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Systemic racism is real and must be addressed

In response to Melanie Sturm’s question, “Is ‘systemic racism’ the right diagnosis?” (July 3), overwhelming evidence leads to a definitive “yes.” In her column, Sturm expresses alarm that an...

The forecast for Fort Lewis College: Sunny and focused on students, community

When I arrived at Fort Lewis College as its president in August 2018, I knew the faculty and staff had tremendous potential to face any challenge. However, I knew there was serious work to ...

Public lands from Colorado to Alaska deserve protection

Like most Coloradans, and as owners of a Colorado outdoor business, we are deeply connected with and passionate about the outdoors and public lands. These lands are where we create memories...

When immortals die

Giant sequoias come as close to immortality as living organisms can. Many live over a thousand years, an almost unimaginable span of survival in the face of all of nature’s challenges. So it...

Declining birth rate is good news, not the worry reported

“U.S. birth rates are declining. This trend is cause for concern, because an aging population puts a strain on the economy.” – Kimberly Amadeo, in “The Balance,” April 29, 2021 The Centers ...

Redistricting: Where’s a little gerrymander when you need one?

As I’m sure you must have noticed, it’s redistricting season in Colorado and also the first time this once-a-decade event will be determined by a nonpartisan commission, with staff doing the...

Tracy Stone-Manning is the leader we need for public lands

Having a qualified and collaborative director at the Bureau of Land Management has never been more important than it is today. Unprecedented challenges face the 245 million acres of public l...

White supremacy is metastasizing

Before the pandemic, the world was in trouble. The climate crisis was choking life out of the planet, the racial dynamic between white people and people of color was bad. Now, as the world s...

When water was plentiful

During his 50 years in rural western Colorado, Jamie Jacobson has seen a lot of flooding. While caretaking a farm in 1974, Jacobson watched 3 acres of its riverfront float away. More recentl...

African Americans celebrate freedom today, ‘Juneteenth’

This is a short history lesson about freedom. No test will be given at the end of your reading, nor will you have to purchase a textbook. The expanding of your mind is up to you. On July 4, ...

David Brooks: We’re finally invaded. Guess what happens next.

I was an American history major in college in the 1980s. I’ll be honest with you. I thrilled to the way the American story was told back then. To immigrate to America was to join the luckie...

Gail Collins: Tell Trump we’re not questioning his manhood?

Have you noticed how almost every other word out of Donald Trump’s mouth lately seems to be some variation on “dominate?” “If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time,” he tol...