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Thursday, December 18, 2014

‘Guest column’ Archives

The 50th Anniversary of an Historic Speech

The 50th Anniversary of an Historic Speech

By Dr. Gary Scott Smith This September 12 marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s historic speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in which he countered religious objections to his candidacy and promised to honor the separation of church and state. This speech played an important role in Kennedy winning the closely contested 1960 election and helped set the stage for reducing religious prejudice in politics. To understand Kennedy’s ... Full Story

Who is behind 60, 61 and 101

Who is behind 60, 61 and 101

Dear Neighbor, Who is behind the Bad 3? They are trying very hard to make sure you don't know. And they're trying very hard to make sure you don’t know what damage 60, 61, and 101 would do to Colorado. Reporting this week in the Denver Post opened a window on the backers of these intentionally misleading, job killing measures as they attack the process of creating the "Blue Book," the state-prepeared voter guide. The only backer of these initiatives who will speak refuses to do so ... Full Story

Larimer Humane Society takes 20 rescue cats

Larimer Humane Society takes 20 rescue cats

  Larimer Humane Society Rescues 20 Cats From Wyoming Hoarding Case Fort Collins, Colorado (August 29, 2010) – On Sunday, August 29, 2010, Larimer Humane Society will receive 20 new cats from the Humane Society of the United States as part of an overall effort to save the lives of over 150 cats that were rescued from deplorable living conditions at a Powell, Wyoming residence on August 26. The sheriff’s department in Park County, Wyoming, called upon the Humane Society of the ... Full Story

Benefit poker run starts at the Derby

Friends and family are hosting a benefit poker run for Randy Guild and Brenda Smith of Loveland. Randy and Brenda were injured in a serious motorcycle accident on the Peak to Peak highway while on a ride in July. Their cycle malfunctioned and they lost control, hitting a guardrail and fell 15-35 feet down the canyon. Randy has severe spinal injuries that will require several months of rehabilitation and Brenda sustained severe body trauma that has required numerous operations and will ... Full Story

Florida church angry it can’t burn Qurans

Florida church angry it can’t burn Qurans

Church Angry It Can't Burn Qurans On September 11th appearing in Care 2, August 20, 2010 The xenophobia towards Muslims in this country has begun spiraling out of control lately, from fights over Cordoba House to the insistence of those who disapprove of him that President Barack Obama is a actually Muslim.

Turn the Tooth Fairy into a Teachable Moment

Turn the Tooth Fairy into a Teachable Moment

Practical Money Skills for Life  By Jason Alderman Thanks to cherished family traditions like birthday celebrations and presents from Santa and the Tooth Fairy, today's children are often bombarded with gifts from an early age. In fact, many kids begin cashing in on their baby teeth before they've even grasped the concept of what money is and where it comes from. According to a recent survey conducted by Visa Inc., 94 percent of children under age 10 are visited ... Full Story

The Marriage Meltdown

The Marriage Meltdown

  The Marriage Meltdown: Gay Unions, Divorce and the Dysfunctional Family   By John W. Whitehead August 9, 2010 “The week of the decision on Proposition 8 was also the week of the decision on ‘The Bachelorette.’ Ali Fedotowsky said yes to Roberto Martinez, one out of 25 who competed for the chance...There could be no more perfect metaphor for the state of modern marriage this week. In the U.S., a couple who barely know each other can marry in a publicly ... Full Story

In support of Romanoff

In support of Romanoff

Dear Friends and Neighbors: The other day I was walking door to door for Romanoff when I knocked on the door of a registered voter who told me that she no longer votes. I have always maintained that if one is disgusted by politics one should participate more, not less, since how else will things change. It turned out, however, that the woman was a Jehovah’s Witness, and although I didn’t know it, they don’t vote. Since I have a commitment to democracy and voting, ... Full Story

Are We All Ideologues Now?

Are We All Ideologues Now?

Dr. Gillis J. Harp August 04, 2010 New media have shaped our political culture. Some, like talk radio and all-news cable stations, are developments of older, established technologies. Others, like internet blogs, are based on comparatively new technologies. Yet, both venues have provided congenial habitats for that enemy of reasonable, constructive political discourse: the ideologue. What exactly is an "ideologue?" Merriam-Webster defines it as "an often ... Full Story

Can you afford a new car?

Can you afford a new car?

By Jason Alderman When I was growing up, car manufacturers made a big deal each fall about unveiling next year's models, literally shrouding them in secrecy under tarps in print and TV ads until the launch date. Car-crazy dads would then rush down to the dealer for a test drive. New models now roll out year round – and financing methods have gotten more flexible as well. Back then, many people saved for years in order to pay cash for a new car; today, most people I ... Full Story

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