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Opinion: As media professors surveying Colorado’s local-news landscape, we have good news and bad news

The role of local news has never been more important than today during a pandemic that has killed millions and at a time when anyone can spew rumors and conspiracies while sitting behind a screen.  In Colorado, online misinformation has led some to believe COVID-19 vaccines alter DNA, distrust legitimate philanthropic organizations in the community, […]

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Opinion: The Biden and Polis preschool plans are important steps forward for Colorado families, but they won’t fix all child care problems

Preschool is making headlines lately as proposals to expand access to early childhood education have been released by both President Joe Biden and Gov. Jared Polis. The president’s plan, released last month, would guarantee universal access to preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds while expanding tax credits to help parents of young children to pay for […]

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Opinion: Stimulus funds should support Colorado students in need at both public and private colleges

Our colleagues in Colorado public higher education have affirmed a call for bold action to use monies from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) to support all students in need across Colorado no matter which college or university in our state that they choose to attend.   As leaders of private Colorado higher-education institutions, we […]

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Opinion: We need safer air in Colorado’s schools — but let’s be careful how we get there

Colorado needs to make the indoor air of our schools safer.  Protecting against the airborne spread of COVID-19, as well as smog and wildfires, will pay dividends in the health of our children both now and for the future — but the funding could easily be wasted or even make the air more dangerous. Avoid […]

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Black, Hispanic people disadvantaged in Denver courts, study of felony cases shows

A study of decisions made by the Denver district attorney’s office has said Black and Hispanic people charged with felonies in Denver face “a persistent set of disadvantages” compared with their white peers. The study found that white people facing drug charges were more likely than Black or Hispanic people to be referred to drug […]

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Opinion: In a crisis, mutual aid steps in when governments fall short

We saw in Texas in February what incredible systemic failures can occur when unregulated capitalism prioritizes competition, profit, and efficiency over human well being.  As many of the wealthy and powerful escaped the crisis for better conditions, millions of Texans were left freezing in their homes, hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning, boiling water for survival, […]

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Opinion: When allegations of sexual assault and harassment emerge, institutions need to take action

Against the backdrop of those stories, damning findings from an internal investigation into sexual harassment and assault at Louisiana State University dropped recently. Each of these stories sheds light on the ways that institutions can further the harm of sexual harassment and assault. But, it doesn’t have to be this way.  Allegations of sexual harassment […]

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Opinion: Reinstating pollution restrictions will benefit mental health, too

During his first two weeks in office, President Joe Biden has signed executive orders to roll back some of the more than 125 environmental and climate policy measures put in place during the Trump administration. This commitment is significant because reducing pollution exposure will not only promote better physical health, it will also benefit mental […]

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Some of Colorado’s conservative talk radio stations are turning down the volume on “rigged election” claims

Listeners to talk radio station KVOR (740 AM) in Colorado Springs may no longer hear quite so much railing about a rigged election or calls for violent protest. Cumulus Media, a talk radio company with a roster of popular right-wing personalities, including Dan Bongino, Mark Levin and Ben Shapiro, has ordered its employees at 416 […]