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Opinion

  • 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?”

  • 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.