I don’t think I will ever understand why some people litter instead of simply finding a trashcan to dispose of their garbage. Did nobody see the videos in elementary school of plastic rings from six-packs killing sea turtles and other wildlife? When I bought products that used that type of p…

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 My first combat deployment was to the Anbar Province in Iraq in 2004. We were located halfway between Ramadi and Fallujah, and it was a rough year. There were often incidents where civilians were killed, and usually U.S. forces, with Iraqi militia or law enforcement partners, would take the…

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In matters of race and politics, the issue is not always clear cut. Racism can take the form of a wink or a nod. Or what they call a dog whistle.

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It’s been four months since the violent pro-Trump insurrection at our nation’s Capitol. Four months. It seems astonishing that this country can look so steady when it was teetering on the brink of autocracy just 126 days ago.

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Many thanks for two excellent articles in last issue, one on Panorama Park by Heidi Beedle and the other on Food Security by Patience Kabwasa. This long time reader was struck by the irony of the appearance of these two in the same issue having attended the majority of meetings planning desi…

While many of us were gathering with our families to celebrate Mother’s Day yesterday, at least two families were dealing with the aftermath of yet another mass shooting.This time in Colorado Springs.Not long after we posted an article about the tragedy on the Indy’s Facebook page, someone c…

​In case you aren’t already aware of it, this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. Whether your own mother is living or has passed away, this yearly observance can be a joyous or painful day — or somewhere in between.​​Some may have or have had a wonderful and warm relationship with their mothers.…

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” — Maya Angelou   

Morgan M Page is a writer and expert on trans history. She has a podcast called One From the Vaults where she explores important trans historical figures and events. She was one of the first trans people I followed on Twitter as I was starting my own transition, and I’m pretty sure it was th…

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Three years ago, Coloradans passed Constitutional Amendments Y and Z with overwhelming support. In one clear voice, the people of Colorado declared that gerrymandering had no place in our state, regardless of which party was in power at the time. These amendments were carefully crafted and t…

A statewide survey conducted in December 2020 by Hunger Free Colorado, an organization seeking to end hunger through social and policy changes, found that 38 percent of Coloradans are food-insecure — double the percentage during the Great Recession. Colorado families with children have been …

According to the folks at Nielsen, Joe Biden’s big speech last Wednesday night — his first, if unofficial, State of the Union — was a ratings flop.

I woke up to another shooting headline today. Something is terribly wrong. I don’t dare numb out the horror of what is happening in our country, and yet, it’s so horrible that if I allow myself to dwell too much on it, I’m paralyzed by heartbreak and fear. The reality is that people of all a…

No longer just a parlor game, Monopoly is what’s for dinner. Practically every commodity and every step in producing our families’ most essential consumer purchase is in the tight grip of four or fewer global conglomerates.

It’s been almost four years since my husband and I decided to move to Colorado Springs from Texas. Honestly, we have never looked back; we hardly even return to the Lone Star State for a visit. One of the many reasons we love Colorado so much more than our previous home is the hiking. 

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Why do we make life so difficult? I hoped to highlight in this spot that the Harrison High School’s football team is hosting a playoff game against Centaurus at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1. I thought about sharing how the Panthers earned the No. 2 seed and have a realistic chance this year at a s…

As the pandemic winds down (and don’t we all wish it would just be over already?), thoughts here at the Indy are turning to a season much different than the socially distanced, way-too-quiet, anxiety-filled summer of 2020.

Spring has sprung and with the warmer weather and longer days has come a batch of newly sworn city councilors. Following the April 6 election, City Hall has four new faces and five incumbents at the dais. While the philosophical leanings of this nascent council aren’t too different — based o…

It’s a tough time to be a trans person in this country. As of April 13, there are 90 pieces of anti-trans legislation introduced in 33 states. These bills would do everything from restricting trans people’s ability to update identification documents to criminalizing gender-affirming health c…

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Give credit to Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg and others in the Colorado Legislature who, in the wake of the Boulder King Soopers shooting, are trying to actually do something about gun violence.

If you happen to follow any of your favorite local restaurants' social media accounts, I'm sure you've seen posts lately announcing that they are hiring. Some have even gone as far as to state they would love to expand to pre-COVID hours but can't until they have the staff.

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If we counted Earth Days as birthdays, our planet would have turned 51 yesterday — a respectable middle age. But how have we, during that time, cared for her? And is it enough to recognize our home just one day a year? What about the other 364 (365, in a Leap Year!)? Earth sustains us but we…

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A black man pays with his life, and how! for using a counterfeit twenty dollar bill to buy cigarettes, while white collar crime either gets swept under the carpet, or does not receive punishment in proportion to the crime committed. Clearly we all see this. We also see that neither does Dere…

Do you believe in ghosts? In the realm of paranormal phenomena, ghosts and hauntings are some of the oldest reported encounters. Going all the way back to Homer’s Odyssey, people have reported strange encounters with the restless dead.

The last 14 months of grief we have all experienced has at times felt insurmountable. People have lost loved ones, incomes, housing. And they’ve lost connection. Along with the pandemic, racial injustice and political tensions have escalated. Every day we expect to hear of another mass shoot…

As I write this, Derek Chauvin’s trial has come to an end. A jury found him guilty on three counts of second degree unpremeditated murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. The former Minnesota police officer could face up to 40 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd in a case th…

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Twice this week, I’ve been awakened by violent dreams. In the first instance, I was witness to a mass shooting; in the second, I dreamt of a chaotic mob perpetrating mayhem. I realize my subconscious is trying to grapple with the reality of our current societal ills in a way that I have not …

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Schniper and his demeaning attitude needs to get it adjusted (Re Whataburger article). Sonic, Subway, Jimmy Johns, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Taco Star, Panera, Arbys, Burger King, Panda Express etc., etc. Too many to mention that are already in the COS for many years. We are not food ignorant, b…