Commentary

Oil and gas interests are trying to subvert a landmark law

BY: - August 28, 2020

Colorado lawmakers in 2019 enacted several pieces of landmark environmental legislation, including a bill meant to provide new protections against the harmful effects of oil and gas extraction. But some industry interests, along with accomplices in several local governments, are attempting to distort the intent of the bill by lobbying regulators for less local restrictions […]

Abortion denial is harmful

BY: - August 26, 2020

As many states continue to restrict access to abortion, this November, Colorado voters will get a chance to stop an abortion ban. Proposition 115 would ban abortion at 22 weeks of pregnancy. As a nurse practitioner who has provided care for young families for over a decade and as a researcher who has documented the experiences of young […]

University faculty should unionize amid COVID-19

BY: - August 26, 2020

I love my job as a university lecturer — I just wish I got paid more than $22,500 per year to do it. As the school year starts, coronavirus is quickly escalating classroom challenges. Teachers who previously worried about lack of pay, no textbooks and too-large class sizes now also face unfamiliar digital infrastructures and […]

Bottomless bad faith at the BLM

BY: - August 22, 2020

William Perry Pendley looked as if he could join a long list of Trump agency heads whose previous activities positioned them as enemies of the very government functions the president assigned them to lead. When Scott Pruitt was Oklahoma attorney general he sued the Environmental Protection Agency over and over. Naturally, President Trump deemed him […]

Colorado wildfires should rekindle action on climate crisis

BY: - August 19, 2020

Amidst the chaos of a novel coronavirus and historic presidential elections, Coloradans have been starkly reminded of another threat looming large — climate change. As of Tuesday, over 134,000 acres are burning in Colorado. The Pine Gulch Fire is already the fourth largest fire in the state’s history (and growing), and most of the fires […]

First it was health care. Now Republican senators want to kill Social Security and Medicare?

BY: - August 18, 2020

Now Republicans are coming after Social Security and Medicare with President Trump’s signature on an executive order that slashes the funding for these two programs. When I served as a Republican member of Congress, we helped thousands of constituents who had problems receiving their Social Security checks or trouble with Medicare reimbursements. I can’t say […]

Coloradans need help staying housed but the state so far has refused it

BY: - August 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has inflicted untold harm on Americans in so many ways. Its gravest threat is to life itself — as of Friday, 168,000 people in the United States have died due to COVID-19. But next to loss of life and health among COVID hazards is loss of housing, and state and federal officials […]

Colorado should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

BY: - August 12, 2020

By Sheela Mahnke How do you know it’s summer in Colorado? Sadly, it’s not just because of the beauty of the hikes you might be taking or the wonderful camping experiences you might be having. Often, it’s because our highways, news outlets, and social media feeds are filled with ozone warnings asking us to limit […]

Vaccine nationalism could backfire on America

BY: - August 12, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases tops 20 million worldwide, scientists are racing to find a vaccine. Many countries are collaborating. America, by and large, is not. Vaccine development has long been a globalized process. Between research, procurement of materials and manufacturing, vaccine production all but requires regional cooperation. Especially for a new disease like […]

Aurora police

Pro-police too often means pro-entitlement

BY: - August 8, 2020

The protests that appeared in cities and towns across America after Minneapolis police killed the unarmed George Floyd have led to many reforms of law enforcement. But another outcome is a backlash in which self-appointed police defenders have become increasingly hostile not just to reforms but also, paradoxically, to the police. This malign force should […]

Green space is essential during the pandemic. Not all Denverites have equitable access to it.

BY: - August 7, 2020

By Kristi Roybal As public officials continue to urge Denver residents to stay home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of us may be walking our neighborhood streets and using our local parks more often. The pandemic puts green space front and center as a necessary urban amenity to deal with the current restrictions […]

Colorado’s low vaccination rates may complicate COVID-19 recovery

BY: - August 5, 2020

The novel coronavirus is a mere 120 nanometers in diameter. That’s roughly 700 times smaller than the diameter of a single human hair. It’s hard to fathom something so small wreaking such big havoc, yet here we are, still facing unprecedented challenges caused by a tiny, spiky virus that as of eight months ago wasn’t […]