Commentary

EPA’s methane rollbacks will adversely affect the health of all Coloradans

BY: - September 25, 2020

By Patrick Hager Have you noticed Colorado’s air quality in recent weeks? Many of us have been forced to shelter indoors, away from the haze of fires burning in both Colorado and California that are obscuring Denver’s skies. The smog has gotten so thick, the mountains aren’t visible, to the point that it is disorienting, […]

Colorado health professionals: The oil and gas industry needs to take a step back

BY: - September 23, 2020

By Velma L. Campbell, Cory D. Carroll, Karen K. Dike and Jan Douglas When entering the medical field, we vowed to always do whatever it takes to improve and protect the health of our patients. Little did we know that in order to do that, advocacy was needed outside our medical offices. As clinicians we […]

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Replacing the irreplaceable

BY: - September 23, 2020

Black wool crepes drape over the chair that once held her 100-pound frame. The court’s flag remains at half-staff. Mourners pay their respects by the thousands. It feels like five feet small has never stood so tall. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the definition of a legal legacy. Even after passing, she continues […]

Why Colorado needs home birth midwives, now more than ever

BY: - September 22, 2020

Imagine, leaving a 23-hour labor and birth, after mom birthed the baby in the family’s living room right alongside her wife. All night she labored, with the lights low, in her home, in the hands of a safe provider, where she could grab snacks filled with protein or Gatorade from her own fridge. In the […]

FACT CHECK: Cory Gardner’s bill has as much to do with politics as preexisting conditions

BY: - September 21, 2020

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican running in a tight race for reelection in Colorado, says he wants to protect people with medical conditions. In a mid-September tweet released by his campaign, he promoted legislation he introduced in August that he says will do just that. “People like my mother who battle chronic diseases are heroes,” […]

Why my faith leads me to oppose Proposition 115

BY: - September 21, 2020

As a pastor, father, grandfather, infant foster care provider, and person of faith, I care very deeply about the sacredness of life. It is out of that caring and my faith that I am led to speak out on Proposition 115 — the ballot measure that seeks to criminalize and ban abortions later in pregnancy […]

Drop boxes more secure against Postal Service corruption

BY: - September 19, 2020

Colorado is often held up as a model for election access and security. Its mail ballot system has proved popular and successful and is admired in election offices throughout the country. As President Trump and his allies began attacking mail ballot systems this year — apparently because they calculated that the kind of enfranchisement such […]

RBG’s death ‘is the last straw’

BY: - September 19, 2020

Do not waste energy hoping Sen. Cory Gardner will do the right thing. Since news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death broke on Friday, all eyes in Colorado turned to the junior senator, since the Senate will be called upon to confirm a new justice. Gardner posed as an independent decision-maker when he […]

How to know when a COVID-19 vaccine is safe

BY: - September 16, 2020

In normal times, vaccine safety is easily recognized. These aren’t normal times. Despite robust science, public trust of a COVID-19 vaccine is at an all-time low. After months of coronavirus lies and misinformation fueled by President Trump, a recent poll found 54% of Americans would not get immunized if the vaccine were approved during the […]

Paid family leave program offers benefit to both employees and employers

BY: - September 16, 2020

During the pandemic, with so many families struggling with childcare, I am more grateful than ever for my role in helping children and families in our community. As the owner of a child care center, I feel a deep calling to help our children get off to a good start in life. When a child […]

Potential for election violence is high. Why do Colorado leaders seem unprepared for it?

BY: - September 15, 2020

In June, a bipartisan group of former high-ranking government, national security and other experts convened online to game out election night crisis scenarios. The results, given how President Donald Trump and his allies have behaved in recent months, were as unsurprising as they were alarming. “President Trump is likely to contest the result by both […]

Paid family leave is good for workers and businesses

BY: - September 9, 2020

With Labor Day weekend behind us, it’s time for most of us to get back to work. But this November, Coloradans will get to decide if new parents can be paid to stay home. For most nations, the plethora of scientific evidence has already provided a resounding “yes” to paid family leave. Across multiple disciplines, […]