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A sculpture, created by CU-Boulder master of fine arts student Jasmine Baetz, memorializes six Chicano students, known as Los Seis, who were k…

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There are few bright stars visible in Denver. I mean that literally. Like most cities, Denver has a severe light pollution problem, so you don’t see too many bright stars. Look up on a clear night from the steps of the Capitol, and you’ll see a couple sparkling things in the sky, but not too many, there is just too much ambient light shining upward, wastefully, from parking lots, street lights, car dealers, and lots and lots of home with globe lights in the front yard.

Arapahoe County Democrats say they’re working to resolve racial tensions within the party after a years-old remark about “too many blacks” running for office in the county resurfaced recently on social media and in a newspaper article, reigniting a long-simmering controversy. The conflict stems from a candidate training session conducted by party officials in Aurora nearly three years ago when comments — there’s sharp disagreement whether the handful of words were overly blunt, too clumsy, poorly chosen, insensitive or downright racist — left some uncomfortable and others offended, while still others contend the words were misinterpreted beyond recognition. But it’s what happened next that stoked rancor that persists years later, and that’s what party officials say they are determined to mend.

The People’s Democratic Republic of Oregon. That has a kind of ring to it, don’t you think? The reason this phrase has crystallized in my mind: Just after it was confirmed that Donald Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton, a petition was submitted for a ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from these United States. “Oregonian values are no longer the values held by the rest of the United States,” Christian Trejbal, a freelance writer who filed the Oregon Secession Act, told the Oregonian, a Portland-based daily newspaper.

Coming off a contentious election, and with the next legislative session just around the corner, it’s easy to get caught in the negative side of politics. It’s easy to build up political divides and play into an “us versus them” mentality — which then only breeds more anger, disconnection and gridlock. These barriers aren’t just in Washington, D.C. or at the state Capitol. They are deeper than that. Liberals often feel like conservatives ignore urban areas, devalue diversity and simply “don’t care.” While conservatives often feel like liberals have forgotten rural areas, downplay traditional values, and advocate for the tolerance of everyone — except for the people they disagree with.