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While humanitarian parole granted immediate entry into the United States, it comes with the ultimatum of only two years ...
03/30/2022

While humanitarian parole granted immediate entry into the United States, it comes with the ultimatum of only two years of residency unless individuals shift to a more permanent immigration status or are under threat of deportation.

While humanitarian parole granted immediate entry into the United States, it comes with the ultimatum of only two years of residency unless individuals shift to a more permanent immigration status …

Coloradans have always preserved a careful balance between labor unions and employers. This balance is at grave risk in ...
03/29/2022

Coloradans have always preserved a careful balance between labor unions and employers. This balance is at grave risk in the state capitol now.

As it stands, this is not an equitable policy for those in our city who have been the most exploited through our city's ...
03/28/2022

As it stands, this is not an equitable policy for those in our city who have been the most exploited through our city's exclusionary housing policies and practices.

As it stands, this is not an equitable policy for those in our city who have been the most exploited through our city’s exclusionary housing policies and practices.

Ben & #38; Jerry’s decided to no longer sell ice cream in the occupied West Bank because it is inconsistent with company...
03/27/2022

Ben & #38; Jerry’s decided to no longer sell ice cream in the occupied West Bank because it is inconsistent with company values to be “present within an internationally recognised illegal occupation.” Explaining their decision in the New York Times, company founders Bennett Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, both Jewish and supporters of the State of Israel, described the occupation as “a barrier to peace violates the basic human rights of the Palestinian people who live under the occupation.” The company will continue to sell ice cream in Israel.

Ben & Jerry’s decided to no longer sell ice cream in the occupied West Bank because it is inconsistent with company values to be “present within an internationally recognised illegal occupation…

The war and the sanctions are likely to create wide gaps in crucial data collection, sharing, and monitoring, which were...
03/26/2022

The war and the sanctions are likely to create wide gaps in crucial data collection, sharing, and monitoring, which were facilitated by the Arctic Council in an atmosphere of peace and cooperation.

Last weekend’s state assemblies showed that Republicans could squander their 2022 opportunities -- Biden's low approval ...
03/26/2022

Last weekend’s state assemblies showed that Republicans could squander their 2022 opportunities -- Biden's low approval rating, inflation, a pending war. So embarrassing were the assemblies, I almost feel bad for them.

Last weekend’s state assemblies showed that Republicans could squander their 2022 opportunities — Biden’s low approval rating, inflation, a pending war. So embarrassing were the assembl…

Aurora Chief of police Vanessa Wilson should be lauded for her work, not ousted.
03/25/2022

Aurora Chief of police Vanessa Wilson should be lauded for her work, not ousted.

The dark cloud at the moment is that continued high inflation is outpacing wage growth.
03/25/2022

The dark cloud at the moment is that continued high inflation is outpacing wage growth.

"While one of the authors is a Johns Hopkins professor, that institution did not endorse the paper. A number of medical ...
03/24/2022

"While one of the authors is a Johns Hopkins professor, that institution did not endorse the paper. A number of medical studies disagree with the conclusions, in large part because the studies they used and the methods were economic, not medical." -- Lael Moe, Arvada

“While one of the authors is a Johns Hopkins professor, that institution did not endorse the paper. A number of medical studies disagree with the conclusions, in large part because the studie…

The acrimonious board meetings, the theatrical protests, the righteous Twitter battles, and sadly the lost instructional...
03/23/2022

The acrimonious board meetings, the theatrical protests, the righteous Twitter battles, and sadly the lost instructional time—is going according to plan. This is how unions remove troublesome reformers from public school boards.

The acrimonious board meetings, the theatrical protests, the righteous Twitter battles, and sadly the lost instructional time—is going according to plan. This is how unions remove troublesome refor…

Critics of Cherry Creek School District’s decision to retire valedictorian titles and ranking students by GPA couldn’t b...
03/23/2022

Critics of Cherry Creek School District’s decision to retire valedictorian titles and ranking students by GPA couldn’t be more wrong, and the district should be lauded, not maligned.

As a child, I lived in   in the Basalt Aspen Mobile Home Park between Basalt and El Jebel, off of Willits Lane. The comm...
03/23/2022

As a child, I lived in in the Basalt Aspen Mobile Home Park between Basalt and El Jebel, off of Willits Lane. The community we created there made a lasting impression on residents like me. It gave us a sense of belonging and a stable place to grow up.

As a child, I lived in in the Basalt Aspen Mobile Home Park between Basalt and El Jebel, off of Willits Lane. The community we created there made a lasting impression on residents like me. It …

Manufactured and modular housing offers a unique solution to the affordable housing crisis. Unfortunately, HB22-1287 unf...
03/23/2022

Manufactured and modular housing offers a unique solution to the affordable housing crisis. Unfortunately, HB22-1287 unfairly targets mobile home park owners and applies rent control to mobile home parks in Colorado, putting this affordable housing option in jeopardy.

Manufactured and modular housing offers a unique solution to the affordable housing crisis. Unfortunately, HB22-1287 unfairly targets mobile home park owners and applies rent control to mobile home…

There is still a chance that the U.S. Supreme Court won't overturn decades of constitutional legal precedent guaranteein...
03/23/2022

There is still a chance that the U.S. Supreme Court won't overturn decades of constitutional legal precedent guaranteeing that women in this country have the right to make fundamental decisions about their bodies, futures, and health without government intervention.

There is still a chance that the U.S. Supreme Court won’t overturn decades of constitutional legal precedent guaranteeing that women in this country have the right to make fundamental decisio…

"Transit agencies must always have a goal of increasing ridership and serving transit-dependent populations." -- Andrew ...
03/22/2022

"Transit agencies must always have a goal of increasing ridership and serving transit-dependent populations." -- Andrew R. Goetz, Lakewood

“Transit agencies must always have a goal of increasing ridership and serving transit-dependent populations.” — Andrew R. Goetz, Lakewood

The EPA must reject the Plant 2 air permit so our next generations can live in peace.
03/22/2022

The EPA must reject the Plant 2 air permit so our next generations can live in peace.

Although FRPA, Faculty Report of Professional Activities, is intended to put a premium on faculty productivity, with pit...
03/21/2022

Although FRPA, Faculty Report of Professional Activities, is intended to put a premium on faculty productivity, with pitch-perfect irony, it brings all productive activity to a halt.

The pursuit of excellence has suffered another blow. Farewell to Valedictorians.
03/18/2022

The pursuit of excellence has suffered another blow. Farewell to Valedictorians.

It’s no secret that the American dream of owning a home or starting a business is unattainable for the average Coloradan...
03/17/2022

It’s no secret that the American dream of owning a home or starting a business is unattainable for the average Coloradan. Every day, we hear from our constituents about the record-breaking housing and property costs squeezing them out of the market, and in some cases, the state. In fact, Colorado’s real estate value last year skyrocketed to $1.2 trillion, according to a study by Zillow.

It’s no secret that the American dream of owning a home or starting a business is unattainable for the average Coloradan. Every day, we hear from our constituents about the record-breaking housing …

The death of American journalist Brent Renaud in a suburb of Kyiv, and the deaths of so many journalists around the worl...
03/16/2022

The death of American journalist Brent Renaud in a suburb of Kyiv, and the deaths of so many journalists around the world point to the increasing cost of bringing facts and truth to a world rife with propaganda, conspiracy theories, and misinformation.

The death of American journalist Brent Renaud in a suburb of Kyiv, and the deaths of so many journalists around the world point to the increasing cost of bringing facts and truth to a world rife wi…

At Beacon and other innovation schools in Denver Public Schools (DPS) teachers have worked for years to create plans to ...
03/16/2022

At Beacon and other innovation schools in Denver Public Schools (DPS) teachers have worked for years to create plans to ensure we’re able to meet the unique needs of our students - and our efforts have paid off with our kids’ academic success. As educators, we relish the opportunity to be creative and now more than ever uphold freedom and flexibility in practicing our craft to ensure our students receive the high quality education they deserve. In fact, we all know that developing skills in differentiating instruction is essential to becoming a great teacher. So as members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), we find it absurd that the union and some members of the school board want to deny innovation schools the freedoms in the name of ‘teachers rights.’ This proposed change came as a complete surprise to us and we’re fearful of a board that wants to apply the same set of rules to all schools, regardless of how things are going at the school or what its teachers think. It is not differentiation to mandate blanket rules for all schools without considering the diversity of successful programs.

At Beacon and other innovation schools in Denver Public Schools (DPS) teachers have worked for years to create plans to ensure we’re able to meet the unique needs of our students – and our ef…

The American Rescue Plan and other action taken by congressional Democrats and President Biden has enabled Colorado and ...
03/16/2022

The American Rescue Plan and other action taken by congressional Democrats and President Biden has enabled Colorado and states across the country to emerge stronger and more resilient as we look ahead to a brighter, healthier future.

The American Rescue Plan and other action taken by congressional Democrats and President Biden has enabled Colorado and states across the country to emerge stronger and more resilient as we look ah…

These four victims all made mistakes, however, their actions did not deserve the death penalty. Colorado law should not ...
03/15/2022

These four victims all made mistakes, however, their actions did not deserve the death penalty. Colorado law should not give a free pass to those who kill.

The two year anniversary of two weeks to flatten the curve is this week. The lessons learned over the past two years can...
03/15/2022

The two year anniversary of two weeks to flatten the curve is this week. The lessons learned over the past two years can be summed up in one word--don’t. A just published meta-analysis of the impact of lockdowns, shelter in place orders, and non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) on COVID mortality rates by Johns Hopkins University researchers found: “Overall, our meta-analysis fails to confirm that lockdowns have had a large, significant effect on mortality rates…Shelter-in-place orders (SIPOs) were also ineffective. Studies looking at specific NPIs (lockdown vs. no lockdown, facemasks, closing non-essential businesses, border closures, school closures, and limiting gatherings) also find no broad-based evidence of noticeable effects on COVID-19 mortality.”

The two year anniversary of two weeks to flatten the curve is this week. The lessons learned over the past two years can be summed up in one word–don’t. A just published meta-analysis of the…

Why would rural Delta County, Colorado, say no to a solar farm that would enrich the county by $13 million over 15 years...
03/15/2022

Why would rural Delta County, Colorado, say no to a solar farm that would enrich the county by $13 million over 15 years, at roughly the same time neighboring Montrose County said yes to a solar farm that might power nothing but the energy-draining cryptocurrency industry?

Why would rural Delta County, Colorado, say no to a solar farm that would enrich the county by $13 million over 15 years, at roughly the same time neighboring Montrose County said yes to a solar fa…

Contrary to what Republicans and many of their allies in the fossil fuel industry would like you to believe, which party...
03/14/2022

Contrary to what Republicans and many of their allies in the fossil fuel industry would like you to believe, which party holds the White House, Congress, the Colorado Governor’s Office or the state legislature has absolutely nothing to do with the price of gasoline.

Contrary to what Republicans and many of their allies in the fossil fuel industry would like you to believe, which party holds the White House, Congress, the Colorado Governor’s Office or the state…

The grocery chains would use predatory pricing and monopoly power until the local liquor store competition is largely go...
03/11/2022

The grocery chains would use predatory pricing and monopoly power until the local liquor store competition is largely gone. It is an either-or choice for consumers and voters.

We need to talk about campus “debate.” I put that term in quotes because it has become so tortured that the term's actua...
03/10/2022

We need to talk about campus “debate.” I put that term in quotes because it has become so tortured that the term's actual meaning is hard to discern. But many people seem to link it closely to college learning, and this is a real problem.

We need to talk about campus “debate.” I put that term in quotes because it has become so tortured that the term’s actual meaning is hard to discern. But many people seem to link it closely t…

If America wants to reduce Russian adventurism in Ukraine, it should increase domestic oil and gas production.
03/10/2022

If America wants to reduce Russian adventurism in Ukraine, it should increase domestic oil and gas production.

The two reddish stone pillars stand near 9 Mile Corner, the intersection of U.S. 287 and Arapahoe Road (CO 7) in Lafayet...
03/10/2022

The two reddish stone pillars stand near 9 Mile Corner, the intersection of U.S. 287 and Arapahoe Road (CO 7) in Lafayette. They have been battered by time and neglect, occasional reckless drivers, and relocations.

The two reddish stone pillars stand near 9 Mile Corner, the intersection of U.S. 287 and Arapahoe Road (CO 7) in Lafayette. They have been battered by time and neglect, occasional reckless drivers,…

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