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Kelly Sloan: "Emergencies and crises generate reflexive responses, and that is rarely the breeding ground of good policy. Two temptations arise: One, to simply Do Something, irrespective of immediate costs, in response to the sense that the moment simply calls for Something to be Done. Second, is the one probably best elucidated in modern times by Rahm Emmanual, in his Machiavillian-tinted statement to 'never let a crisis go to waste.'" Continue Reading

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Matthew L. Moseley: "While many companies and organizations have crisis plans for an active shooter, a financial dilemma, fraud or hurricane, no one — not even the government — has prepared for the global crisis we are facing today in COVID-19. But in this unchartered territory, let’s remember that the basics and fundamentals of a good response still apply." Continue Reading

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Miler Hudson: "The claim that a '…cure should never be worse than the problem' resonates with common sense. Upon inspection, however, the fallacy lurking within this argument is that no cure exists for COVID-19. That’s the real problem. We are months, perhaps more than a year, removed from a vaccination or drug regimen that will reliably protect us." Continue Reading

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Diane Schwenke and Dave Davia: "Our coalition has introduced a ballot measure to change the makeup of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: From a group of political appointees controlled by the governor to an independently appointed board of scientists, engineers and other experts who will act impartially and free from partisan politics." Continue Reading

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Paula Noonan: "Infectious disease control has made us complacent. It’s put a lot of distance between us and the natural and man-made worldwide catastrophes that people experienced through World War II. It’s as if, in our lives, we believe we’re above nature, or outside nature, other than the final, inevitable event of dying." Continue Reading

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Hal Bidlack: "While the current public health crisis is very real, is there a potentially greater danger in empowering elected officials to issue orders that limit the ability of potentially adversarial parties to meet? Could a future governor ban, say, the GOP from holding a convention because of a perceived public health threat? How free are we when free speech rights are threatened?" Continue Reading

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Wil Armstrong: "The coronavirus pandemic has diverted our attention from almost every other issue lately, and we are right to be concerned. But I also remember my dad, U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong, worrying that we get so wrapped up in the urgent that we forget the important. This Electoral College issue is vitally important to Colorado’s future." Continue Reading

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Eric Sondermann: "Columns are supposed to have a theme. A message. An over-arching point. To start with the lead paragraph and build a case that neatly comes together several hundred words later. This will not be such a piece. Impressions are still too scattered and feelings too raw to make sense of it all and tie it together into a coherent whole." Continue Reading

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Hal Bidlack: "The events of the last couple of months have finally shown to all, in clear and unmistakable terms, the danger of electing a president without any experience in governance and with an ego that far outsizes the intellect. Only a few days back, Trump declared the virus cases to be at 15 nationally, soon to be zero. Polis, on the other hand, shut down our state’s most important industry to keep people safe." Continue Reading

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Miller Hudson: "My great aunt Verna was badly scarred by the Spanish flu of 1918. Her baby boy succumbed just after his first birthday. ... My father told me he thought Verna blamed herself for not having protected her child. As illogical as that may seem, it is likely another generation of families will emerge on the far side of COVID-19 with similar regrets." Continue Reading