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Colorado’s high school graduation rates lag behind other states’, but new programs offer hope

Colorado’s four-year graduation rate has been creeping upward in this decade and is nearing 80 percent, but a 2017 report released earlier this month pegs it as the seventh worst in the nation. “Graduation rates are definitely too low, and a lot of students who should graduate don’t because they lose sight,” said Natalia Taylor, […]

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Death of Colorado Springs Marine prompts Coffman to call for probe

The death of a Colorado Springs Marine profiled in Sunday’s Gazette has prompted a measure before Congress that mandates an outside investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs handling of suicidal patients. Aurora Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman said his measure would require the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine review veterans’ deaths within […]

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Bees and butterflies continue to add political buzz, as governor gives them a June commemoration

Leave it to bees and butterflies to become a political thing at the Colorado Capitol. Last month, lawmakers proclaimed Interstate 76 across northeast Colorado a route that promotes pollinators. Now Gov, John Hickenlooper has declared June in Colorado Pollinator’s Month, the first time flying insects have received such a statewide designation. (Apparently no one is […]

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The Denver Post editorial: Veterans Affairs must solve its growing drug-theft problem

What a grim story to read the day after Memorial Day: The problem of stolen opioid and other drugs remains a serious and growing one at our nation’s hospitals and clinics for military veterans. Coloradans well know that such thefts, also called drug diversions, can lead to frightening situations in which patients face infections from […]

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The Loveland Reporter-Herald editorial: Chimney Hollow required patience, vision for future

Nearly 50 years ago, leaders from several Northern Colorado communities recognized that this area was on steady track toward growth. At that time, the newly built Interstate 25 north of Denver had no trouble bearing all of the north Front Range traffic on its four lanes of concrete. Community edges were easy to see because […]

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The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel editorial: Trump budget mirrors disastrous Kansas plan

Policy makers, government officials and journalists from Kansas are going out of their way to point at the state’s fiscal crisis as an example of what awaits the rest of the country if President Trump’s proposed budget is adopted by Congress. While that’s unlikely — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called Trump’s budget “dead on arrival” […]

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The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: VA failed to save a local vet in need

Noah Harter was so exceptional that he survived 300 combat missions as a Marine. Department of Veterans Affairs employees, by contrast, are notoriously substandard. Exhibiting typical VA underachievement, they declined to give Harter the minimal, fundamental care extended to suicidal patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. The heart-wrenching details of Harter’s death are spelled out in […]

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The Denver Post editorial: Medicaid is too expensive not to cut and too critical to decimate

It’s a harsh reality — the U.S. cannot afford to cover the current number of Medicaid recipients with the current level of benefits. Just how expensive is Medicaid? Republicans in the U.S. House were able to find $834 billion in savings over 10 years by drastically cutting the federal insurance coverage for the poor in […]

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The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel editorial: Courthouse needs a war memorial

How did it come to pass that Mesa County doesn’t have a war memorial on the grounds of the courthouse? It’s a curious departure from the patriotic spirit that pervades this valley. How many towns in Colorado can boast of having both a Veterans Affairs hospital and a Veterans Memorial Cemetery? Short of military towns, […]

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