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Thursday, November 15, 2018

‘Guest column’ Archives

Yes on Proposition 112

    By Harv Teitelbaum The mountain of scientific, peer-reviewed evidence showing toxic health risks to those living near fracking operations grows almost daily. In 2012, 2014, and 2017 Colorado studies alone, toxic risks were found for neurological, respiratory, hematological, and developmental health issues, along with a higher risk of cancer. There were also higher risks for babies to be born with congenital heart defects, along with childhood acute lymphocytic ... Full Story

Waiting For Hitler

By Mel Gurtov If there is one thing I have learned as a political analyst, it is that there is no such thing as "never again." Use of weapons of mass destruction against civilians as well as soldiers? Widespread hostility toward immigrants? Ethnic cleansing and genocide? Putting autocrats in power by popular vote? A US president who is antidemocratic, criminal, and uncaring about human rights? And now, how about a new Hitler in the heart of Europe? Seems inconceivable, but a ... Full Story

Some Dare Call It Treason

  by Mel Gurtov Is Donald Trump not merely gullible, uninformed, and indifferent but actually treasonous when it comes to Russia? More and more high-profile people are saying so. He’s acting like “a Russian mole,” in the words of conservative columnist Max Boot. “America is under attack and its president absolutely refuses to defend it. Simply put, Trump is a traitor and may well be treasonous,” argues New York Times op-ed writer Charles M. Blow. The former CIA ... Full Story

Colorado Caucuses Are Not to be Missed

Colorado Caucuses Are Not to be Missed

If you have never participated in a caucus, now is the time to start. The League of Women Voters of Larimer County offers this overview of the caucus process: Caucuses are local, public meetings for voters at assigned precinct locations. They are true nitty, gritty, grassroots politics where neighbors come together to begin the election season selecting precinct committee persons and electing gubernatorial candidate delegates to the county assembly.  At the county assembly, ... Full Story

Jamboree travesty

Jamboree travesty

By Robert J. Byers I don’t blame the Boy Scouts for President Donald Trump’s bizarre speech at the National Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday. The U.S. president is, after all, the honorary president of the Scouts. If he wants to speak at the National Jamboree, it would be hard to say no. I don’t blame the boys in the audience who took the bait and booed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama or who chanted “USA! USA!” in response to Trump’s childish cues. ... Full Story

Cancer with political clout

Cancer with political clout

By Robert C. Koehler A suicide bomber inflicts hell at a concert hall in Manchester, England that’s full of children, as though that was the point — to murder children. The horror of war . . . well, terrorism . . . doesn’t get any worse. And the media, as they focus on the spectacle of what happened, as they cover the particulars of the tragedy — the suspect’s name and ethnicity and apparent grievances, the anguish of the survivors, the names and ages of the victims — ... Full Story

No Exit? The NY Times and North Korea

No Exit? The NY Times and North Korea

by Mel Gurtov Three opinion pieces on US policy toward North Korea have appeared in the New York Times in the past week.  They deserve critical comment.  The writers are all very capable people who share a deep concern about Korea’s security and the possibility of a major blowup that would cause enormous human and material losses throughout the Asia Pacific.  As a longtime student of Korean affairs, however, I find that these commentaries—which reflect ... Full Story

Lundberg: Birthday and Bills

Lundberg: Birthday and Bills

        March 24, 2017 Medical Transparency Bill Estes Park The Long Bill is Ready ______________________________________________________________________________ Medical Transparency Bill Senate Bill 65 passed the House this week. This is my medical transparency bill, requiring doctors, clinics and hospitals to list the prices of their most common practices. After the Senate approves House amendments it will be off to the Governor for his ... Full Story

Planning Will Help You See Green In Retirement

Planning Will Help You See Green In Retirement

By Josh Weller Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado Social Security has been a cornerstone of financial security for over 80 years. As you might already know, a lifetime of measured discipline can ensure a comfortable retirement. Social Security can help you plan, save, and see plenty of green in your golden years. Social Security is part of the retirement plan of almost every American worker. If you’re among the 96 percent of workers in the United States ... Full Story

When Is A Good Time To Start Receiving Social Security

When Is A Good Time To Start Receiving Social Security Benefits

By Josh Weller Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado Enjoying a comfortable retirement is everyone’s dream. For over 80 years, Social Security has been helping people realize those dreams, assisting people through life’s journey with a variety of benefits. It’s up to you as to when you can start retirement benefits. You could start them a little earlier or wait until your “full retirement age.” There are benefits to either decision, pun ... Full Story

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