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‘If you can’t agree between me and trump, you are not Free’ is Joe Biden Tells Radio Host

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Joe Biden Tells Radio Host ‘If You Can’t Decide Between Me & Trump, Then You Ain’t Black’

Joe Biden, a presumed Democratic presidential nominee, told an African American radio host that if he could not figure out whether to vote for him or Trump, he would “not be black.”

Biden’s remarks, which came during a Friday interview on the “Breakfast Club” radio show, provoked indignation on social media, from Republican allies of the White House, and even caused discomfort among some Democratic operatives.

1.3 million black Americans have already voted for Trump in 2016. This morning, Joe Biden said to each and every one of us, “We ‘re not black.” I ‘d say I’m shocked, but it’s a tragic turn for Democrats to take the black community for granted and the brow to pound those who don’t approve.

-Tim Scott (@SenatorTim Scott) May 22, 2020.

RT reports: In a bizarre and often contentious interview, Joe Biden sat down with ‘The Breakfast Club’ host Charlamagne Tha God to discuss all the African-American issues, including the rumor that he is considering choosing a black female runner for this year’s election.

From the outset, Charlamagne grilled Biden. An vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders, he had previously hounded Biden for “avoiding” a sit-down interview on his show, alleging in March that Biden had “made black people his political career,” after a high-profile endorsement by Rep. Jim Clyburn propelled him to victory in the South Carolina primaries.

“You don’t know me,” Biden snapped at the beginning of the interview, responding to Charlamagne ‘s questions with his trademark “C’mon Man!” “And” Have your future! “The former vice-president remained visibly and audibly hostile throughout the 20-minute segment, while Charlamagne bombed him with tough questions.

Joe Biden says that anyone who goes to jail is there because they were “victims of abuse or their mother,” “they can’t read” and “they don’t have any job skills.”

-Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 22, 2020.

Asked on who he considers to be a running mate, Biden said that he “does not know someone who is being considered,” but that “few black people are being considered.”

It was at that point that the aide interjected, trying to cut the interview short.

“You can’t do that with the black papers! “The Charlamagne replied. Before Biden signed off, the host told him to come back. “It’s a long way to November,” he said, adding, “we’ve got more questions.”

“Do you have any more questions? “Biden’s reaction. “Alright, I’ll tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re with me or Trump, then you’re not free.”

Rajesh is a freelancer with a background in e-commerce marketing. Having spent her career in startups, He specializes in strategizing and executing marketing campaigns.

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Most Colorado hospitals post some required price information — but it still may not be what you pay

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Most Colorado hospitals post some required price information — but it still may not be what you pay

Most Colorado hospitals are at least partially complying with rules meant to make it easier for patients to shop for care, but even if people find and use all the price tools available, there’s still a chance they won’t know what they’re paying until they get a bill.

Colorado passed a law requiring hospitals to post self-pay prices for their most common procedures in 2017. Two years later, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services mandated that hospitals post their chargemasters — essentially, a list of “sticker prices” for almost anything they offer, from procedures to the daily rate for a room.

Now, hospitals also have to post the rates they’ve negotiated with insurance companies and whatever discounts they offer to uninsured people, as well as the estimated cost for “shoppable” services.

The Denver Post surveyed the websites of 87 Colorado hospitals to find out whether they were posting price information as required by the state and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Of those, 34 hospitals posted all required prices, 34 posted only the sticker price, two posted no prices, and the rest posted some subset of the required information.

That’s better than the rate some nationwide studies have found. The nonprofit group Patient Rights Advocate randomly sampled 500 of the roughly 6,000 hospitals nationwide that are subject to the rule, and found only 28 included complete information. The most common problem was leaving off at least some prices, such as the rates they negotiated with insurance plans or the cash price charged to uninsured patients.

It’s possible the difference comes from the group of hospitals examined, not from any inherent tendency to follow the rules in Colorado. Nationwide studies have focused on large medical centers and hospital systems, but The Post’s analysis included both small and large hospitals. The majority of the hospitals posting all prices in Colorado were independent, and many of them were small, rural facilities.

Julie Lonborg, senior vice president at the Colorado Hospital Association, said posting all that information quickly is difficult, particularly since hospitals have diverted much of their tech talent to handle required COVID-19 reporting. There also are lingering questions about what counts as sufficiently “consumer-friendly” language, and whether posting the information required for the federal mandates will satisfy state law, she said.

“I think that we need to allow time for everyone, post-COVID, to catch up,” she said. “If we hadn’t been doing this on top of a global pandemic, we might be a little bit further.”

Lincoln Health, which includes a 15-bed hospital in Hugo, was one of the 34 hospitals that posted all required prices. Spokeswoman Megan Mosher said they contracted with a company that sells transparency tools to ensure they were in compliance, but the expense and time to maintain it might be better spent elsewhere. Few patients use the tools, and they can get more relevant information by calling, she said.

“Our patient financial counselor is able to provide complete, accurate and comprehensive price estimates to our patients, resulting in better education and financial preparedness from our patients, which is what transparency should really be about,” she said.

Hospitals that don’t comply with the federal requirements can be fined a maximum of $300 per day, but the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed increasing that to $5,500 per day for the largest hospitals. Smaller hospitals would pay $10 per bed each day that they don’t comply.

Making prices public

Transparency proponents argue that forcing hospitals to post their prices will drive down health care spending by allowing people to shop around. Hospital trade groups counter that the information is essentially useless to the average person. Awareness of transparency rules is low: a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation in May found only about 9% of people knew hospitals were required to post prices.

Making price data public is useful for making policy and holding high-priced hospitals accountable, said Adam Fox, deputy director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. It also can help patients who are trying to find affordable care, but the posted prices aren’t a guarantee, he said.

“Ultimately, this increased transparency is good, but it’s not a silver bullet to lowering health care costs,” he said.

The vast majority of Colorado hospitals did comply with the requirement to post their chargemasters. Two of the 87 hospitals — Heart of the Rockies Medical Center and Telluride Regional Medical Center — appear to have not posted one, though Heart of the Rockies did have a tool allowing patients to look up prices. Sedgwick County Health Center has a file posted, but it didn’t contain any information when downloaded, suggesting a technical problem.

The requirement that hospitals post their chargemasters was a “helpful first step,” but it only allows for general comparisons of which hospitals are more or less expensive, Fox said. The base prices are largely theoretical, since private insurers pay lower rates, and most hospitals have discounts for people paying out-of-pocket.

In 2019, federal regulators announced they would also require hospitals to list what they charge the different insurance plans they accept, and the prices they charge people paying out-of-pocket. They also required a list of 300 “shoppable” services — scheduled procedures that allow for price comparisons.

The American Hospital Association sued to block the new rules and lost. In April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services started sending warning letters to hospitals that hadn’t posted all the required information, but two studies in June found significant numbers still had incomplete data on their websites. Federal regulators have delayed issuing any fines to give hospitals more time to adjust, but it’s not clear how long that reprieve will last.

Only three Colorado hospitals didn’t post shoppable services: Telluride Regional Medical Center, Keefe Memorial Hospital and Sedgwick County Health Center, which once again had a file posted that didn’t show any data. Community Hospital in Grand Junction didn’t post a separate file of shoppable services, but added all of the required information to its chargemaster.

Some hospitals made it easier to find shoppable services than others, though. On 17 hospital websites, someone looking for the shoppable services list had to click through five screens, sometimes starting on pages that weren’t intuitive, such as the “pay my bill” section. Hospitals that had a price-estimating tool frequently required anyone browsing to enter personal information before using it, which could discourage some people from shopping around.

Good to double check

The new requirements give people a better idea of what they might actually pay than the chargemaster does, though it still could be a good idea to double-check with the hospital and your insurance company, Fox said. What you actually pay will depend on how complex your care is, whether all your doctors are in your insurance company’s network and how large a share of the total cost your insurance plan requires you to pay out-of-pocket.

“These shouldn’t be taken as the amount that somebody will get billed,” he said.

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing has called for changes to make prices easier to use, and to increase penalties for hospitals that don’t comply. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it asked federal regulators to:

  • Require hospitals to give guaranteed prices, not just estimates
  • Increase the minimum penalty to $300 per day, with no maximum penalty
  • Order hospitals with pricing tools to allow patients to use them without entering personal information
  • Require standardized tools and formats, so patients can make comparisons more easily
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Vail’s back bowls to get new quad as part of Vail Resorts’ $320M Epic lift upgrade

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Ever wanted to lap Sun Down Bowl with only one lift ride? Vail Resorts announced Thursday an unprecedented number of on-mountain projects planned for the 2022-23 North American season in what will be the company’s largest single-year investment in its resorts.

The sweeping set of 19 new chairlifts, including 12 high-speed lifts, a new eight-person, high-speed gondola and six new fixed-grip lifts, is part of Vail Resorts’ $315 million to $325 million capital investment plan for 2022. Each of the upgrades is designed to reduce wait times, increase uphill capacity and create more lift-served terrain. The projects outlined span 14 resorts including Vail Mountain, Keystone Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado.

At Vail Mountain, the installation of a new high-speed four-person chair from the base of Chair 5 (High Noon Express) to the Wildwood restaurant will reduce wait times on peak days at Chair 5 and create the opportunity for skiers and riders to conveniently access the trails in Sun Down Bowl.

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Denver’s airport makes plans to plug all oil and gas wells as it focuses on sustainability

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Denver’s airport makes plans to plug all oil and gas wells as it focuses on sustainability

City leaders aim to make Denver International Airport “one of the greenest airports in the world,” but dozens of oil and gas wells that dot its sprawling landscape stand as clear contradictions of that goal.

Now DIA says it will permanently plug those 64 remaining wells, which have been idle since 2018, within three years as part of its new environmental sustainability plan. An airport spokeswoman says a bid request will go out soon to hire a contractor that can plug all of the wells by late 2023 or early 2024.

Most of those wells were operating long before DIA was built in the 1990s on 54 square acres annexed from neighboring Adams County. But over the years, the airport allowed the use of fracking to develop new wells.

The side hustle brought in $7 million in 2010, helping in a small way to subsidize DIA’s main operations. But declining gas and natural gas prices reduced that take significantly in more recent years, with the wells generating just $2.3 million in 2017.

The next year, the city auditor questioned the economics of extraction since the wells are expensive to maintain and operate.

Since DIA hit pause on the wells in May 2018, in part due to environmental concerns, airport leaders and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration have been cool to the idea of restarting them — though they have hesitated at times to foreclose the option. Hancock has since announced larger initiatives to address climate change, and he’s faced pressure from City Council members and environmentalists.

Now it’s official: DIA is getting out of oil and gas for good.

“Our five-year (sustainability) plan focuses on a variety of new efforts that supplement the work we are already doing, support Mayor Hancock’s climate action agenda and continue to improve environmental performance across all aspects of our operations,” said Phillip Washington, who took over as airport CEO in July, in a recent news release.

Ean Thomas Tafoya, the state director of the environmental group GreenLatinos, is among those who have pushed to ban fracking in Denver — which functionally meant fracking at DIA, the only place it occurred in the city. The most recent campaign aimed to get a city charter amendment on the ballot in 2020, but it was sidelined by the pandemic.

Tafoya praised DIA’s decision.

“We need to do away with fracking because we know it’s contributing to the climate crisis in a huge way,” he said.

DIA isn’t the only airport that’s allowed oil or gas extraction on its property. Several have dabbled with it, including Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Among DIA’s past oil customers was Suncor, which has a refinery in Adams County and supplies jet fuel back to the airport.

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CSU launches $11M “student success” effort to boost 70% graduation rate

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Colorado State University leaders say they’ll invest $11 million in an effort to close “equity gaps” and increase student success.

Overall, 47% of CSU students graduate within four years and 70% graduate in six years — on par with similar public universities nationwide.

“Too many students do not complete their degrees,” CSU Provost Mary Pedersen said. “This comes down to converting students into graduates. The $11 million is to increase the number of students who are successful so that they are not walking away with debt but no college degree.”

CSU officials say they’re particularly concerned about low-income students and students from marginalized communities. They’ve found lagging performance and lower graduation rates among students who are the first in their families to attend college, students from rural areas and those who face financial pressure.

The “equity gaps” have become a focus for academic administrators at CSU, the University of Colorado and around the U.S. — disparities in graduation rates that officials have correlated with family income, race, gender and other traits.

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Respect wild animals, or protect the lands from feral animals?

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Respect wild animals, or protect the lands from feral animals?

 Respect wild animals and let them live in peace

Re: “State pressure stops BLM’s wild horse roundup early,” Sept. 16 news story

The Bureau of Land Management’s, dare-I-say-mis-management, of our wild horse and burro herds foments the illegitimate suffering of these animals, by helicopter gathers, by cruelly depriving them of water and forage on public lands mandated for their protection, by cruel transportation to subsidized slaughter through an Adoption Incentive Program, and by cruel warehousing in feedlot-like settings ripe for disease and death.

And all this is performed at taxpayer expense without regulatory oversight while falsely blaming wild horses and burros for the destruction of public lands.

There are documented issues of discrepancies in the BLM’s numbers of animals moving through the Wild Horse and Burro Program, skewing the basis for the removal of wild equines from the range, and jeopardizing the program at multiple levels.

Truthfully, there is no wild horse and burro population problem on federal lands; the issue is the greed of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other livestock interests who want no competitors for the grass that grows on our public lands.

There are now more than 4.3 million cattle and sheep on our western lands — 30 of these domesticated ruminants for every wild horse. These ranchers have long wanted to exterminate the wild equines, who eons ago occupied a central role in the North American ecosystem, or these ranchers want to reduce them to remnant populations that are the equivalent of functional extinction.

We are asking for an immediate moratorium on all further gathers and removals of wild horses and burros until the BLM conducts a comprehensive, science-based, review of its wild horse and burro program and the impacts of private livestock grazing.

Richard Karcich, Centennial


Re: “Doves migrating with hunters out in force,” Sept. 12 sports story

Promoting dove hunting is disgusting. Using a .410 shotgun to murder unsuspecting and defenseless doves is disgusting. What is wrong with people? According to birdsandblooms.com, doves have good co-parenting skills; they mate for life; they fly up to 55 mph. Doves stockpile food. Doves eat weed seeds, which is valuable to farmers or anyone living near vacant lots, and doves are beautiful.

Shame on mindless people who murder doves. For shame, for shame, for shame.

Donald L. Vasicek, Centennial


Horses feral, not wild

Re: “Respect wild animals and let them live in peace,” Sept. 19 letter to the editor

There are no wild horses in the Sand Wash Basin in western Colorado. They are feral animals that are destroying the public lands. They must be managed wisely. The entire ecosystem needs to be considered in their management, not just the horses.

I got back last month from an eastern European country and was surprised that I never saw a rabbit while there. I saw lots and lots of feral cats and some feral dogs. A conservationist friend explained that the feral cats most likely are eating the bunnies in their nests, so the bunnies do not mature. I also saw no hawks nor eagles during this visit — no rabbits, no birds of prey. The entire ecosystem is disrupted and unhealthy because of all the feral cats roaming the cities and countryside.

Michael Johnson, Denver


While I understand the letter writer’s concern, he is also totally romanticizing these equine species. This current population of horses has only been in the Western Hemisphere since the Spanish let them loose about 500 years ago, not “eons.” They are neither native nor useful to anyone in this age of the automobile. The only role they play in our ecosystem is to graze pasture better used by our domesticated cattle, which can be used for human food.

Harriet Rosen, Denver


Leaving Tri-County health is a huge mistake for Dougco

Re: “Leaving Tri-County health was practical not political,” Sept. 14 My Turn

I was the executive director of Tri-County Health Department between 2001-2013. The statement made by Abe Laydon is dead wrong and Douglas County residents will be adversely affected because of the decision to separate from Tri-County.

The separation has been studied over many years and Douglas County has consistently remained with Tri-County. It is unfortunate that a disagreement about COVID-19 masking would take center stage for dissolving one of the most successful multi-county health departments in the country according to the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

First, you get economy of scale. More than one county can call upon specific services usually not available in many single county health departments. For example: occupational health services; water and sanitation engineering services; maps and data services for a variety of public health problems; advanced maternal and child health services; along with syringe access services. Douglas County taxpayers would have to pay much more for these advanced services. Grants alone will not cover the costs.

I hope that Douglas County residents take note of the extreme disservice provided by the Douglas County Commissioners and ask that the commissioners reconsider their decision.

Richard Leon Vogt, Littleton


As expected, Douglas County leadership acted on their promise to walk away from Tri-County Health and create their own health board. To no surprise, they created another political arm that will rubber stamp their political agenda.

Three of these new members have no health background but are entrenched into the political machine of the county. The naysayers to masks want choice over their bodies speak out of both sides of their mouths and one side wants choice but the other side denies choice in letting taxpayers vote on direction to walk away from Tri-County.

How much will taxpayers be stuck paying with this new Douglas County Health Organization? I will bet it will be more than $2 million currently being paid and taxpayers will be stuck with higher costs. Our Commissioners have no clue on final costs.

Dave Usechek, Parker


Unfair advantage for Kafer in Littleton City Council race

As you are aware, one of your regular columnists, Krista Kafer, is a candidate for an at-large seat on the Littleton City Council. It appears to us that The Denver Post is providing a serious advantage over her exceptionally well-qualified opponent, Gretchen Rydin. Your paper furnishes Kafer with a sizeable forum to make her conservative opinions widely known.

Granting preferential visibility and free publicity to one candidate for public office is blatantly unfair.

In the interest of equity, we ask Kafer to voluntarily desist from writing and publishing columns until after Littleton’s November election. If Kafer chooses not to temporarily suspend her columns, then The Denver Post should either defer them until after the election or offer Rydin, a licensed clinical social worker, equal space on your opinion pages.

Jeffrey A. May & Karen A. Crossen, Littleton

Editor’s note: Kafer has previously agreed that her last column until after the election will run Sept. 26. Rydin is, of course, welcome to submit a guest commentary to The Post.


Tay Anderson’s name has been cleared stop with the accusations

Re: “Report: Assault claims not valid. Investigation calls out behavior; DPS board member faces censure,” Sept. 16 news story

Shame on you for carrying the smear of his character tagged on to the fruitless investigation into Tay Anderson.

Prolonging the mudslinging as you are by headlining the baseless insult suggesting he engaged in un-elaborated “unbecoming” behavior is disgusting. Frankly, appending such a claim to an exonerating report is tantamount to race baiting. What is The Post’s end game here?

Andrew Waterhouse, Grand Junction


From the opening of The Denver Post editorial of June 4, 2021; “Denver School Board Member Tay Anderson should not be on school district property. Period. End of
story.”

At a cost of over a thousand dollars a page, the outside report concluded that the allegations which so animated The Post editorial board are “unsubstantiated.”

Will The Post now accept that it made an error in judgment and extend an apology to Anderson? And, more importantly, will the Post Editorial Board have the humility to examine the underlying reasons why its members took this position so that it will not make a mistake like this in the future? There is no shame in making mistakes. The shame comes if one fails to acknowledge and learn from them.

Guy Wroble, Denver


How best to get the population vaccinated from COVID-19

I would like to see MLB, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, and the USTA vigorously promote COVID vaccinations.

Professional athletes should add promos to their uniforms or helmets just as some have done with regard to their opinions about racism. Many lives could be saved.

Jerry Angerman, Denver


Re: “Biden’s push covers 793,000 Coloradans,” Sept. 10 news story

I support the current mandates for COVID-19 vaccination, testing, quarantine, etc., but with one proviso: As soon as the incident is contained, whomever is enforcing the mandates removes them.

At times there are reasons to enforce such mandates, but they should not be used by the state entity to exert further continued control over the populous once the cause for the mandate has been contained. Nor should the state entity willfully continue the mandate beyond that point as an effort to further its control.

Employing mandates was demonstrated in Albert Camus’ 1948 novel “The Plague.” In the novel Camus’ narrator described a fictional bubonic plague epidemic in the northwest Algerian city of Oran shortly after World War II. He clearly described the actions and reactions of the Oran government enforcing mandates to control the plague and the peoples’ own actions and reactions to the infection. These mandates and their implications can be used as a guide to withstand the present pandemic.

I coincidentally read the novel just as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting at the end of 2019. Once I had read it, I could see his descriptions of the psychological reactions of both the government and the populace were spot on describing their actions and reactions during the current pandemic.

As a result, my personal reactions to the pandemic have been more rational and I am able to support the mandates and discomforts they have caused. Again, with the proviso that once we have controlled COVID-19 better, we relax and remove the mandates it has caused.
Otherwise, I will take my concerns to the ballot box.

There are many examples which could be given, but I recommend a person, elected or not, policy maker or not, buy/borrow/rent/Kindle the book to better understand what Camus was writing about and how to react to the current situation with its mandates.

Ralph Johnson, Lakewood


Re: “Mandate prompts outrage by GOP,” Sept. 11 news story

Regarding the Senate candidate from Ohio’s comments about mandatory vaccines: “the American people have a right to assess the risks and benefits of the vaccine and make the decision for themselves and their families,” I would hope someone running for Senate would consider themselves a patriot.

Being patriotic means putting your country or your community first, over your own interests. Would Mike Gibbons have resisted blackout curtains had he lived in WWII London?

We are all in this together, and if people behaved in a way that protected us all, then a vaccine mandate would not be necessary. To those still unvaccinated, please show your patriotism by stepping up and taking the vaccine. Lives are at stake, including your own.

Nancy Litwack-Strong, Lakewood


Don’t otherize your opponents

Re: “Colorado’s GOP must not be consumed by conspiracies,” Sept. 15 opinion column

Dick Wadham’s boasts that he masterminded Wayne Allard’s successful campaign for the Senate in 1996 with the slogan, “the Veterinarian versus the Lobbyist.” That is a reminder of everything wrong in our politics today.

Wadhams conveniently omits that part of the campaign’s framing was to vilify Allard’s opponent, Tom Strickland, simply for being a lawyer even though Strickland was a highly respected professional with a strong record of public service.

Wadham’s slogan was intended to polarize the electorate and vilify a political opponent because of his choice of profession rather than his policies or accomplishments. You can draw a straight line between such cynical attempts to “otherize” a political opponent and the toxic political climate in the country today.

If Dick Wadhams truly laments the current state of alienation in our politics today, he need only look in the mirror to see one source of where such toxicity came from.

Steve Silverman, Boulder


Redistricting map disappoints by not creating competitive districts

Re: “Panel agrees on third version of redistricting map,” Sept. 16 news story

As far as congressional districts, the current and likely adopted redistricting plan will probably keep the most number of current elected representatives and party faithful happy for a while. But it maintains the status quo and largely ignores the ideal of “competitive” districts. They are mostly wildly lop-sided.

The Republicans should be happy to salvage a hefty share of the Colorado congressional delegation, which allows their fringe-Trump ultra-right-wing room to continue to ignore independents and any thought of ever winning a state-wide election again. (Hence the unheeded warnings and pain of folks like Liz Cheney and Dick Wadhams). To a lesser extent, it allows the Democrats the same wiggle room.

Over many decades I have been a member of both parties, driven by which is actually the party of ideas (not crazy ones) which can appeal to our new majority/plurality — the independents (a thanks here to the demographic “suburban women”).

The quiet D&R cooperation in the last legislative session — D’s considering R’s amendments while still getting massive reform and a lot done — was hopeful. More competitive Congressional redistricting would have made both parties wake up and smell the coffee: quit fighting yesterday’s battles. It looks as if this is not going to happen. An opportunity has been missed for real competition of ideas.

Richard Opler, Parker


Take a break from Meow Wolf

Re: “Meow Wolf do’s,” Sept. 17 news story

Does Meow Wolf now own The Denver Post? It surely does get millions of dollars’ worth of free advertisement.

Every day, there’s another multi-page article with brightly colored illustrations, touting Meow Wolf. This, despite the fact that the entity is being sued for stealing an artist’s work, and has pushed out local artists in numerous cities. It is a mega-capitalist group bloated by writers who are in its thrall.

Give local artists and small galleries more free publicity. Take a long break from the talons of Meow Wolf. Please!

Dixie Elder, Longmont


Colorado should regulate supervised visit providers

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies is the state’s umbrella regulatory agency, charged with managing licensing and registration for multiple professions and businesses, implementing balanced regulation for Colorado industries, and protecting consumers.

The Colorado General Assembly should know that one of Colorado’s industries that does not fall under any regulations is those private individuals that offer supervised visitation. Children rely on these individuals so they can stay in contact with a parent that the courts allege are dangerous. So why are these people not held to a standard or any regulations? Currently no license or certification is required to provide supervised visitation. A couple of states have some legislation with requirements, but no state actually governs or regulates providers. So there is not anyone you can report unethical behavior to.

In 1991, the Supervised Visitation Network was formed and they have published standards and ethics that members pledge to follow, and in some cases they can respond to ethical complaints or violations of the standards by a member, but they can only address a member’s status with the organization.

How is it possible that most organizations involved with children in Colorado are held accountable to laws and standards but the individuals deemed safe to be supervising children have no accountability, guidelines, are not held to any standard, and parents have no way to report violations.

This should be addressed and the providers should be held accountable for unethical behavior. DORA or some other agency should be monitoring these organizations.

Judi-Beth Atwood, Longmont


The real problem with “zero income” tax is clear

Re: “Polis’ zero income tax talk started a needed debate,” Sept. 12 opinion column

Doug Friednash wasted a lot of space providing little factual information. So if 9 states get by without income taxes, how do their fairness ratings rank them? The state of Washington is one, and they are consistently rated as one the most regressive because the state must heavily rely on regressive sales taxes instead.

Nor did Friednash offer the obvious fact that while progressive income taxes were highest, after WWII, so was U.S. economic growth. Colorado (and every government) should have an ongoing inquiry into its best taxation system for stability and fairness.

And Polis’ idea of using “sin” taxes to replace income taxes isn’t thought through. If the “sin” taxes are high enough to actually reduce the “sinning,” the tax base declines. Sin taxes should only be used on top of stable tax bases, and the most fair systems have the 3-legged stool of income, property and transactions (or value added).

Christopher Juniper, Denver


A review of Boebert’s legacy

Colorado’s voters in the 3rd Congressional District need to know about the background of their congresswoman, Lauren Boebert.

She was arrested in Rifle, Colo., three times in the past decade for various offenses. Boebert failed to appear for court hearings for a driving offense in 2015 and for disorderly conduct at a music festival in Grand Junction in 2016, triggering judges to issue arrest warrants.

While running for Congress in 2019, Boebert charged her campaign for mileage reimbursement that would equal about 39,000 miles of travel, further than the circumference of the earth.

In 2020, she owed a $19,522 state tax liens for non-payment of unemployment insurance premiums going back to 2013 for her Shooter’s Grill in Rifle.

Her husband made about $938,000 in 2019 and 2020 consulting for Terra Energy Partners, an oil and gas company. Lauren introduced a bill in Congress in 2020 to prevent the U.S. president from prohibiting drilling on public lands, a bill that would have benefited Terra Energy Partners. She violated federal disclosure laws by failing to reveal her husband’s income from 2019 and 2020.

In May 2020, Garfield County suspended the Shooter’s Grill license after Boebert repeatedly opened her restaurant for in-person dining in defiance of state and local coronavirus restrictions. In 2021, she refused to let Capitol police search her bag after she set off metal detectors.

During the Jan. 6th insurrection, she tweeted the location of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as they were hiding from the Capitol invaders.

Is this the person the citizens of the 3rd District want representing them in Congress?

Jim DeWall, Centennial


Dem’s plan needs curtailed

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is bringing up some concerns about the proposed “social infrastructure” proposal that many of us share. I don’t remember President Joe Biden running on a platform that envisioned expanding the social safety net to the degree proposed.

My concerns include:

(1) First, shore up Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security for current and future generations.

(2) Ensure safeguards in further social spending so that our tax dollars do not go to individuals or families with an income above their state median income level; too many programs end up benefiting those who don’t truly need the help.

(3) Appoint someone like Elizabeth Warren or Katie Porter to oversee and assure every last penny we spend is spent as intended.

(4)The amount is too high. Calculate what income tax reforms to ensure high earners and corporations pay their fair share will bring in to pay for these programs in full. Then you’ll have the number that can be spent.

John W. Thomas, Fort Collins


Re: “Fair share: Anschutz’s $8 million Colorado lawsuit is everything wrong with billionaire tax breaks,” Sept. 19 opinion column

The recent opinion column regarding Philip Anschutz’s suit for a Colorado tax refund calls out for clarification. At the time Anschutz filed for a Colorado refund in April of 2020 he was entitled to a Colorado tax refund as a result of the CARES Act. Perhaps other Colorado taxpayers were as well.

Colorado’s response was to rush enactment of a change in the law to retroactively prohibit the refund for all Colorado taxpayers, and then refuse to pay the refund. Anschutz followed the rules, and Colorado changed them after the fact. The government can’t do that.

Megan Schrader’s opinion suggests that she believes that Colorado should be able to retroactively increase taxes. The legality of that retroactive tax increase is what is at stake in this litigation, which will ultimately be decided by the appellate courts. If the lower court decision is upheld Colorado could simply top up the treasury whenever it wants by imposing retroactive taxes on whoever it wants. That seems to be your position. No Coloradan should support that.

Bruce F. Black, The Anschutz Corporation


Make tax incentives public

Re: “Four companies offered incentives,” Sept. 17 news story

The article states the Colorado Economic Development Commission approved $11.3 million in tax credits to four companies. The largest award, worth up to $7.7 million, went to a foreign maker of medical devices and health care technology products. However, this company was not named but, instead, given a code name to protect its identity.

Why? This is taxpayer money being passed out, even if it’s through payroll tax credits, and we have a right to know where out money is going. Is this a company taxpayers might not approve of? Both the company name and its country of origin should be made public.

Carl Christensen, Arvada


Milley was serving the U.S.

Re: “No, General Milley, President Trump wasn’t losing it,” Sept. 16 opinion column

This op-ed by Timothy L. O’Brien was well written and absolutely correct. My first reaction was to the headline — “No, General Milley, President Trump wasn’t losing it” — and I almost didn’t read the piece, figuring it was a screed by some Trump apologist. But I did read it. A better title would have been, “Thank God for General Milley!”

Donald Trump has the moral and intellectual maturity of a 13-year-old, and that’s doing a disservice to many tweens I have known. But we’ve known that about him for many years, long before he decided to run for president. It is clear to me that someone with that level of moral and intellectual immaturity should not be president.

So, to O’Brien’s point, Trump’s behavior following his loss in the 2020 election was predictable and not out of character. Having said that, however, I applaud what Mark Milley did. What he did was work within the standard military framework.

Some people, including Trump, have tossed around the term “treason,” apparently without understanding what that term means. Treason has historically only been applied during times of war when someone acts against the interest of the country. General Milley swore loyalty to the U.S., not to a particular president. In that context, Milley was fulfilling his oath of office by taking actions to protect the USA. Trump likely believes that anyone disloyal to him committed treason, but that clearly is a distortion of the term. In my view, Mark Milley is a hero.

James W. Craft, Broomfield


A question of qualification

Re: “Republican Heidi Ganahl enters governor’s race,” Sept. 15 news story

The Denver Post reports that Heidi Ganahl “refused to say whether she accepts the 2020 presidential election results.”

That is where the article should end.

Our great country is drowning in a flood of disinformation and conspiracy theories that threaten our future as a democratic republic operating under the rule of law.

The mainstream media should carry out their responsibility to promote truth and facts by refusing to run any articles or quotes from politicians and public figures who perpetuate the lies that continue to cripple our civic culture.

Joe Biden won the free and fair election of 2020.

Stephanie Logan, Centennial


Heidi Ganahl’s candidacy announcement has a useful lesson for future candidates for any office. When asked if the candidate believes the 2020 presidential election was legitimate, I’m looking for two possible answers. It’s either “Yes” or “No, and here is why.”

Reasons why should look like actual evidence. It’s not a trick question or an issue that you’re still developing policy on. Dodge the question, fail to provide reasons, put it off for tomorrow or joke about it, and I am not voting for you. Ever.

David Stewart, Aurora


In times of uncertainty, unite

Our country has been suffering a collective PTSD since 9/11. Unfortunately, we’ve turned our grief and uncertainty into fear and anger, and we’re taking it out on each other.

The sad irony is that we need to be coming together now more than ever. Everyone is in the same boat. Everyone is questioning what’s happening, wondering what to believe in and what to count on.

Our bedrock institutions have revealed corruption. Climate change is taking away homes and livelihoods. We’re feeling short-changed and left behind. Perhaps that’s the impetus behind refusing to get vaccinated or wear a mask. It’s the one last thing we have control over.

I get that residents on the Western Slope don’t think Front Range folks understand their ways or needs. I get that big-city progressives feel like everyone is shooting the messenger.

Please take note that disease and climate change are bigger than us and not confined to politics. Changes are coming whether we like it or not. We’re wasting precious time searching for the one that caused all this. As old gives way to new, we can turn loss into gain. It’ll be different. But with everyone at the table and all hands on deck, we can find our niche and a new way to contribute to the greater good of humanity, thereby securing food, water, peace and freedom.

Patricia Scott, Denver


Music appreciation

After a far too long absence, our Colorado Symphony has returned and began the 2021-2022 season. Opening night was, at once, truly gratifying and triumphant.

The world-renowned pianist, Emanuel Ax, rewarded the audience with a spellbinding performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Conductor Peter Oundjian led a fine-sounding group of musicians, some familiar, some new.

It was a special time — no arguing, no discord — just excellent music with an audience engaged with rapt attention.

There truly are moments in which gratitude and appreciation can transport us to a better place. The symphony’s return provides those experiences.

Welcome back, Colorado Symphony!

John Leopold, Centennial


Vaccine payments wasteful

Re: “Mayor seeks $5M to give vaccinated city workers bonuses,” Sept. 11 news story

The Denver Post published an article about our Denver mayor wanting to spend $5 million of taxpayer money for a bonus (bribe) to unvaccinated city employees to get vaccinated.

It is ridiculous even to suggest this kind of wasteful spending. If the city wants its employees to be vaccinated, they can just tell them that they must be vaccinated to work for the city. If they don’t want to get vaccinated, that’s their personal choice. This isn’t firing them; it is requiring a reasonable standard for city workers.

Hopefully the city council will stand up against this abhorrent use of taxpayer money.

Elaine Little, Denver


Don’t sign up for BVSD recall

Re: “Petitions seek to recall three BVSD board members,” Sept. 16 news story

Boulder residents are lucky to have Richard Garcia, Kathy Gebhardt and Lisa Sweeny-Miran on our school board. Please do not sign the petition to recall them.

Your signature on this petition will cost our schools hundreds of thousands of dollars if it triggers a recall election, taking away from funding currently allocated to schools. The BVSD board wisely chose to align our schools with the Boulder County Public Health mask guidelines to keep our schools open and students as safe and healthy as possible. Also, lack of consistency has been a source of great frustration as we negotiate the pandemic, and the board is to be commended, not recalled, for maintaining consistency with our public health department.

Missy Carrier, Erie


Biden should address the drone strike that killed 10 innocents

Re: “Pentagon reverses itself, calls strike ‘tragic’ error,” Sept. 18 news story

I believe I can safely predict President Joe Biden will not make a prime time TV apology concerning the “over the horizon” drone strike that killed at least 10 innocent Afghanistan civilians, including an aid worker for a U.S. aid group and seven of his children.

Let me remind your readers that President Biden did make a prime time TV appearance on Aug. 31, proudly boasting that the United States did kill several Islamic State individuals who were instrumental in the bombing at the Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. military service members and killed many Afghanistan citizens.

Any apology will be made by someone else and not in prime time. If the president does comment on the tragedy, it will not be in prime time and he will undoubtedly throw someone or some agency under the bus.

Is this presidential leadership?

We will soon find out.

Nick Panetta, Aurora


Ditch Trump and ‘trickle down’

Re: “Colorado’s GOP must not be consumed by conspiracies,” Sept. 15 opinion column

Dare I say it out loud? As a former Republican turned Democrat in the 1990s, I agree with Dick Wadhams! His points are correct. The Trump phenomenon needs to be pushed off the political highway so we can get back to normalcy. What Wadhams misses in his description of a good Republican agenda includes their trickle-down economy debacle. That it has never worked for our economy needs addressing. Until they are honest that it fills the pockets of the rich, leaving the rest of us struggling, they won’t be relevant!

Sue Cole, Centennial


Sustainable beef production

Cattle ranchers, like me, are dedicated to caring for our animals and the land every day. Growing up in the suburbs of Denver, I wasn’t involved in agriculture until my family purchased Eagle Rock Ranch in 2012. Living on a ranch that has been in continuous operation since 1868, my family takes great pride in knowing that we provide our neighbors with high-quality protein in the most sustainable way possible.

Ranching in the mountains at over 9,000 feet elevation has its challenges. The winters are long, animals’ health risks are increased, and the weather is unpredictable. However, without cattle being raised in harmony with existing wildlife on our land, I often question what would replace our cattle who upcycle the vegetation that’s inedible to humans, aerate the soil, and prevent fires? Our land takes care of itself because we have cattle grazing and renewing grasses that help manage threats.

We know cattle are the most sustainable option for our land because of how they interact with and benefit neighboring environments. Our family has installed hundreds of log and rock structures along the Tarryall Creek while planting willow saplings to stabilize the riverbank and provide shade cover for fish. Our cattle interact with the creek during the winter to help with stabilizing the banks and keeping our creek fish-friendly.

Consumers should feel good about eating beef, knowing it is produced on ranches just like ours, by people just like us, across
America.

Erin Michalski, Jefferson County


Wait, aren’t we supposed to “trust the science?”

All throughout the coronavirus pandemic we have been urged to trust the science. Now Gov. Jared Polis wants the FDA, which is supposed to protect us from bad food and drugs, to get out of the way and let the state administer booster shots.

Can someone tell me when the governor received his medical degree? Or do we only trust the science as long as it agrees with what we think should happen?

David Forsyth, Denver

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Colorado Symphony, flush with $88 million endowment, sees longtime leaders depart

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Jerry Kern’s vanilla-and-caramel Havanese, Mikey, calmly eyed the knees of people streaming by in the Edge Bar, at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver, on Tuesday. He barked only once — and unsurprisingly, at another compact canine.

“He comes in the restaurant with me sometimes,” said Kern, 83, who lived in the luxury hotel for a time with his wife and philanthropic partner of 23 years, Mary Rossick Kern. “He’s always very quiet in there. Aren’t you, Mikey?”

Posting up on a couch with Mikey is not something Kern does frequently. On Sept. 9, Colorado Symphony officials announced his retirement as CEO and board chairman, following two on-and-off decades of financial and artistic growth and tumult. At the same time, leaders revealed the symphony’s endowment had reached $88 million, which Kern boasted as “unprecedented in the Colorado performing arts community.”

“It’s not tied to the pandemic,” Kern said of his departure, which the symphony attributed to personal reasons (while deflecting requests for more information). “I’m free to say anything now. But I’d rather talk about how it’s almost ten years to the day that the musicians reached out to us after the whole board left and they were about to declare bankruptcy.”

That would have been a staggering blow to Denver’s cultural scene, which in 2011 was matching its rapid population and construction growth. Colorado Symphony is one of the four main arts organizations at downtown’s Denver Performing Arts Complex, along with Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado and Denver Center for the Performing Arts (theater and Broadway).

Kern first got involved in the early 2000s when his wife, who had been at the CSO (as it was called at the time) more than a decade, brought him in. They later stepped away from their leadership duties after helping launch innovative, lucrative programming. But they returned in 2011 when the symphony was on another path of doom — at one point $1.2 million on the red, and saddled with disgruntled musicians and nearly two dozen canceled concerts.

Former Colorado Symphony CEO and board chairman Jerry Kern is leaving the organization with a legacy of growth and financial stability. (Provided by Jerry Kern)

“We initially got very little support from the city, and we were being told on a regular basis that they didn’t believe in our longevity,” Kern said. “Now I’ve got a great relationship with the mayor’s chief of staff, Alan Salazar.”

The Kerns focused on fundraising, new revenue streams, lowering the average age of attendees, and fresh programming. All were successful, resulting in $4 million to $5 million in annual ticket sales, pre-pandemic. In addition to classical repertoire, the symphony is now known for its live film-score screenings; playing backup for acts such as The Flaming Lips, Tenacious D and Gregory Alan Isakov at Red Rocks Amphitheatre concerts and live albums; and holiday programming.

But Kern and city leaders have clashed publicly over finding the best long-term deal for the symphony. In 2014, they near-simultaneously announced different visions for the Denver Performing Arts Complex, which the city owns, and on which the symphony’s Boettcher Concert Hall sits. Kern revealed a $40 million Build a Better Boettcher campaign at a press conference; hours later, the city revealed its Next Stage plan to redevelop the larger complex.

By 2019, the symphony and the city of Denver signed an agreement effectively condemning Boettcher, which was built in 1978 and had become a liability with its empty seats and poor acoustics. The symphony also considered picking up stakes and moving to Cherry Creek, leaving Denver without one.

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What are the odds of winning tonight’s $545 million Powerball drawing?

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ST. LOUIS – You have a chance to become a multi-millionaire Monday night when a near-record Powerball jackpot goes up for grabs.

Monday night’s drawing is worth an estimated $545 million. If the winner chooses the up-front payout, they will receive $392 million. The drawing will be done at 10:00 p.m.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

Here are five things more likely to happen:

  1. Being killed by hornets, wasps or bees
  2. Becoming president of the United States. Those odds are about 1 in 1 million.
  3. Becoming a movie star:
  4. Going to the emergency room with a pogo stick-related injury. Those odds are about 1 in 115,300, according to Deseret News.
  5. Having conjoined twins. The odds of birthing conjoined twins are about 1 in 200,000, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The odds aren’t great when it comes to winning the Powerball Jackpot, but what if you win?

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The Broncos are 3-0 for the 15th time in franchise history. Here’s how previous Denver teams fared.

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The Broncos are 3-0 to begin a season for the 15th time in franchise history.  While such a start is generally a harbinger for good things to come, it does not guarantee success. Nine of the 14 previous Broncos teams that started the season with three straight wins reached the postseason, with seven going on to appear in the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at how each team fared:

Year Unbeaten start Final record Comment
1970 3-0 5-8-1 Last full season of Lou Saban Era preceded 1971 “Half a loaf” tie
1977 6-0 12-2* First playoff bid ended with Super Bowl loss to Cowboys
1986 6-0 11-5* Dan Reeves’ first Super Bowl trip closed with loss to Giants
1989 3-0 11-5* Reeves’ third and final Super Bowl season, also ending in loss (49ers)
1996 3-0 13-3* Upset loss to Jaguars in divisional round ruined dream season
1997 6-0 12-4* Broncos’ first championship season began with six-game win streak
1998 13-0 14-2* John Elway walked off into sunset with second straight Super Bowl title
2002 3-0 9-7 Brian Griese’s final year as Broncos QB fell just short of playoff bid
2003 4-0 10-6* Wild Card trip signaled optimism in Jake Plummer’s first year in Denver
2008 3-0 8-8 Three consecutive losses at end of season finished Jay Cutler Era
2009 6-0 8-8 Josh McDaniels’ lone full season as head coach ended with 2-8 thud
2013 6-0 13-3* Peyton Manning went 13-3 for second straight year, but Broncos lost Super Bowl
2015 7-0 12-4* The Broncos won the last of their three Super Bowl titles
2016 4-0 9-7 Trevor Siemian looked like QB of future, then Broncos missed playoffs
2021 3-0 TBD TBD

* Reached the postseason

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‘I was wrong’ in opposing gay marriage in past, Liz Cheney says

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wy., delivers opening remarks at the first hearing of the House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington. Former President George W. Bush will headline a fundraiser for top Donald Trump critic Cheney next month, turning her reelection race into a proxy war of sorts between the ex-presidents. Bush will be headlining the event in Dallas in October for the Wyoming congresswoman’s reelection campaign. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Liz Cheney says she was wrong to oppose gay marriage in the past, a stand that once split her family.

Cheney, R-Wyo., a fierce critic of fellow Republican Donald Trump, also tells CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that she views her reelection campaign as the most important House race in the nation as forces aligned with the former president try to unseat her. She voted to impeach Trump over his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

In the interview aired Sunday night, Cheney said she had little affection for President Joe Biden, who she believes has embraced harmful polices for the economy and national security with the Afghanistan withdrawal. “But the alternative cannot be a man who doesn’t believe in the rule of law, and who violated his oath of office,” Cheney said.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was an ascendant Republican leader before the Jan. 6 riot, yet she is increasingly defined by her public opposition to Trump and his hold on the GOP. Cheney, 55, noted that she still talks with her father every night and that they share the same views on rejecting Trump.

Liz Cheney famously broke with her family in 2013 by opposing gay marriage ahead of a failed Senate bid. Her objections caused a rift with her sister, Mary, a married lesbian. Mary’s spouse, Heather Poe, posted on Facebook that year that Cheney’s position was offensive and that “I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”

In the interview, Cheney said her opposition to gay marriage was misguided and she channeled her sister-in-law’s Facebook post in explaining why she changed her position.

“I was wrong. I was wrong,” she said. “It’s a very personal issue — and very personal for my family. I believe that my dad was right. And my sister and I have had that conversation … Freedom means freedom for everybody.”

While still opposed to gun control, abortion and the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” the Wyoming congresswoman finds herself on the outs for voting to impeach Trump after his Jan. 6 rally preceded a mob storming the Capitol in hopes of overturning his reelection loss to Biden. Trump continues to falsely claim election fraud in spite of results being certified by states and Republican election officials and courts rejecting dozens of legal challenges.

After voting to impeach Trump, Cheney lost her leadership post as chair of the House Republican Conference. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put her on a nine-person committee to investigate the Jan. 6 assault and she serves as vice chair.

Trump has vowed to defeat Cheney in next year’s primary election by backing Republican Harriet Hageman, an attorney. Cheney, seeking a fourth term, said nothing less than the authority of the Constitution is at stake.

“I think it’s going to be the most important House race in the country in 2022. And — and it will be one where people do have the opportunity to say, ‘We want to stand for the Constitution,’” Cheney said. “A vote against me in this race, a vote for whomever Donald Trump has endorsed, is a vote for somebody who’s willing to perpetuate the big lie, somebody who’s willing to put allegiance to Trump above allegiance to the Constitution, absolutely.”

The Wyoming congresswoman criticized House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California for sticking with Trump after the assault on the Capitol.

“What he’s done is embrace Donald Trump,” she said. “And if I were doing what he’s doing, I would be deeply ashamed of myself. I don’t know how you explain that to your children. When you are in a situation where you have somebody who did what Donald Trump did, it is absolutely clear he cannot continue to be somebody you embrace.”

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New mask mandate goes into effect today in St. Louis County

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A new mask mandate is set to go into effect Monday in St. Louis County according to St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page’s office.

Page’s chief spokesperson Doug Moore said Page will speak about the new order Monday morning, and Dr. Faisal Kahn, the acting director of the St. Louis County Health Department, will sign the order. Moore said the order will take effect immediately Moore said the guidelines of the new mask mandate will be the same as the ones for the mask mandate Page announced in July.

Those include anyone 5 years or older in St. Louis County must wear a mask in indoor public spaces and on public transportation regardless of their vaccination status. Moore said Page is expected to say at Monday’s news conference that masks work in helping to keep COVID cases from escalating and that the new mask requirement will keep children safe who aren’t yet eligible to be vaccinated against COVID.

Moore provided us a letter to Dr. Khan from the head of the County Council Rita Heard Days. In the letter, Days said she will not oppose the new mandate and that state law does not restrict the executive branch from enacting one.

Moore said a new mask mandate is being put in place in order to be consistent with a judge’s recent decision that the county could not enforce the old order from July because it expired.

Separately, Page is also expected to announce the County Health Department will start offering Pfizer booster shots Monday to those who qualify. The booster shots will be available at the county’s three public health clinics in Berkeley, Pine Lawn, and Sunset Hills. Those seeking a booster shot are asked to bring their vaccine card or a copy of the card.

FoX 2 will carry live coverage of the news conference set for 8:30 a.m. Monday on-air and online.

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