Step Denver Colorado is THE Model


It was a beautiful night at the Gilpin Art Collective on September 16 and candidates were asked about their motive for running in the upcoming election. Mine was simple – HB 19-1263. The legislation which decriminalized, AKA legalized,  Schedule 1/2 drugs including heroin, meth, fentanyl and cocaine. This bill has done enormous damage in our state and I want it repealed. A doubling of overdose rates in Colorado in 4 years. 40% increase in fentanyl deaths in one year in Colorado. Yet the Progressives, including Phil Weiser, claim that this law has not increased drug use and homelessness and crime. Such astonishing denial.

Among the attendees last Friday was Peter Droege who was a key player in rebuilding Step 13, founded by Bob Cote,  now known as Step Denver. My question to folks in Colorado who share my alarm at the raging drug crisis – why are there not more Step Denvers? If indeed living on the streets and drug addiction are linked, who could deny this, why not a program which addresses both?

I can’t fathom the path forward for any addict without sobriety and recovery. Any public program which does not require recovery and sobriety will not work. I will say it again – without recovery and sobriety as the expected outcome, any other funds  spent supporting and continuing the addiction will be spent in vain.

Step Denver –

Our vision is simple: To help men find freedom from addiction. That’s why we’re working hard every day to serve more men throughout Colorado and beyond.

Why is not one Progressive on the City Council in Boulder or Jared Polis for that matter not singing the praises of Step Denver? Why is Step Denver not THE model for recovery and housing for people living on the streets?  What are we waiting for, Colorado?



Baby Formula – Stolen, Contaminated, Gone….

If you thought the government has not made life quite hard enough for American families, we now learn that  mothers who rely on baby formula face the worst news of all – shortages, price hikes and rationing. But rest assured the shortage is not  the result of Biden’s FDA shutting down Abbott Labs in February with little to no evidence that it was the source of the cronobacter contamination associated with 4 consumer complaints. The shutdown by Abbott Labs was voluntary because the company had the decency to avoid causing infant fatalities. This is more than can be said of Jared Polis who signed the baby killing bill HD22 1279 and who seems very comfortable with infanticide. Rest assured – his children and Mayor Pete’s children will not go hungry but your baby might have to suffer.

What caused the shortage? It turns out  baby formula is a CRAVE product – Concealable, Removeable, Available, Valuable, Enjoyable and Disposable. It has been a desirable commodity to steal since as far back as 2012! But why the shortage now? Is baby formula another commodity being stolen into scarcity by the thieves roving in every grocery store I go into in Boulder? Is stealing baby formula, for which there is no ready substitute, another property crime we are supposed to tolerate?

Depopulating jails during Covid accelerated the rate and types of crime in all of Colorado. This is indisputable regardless of what the Democrats in the state capitol claim.  Grocery stores are routinely robbed by the hardcore transients operating outside the social safety net for the homeless in Boulder. I witness theft every time I am in a Safeway or a Walgreens. The employees are told specifically to not confront the thieves because 1. it is dangerous to confront a potentially high, armed person and 2. nothing will happen.  The state of Colorado, led by Polis and supported by Steve Fenberg, Leslie Herod and Judy Amabile, categorize property crimes as minor inconveniences, at best a misdemeanor and certainly  not a crime worthy of jail. The baby formula theft may be committed by organized crime syndicates, along with large scale theft of  very high end bicycles. Yet it is property crime and goes largely unpursued by law enforcement and minimally punished.  And while I understand that a triathlete in Boulder munching on bananas may be able to replace an insured stolen bike what are working mom’s with hungry infants supposed to do? I imagine even the most ardent pro choice devotes cringe at the thought of babies struggling with hunger, or “food insecurity” as the Democrats call starving. Where is the loud, angry voice of Elizabeth Warren when we need it most?