Commentary

Wildlife crossings make roads safer for animals and humans

BY: - April 28, 2021

As a conservation biologist for Rocky Mountain Wild, I have seen firsthand how wildlife highway crossing structures improve the safety of our roads for wildlife and humans alike. For the last five years, I have worked with a team to monitor the effectiveness of the recently built wildlife crossing structures, which includes five wildlife underpasses […]

Health department was fudging the numbers. What will our governor do?

BY: - April 28, 2021

This call to action is provided in a response to report issued by whistleblowers concerning the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment fudging numbers in an attempt to speed up pollution permitting. On March 30, whistleblowers reported misconduct at CDPHE. Allegations say that Air Division Quality Control Director Garry Kaufman ordered air quality modelers […]

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University of Colorado should mandate COVID-19 vaccines

BY: - April 28, 2021

Editor’s note: The University of Colorado system announced on the afternoon of April 28, 2021 — hours after this commentary published — that it would require all students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccination before the 2021 fall semester, as columnist Trish Zornio called for in the below commentary. CU was joined by […]

Colorado leaders must kick their road-widening addiction to enable a livable future

BY: - April 27, 2021

As Coloradans grapple with the consequences of climate change on our state, political leaders have introduced climate-focused priorities into many plans and guidelines. Most recently, this appeared in a state legislative proposal on transportation funding, which highlighted the role of electric vehicle infrastructure and traffic congestion relief in Colorado’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap. However, […]

Environmental threats and lost revenue plague system of public lands management

BY: - April 24, 2021

There’s a looming threat to public lands in Colorado, but Congress can take action before it turns into a hornet’s nest for fishing and hunting in our state. Consider for a moment the federal oil and gas leasing system’s impacts on Colorado. Not just the spills, the sprawling infrastructure or the ever-increasing climate consequences. Consider […]

Even with moratorium extension, an eviction crisis looms. Right-to-counsel laws give renters a better chance.

BY: and - April 23, 2021

The timeless trope of the Miranda warning is familiar to most anyone who’s watched a post-Perry Mason police questioning: The U.S. Constitution guarantees criminal defendants the right to an attorney — including court-appointed advocates for those who can’t afford one. Far fewer realize such broad federal protections don’t extend to civil law, including for those […]

Boebert would have been a model member of the America First Caucus

BY: - April 23, 2021

The leaked draft of a policy platform for a new congressional caucus earned opprobrium last week from both Democrats and Republicans who were aghast at the document’s unconstrained nativism and unconcealed racism. The America First Caucus document, first reported by Punchbowl News, was said to have come out of the office of hyper-right Georgia Rep. […]

A just verdict is not justice, it’s accountability — and we need more

BY: - April 22, 2021

It took about 10 hours for a jury to convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd, but we should not conflate the win with justice — this was accountability, and we need more of it. A stark reminder of the work yet to be done came when moments after the jury […]

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Culture of death avoidance no longer an option in the wake of COVID-19

BY: - April 22, 2021

We have a practice of death avoidance in this country. We don’t like to talk about, plan for, or even meaningfully acknowledge death. Westernized culture treats death and bereavement as private topics to stay within the family of the decedent, or to not be spoken about at all. Often, people find it inappropriate or are […]

Help renters switch to electric cars

BY: - April 21, 2021

As President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal recently came out and the state of Colorado is considering its own transportation funding bill there has been a lot of interest in electric mobility. I think it’s time to talk about equity with electric cars as well. Let me start with my background. I live in Boulder and […]

Interstate water wars are heating up along with the climate

BY: - April 20, 2021

“Interstate water wars are heating up along with the climate” originally appeared in The Conversation. Interstate water disputes are as American as apple pie. States often think a neighboring state is using more than its fair share from a river, lake or aquifer that crosses borders. Currently the U.S. Supreme Court has on its docket […]

Wildlife preservation needs strong defender on state commission

BY: - April 19, 2021

Under Colorado law, one of the 11 voting members on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission must be a member of a nonprofit organization that promotes the “conservation and enhancement of Colorado’s wildlife and habitat.” Jay Tutchton, manager of a native wildlife preserve and an environmental lawyer of 30 years, is just the candidate for […]