• Sheldon Richman

    Guest Column


    The heartbreaking violence in the Middle East, Ukraine, and elsewhere carries many messages, but here’s one Americans shouldn’t miss: The United States — no matter who the president is — cannot manage world conflict.

  • Perhaps because I am a conservative Republican, day after day I hear from people who want to have President Barack Obama impeached. They can give you line after line of the president’s offenses.

    The president must be aware of these proposals, as he himself in a speech in Texas in early July dared the GOP to impeach him, saying, “…Impeach him! Really? For what, doing my job?”

  • Emily Schwartz Greco

    OtherWords Columnist


    Is it too soon to predict who will be the next president of the United States?

  • Trudy Lieberman

    Rural Health News Service

    Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question. “Do ER-affiliated urgent care providers ever try to escalate patients to the ER when it is not medically necessary?” she asked. “Why? How should a consumer respond?”

  • Roger Dean Hickenbottom, 80, passed away July 8, 2014, at home. 

    A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton. Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

  • Trudy Lieberman

    Rural Health News Service


    It’s now the silly season for insurance rates with government agencies, consulting groups, and the media all speculating about next year’s premiums. Will your insurance premiums go up or down this fall? Never before have I seen such intense interest in insurance rates which editors have usually considered a snoozer of a story.

  • Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde

    Guest Column


    In a bustling room at the Third Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, N.M., a group of white and Latino parishioners gathered for a workshop on immigration. They wanted to learn more about the issue.

    Julio Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant, was there to answer their questions. 

  • Guest Column by Emily Schwartz
    Greco and William A. Collins


    A wide majority of U.S. voters say black Americans who can’t get ahead should blame themselves for their troubles instead of racial discrimination.

  • Sheldon Richman

    Guest Column


    Virtually all commentary about the influx of unaccompanied Central American children into the United States, which some say could rise to 90,000 this year, misses the point: no government has the moral authority to capture these kids and send them back to the miserable situations they have escaped.

  •  Guest Column by Sheldon Richman

    As far as it went, the Supreme Court generally got it right in the Hobby Lobby-Obamacare-contraception case. Unfortunately it didn’t go nearly far enough.

    The court ruled that “closely held corporations” whose owners have religious convictions against contraceptives cannot be forced to pay for employee coverage for those products.

  • Guest Column by Bryan Golden

    On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of America given to us 238 years ago by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself. But its true value is rarely appreciated by people unless it is either threatened or lost.

  • Richard J. Eskow

    Guest Column


    David Brat, the man who unexpectedly defeated Eric Cantor in a recent Republican primary, is an ideologue. That should be a source of encouragement for candidates on the populist left — but not for the reasons you might think.

  • Jim Hightower

    Have you noticed that the Powers that Be employ a different standard for measuring the health of America’s job market than they use for the stock market?

    They’re currently telling us that the job market is “improving.” What do they mean?

  • Rep. Mike Coffman

    The revelation of systemic mismanagement and corruption within the Veterans’ Health Administration (VHA) has been a shock to the entire country.

  • As an avalanche of former war-mongers and supposed experts made the rounds on cable news stations about the rapidly descending state of affairs in Iraq the past few weeks, there was at least one local voice of reason along the Front Range.


  • Jim Hightower

    As we know, the barons of Wall Street haven’t hesitated to raid our public treasury and haul off trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts and special tax breaks to subsidize their “free market” ventures.

    So guess who’s the major force pushing policymakers to slash federal spending and kill programs that improve opportunities for regular people?

  • Drew Johnson

    Guest Column


    At 8 percent, the California unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country.

    The state legislature apparently likes it that way. California lawmakers are on their way to banning a technology that could create 200,000 jobs, inject millions of dollars into the state’s economy, and create a clean, reliable source of energy.

  • Marge Baker

    Guest Column


    Last year, the Supreme Court decimated one of the civil rights movement’s crowning achievements. Now, it’s time for Congress to pick up the pieces, put it back together and make our laws strong enough to protect our most important right: our vote.

  • Careful observers of these pages will recall my previous writing about the oil and gas debate currently happening here in Colorado, specifically the question of local control.

    More specifically, you probably remember me prattling on about the unnecessary lawsuits that have been filed against municipalities that took the steps of trying to outright ban fracking or place other similar restrictions on the oil-and-gas industry that conflict with the rules set forth by the state with the approval of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

  • John Salazar


    When people go shopping for food on their dinner table, they may consider its nutritious value and its cost, but many don’t consider the farmer and rancher behind every piece of food on their plate. For every bite you take, the agricultural community strives to provide a healthy, abundant food supply. But, let’s dig even deeper and on a global security level.