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In my youth, I travelled quite a bit. I grew up in rural Virginia, and then joined the Army. Uncle Sam gave me the opportunity to visit South Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, Germany and at least half a dozen states. I settled in Colorado Springs and put down roots. I’ve been here since 2005, and…

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I’m told that people like me should be sympathetic to those tens of millions of Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against the coronavirus, even as new cases and hospitalizations and deaths are climbing again, thanks to the highly contagious Delta variant.

Last Friday, the opening ceremony for the highly anticipated Olympic Summer Games took place in Tokyo. Thousands of athletes stepped onto the largest stage in global sport to represent their home countries and compete for a prized Olympic medal.

I’m tired of COVID; you’re tired of COVID — we are all so tired of COVID. We’re tired of talking about it, writing about it, worrying about it. We all want to move on.

Are you ready to chow down on some burgers? The Indy’s third annual #COSBurgerWeek returns this weekend and runs through Aug. 6. 

Full disclosure: It was only in the last month that I got my first COVID-19 vaccine. I was a little unsure about getting it while pregnant, mainly due to previous losses and my age and not knowing if I will get another shot at this “being a mom” thing. But because I wasn’t, and still am not,…

I recently had the opportunity to attend a training on how to recognize and deal with sexual harassment. I learned what is acceptable and what is not in dealing with fellow human beings — or in other words, how not to be a crappy person. While this is not the first workshop on the subject th…

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Just as the Delta variant of the coronavirus is surging in highly unvaccinated regions, the derelict party of personal responsibility has gone off the rails. The science behind the COVID vaccine has been proven in real-world situations, saving countless real-world lives.

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Joe Biden’s “Have You No Shame” speech on voting rights the other day was passionate, powerful, necessary, mostly on target and yet almost entirely useless.

Ralph Waldo Emerson told of a dinner guest who went on and on about the virtue of honesty, offering his own life as a model of perfect rectitude. “The louder he talked of his honor,” said Emerson, “the faster we counted our spoons.”

In 2021, over 3 billion people use social media. The average American is on social media 2.4 hours each day. That’s 876 hours or 5.2 weeks a year. I don’t know about you, but doing the math shocked me! That’s more than twice the time most of us take for vacation each year.

I am a former California girl who traded in beaches for mountains, avocados for peaches, in-tact windshields for chipped glass, microbreweries for … different microbreweries, and marijuana dispensaries for … more marijuana dispensaries (I suppose this is God’s way of saying, “Hey, Anna. Psss…

In four days, I will be turning 60... I totally confess: My feelings are all over the place. Please don’t misunderstand me — the opportunity to begin another trip around the sun beats the alternative. I have family members and friends who didn’t make it this far, so I am aware of how fortuna…

The cool thing about democracy is that it is inherently participatory. You and your friends, neighbors and fellow citizens get to have an active hand in selecting leaders, passing laws and setting policy. Of course, the bad thing about democracy is that you, your friends, neighbors and fello…

As I write this, the mountains are hazy and there’s a distinct campfire scent in the air. And it’s not the neighbors roasting marshmallows at noon — it’s the signal of something far more dangerous and with long-ranging consequences. It’s the drift smoke from 52 wildfires burning in the weste…

This month marks 47 years since I first fell in love with Colorado. Nearly a half century ago, my parents and sister closest to my age made my first trip from Florida to the Rocky Mountains. I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Front Range — it was a stormy afternoon as we drove toward…

“Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in!” That was Michael Corleone in the oft-maligned Godfather III, when he realizes he’s never going to escape a life of organized crime. Then he goes into a coma.

Sha’Carri Richardson continues to make headlines during Olympic Trials. The 21-year-old track phenom cooked competitors in the 100-meter dash June 20 with a time of 10.86 seconds in Eugene, Oregon. The time qualified her for the Olympic Games — Richardson had one of the fastest times among a…

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This Sunday will be the 245th anniversary of the signing of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. When I was younger, I rarely thought about what Independence Day really represented. It was always a day off filled with family gatherings, barbecues, swimming, fireworks and the like. But t…

More than a year ago, the Indy's newsroom, along with some of its sister publications, began putting out daily digital COVID-19 news blasts.​​Those were uncertain times, and while our print publication comes out every week, like most media, we worked hard to get vital information to the publ…

It is no secret that, before becoming a staff writer for the Indy, I was somewhat of an activist. For the record, I have not been involved in any kind of extracurricular rabble rousing or political trouble making for a few years now. It’s been an interesting experience, going from insider to…

‘Those in the know” say that We the People should forget any progressive fantasy that — at long last — Washington might finally produce the kind of bold FDR-style agenda that America needs. They smugly lecture us that recalcitrant Republicans in Congress, not to mention a swarm of corporate …

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The tragedy that played out in Arvada June 21 began with a phone call to the police from Ronald Troyke’s brother, warning them that Troyke was about to “do something crazy.”

In a country where recent statistics show three out of five of us are suffering from loneliness, I’ve seen one thing consistently lift people up — and no, it’s not prayer — it’s service. Somehow, when we do something for someone else, we’re infused with hope that we, as individuals, can make…

Juneteenth was different this year. Indeed, there was an extra cause for celebration for those who have fought long and hard to gain national attention for the day. That finally happened June 17 as President Joe Biden signed a bill establishing a federal holiday recognizing the end of slaver…

Representative apportionment of population is a linchpin of democracy, and partisan manipulated redistricting has been slowly undermining our governing system. Political geographers in other countries find the United States an outlier, with most democracies having clear processes preventing …

Man, sometimes journalism is an arduous gig. We read and write gut-wrenching stories that occasionally test our mental fortitude. A college professor warned our class that we would someday know the victim involved in a tragic event. At the time, I didn’t heed her warning.I was a stubborn sop…

All I have to do to prove I’m a real-life human being is select the digitally rendered dog that is facing the right way up. In the face of this existential crisis brought on by a LinkedIn security/verification prompt, I turn to yoga. Obviously. 

Working downtown, one encounters a variety of people and personalities. The offices of the Indy and its sister publications are in a historic building designed by the famed Scottish architect Thomas MacLaren, who came to the area seeking relief from tuberculosis. Originally a church, there a…