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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Al Jacobson

    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?”

  • 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.

  • Larry Hoy

    Guest Column

     

    The Regional Transportation District is reaching milestones as it increases commuting options for residents around the Denver metropolitan region.

    In my district, for instance, RTD broke ground March 20 on the North Metro Rail Line, and I was humbled to see more than 300 people in attendance at this historic event.

  • Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde

    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. 

  • Whether they know it or not, the battle being waged by fracktivists ended this week when Gov. John Hickenlooper finally threw in the towel on a special legislative session to address oil and gas drilling statewide — and the prospects for their larger political war for change draw dimmer and dimmer.

     

  • Paul M. Burckley, 67, of Keenesburg, passed away June 27, 2014, in Brighton. He was born to Frank and Margaret (Kuhns) Burckley. 

    Paul is survived by his wife, Anita Burckley; daughter, Shawna (Scott) Johnson; and four siblings.

    Rosary Service was held July 2, 2014, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton. Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

     

  • 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 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.

  • Al Jacobson

     

    When I first wanted to write my opinion pieces, it was quite a few years ago, and long before I began writing for this paper. One day I submitted a piece to a magazine. The editor actually took the time to get back to me, and though she said she liked what I had written, she felt it could be improved if I got myself the Associated Press stylebook. 

    I had absolutely no idea what that was. And, I did not want to embarrass myself by asking. 

  • Raul A. Reyes

    Guest Column

     

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) recently used a World Cup analogy to castigate his Republican colleagues for blocking immigration reform. “Leave the field, too many flagrant offenses and unfair attacks. You’re out,” Gutierrez said. “Hit the showers. It’s the red card.”

  • Guest Column by Stan Martin

    Despite major public pushback over a forced rain tax on residents in unincorporated Adams County, commissioners took it one step further last Tuesday, and are now taxing property owners for rain that falls on public roads.

  • 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

    Otherwords columnist

     

    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?