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Monday, September 15, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Damnation, American Style

Damnation, American Style

How American Preachers Reinvented Hell Fire and brimstone survived the Enlightenment and prospered at the dawn of the American republic — but why? September 9, 2014  | The following is an excerpt from Kathryn Gin Lum's new book,  Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction”(Oxford University Press, 2014).   Among the many congratulatory letters George Washington received after assuming the presidency was one from “the Convention of the ... Full Story

Obituary: Ruby V. Wkoff

Obituary: Ruby V. Wkoff

    Ruby V. Wykoff (96) died September 6, 2014 at Loveland Good Samaritan Village. Ruby was born March 16, 1918 in Ness City, Kansas to Rudolph and Ellen E. (Kinsinger) Kopper. She married Charley T. Wykoff on March 20, 1938 in Ness City. They were married 70 years. On the day they were married, they moved to rural Berthoud. They often said that, since they never went back, they were still on their honeymoon. They operated their own dairy farm in until their retirement. They ... Full Story

A tree hugging story

A tree hugging story

We’re All a Little Bit “Tree Hugging” by Default   By Pam McAllister On Sept. 21, 2014, the People’s Climate March will commence in New York City as world leaders gather for a United Nations emergency summit on climate change. Thousands of organizations have signed on and many demonstrations have been planned across the country on that day. Perhaps more than one million people will descend on Manhattan Sept. 21 to support environmental and human survival. Almost inevitably, ... Full Story

Obituary: Melva Jean Webb

Obituary: Melva Jean Webb

Melva Jean Webb of Berthoud, Colorado passed away August 28, 2014 at North Shore Care Center. She was 86 years old. Jean was born in Lake City, Arkansas to John and Clara (Diggs) Carter. She graduated from Greene County High School in Paragould, Arkansas in 1947 and attended business college in Memphis, Tennessee for one year. On April 22, 1953 she married a handsome sailor, Donald D. Webb from Bartley, Nebraska and they lived most of their 61 years of married life in Colorado. Jean worked ... Full Story

Obituary: James Laffoon

Obituary: James Laffoon

James J. Laffoon, of Berthoud and recently of Loveland, died August 20, 2014 at McKee Medical Center in Loveland. He was 89-years-old. Jim was born November 6, 1924 in Woodrow, Colorado to Ross Morton Laffoon and Bessie Canatsey Laffoon. He grew up on a farm on the eastern plains of Colorado and later moved to Aurora where he graduated from William Smith High School. Jim served in the US Army, from 1943 until 1946, and played euphonium in the Army band. The first time he met Joyce Bleil at a ... Full Story

Obituary: Maria Carol Cannova

Obituary: Maria Carol Cannova

  Maria Carol Cannova, 69, of Loveland, passed away on July 17, 2014 in Loveland. Maria was born on Christmas Day 1944 in Queens, New York to Antonio and Maria (Luisi) Cannova. She grew up in Mastic Beach, Long Island, New York and graduated from Mercy High School. Maria moved to Colorado in 1972 and has lived in Arizona for the last 10 years prior to moving back to Loveland. She retired from Miniscribe in Longmont where she worked as an Engineer Tech. Maria enjoyed camping, ... Full Story

Where does Udall get his money?

Where does Udall get his money?

“So, the Koch brothers are spending millions for Cory Gardner….”  So says a pro-Udall campaign ad.  But look where Udall is getting his money: ActBlue and billionaire Tom Steyer. Remember back on February 19 when Udall, along with Harry Reid, Al Gore and five other Democrat senators went to Steyer’s home in San Francisco to get $400,000 that night and a promise of $100 million more to come?  All he asked was that they block the Keystone pipeline; and they did. According to ... Full Story

Obituary: George Becker Botterill

Obituary: George Becker Botterill

  George Becker Botterill of Loveland, Colorado passed away suddenly at home on August 7, 2014. George was born October 26, 1947 in Denver, Colorado to John Robert Botterill and Helen Josephine (Becker) Botterill. He lived in Denver until 1961 when the family moved to Berthoud, Colorado. After graduating from Berthoud High School in 1965, George entered the U.S. Army and served his country in the Vietnam War. He was an avid sportsman, highly respected heavy equipment operator, loving ... Full Story

Obituary: Darrell Baumer

Obituary: Darrell Baumer

  Darrell “Beaner” Baumer, 83, of Berthoud died July 31, 2014 at the Aspen House in Loveland. He was born August 28, 1930 in Stetsonville, Wisconsin to George and Ella Baumer. In August of 1956 he married Janice Mae Thurston in Hancock, Wisconsin. Darrell and Jan moved to Berthoud in 1982 where Darrell worked for the Berthoud National Bank. He had been in banking from 1956 to 1995. Darrell enjoyed golfing, woodworking, hunting, fishing and remote control airplanes. Darrell is ... Full Story

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  To the Editor, Republicans in Congress pledge to deal with comprehensive immigration policy just as soon as our borders are secure -- in other words, when pigs fly. Our borders never will be secure enough to satisfy the Republicans, because that's impossible. No matter how many fences we build, troops we deploy, or children we deport, our nation's borders never will be impenetrable. Our borders are huge; they abut Mexico and Canada and curve in and out of thousands of ... Full Story

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