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Pat Waak

Trump's America Is Different Than Mine

Pat Waak | July 22, 2016 | Denver
I tried to watch Donald Trump's speech last night, but every time I switched over I heard language that evoked darkness, distrust and despair. One of the channels was carrying the horror movie Pumpkinhead, which is at least fiction.
George Lakoff

Understanding Trump

George Lakoff | July 22, 2016 | Politics
Why does Donald Trump publicly insult other candidates and political leaders mercilessly? Quite simply, because he knows he can win an onstage TV insult game. In strict conservative eyes, that makes him a formidable winning candidate who deserves to be a winning candidate.
MuslimGirl

Let's Talk About The Dress Code For Muslim Men

MuslimGirl | July 22, 2016 | Religion
Covering up a bit more than usual at the beach while your wife or sister is beautifully covered is a wonderful form of solidarity. It's also a great form of modesty.  Your wife or sister will appreciate it.
Tavis Smiley

Mother Of Baton Rouge Police Shooter Speaks For The First Time: 'My Son Had PTSD Which Went Untreated'

Tavis Smiley | July 21, 2016 | Politics
Corine Woodley, mother of the Baton Rouge police shooter Gavin Eugene Long, in an EXCLUSIVE conversation shares revealing details unknown until now about her troubled son.
Ryan Hampton

This Group Proves That, In Recovery From Addiction, Community Is Everything

Ryan Hampton | July 21, 2016 | Impact
The third stop on our 2,500-mile trek to the DNC in Philadelphia was Denver, Colorado. During the past two weeks we’ve crossed five state lines. As we passed through the wide open plains of Nevada and salt flats of Utah, I couldn’t help but marvel at the vastness...
Jason Salzman

Higgins Dodges Questions on Trump, Choice

Jason Salzman | July 22, 2016 | Denver
What does it take to score national media coverage even before you decide to run for a northwest Denver state house seat? Try being the star of ABC's hit show, "The Bachelor." Bachelor star Ben Higgins has been stacking up the news coverage for his apparent decision to run, as a...
Jason Salzman

A Colorado Republican Leader's "Punk Ass Bitches"

Jason Salzman | July 21, 2016 | Denver
In a Facebook post last week, Adams County (Colorado) Republican chair John Sampson called Black Lives Matter "Punk Ass Bitches," but in an interview later, he said he was only referring to those "who assault us, who burn, who loot, or who destroy property, because they're having a temper tantrum."...
Barbra Streisand

Ruth Bader Ginsburg On Donald Trump: Unprecedented Or A Supreme Court Norm?

Barbra Streisand | July 15, 2016 | Politics
Strong, opinionated women, like "The Notorious RBG," are always criticized. She spoke what many people already feel about the utterly unqualified Donald Trump. Her comments deserve a deeper analysis beyond subjective punditry or sanctimonious Tweets.
Alexis Shaak

What It's Like Growing Up With First Responder Parents

Alexis Shaak | July 21, 2016 | Impact
I am an only child, but I have always had a fourth family member living with me, my mom, and my dad. No, it wasn’t another human or a pet, it was a pager. I grew up with first responder parents. My father is a volunteer firefighter and...
Heather Garbo

19 Ways to Celebrate Denver Days with Your Neighbors

Heather Garbo | July 13, 2016 | Denver
Did you know that Denver Days are coming up? From July 30 to August 7 Denverites are encouraged to get to know their neighbors better. I love this program because it combines two of my favorite things to talk and...
Jason Salzman

Sarah Palin Speech "Spot On," Says State Senate Candidate Doty

Jason Salzman | July 20, 2016 | Denver
Colorado state senate candidate Nancy Doty praised Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's recent speech in Colorado, calling it "just spot on" and "very, very good." Doty made the comments to KNUS 710-AM's Julie Hayden, who bumped into Doty at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver July 2. "I thought...
Jen Reeder

These Colorado Teens Help Pit Bulls Get Adopted

Jen Reeder | July 13, 2016 | Impact
"I have always loved dogs because they are such great companions and never judge you," Wells says. "They will protect you with their lives and always want to please you. They love you so much and it's only fair if we help them out of sticky situations."
Jenell Stewart

Natural Hair Creates A More Inclusive Beauty Standard

Jenell Stewart | July 12, 2016 | Black Voices
Collectively our voices are effecting changes in creating a more inclusive standard of beauty. Everyday that we learn more about our hair and document our experiences publicly is another day we support a Black woman who is nervous about finally coming into her own and accepting her natural hair.
Jason Salzman

Journalist Calls on GOP Donor Mizel to Reveal Whether He Owns Newspaper

Jason Salzman | July 13, 2016 | Denver
Colorado journalist David O. Williams has a great post on RealVail.com, based on his decades of newspaper-industry experience up there, beautifully illustrating the manipulative (and weird) behavior of anonymous newspaper owners. Williams concludes the piece by calling on Republican mega-donor Larry Mizel, who's been raising cash for Donald Trump, to...
Rashard Mendenhall

Coming Out: Life After Ball

Rashard Mendenhall | July 12, 2016 | Sports
When you've been raised in a locker room and eventually become a part of society, it doesn't feel like reality. Much like coming out of prison, everything feels different. There's really no way to prepare for it.
Jason Salzman

Trump Campaign Has Yet to Start Organizing in Colorado

Jason Salzman | July 14, 2016 | Denver
Colorado's Trump campaign is relying on the "robust operations" of the Colorado Republican Party to mobilize Trump voters, including "many new people" who are drawn to Trump but are not yet in the campaign databases. "Because Donald Trump has been bringing so many new people back to politics and to...
Bernie Sanders

Democrats Must Fight To Defeat The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Bernie Sanders | July 10, 2016 | Politics
Over and over again, supporters of free trade have told us that unfettered free trade would increase jobs and reduce the trade deficit.
Jason Salzman

Congressman's Quote About His Marriage Disappears

Jason Salzman | July 11, 2016 | Denver
Of all the crazy stories we heard last summer about the GOP efforts to depose Colorado Republican Party Chair Steve House, this snippet from the Washington Post's Ben Terris was perhaps the most shocking. ... House arrived the night of June 15 to find himself outnumbered -- and...
Jason Salzman

Colorado Republicans Linked to Anti-LGBT Group Funded by Anschutz Foundation

Jason Salzman | July 12, 2016 | Denver
In a report released last week, Freedom for All Americans, which aims to "secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide," documents, among other things, a trail of cash leading from Colorado billionaire Phil Anschutz to 1) Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a national anti-LGBT group, to 2) anti-LGBT extremists...
Wade Norris

Mr. Push-Ups, Tony Ward Discusses His World Record For Push-Ups And Mentoring Kids

Wade Norris | July 7, 2016 | Denver
Recently, I got to interview Tony Ward who holds the World's record for Push Ups having completed 31,600 Push Ups in a 20 hour period. Tony Ward was inspired by Paddy Doyle, who was the previous Push Ups record holder to go for the World Record. Here are some of his remarks on how he uses his accomplishment as a reason for reaching out to Students he speaks with as a motivational speaker and for writing his book: Mr. Push-Ups Reality 31,600 Question: You turned the Push Up record success story of breaking the World Record into a Motivational Book? Tony Ward: It's (a book) about my life as an athlete - the trials, tribulations, the adversity that I've overcome to become successful as an athlete. I'm using the book also as a Motivational book because now I have become a Motivational speaker in schools, empowering youth to become successful in their lives and that anything is possible if they believe in themselves. (what's their reaction?) When I go into schools, I speak about my adversity that I've been through, and then at the end, I challenge them, and whoever does the most Push-Ups I give them a book. It's quite an honor to give back to the youth of the world today, and show them that there is somebody, that there are positive role models in the world so they can become successful. Mr. Ward also spoke with me about desiring to get back in to basketball coaching as well. We wish him the best of luck combining his mentoring and skills as a former basketball player in the endeavor of coaching. And thanks for your great work by giving a positive message to our...
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