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Monday, May 2, 2016

‘Guest column’ Archives

Save The Poudre responds to B. J. Nikkel

Save The Poudre responds to B. J. Nikkel

By Mark Easter and Gary Wockner We are writing in response to BJ Nikkel’s recent editorial in the Recorder Online, wherein she supports the hugely damaging Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP/Glade). Let’s be clear –Agriculture and the Poudre River stand to be the big losers if NISP/Glade is built. In their ground-breaking report “Farming on the Edge: Sprawling Development Threatens America’s Best Farmland”, the American Farmland Trust identified the Cache la Poudre Valley ... Full Story

Water storage is critical to Northern Colorado’s

Water storage is critical to Northern Colorado’s future

By State Representative B.J. Nikkel House District 49 In Northern Colorado, we are able to enjoy the bounty of produce grown on the tens of thousands of acres of farmland in Larimer and Weld Counties irrigated by the precious waters flowing down from our high country. This has all been made possible by the visionaries who preceded and provided for us. These irrigated farmlands provide open space between our growing communities and also allow us to grow top quality foods to put on our ... Full Story

More People Need Help than Ever Before

More People Need Help than Ever Before

United Way of Larimer County Sets Ambitious Fundraising Goal – United Way of Larimer County announced today that the nonprofit organization is increasing its annual fundraising goal by 20 percent for the 2010-2011 campaign, which began Thursday, July 1, because of the increased need in the community. Based on research through United Way of Larimer County supported agencies and programs, the organization needs to set its fundraising goal at $8 million – a 20 percent increase over last ... Full Story

When does home remodeling make financial sense?

When does home remodeling make financial sense?

Practical Money Matters By Jason Alderman My wife and I survived two major home remodeling projects and we’ve got the battle scars to prove it. Like most people feeling cramped for space – thanks to two growing children in our case – we weighed the plusses and minuses of remodeling versus moving to a larger home. Because we live in a great neighborhood with strong local schools, we ultimately decided to stay put and remodel, but everyone’s case is different. Here are a few ... Full Story

Think Before You Ink

Think Before You Ink

Signing Petitions is Not Necessarily a Civic Duty The League of Women Voters of Larimer County encourages its members and the public to be cautious when asked to sign initiative petitions. Especially as election season approaches, voters will be asked to sign a variety of initiative petitions “just to get it on the ballot so people can vote on it. ” This reasoning is inadequate; your signature should be considered at least as valuable as your vote. Far fewer signatures are required to ... Full Story

With Father, Through the Valley of Death

With Father, Through the Valley of Death

By Dr. Paul Kengor  The Center for Vision & Values “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. ” (Psalm 23:4) My family and I drove aside the Mall in Washington, DC, creeping along Independence Avenue in search of a parking spot. We were beyond the Washington Monument, further south near our ultimate destination: the Lincoln Memorial. It was part of an educational field trip to teach our children about the Civil War, and ... Full Story

America Needs Union Competition

America Needs Union Competition

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson I agree with President Obama that we need more labor unions. However, I disagree with his approach. Full disclosure: I have been a dues-payer to both the United Auto Workers and the National Education Association unions. My sympathies are heavily tilted toward the interests of the men and women who do the work that makes America go. For that reason, I strongly oppose the dishonestly named “Employee Free Choice Act, ” which aims to deprive workers of secret ... Full Story

Protect your personal information on vacation

Protect your personal information on vacation

Practical Money Matters By Jason Alderman This is the time of year when many people finalize their summer vacation plans – confirming travel and lodging reservations, dusting off suitcases and looking for games to occupy the kids on long road trips. Just be sure that when your brain goes into vacation mode, you don’t ignore the same precautions you take during everyday life to protect your personal information. Here are a few safeguards to keep in mind: Guard your itinerary. In ... Full Story

American Police State: Secret Prisons in the U.S.

American Police State: Secret Prisons in the U.S.

By John W. Whitehead May 4, 2010 "The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings."— John F. Kennedy How will you know that you're living in a police state? When law enforcement authorities are empowered to stop and search anyone they deem to be "suspicious," when citizens are being snatched up and made to disappear with no access to the legal system, and ... Full Story

“DECIDE” Referred Measure to be Heard in

Parents, educators, citizens, clergy, community leaders to testify on Referred Measure that would ask voters to DECIDE whether to give the legislature tools to invest in education. DENVER, Colo. – Public education supporters will gather at the Capitol on Thursday, April 29 to ask the Senate Education Committee to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution 002, known as the "DECIDE" referendum for "Decide: Education Cuts or Invest in our Democracy and Economy." Last week, the House Education Committee ... Full Story

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