Posted inClimate, Coloradans, News, Wildfire

Amid the charred ruins of Colorado wildfires, a sense of community evolves with the rebuild

About this story: Sun staff writer Kevin Simpson wrote and compiled this account with contributions from Jason Blevins, Jennifer Brown, Tamara Chuang, Shannon Najmabadi and Olivia Prentzel. Kiki Turner stood in front of the house where she grew up, now a pile of ashes in a scorched and flattened neighborhood. She could see for miles, […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: If you’re going to put us on your focus group, maybe you should put us on your payroll

Nearly five years ago, I sat in the Aurora Public Library with other parents who received both Medicaid and benefits from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC. We carried our infants or newborns, spread out with our strollers and diaper bags, all consenting to receive a $25 […]

Posted inOpinion, Write On, Colorado

The coronavirus confronts each of us with a question: What’s essential?

Yesterday my Twitter feed included a post from a connection enthusiastically supporting the announcement that New Jersey would include liquor stores in its list of essential services, allowing them to stay open during the stay-at-home order. In addition to a chuckle, it got me thinking about determinations of essential services and about my two-year, and […]