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Opinion

  • 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.  

  • Sheldon Richman

    Guest Column

     

  • Courtesy Frederick-Firestone 

    Fire Protection District


    In the event of an emergency a person should always call 911, especially if immediate assistance is needed from the police, fire department or an ambulance. Examples include:

    • A fire. 

    • A car crash, especially if someone is injured. 

  • Several years ago, I was chatting with some friends about my personal concern with the growing population of the United States.

    Unlike some people who are also wishing the population of the country was smaller, I am not concerned with whether there is enough food in the country to feed over 300 million people. I have always wondered where we are going to find the jobs for over 200 million adults. 

  • The errant sounding of Lafayette’s tornado sirens last month gave me a rude awakening.

    No, I don’t live anywhere near Lafayette and was not interrupted from my slumber when the sirens were triggered by mistake shortly after 3 a.m. May 22 and sounded for about eight minutes.