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Peter Greene

More Hard Charter Lessons

Peter Greene | January 27, 2015 | Education
Enrolling your child in a charter is making a bet that the school will be in business as long as you want to send your child to it. If you lose the bet, you have to know that losing was always a possibility when you made the bet in the first place.
Chris Weigant

Marijuana Grows Up

Chris Weigant | January 26, 2015 | Politics
Marijuana is now the nation's fastest-growing industry. The legal marijuana industry brought in $2.4 billion last year, so it's certainly no longer any sort of laughing matter. That figure represents an increase of a whopping 74 percent in one year's time, and it is estimated that the total legal market could be worth $11 billion as soon as 2019.
Aimee Heckel

Taking a Cue from Food Trucks, Fashion Trucks Hit the Road

Aimee Heckel | January 26, 2015 | Denver
These boutiques on wheels began popping up around Colorado a few years ago but recently have picked up speed -- so much, in fact, that fellow truckers are expecting about 10 new fashion trucks by this summer.
Jason Salzman

A Majority of Dependents

Jason Salzman | January 22, 2015 | Denver
Even if you're a just a talk-radio host, you shouldn't just say "Yap," as KHOW 630-AM's Mandy Connell did yesterday, when your special guest, in this case, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), insults the President.
Marc Bekoff

A Matter of Breeding: How We've Greatly Harmed Dogs Who Depend on Us for Their Well-Being

Marc Bekoff | January 22, 2015 | Denver
Mr. Brandow hopes that by learning the real history behind our beliefs and prejudices about our companion species, and the many consequences for dogs today, we'll begin breaking the ultimate barrier to their "improvement."
Chad Barr

The United Nations of X Games

Chad Barr | January 22, 2015 | College
Increasingly, the highly acclaimed extreme winter sports competition and festival -- which takes place this weekend in Aspen, Colo. -- has developed quite an international accent.
Peg Perl

5 Years After Citizens United, Big Oil and Gas Money Spills Into Colorado State Elections

Peg Perl | January 21, 2015 | Denver
Colorado law has attempted to blunt the crushing effect of big money in politics through strong public disclosure laws that require spending by each of these groups in candidate elections to be reported online to Colorado voters.
Brandon L. Greene

#LiberateWE: A Call to Action

Brandon L. Greene | January 21, 2015 | Black Voices
The same systems and organizations that have frozen us out for years now want to dictate and advise us on how we should engage to fight for our freedom.
Tabby Biddle

5 Encouraging Moments for Mothers at the State of the Union

Tabby Biddle | January 21, 2015 | Politics
While these proposals are encouraging, and show some sign of progress, they are not nearly enough. Today, households headed by a female and women over 60 are the two poorest demographic groups in the United States.
Jason Salzman

GOP Congressman to Obama: Deport Immigrants or We'll Shut You Down

Jason Salzman | January 20, 2015 | Denver
Would the Republican-controlled Congress shut down the Department of Homeland Security to halt Obama's program delaying deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens? Colorado's own Rep. Ken Buck would do it.
Marc Bekoff

"Food Animals" Brutalized at Federally Funded "Meat Lab" in the Name of Money

Marc Bekoff | January 21, 2015 | Denver
I read a lot about animal abuse, but a recent essay made me ill, and I just want to highlight some of its contents and let you decide how much you want to read and can tolerate. A number of people told me they couldn't make it to the end of the essay absent tears.
Noah Michelson

Yes, Billy Crystal DID Just Make A Homophobic Statement (And Here's Why It Matters)

Noah Michelson | January 20, 2015 | Gay Voices
That word is admittedly a scary one. Most civilized, sane people don't want to be called homophobic. It doesn't mean that you're murdering gay people. It doesn't even mean that you're a homophobe. But...
Dr. Jim Taylor

Compete Like You Practice or Practice Like You Compete?

Dr. Jim Taylor | January 20, 2015 | Sports
One of the first questions that I ask athletes and coaches I work with is: Should you compete like you train or train like you compete? By far, the most frequent response is: You should compete like you train. This answer seems perfectly reasonable if you think about it.
Madeline Wahl

Being a Person Who Stutters Shouldn't Hold You Back When Pursuing a Career

Madeline Wahl | January 16, 2015 | Healthy Living
I grew up with a stutter. Does this mean I shouldn't have pursued journalism because I stutter? Does this mean I shouldn't conduct interviews, speak up in meetings or ask questions when I want more clarification?
Aimee Heckel

You Won't Believe This Dog's Tongue Is Real

Aimee Heckel | January 16, 2015 | Weird News
Kiss was born with a rare neurological condition that makes him unable to pull his tongue into his mouth. The more relaxed and happy he is, the floppier the tongue. Think of it as his unique, silly smile.
Jason Salzman

Reporters Are Still Letting Gardner Play Them on Immigration

Jason Salzman | January 16, 2015 | Denver
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner took his slippery interview tactics to the national stage of PBS' Newshour yesterday, responding to questions with predictions of the future, not answers to the questions, leaving us thinking we got answers from our new Senator. When we really didn't. In a re-wind of what...
Andre Shashaty

MLK's Birthday: Hitting Us Where We Live

Andre Shashaty | January 20, 2015 | Politics
On the anniversary of King's birth, I can't help but think how disappointed he would be if he were alive to see how hard it is to build affordable housing in affluent, mostly white communities, thereby precluding many blacks from living in places with good schools and job opportunities.
Marc Bekoff

Rats Like to Be Tickled: Why Is the Animal Welfare Act So Lame?

Marc Bekoff | January 14, 2015 | Green
We know that rats and numerous other animals experience positive emotions and also that they experience deep and enduring pain. So, why are rodents and other sentient animals -- including birds, fish, reptiles, and invertebrates -- not protected?
Amy Kress

How My Secret Music Came to Be

Amy Kress | January 14, 2015 | Denver
Every event, every obstacle is part of the puzzle. I have to trust that this is all part of the big picture because it just seems too huge and traumatizing to be random.
Jason Salzman

Bringing Back Discrimination in Colorado

Jason Salzman | January 13, 2015 | Denver
Last year, conservative talk-radio hosts in Colorado wrapped their loving arms around a baker for discriminating against a gay couple by refusing to bake them a wedding cake.
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