 2021

With the arrival of the holiday season, many of us will feel a generous impulse to donate a turkey or toy to a nonprofit serving people living in poverty. What if we do that — but also tackle the pervasive problem of inequity that drives that gesture? The holidays are a time for gathering with […]

First Thanksgiving key to America’s story — but what happened 4 months later mattered more

BY: - November 25, 2021

A version of this article originally appeared in The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in New England. Remembered and retold as an allegory for perseverance and cooperation, the story of that first Thanksgiving has become an important part of how Americans think about the […]

Giving thanks to America’s medical community for life-saving vaccines

BY: - November 24, 2021

This commentary originally appeared in the Idaho Capital Sun. If we were not still in the grip of a deadly pandemic, with the seven-day average U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hovering just over 1,100 a day, I probably would not have thought of giving thanks this year for the medical researchers who have given […]

CDPHE alleges water quality violations by Boulder County mining company

BY: - November 17, 2021

Colorado water quality regulators have issued a cease and desist order to the owner of two hard-rock mines located just outside the town of Nederland, alleging the mines have discharged potentially hazardous pollutants well in excess of permitted levels into nearby watersheds. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Water Quality Control Division issued […]