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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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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 …

These days, following the news is like drinking from a fire hose. If you’re like us, you meter the flow, only letting in so much as you try to maintain your equilibrium and keep from snapping at the dog. More often than not, the week’s news leaves you shaking your head, often because one gro…

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In Colorado Springs we have already experienced our fair share of climate-change-driven natural disasters, from the devastating Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires that destroyed nearly 1,000 homes and took four lives, to the historic 2013 flooding that followed shortly after. 

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With visitation to Pikes Peak region parks and trails expected to increase over the next several weeks, a group of six federal, state and local Colorado land managers remind visitors to recreate responsibly on area public lands. Recreating outdoors is an important way of life for all Colorad…

When the Waldo Canyon fire hit Colorado Springs in 2012, burning 18,000 acres, killing two people and destroying 347 homes, they called it “a perfect storm.” Then the Black Forest fire of 2013 wiped out 14,280 acres, killed two people and leveled 489 homes and — what do you know — that was “…

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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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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…

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…

When will Doug Lamborn have his come to Jesus moment? When will Focus on the Family focus on the family, instead of angrily fixating on who people love and what gender was printed on their birth certificates?

A couple weeks ago, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced a 10-year plan that he says will take the U.S. Postal Service to profitability. His goal? To eliminate a projected $160 billion loss over 10 years, caused largely by declining mail volume, unattainable pension-funding requirements …

America’s enduring problems didn’t pause for the pandemic — we just looked away. Two horrific mass shootings in a single week, for example, have brought gun violence back into sharp focus. And as summer unfolds, we’ll realize that even if climate change wasn’t front of mind in 2020, it didn’…

One year ago, households across America were preparing for the worst. Unemployment claims went through the roof as “nonessential” and blue-collar workers found themselves without jobs; many small business owners realized they couldn’t keep the lights on and still make payroll; extended famil…

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After last week’s winter weather catastrophe in Texas, we can imagine Jerry Jones sitting in a highrise somewhere looking just like the cat that ate the canary. Coloradans likely know him as the billionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys, but he also controls Comstock Resources, a natural gas o…

It doesn’t take a time-traveling DeLorean to learn some important economic lessons from the past. One of the greatest to come out of the last two decades is that recovering from economic disaster shouldn’t, but almost certainly will, fall victim to politics.

It’s almost like the universe, appalled by our inattention, used COVID, George Floyd, the broken economy and Trump’s post-election lie-fest, right up to the Capitol insurrection of Jan. 6, to make us stop. To make us see how polarized and lost America has become and force us to re-examine th…

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As Jan. 6 dawned and a truly alarming number of congressional Republicans were poised to vote against certification of the presidential election, Judd Legum’s online politics newsletter Popular Information published a connect-the-dots kind of article. In “20 corporations, $16 million, and 13…

This America is shocking, but not surprising. This America — where white Trump supporters can storm the Capitol almost unimpeded, forcing Congress into lockdown in an illegal attempt to erase an election they lost — is what we built, through action and inaction. Americans might say, “We’re b…

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I love using TV sitcoms to illustrate where we are as a society. And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, as we examine the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. 

A couple weeks ago I stopped by a locally owned restaurant for some takeout on my way home from the office. It was a Thursday evening — chilly but clear. When I made my way to the entrance, one set of doors was dark and likely locked. I didn’t try them. Through the large windows I saw the di…

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Almonds, walnuts, chestnuts, peanuts (a legume, actually), Brazil, macadamia and cashew. Some are honey roasted, some spicy — even mixed.

Following a roller-coaster Election Week (it’s no longer accurate to call it Election Day and may not ever be again), it’s over: Come January, President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th commander in chief of the United States of America. Politically speaking, it’s a big swing and…

Anyone who has ever done therapy has encountered the term “objective reality.” It’s what IS — the situation on the ground uncolored by our peccadillos, politics, spiritual beliefs, upbringing defects, ingrained habits, relationship baggage, assorted brokenness, passions and fears. It’s the p…

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The country is less than three weeks away from Election Day and chances are, no matter where you get your news, you’ve been told how divided our nation is — that there’s very little interest from the powers that be or the sides they lead in discussing commonalities. As we know, when it comes…

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October is Arts Month. In another time, we’d be going to museums, listening to live music, seeing plays at the Ent Center, the Millibo Art Theatre or the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

Only 47 more days until the election, and for some officeholders — specifically President Donald Trump and Sen. Cory Gardner — the polls aren’t looking all that rosy. They’re both fighting uphill battles for the hearts and minds of environmental voters, so they’ve engaged in a bit of last-mi…

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We’ve heard the term “post-truth world” used to describe our current situation. It’s seen in the proliferation of “alternative facts” that make their way through social media; it’s been used to explain the outright lies told on cable news networks; and the term is particularly apt when it co…

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At the end of July, millions of Americans — and about 10.4 percent of eligible workers in El Paso County — found themselves staring down hunger, loss of utilities, evictions and homelessness when federal assistance for the unemployed ran out.

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In May, the unemployment figure for Americans ages 16 to 29 sat at just under 7.7 million. Ivanka Trump (who sorta works for her dad) recently suggested that these people just “find something new,” maybe get an associate degree or certification in a high-demand field. Good advice in less-ins…

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After months spent railing against numbers that show the coronavirus isn’t going to “disappear, like a miracle,” President Trump has suddenly ordered hospitals nationwide to send their daily COVID-19 data directly to the Department of Health and Human Services — bypassing the politically neu…