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Sunday, April 20, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Obituary: Maryanne Pennock

Obituary: Maryanne Pennock

Maryanne Pennock passed away June 8, 2013 at her home in Berthoud.  She was 80 years old.  She was born July 25, 1932 to Frankie Norton Lanham and Urless R. Lanham in Longmont, Colorado.  After graduating from the Longmont schools, she attended Barnes Business College in Denver.  Later, she worked for Mountain Bell Telephone and Southern Bell Telephone companies in the business offices for 7 years.  She married her high school sweetheart Phil Pennock October 11, 1952.  They lived in ... Full Story

Taxpayers subsidize Wal-Mart

Taxpayers subsidize Wal-Mart

You are Paying Wal-Mart’s Workers as the Company Keeps Its Money By Piper Hoffman You are paying Wal-Mart employees’ wages. Yep, you. The notoriously stingy company cuts every corner to keep prices low, and one of those corners is the payroll. It pays employees peanuts (and then cheats them of their overtime peanuts, but that is another story). By “peanuts” I mean an average of $8.81 per hour. Many of these workers need welfare to survive. Thus you, the taxpayer, are paying ... Full Story

Death of the Middle Class

Death of the Middle Class

    The Middle Class Faces Extinction—So Does the American Dream Income inequality is now as high as it's been since the Great Depression, and the middle class is nearly extinct. By Steward Lansley This article first appeared in the  Los Angeles Review of Books. Inequality is now one of the biggest political and economic challenges facing the United States. Not that long ago, the gap between rich and poor barely registered on the political Richter scale. Now the ... Full Story

Obituary: Dona Mae Bromley

Obituary: Dona Mae Bromley

  Dona Mae Bromley, 81, passed away May 21, 2013 at MeadowView's Memory Care Unit in Greeley, Colo. She was born to Harry and Viola (Mudd) Halverson in Denver, Colo. on February 11, 1932. "Dona Mae", as she was known to her friends and family, grew up with one brother, Donald, on a family farm where her parents raised poultry, eggs, and vegetables in Adams City, and wheat and some cattle on land bordering the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. She lived with her family at the same address ... Full Story

Anatomy of a Bogus Scandal

Anatomy of a Bogus Scandal

GOP Knew of IRS Scrutiny But Stayed Quiet for a Year By: Rmuse:  May. 30th, 2013 There is little doubt Republicans do very little in an honest and forthright manner, and whether it is claiming tax cuts for their rich supporters create jobs and a vibrant middle class, or that denying women contraception coverage protects their constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom, there is always an ulterior motive unrelated to their stated agenda. There has always been something out of sorts ... Full Story

What are Political Issues?

What are Political Issues?

    By David Pakman How many different political issues are there? The obvious answer is probably “too many to count.” That response is understandable, as there certainly appear to be many different issues related to politics, including with the social, culture, economic, religious and other realms. However, an analysis of any individual issue will invariably lead back to the same fundamental factors that address how change happens within any particular issue. Let’s ... Full Story

Contraception for All

Contraception for All

Contraception for All: The Promise of the Griswold Decision Is on the Verge of Fulfillment   By Clare Coleman On June 7, 1965, in Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court legalized contraception (for married people, at least) and held that women and men have the right to privacy in making decisions about their sexual health. The case recognized, in law, the principle that women and men—not government—should decide when and how to plan their families, and paved the way ... Full Story

IRS scandal is phony

IRS scandal is phony

  IRS 'Scandal' Appears Nearly as Phony as Shirley Sherrod, Van Jones, ACORN 'Scandals' By Brad Friedman "Listening to the nightly news, this appears to be just the latest example of a culture of cover-ups --- and political intimidation --- in this administration," declared the opportunistic Republican Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee during a hearing today on the "scandal" related to the IRS use of Rightwing words such as "Tea Party" to help identify groups ... Full Story

Fascism Has Come to Roost in America

  By Willy Scanion As the famous American novelist Sinclair Lewis - who was the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature - once said, "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." The ever-rising culture of militarism in America and the never-ending conflict of war in far away countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan and hundreds of military bases the military industrial complex needs to support these conflicts, will ... Full Story

Obamacare does work

Obamacare does work

How California Is Debunking The GOP’s Obamacare Talking Points By Sy Mukherjee On Thursday, California officials revealed insurance companies’ opening bids for the state’s Obamacare marketplace in 2014. The numbers are great for consumers — and terrible for right-wing fear mongering over the health law. Covered California, the agency tasked with constructing and maintaining the Golden State’s insurance marketplace, announced in a press release that rates submitted by 13 ... Full Story

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