Op-Eds

05.09.20

Why testing is key

The first step to tackling any problem is seeing it, and that is especially true with COVID-19 - widespread testing is key to seeing the bigger picture in the fight against this virus. Our country's wellbeing - medically and financially - relies on our ability to see where the illness is and is not; where it is spreading and where it is declining. That, in turn, depends on our ability to ramp up testing capacity. Rapid testing for COVID-19 and further research into the benefits, application… Continue Reading


04.24.20

How we can snap back after COVID-19

When we have a tornado warning on the Eastern Plains, wailing sirens inform my neighbors and I when we need to take cover and when it is safe for us to emerge from shelter. Millions of Americans are now sheltering at home because they heard the dire warnings from our state and national leaders about COVID-19 and the dangers we saw in Washington, California, New York and Italy. Part of the anxiety caused by this pandemic comes from the absence of an "all clear" siren telling us it is safe to go … Continue Reading


04.03.20

Coronavirus spread because of Chinese Communist Party’s ineptitude and deceptions

Early last December, people in Wuhan, China began showing symptoms of an unidentifiable respiratory disease in increasing numbers. Today scientists have identified the source of this outbreak as a novel coronavirus that causes the disease now named COVID-19. They believe it was transmitted from an animal to a human. Once the first people in Wuhan became sick, the coronavirus appears to have quickly evolved so it can be transmitted from human to human, making it a highly infectious pathogen. On… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Colorado will get through the coronavirus pandemic together

In Colorado, the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases has now surpassed 2,300, and the true number likely is thousands more. Sadly, our state is grieving the 48 Coloradans who have lost their lives because of this deadly virus. This global epidemic is impacting every one of us, upending life as we know it and leaving the future uncertain. Unemployment claims have skyrocketed as businesses wonder how long they can keep their doors open. Families are wondering how long they can go down th… Continue Reading


02.24.20

A chance for all of Colorado to grow

When my hometown of Yuma (population 3,500) built its third traffic light, it was the talk of the town. In towns like ours, even the smallest of new developments make a large splash. Projects and investments are felt close to home. But unfortunately, for us they arrive much less often than they do on the Front Range. The United States is the land of opportunity. Yet even as our national economy booms, opportunities have failed to reach communities that seem to need them the most. Too many w… Continue Reading


01.25.20

Cory Gardner: USMCA passage a major win for Colorado

Earlier this month, I was proud to vote in favor of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement when it passed the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 89-10. After months of delay by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, this much-needed modernization of the North America Free Trade Agreement has finally earned Congress' approval, which is welcome news for producers and exporters in Colorado.The USMCA agreement is one way that we can create new trade opportunities for our farmers and ranchers - because we'v… Continue Reading


01.19.20

The BLM works for the West

Coloradans from across the political spectrum cheered together last summer when the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it would reorganize the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) structure to better serve Western states and relocate its headquarters to Grand Junction. Since that historic day for Colorado's public lands, this common-sense idea has come under attack from people in our nation's capital who are terrified at the thought of losing influence and sway with a government agency. Some… Continue Reading


01.11.20

Cory Gardner: It was a great year for Colorado

As we look back on the past year and look forward to the year ahead, I want to share some of the victories we were able to accomplish. Good news doesn't always make the evening broadcasts or the front page, but 2019 was incredibly successful for the people of Colorado. Working together across party lines, Colorado's elected officials have made great strides to better protect our treasured public lands, lower health care costs and support transportation and broadband deployment across Colorado. … Continue Reading


12.23.19

The opioid epidemic demands bipartisan action

These days, when you order a package for delivery, you can easily track it in real time. Whether it's a pizza delivery or a package from Amazon, you're almost always able to see where your item is in the shipping process and when you can expect to receive it. Why, then, are massive, suspicious shipments of opioids, which are ravaging our country and leading to overdoses and deaths in Colorado, Delaware, and everywhere in between, allowed to fly under the radar? The answer is that the Drug Enfo… Continue Reading


12.12.19

GUEST COLUMN: Olympians deserve a say in the USOPC structure

During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, the United States cheered as American athletes brought home 121 medals, nearly double the closest country behind us. Shortly after, we were horrified to learn that Olympic athletes representing our country suffered abuse and sexual assault for years. We were left with questions and outrage - and a desire to ensure our Olympics and Paralympics institutions never allowed something like this to happen again. Together we've introduced the bipartisan Strengt… Continue Reading


11.10.19

Measuring the impact of Colorado's great outdoors

Outdoor recreation has always been part of who we are in Colorado. It's a pillar of our local communities and Western heritage, and draws people from all over the world to enjoy our beautiful state and its great outdoors. Whether it's taking to the mountains to hike or mountain bike, fishing or rafting in Colorado waters, hitting the slopes for skiing and snowboarding, or even horseback riding on the Eastern Plains, there's more outdoor recreation activities than this paper has room to print. Th… Continue Reading


11.06.19

GUEST COLUMN: Colorado's military families are the losers during Democrats' political games

It's difficult to run any business or any organization month to month, unsure if you will have the resources in the coming weeks to keep projects moving and employees paid. One organization we cannot let operate this way is the U.S. military. It would be a shameful dereliction of duty, as one of our most important responsibilities as elected leaders is to ensure the safety and security of the American people. However, Senate Democrats are forcing our military service members and their families … Continue Reading


10.31.19

Apprenticeships give a CHANCE in tech for All

We live in an era of rapid technological change, powered by constant innovation and old-fashioned American ingenuity. From hotel chains and virtual reality companies to hospitals and "mom and pop" online retailers, technology is powering the ability to sell, market, and thrive in the United States. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and encouraging proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity. The treats of being co… Continue Reading


10.09.19

Strong US-Taiwanese ties needed to counter rising Chinese influence in the Pacific

On Sept. 16, the Solomon Islands, which had enjoyed 36 years of diplomatic relations with Taiwan, broke off ties in favor of recognizing China. Four days later, Kiribati, another Pacific state, also announced it would be switching diplomatic relations to the People's Republic of China (PRC). These are far from isolated cases. Over the past three years, China has induced - through outright bribery, false promises, and debt-trap diplomacy - the switch of seven of Taiwan's diplomatic allies. Taiwa… Continue Reading


09.20.19

Cory Gardner: Time for Congress to pass the USMCA

In 1994, Disney's The Lion King was in theaters and on its way to become one of the most popular films in the world. Today, 25 years later, The Lion King is still in theaters, only revamped and recut with the latest technology that didn't exist in the early 90s. Congress should take note, and remake another classic from 1994: the North American Free Trade Agreement. A great portion of our economy in Colorado is dependent on trade with Canada and Mexico, who are by far Colorado's top trading pa… Continue Reading


09.15.19

Cory Gardner: Cybersecurity is everyone’s problem. So why are women underrepresented in the field?

ybersecurity is everyone's problem, regardless of gender. The individual safety and national security of men and women alike are at risk from increasingly sophisticated - and frequent - cyberattacks across industries, including finance, communications, law, medicine and defense. So why are women so underrepresented in the field, making up only 20 percent of the cybersecurity workforce? We need dynamic and ambitious solutions to the cyber problem, and it is a loss for everyone that more women … Continue Reading


07.17.19

BLM move to Grand Junction will benefit Colorado's public lands and economy

The problem with Washington is too many decision makers are far removed from the people they serve - out of touch and out of contact with the millions of Americans who are impacted by the decisions and policies they make every day. We see this in Colorado where our 23 million acres of public land are overseen by several land management agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, headquartered nearly 2,000 miles away in Washington, D.C. For years I've pushed a common-sense idea that w… Continue Reading


07.03.19

Opinion: Cory Gardner: It’s time to pull Congress’ head out of the sand on marijuana

The brilliance of our government is the separation and limitation of power: The People have rights the government must respect; the federal government has limited powers divided between equal branches; and our states have the power to chart their own courses on many of the laws that affect our daily lives. That is why the states are often called the laboratories of democracy. They try new ideas. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don't. And sometimes the idea that is right for one state is n… Continue Reading


04.09.19

GUEST COLUMN: Reestablish U.S. Space Command in Colorado

In 2007, China successfully destroyed one of its own satellites to reveal its growing military capabilities in space. In the 12 years since, the capabilities of China, Russia, and other nations have only grown. A new report from the Defense Intelligence Agency, released this past January, detailed how other countries have made it a priority to develop their military capabilities in space and erode America's advantage in the newest warfighting domain. U.S. national security depends on maintainin… Continue Reading


04.04.19

Why We Stand With NATO

On April 4, 1949, Johannes Kaiv, the acting consul general of Estonia's government-in-exile, sent a letter to Secretary of State Dean Acheson, which read: I have the honor to offer my best wishes to the signatories of the North Atlantic Pact, and to express my confidence that they, inspired by the ideals of democracy, of individual liberty, and the rule of law, will strive relentlessly for peace with justice, which excludes peace at any price. Therefore, I express the belief that countries wh… Continue Reading

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