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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

‘Guest column’ Archives

Slices of Life: I’m all right, how about you?

Slices of Life: I’m all right, how about you?

    By: Jill Pertler   One of the most challenging aspects of living with teenagers is confronting their vast and superior knowledge. Every parent who’s been there understands a teen’s life experiences have brought them to the point of knowing almost everything – or maybe there’s no almost about it. I’m okay with my kids thinking they are right – as long as they keep their opinions to themselves. When they share their ideas and try to exert them on ... Full Story

Committee to Reduce Government Waste

Editors note: If waste is so rampant, why has nothing been done before? The following oped is is mostly political rhetoric that surfaces when ever budget cutting is talked about. The amount to be saved is probably overstated and the time period is not specified. It is a drop in the bucket of what is needed to balance the budget, much less reduce the national debt. Unfortunately, the politicians will not discuss what is really needed to deal with the debt, increase taxes and reduce military ... Full Story

Renewing the Patriot Act: Who Will Protect Us from Our

Renewing the Patriot Act: Who Will Protect Us from Our Government?

By John W. Whitehead May 16, 2011 “It is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”—Thomas Paine Those who founded this country knew quite well that every citizen must remain vigilant or freedom would be lost. This is the true nature of a patriot—one who sounds the clarion call when the Constitution is under attack. If, on the other hand, the people become sheep-like, it will lead to a government of wolves. This is what we are faced with ... Full Story

High inflation reaches a new low

By  Rev. James L. Snyder I am not usually given to protesting much of anything these days. "Live and let live," is the motto I go by and up until now, it has served me rather well and I have no complaints. I must confess, however, that recently I have been challenged in this area of my life. I have tried to keep my cool and have succeeded to a minimal success. I know one of these days I am going to turn into Popeye where he says, "That's all I can stands, I can't stands n'more?" Then, ... Full Story

Water, jobs and the economy: business leaders to rally

Water, jobs and the economy: business leaders to rally for NISP

LOVELAND – Colorado business leaders, chamber members, residents and public officials will gather May 19 to show their support for the Northern Integrated Supply Project. The Business Rally for NISP will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex at The Ranch in Loveland. U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner will be the keynote speaker at the event. The program will also include business owners, mayors from participating NISP communities, county ... Full Story

Slices of Life – Riding the grief train

Slices of Life – Riding the grief train

By: Jill Pertler   It’s a year this week since my mom died. Most people will tell you the initial year is the hardest because of all the firsts. First Christmas. First birthday. First Mother’s Day without your mother. I’ll admit those firsts were difficult, but I persevered. Might even be that I’m stronger for it. To be honest, I’m not sure. The surprising thing, for me, about the first year didn’t involve any of the important firsts. It had more to do with what ... Full Story

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

  By Dr. Gary Scott Smith Heaven and hell are in the news and on Americans’ minds a lot lately. “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” is currently number one on The New York Times Best Seller List for nonfiction. It details a four-year-old’s near-death experience as told to his pastor father. “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World” describes the similar ... Full Story

Save the Poudre questions plan submitted to Governor

Save the Poudre questions plan submitted to Governor

Save the Poudre Uncovers Scheme to Insert NISP into the "Bottom Up" Economic Plan Submitted to Governor Hickenlooper Fort Collins, CO -- Governor Hickenlooper's Economic Development Planning process -- known as "bottom up" -- hit a major, cynical snag in northern Colorado this week as Save the Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper uncovered an apparent last-minute scheme to manipulate the results given to Governor Hickenlooper to include the massively controversial Northern Integrated Supply Project ... Full Story

Cow Psychology 101

Cow Psychology 101

      By Daris Howard   It was springtime, and we were reaching the end of our winter’s hay supply. The pastures were not yet dry enough for the cows to graze, so we hoped that what we had would hold out until they were. Hay prices had nearly doubled during the winter, and if we had to buy more hay, our costs would exceed our income from the milk. At this critical time, we made a terrible discovery. The tarps that had been covering the last portion ... Full Story

Slices of Life: Hairballs and terrorists – pains in

Slices of Life: Hairballs and terrorists – pains in the gut

By: Jill Pertler I was all set to write this week’s column about hairballs. You, know, the gut-wrenching bane of fastidiously clean cats. I came up with the topic out of guilt. I should have written about it last week, but the royal hullabaloo distracted me and I missed National Hairball Awareness Day – a blip on the calendar I think we all agree is worthy of our attention. Even if you are not a cat. So I figured hairballs would get their time in the spotlight this week. Then ... Full Story

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