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Suicide Prevention Month

The following information is from the Peak Military Care Network newsletter. I received permission from Kate Hatten, a friend and CEO of the organization, to reprint this as it is very important to...

 

Opioid Use in Colorado

Opioid related deaths are decreasing in Colorado but not nearly enough. According to a March 2017 report published by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, in 2015...

 

A Correction To My Article On Water

I must publish a correction to an article I had printed in Fountain Valley News. This was the article on Water, printed in last week's addition. I misspoke when I said, "Security and Widefield are...

 

Water- What's Happening Behind The Scenes

(In response to the Guest Editorial by Fountain Mayor Pro Tem Phil Thomas In October 2015, Fountain city water system reacted to a change in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) allowed level...

 

Community Pharmacy; Not only at the "Corner of Happy and Healthy"

I had the privilege of attending a ribbon cutting for a new business last week in Colorado Springs. The Community Pharmacy by Walgreens isn't just a new business, it is a whole new concept. Unlike...

 

Nothing Negative Intended in Last Week's Article

I must apologize for failing to cite the references I used in my recent article on education. The ratings I used came from a site called Niche. You can check them out at https:www.... Full story

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Budget Week at the Capitol

(Editor's Note: This column should have preceded last week's column, which was inadvertently published out of order.) Budget week in the House of Representatives took place a couple of weeks ago.... Full story

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Disconnected

The 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly could be described in one word: disconnected. The Senate Republicans with a one seat majority generally held together to defeat outrageous, and someti... Full story

 

Reforming the Department of Youth Corrections

The dramatic rise in violence in Colorado's Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) was the subject of a report published this February by the Colorado Child Safety Coalition titled "Bound & Broken,...

 

State Reps. Pabon And Landgraf: Colorado Must Continue To Unleash The Sharing Economy

Originally printed in The Colorado Statesman on March 21, 2017 A few years ago, Colorado triggered a wave of innovation when it became the first state to update its laws so that ride-sharing digital...

 

Shared Hope International Fighting Against Human Trafficking

Last summer I attended a conference where I learned about an organization called Shared Hope International; a non-profit organization established in 1998 by Washington State Congresswoman Linda Smith to provide hope to the women she found enslaved...

 

Update From The House

After much thought and research I’ve decided to support Representative Thurlow’s TABOR Tune-Up bill. HB-17-1187. I want to give the citizens of Colorado a chance to decide. The bill modifies the...

 

Criminal Court Procedures For Military Defendants

One of my bills, designed to help Veterans in our state will be introduced this week. “Criminal Court Procedures for Military Defendants,” will help our veterans who are suffering from certain...

 

First Regular Session of the Seventy-first General Assembly

The First Regular Session of the Seventy-first General Assembly will convene Wednesday, Jan. 11. Although that is the official start date we have all been working hard during the break to develop bills for this session, sitting on interim...

 

Will Medicaid Expansion Bankrupt Colorado?

In 2013 the State Legislature passed the ACA Medicaid expansion. The idea behind the expansion was, of course, to give more people access to care. The legislature raised the eligibility income level f...

 

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