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Opinion

  • Trudy Lieberman

    Rural Health News Service

    Evidence continues to pile up that Medicare Advantage plans are no advantage for taxpayers.

    MA plans, as they are called, are one alternative for seniors to receive their Medicare benefits. But in this case, the benefits come from government payments to private insurance carriers, not directly from the federal government. 

  • Jim Hightower

    The tragedies unfolding in Ferguson, Mo., are doubly infuriating.

    First, there is the obvious outrage of yet another unarmed person being shot and killed by one of the town’s police officers as he was walking to his grandmother’s home.

  • Al Jacobsen

    To this day I have not seen the classic film “Pride of the Yankees,” starring Gary Gooper as Lou Gehrig. The film came out in the same year I was born, 1942.  America had just entered the Second World War.  I think the spirit of Lou Gehrig, as portrayed by Gary Cooper, inspired the American people in those dark days.

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    Stan Martin

    Guest Column

    Mary is a longtime unincorporated Adams County resident living in the Welby area.

    Mary is desperate and scared. After numerous messages and failed attempts to receive answers from the county, Mary frantically searches the web and googles “stormwater invoice.”

  • Megan Jensen

    Guest column

    With the recent rains and the anniversary of last September’s floods quickly approaching, many Colorado residents are starting to worry.

  • Who will watch the watchers?

    Since my previous column on Child Protective Services, I have been inundated with notes from people who have had their children taken from them by our government.

    From here in Colorado, I have heard from mothers, fathers, and grandparents — people who have had their children removed from their loving home by the state and county governments.

  • Jim Hightower

    If John Boehner is so worried about the president’s executive orders, why didn’t he sue George W. Bush?

    What a hoot to see House Speaker John Boehner up on his hind legs, braying like a goofy mule as he declares that by golly he’s filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for “aggressive unilateralism.” Or, was it unilateral aggressivism?

    Whatever.

  • Jill Richardson

    Guest Column

     

    You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make her eat. Especially if the food doesn’t taste good.

    That’s what the government found out after the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

  • Emily Schwartz Greco 

    & William A. Collins

     

    For the first time since 1997, the U.S. economy just added at least 200,000 jobs per month for six months running. GDP grew at a 4 percent annual clip between April and June. The percentage of Americans who describe the economy as “good” has climbed to the highest level of President Barack Obama’s presidency.

  • I take no joy in saying this: Chris Christie is right.

  • Trudy Lieberman

    Rural Health News Service

     

    Several years ago, the prestigious Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed something startling about U.S. healthcare. Many Americans get too much at the same time others get too little. And those in both groups have a good chance of receiving care that could injure or even kill them.

  • Jim Hightower

    Surely you thought that partisan posturing by far-right Congress critters couldn’t get any nuttier. But here comes the GOP’s claim that all the talk about impeaching President Barack Obama is being led by…Barack Obama!

    Having discovered that the larger public is appalled that his party would even consider wasting time on such extremist nonsense, House Speaker John Boehner tried to do a political back flip.

  • Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde

    Guest Column

     

    Sen. Ted Cruz says that eradicating an executive decision he blames for creating the humanitarian crisis on the border is his top priority. And lots of conservative members of the GOP are on board with the Texas Republican’s demand.

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper demonstrated strong and decisive leadership after the terrible floods that hit Colorado, and he was also rock solid, after the theater shootings in Aurora. 

    People should remember how effective he was during these crises, when they cast their ballots in November.

    Robert H. Moulton III

    Commerce City

  • Phyllis Bennis

    Guest Column

     

    As Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip rages on, ceasefires come and go. Most last just long enough for Palestinians to dig out the dead from beneath their collapsed houses, get the injured to overcrowded and under-resourced hospitals, and seek enough food and water to last through the next round of airstrikes.

  • Al Jacobson

    If you ever want to enjoy some really good war movies, you should watch the ones that were made during World War II. Those movies were made first and foremost by a Hollywood that was on our side.

    It might come as a shock to those of you who have not watched many of those movies that John Wayne is not in all of them.

    One film I always found quite inspirational is “Bataan” (1943), starring Robert Taylor. 

  • Chantal Tibbitts, MA, LPC

    Guest Column

     

    A rapid, pounding heartbeat, quickened breath and increased sweating may be physical signs of stress. And stress is bad for you, right? 

    How often have you heard or read statistics that chronically high levels of stress can negatively impact your health -- even decrease your life expectancy? For me, the answer is often. 

  • Mitchell Zimmerman

    Guest Column

     

    As the Department of Homeland Security tries to deliver busloads of Central American children and families to places of temporary safety, shrieking demonstrators in California, Arizona, and other states are barring the way and demanding these kids be dumped over the border.

  • 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?”