By Otero County Sheriff Shawn Mobley
Many Americans — and similarly, many Coloradans — feel increasing frustration and fear in the face of intense political polarization in the United States. News articles refer to America’s current "peak of political polarization," "toxic polarization" and "deep ideological polarization," and with the COVID-19 pandemic, health advice has become the subject of political debate.
The pandemic has created a greater sense of chaos and lack of control on top of the general sense of division. As a result, bipartisanship is more important than ever, as it is the tool for taking control and creating the changes we want to see. In a country that feels so divided, it is vital that leaders seek compromise and cooperation as a way to move forward.
Colorado now has an opportunity to foster bipartisanship: As the third most bipartisan senator in Congress, Cory Gardner has successfully sponsored and co-sponsored numerous bipartisan bills and will continue to do so. And given that unaffiliated voters make up the largest voting bloc in Colorado, it is fitting that we should be the state to support his bipartisan efforts with the hope of healing a divided country and creating change.