Colorado Sun readers had a lot on their minds in 2020 — and it’s not surprising that COVID-19 was a dominant topic for those who contributed our guest opinion columns.
As we tallied which of our opinion pieces attracted the most readers across the year, which are listed below, we found that a high percentage focused on the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how we have responded to it. As our recent countdown of The Sun’s 25 most-read news stories of 2020 also showed, COVID-19 is a fundamentally concerning topic for our readers. (You’ll find our pandemic news coverage here.)
A deeply personal contribution from Greg Moore, former editor of The Denver Post, about troubled relations between Black Americans like himself and the police also drew many readers in a year when the Black Lives Matter movement stepped to the fore.
There also was wide interest in opinion essays examining the ravages of wildfires, drought conditions and climate change gripping Colorado. And pieces on the election, immunization, the plight of immigrants, outdoors policy and one man’s restoration of faith in America also made our top-25 roster.
Contributors of our most-read opinions in 2020 included a former U.S. senator, a restaurant owner, a college student, a ski-town mayor, a DACA recipient, a farmer-rancher, a group of Christian bishops, a defeated election candidate, a radio talk-show host, a poet and speaker, a documentary filmmaker, an immunology professor, Latinx activists and a child-protection official.
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Below is our list of the 25 most-read guest opinion essays of 2020. Note: This ranking does not include columns from our regular opinion contributors, including Mike Littwin, Mario Nicolais, Diane Carman and Craig Silverman. Also, one piece was published in late 2019 but is ranked here based on its 2020 readership.
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