Here are two terms that you don’t expect to see together: “the state of Alabama” and “progressive leader.” And yet — even with its well-earned reputation as a bastion of Jim Crow voter theft, plutocratic anti-worker policies and right-wing nutballism — the Camellia State has flowered as a mo…

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The easiest thing to say about President Joe Biden’s comprehensive spending program, which brings a massive sewing machine to America’s badly torn safety net, is that the cost — to coin a phrase — is too damn high.

Here we are in the month of October and theaters are predictably promoting titles like Candyman and Halloween Kills. I’ve never been able to watch scary movies. I spend the whole time with my eyes closed and my ears covered — but my kids and grandkids love them!

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The news could have been worse, but it was bad enough. We got the message from my 6-year-old’s elementary school on Thursday night that he might have to be quarantined because of a possible COVID infection in his first-grade class.

‘If you think education is expensive, try ignorance,” the old bumper sticker says; yet for decades national and state lawmakers have flaunted their ignorance of what makes a good society by stupidly shortchanging our investment in our youngest minds.

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You may have noticed that an unusual number of Supreme Court justices have taken to publicly defending themselves — my favorite is Amy Coney Barrett’s we’re-not-partisan-hacks defense — as credible, balls-and-strikes arbiters of American law, unswayed by politics or by the fact that Donald T…

It’s not news that in 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, income inequality had reached the widest gap in more than half a century, according to the United States Census Bureau.

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As soon as I finished writing this column, I headed over to my neighborhood pharmacy to get the Pfizer booster shot. It has been eight months since my second shot — I was fortunate to get in line early when vaccine doses were hard to come by — and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and t…

We’ve got the Academy Awards, the Emmys and Grammys… but what should we call the award for the most extraordinary performance by a corporate profiteer? How about the “Sleazy,” with winners getting a solid gold sculpture of a middle finger? There were so many worthy contenders, but one corpor…

It’s been a hell of a hot summer, exploding the top off thermometers with triple-digit readings across the country. As we’re learning, week after week of this debilitating heat intensifies wildfires, causes electric grids to fail, kills millions of wild animals (including fish!), burns up cr…

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As you may have noticed, the culture wars in America have heated up again, and, in some cases, the pressure points are so stressed that you worry something might well explode.

Sept. 11, 2001 started out just like any other morning. It was a Tuesday. I got up, gave thanks for another sunrise, got myself and my son (18 months old at the time) ready for the day and dropped him off at daycare — this was my routine since becoming a mother.

Can you feel it? The weather is still warm — warmer than usual, actually — but fall is near. Pumpkin spice, Halloween decorations on grocery store shelves, and the occasional red leaf peeking out from under the green all serve to alert us to the changing season. Nights are cooler and the hus…

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The 20th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11 was different from all the others. That’s because, after so many years, the lens we’re looking through has changed so dramatically.

At eighteen I was raped by a roommate’s boyfriend who broke into our home when I was alone. Nine weeks later, after avoiding thinking about it because it was too awful, I found out I was pregnant.

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There could be no celebration as the Afghan war finally comes to an end. At best, there can be mixed emotions, but mostly there’s sorrow and there’s regret. As Americans, we never like to say we’ve lost, but this time it’s unavoidable.

When I first moved to the Springs as a teenager in 1999, Powers Boulevard bordered rural land — there was the airport east of Drennan Road and a McDonald’s on Constitution Avenue; Dublin Boulevard marked the outskirts of town. This was well before the city was represented on any Top 10 lists…

As a writer, I get stuck every so often straining for the right words to tell my story. Over the years, though, I’ve learned when to quit tying myself into mental knots over sentence construction, instead stepping back and rethinking where my story is going.

As universities welcome students to a new academic year, the question of pandemic-related trauma and its impact is rising to the surface. Last year’s classes were largely online, which means many students are now experiencing their first year on campus. It will take a little time to see how …

‘In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.” These words, by poet John O’Donohue, have guided me for several decades. This simple sentiment is a whole sermon in two sentences.

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Just when you think the war against COVID can’t get much stranger, we now have the third-jab issue to contend with.

In the western world, there exists an over-arching reference to the Holy as “He.” Jesus, Muhammad, the Buddha — so many male expressions. Few can quickly name three female faces of the Holy. Mother Mary comes to mind — and then who?

A few months ago, I was accepted as a fellow with the Transformative Leadership for Change 2021 cohort, a statewide coalition specifically designed for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) leaders across the state.

When I was just a tyke, cowboy actors were marketed as role models for little backyard cowpokes like me, and we could send off to get a certificate making us “Pals of the Saddle” or some such with Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy or others. 

We’re in that lull between the Fourth of July and Labor Day, summertime holidays that focus our attention on “liberty and justice for all,” as the Pledge of Allegiance says. But while we deck our streets and store fronts in red, white and blue, we’ve become too well informed to believe our c…

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There’s something going on in Washington, something terribly strange, something all but inexplicable, and yet nothing to do with aliens.

Anyone who has lived in the Colorado Springs area for a while might have sensed something different about the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. You just couldn’t put your finger on it.

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Things I ask myself as I sit in my formerly mask-free coffee shop/office, which has responded to new CDC regulations by going back to the bad old days hanging a “mask-up” sign on the door…

Mega-investor Warren Buffett once held a big portfolio of daily and weekly newspapers, and he specialized in squeezing out competitors so each held a local monopoly. Then he’d chop staff and news content, letting him glean annual profit margins above 30 percent.

This month, District 49 is set to push forward a resolution banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Falcon’s schools. If no public input comes by Aug. 4, given a 3-2 majority school board vote in July, expect the resolution to be adopted as is — perpetuating a complete rewrite of his…

How do we balance the needs of one against the needs of the whole? This question keeps surfacing in conversations about everything from gymnastics to vaccines.

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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.

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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.