Looks like Grace Davis got the last word in Douglas County over the school board election. The conservative, pro-voucher board turned over. Board candidates who support local school funding for public schools won the day.
I am proud to work in oil and gas. I am proud to be part of an industry that provides our state, country and world with energy and improves lives. And I am proud to work for an organization whose members are truly committed to giving back to the communities where they live and work.
On behalf of the Colorado Nonprofit Association, I want to share that the Colorado Nonprofit Association board of directors has officially stated its opposition to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (H.R. 1) now pending in Congress. Our board’s official statement can be found here: https://www.coloradononprofits.org/news/colorado-nonprofit-association-opposes-house-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act/nov-13-2017
The Democratic Party has a great friend in the White House.
And before I go any further on the main point, may I jump onto the rickety soapbox of the Grammarian? To my friends on the Right, please stop saying “the Democrat Party.” It’s the Democratic Party. The shorter version stems from GOP leaders attempting to turn the party name into a petty insult. Republican candidates have been urged to use such trigger words since at least the 1940s, and “Democrat Party” was a particular favorite of Joe McCarthy. (Did you see how I worked McCarthy into this? Clever!) Let’s make a deal, if I don’t say “the Republic Party,” will you agree to stop sinning against grammar for petty political reasons, and say “the Democratic Party?” Good, I’m glad we could clear that up. Now where was I..?
This year, more than 40,000 American women will die of breast cancer. Over 250,000 will get the devastating news that they have the disease. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among Colorado women. One in seven women in our state will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Those are startling statistics.
For women who find a lump in their breast or get that horrifying call from the doctor after a mammogram, lives change dramatically. I have suffered that heart-wrenching experience.
As a breast cancer survivor, I accepted the opportunity to be the chief executive of the Denver-based non-profit Susan G. Komen Colorado in April, and I am dedicated to doing everything I can to fight the disease and save lives.
We strongly believe that quality care for breast cancer should not be dependent upon ability to pay, race, ethnicity, language spoken, sexual orientation, gender affiliation, or age. It is important to know that about one percent of all breast cancer cases are found in men.
Breast cancer afflicts people of all ages. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of Veep and Seinfeld, revealed in September that she has breast cancer at 56. Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon learned she had cancer in 2002 at 40. Puerto Rican actress Adamari Lopez was 34 when she was diagnosed. She partners with Orgullosa and Liga Contra el Cáncer to create a positive and supportive dialogue for Latinas on the importance of early breast cancer detection.
Last month, in celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, country pop singer and songwriter Kelsea Ballerini and 10-year-old Chrissy Turner flipped a switch and the Grand Ole Opry’s backdrop turned pink in support of the fight against breast cancer. Chrissy was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was eight. Eight years old!
Komen Colorado’s primary focus is to provide grants to local non-profit organizations to ensure uninsured and underinsured Colorado women and men can get the screening mammograms, diagnostic procedures, and treatment they need if they’re diagnosed with the disease. The generosity of our donors funds research into not only the cancer’s cause and prevention but its diagnosis, treatment, and cure. With the exception of our government, over our history, Komen has been the largest non-profit funder of breast cancer research in the world.
Locally, we are proud to have invested more than $42 million into more than 120 local non-profit organizations operating in the 22 counties we serve since we were founded in 1991. In 2017, we awarded $662,000 in grants to 14 Colorado-based non-profit organizations, health clinics, and hospitals to pay for breast exams, mammograms, diagnostic procedures, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and financial support for those undergoing treatment. New tools and technology lead to earlier diagnoses. New therapies have significantly reduced deaths from the disease.
Early detection methods include clinical breast exam and mammograms. Access to these detection methods is dependent on health care. Health care is dependent on health insurance. You can find a guide to reviewing health insurance policies on Komen’s national website at https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/EvaluatingInsurance.html.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance plans must cover 100% of the costs of screening mammograms, including for people at increased risk, as well as genetic testing and counseling. The ACA also requires insurance plans to cover treatment for those diagnosed, as well as reconstructive surgery — subject to coinsurance requirements like meeting annual deductibles. The ACA prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions like those living with breast cancer or on hormone therapy to prevent recurrence.
If you need health insurance, open enrollment to purchase plans through Connect for Health Colorado started November 1 and continues until December 15, for coverage beginning January 1, 2018.
Breast cancer survivors will tell you that it is a fight we did not pick and a fight that takes everything you have. I know. That is why I’m so proud of the work Komen is doing to reduce those devastating statistics and fighting for, and with, Coloradans with breast cancer.
Over the last several years, a massive influx of funding from individuals and groups outside of Colorado has transformed the school board, restricting parents and teachers from having a reasonable say in which direction the Denver Public Schools board goes. Oftentimes, these organizations prioritize advancing a national “reform” ideology over the needs of Denver’s students. All of this has resulted in a deterioration of our public schools in favor of semi-private options which are not financially feasible for the general populace.
It’s not just the Republican party fracas that’s in the news. The Democratic party is scrambling too. Two feature news articles in Time and the New York Times describe the cri de coeur and muck of national Democrats. Then came Donna Brazile’s blistering takedown in her book, Hack, all puns intended.
This Saturday is an important one for our nation. It is a day to remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Since the founding of our nation, brave men and women have answered the call to serve during times of peace, and during times of great need. They put their lives on hold, often missing birthdays and anniversaries with their loves ones, in order to defend the many liberties that we as Americans hold dear. Without their bravery, we would not be the land of the free and the world would be a less stable one.
Developers and builders had an opportunity to discuss the many reasons they believe Colorado is experiencing an affordable housing shortage in recent media coverage. I girded myself for much ado about what the “business community” has convinced elected officials is the number one barrier to new builds — Colorado’s so-called unfair construction-defect laws.