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Friday, October 31, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Sequester-Pain for the neediest of our society

Sequester-Pain for the neediest of our society

    The Sequester and the Tea Party Plot By Robert Reich   Imagine a plot to undermine the government of the United States, to destroy much of its capacity to do the public's business, and to sow distrust among the population. Imagine further that the plotters infiltrate Congress and state governments, reshape their districts to give them disproportionate influence in Washington, and use the media to spread big lies about the government. Finally, imagine they not ... Full Story

Social Security Trust Fund

Social Security Trust Fund

  To the Editor, Is the Social Security Trust Fund empty because Congress borrowed and spent the money?  No.  The Fund invested the money in U.S. treasuries, and it will be repaid as needed. Suppose you were in charge of the Fund.  Once the current year’s payments were made, what would you do with the billions of left-over dollars needed to fund future payments? Would you stuff them in a coffee can and bury them in the back yard, where they would earn no interest and ... Full Story

Obituary: Malachi Bilson

Obituary: Malachi Bilson

Malachi Bilson was born March 23, 1992, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Our Artist, Angel went to be with our Lord and Savior this past Friday, Feb. 15, in a tragic accident in Berthoud, Colorado. Malachi's charm, grace and humor lit up the lives of everyone he touched. His compassionate intelligence and exceptional talent and creativity helped him pursue his dreams in film and photography. He was so full of life. His million-dollar smile and passion will live on in those who will carry on ... Full Story

Doing the Opposite

Doing the Opposite

David Packman In the Seinfeld episode “The Opposite,” George Costanza, played by Jason Alexander, decides that because his instincts in life have served him wrong for so long, he will live his life under the paradigm of doing the opposite of what naturally comes to him. This way of life is launched, for that episode, when while sitting in a coffee shop George declares, after placing his typical lunch order: “No, no, no, wait a minute, I always have tuna on toast. Nothing’s ever ... Full Story

The KKK glorified as Confederacy grows in the South

The KKK glorified as Confederacy grows in the South

The Confederacy Making a Comeback in the South? KKK Grand Wizard Glorified, Civil Rights Heroes Ignored   As Southern whites sink into economic despair, more and more are retreating into a fictional past. January 28, 2013  | On a windy afternoon a few days ago I went to a depressed section of North Memphis to visit an old clapboard house that was once owned by a German immigrant named Jacob Burkle. Oral history—and oral history is all anyone has in this case since no ... Full Story

Gun regulation

Gun regulation

   “Follow the money.” That is good advice for many topics, including gun regulation. When someone steals your guns and you buy replacements, who benefits financially from that theft? When rival gangs have a shoot-out -- killing innocent by-standers -- and then they replace the weapons they just threw in the river, who benefits from the slaughter? When guns are easily purchased by felons and the mentally ill, who prospers? When the massacre of twenty first graders ... Full Story

Losing my religion for equality

Losing my religion for equality

              Jimmy Carter   Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.   I HAVE been a practicing Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the ... Full Story

Obituary: Brent Andrew Lind

Obituary: Brent Andrew Lind

  Brent Andrew Lind, 54, of Berthoud, died on January 22, 2013 in Berthoud. He was born on May 29, 1958 in Boise, Idaho, to Wyland Herman and Alice Marie (Bradshaw) Lind. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints for the Milan, Italy mission for 2 years. Brent graduated from Capital H.S. in Boise, Idaho. He received his Associates Degree from Ricks College and his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Certified Public Accounting from Brigham Young ... Full Story

Newtown Truthers, NRA Dupes

Newtown Truthers, NRA Dupes

  Newtown Truthers Follow The NRA’s Playbook  By Gene Lyons Conceived in a dream of reason, what the Internet too often reveals is mass credulousness and fathomless irrationality. According to Salon’s Alex Seitz-Wald, a video depicting the Newtown, CT elementary school massacre as a government-sponsored hoax has drawn 8.5 million views on YouTube. No doubt many viewers were drawn by idle curiosity or sheer incredulity. What would “evidence” for so transparently ... Full Story

Fascism in America

Fascism in America

  Dear Whole Foods CEO, This Is What a Fascist Looks Like By Thom Hartman, Sam Sacs  John Mackey of Whole Foods had a major media gaffe, but it’s about time someone injected the word fascism back into our political debate. Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey, doesn’t know what a fascist is. Speaking with NPR this week, multimillionaire Mackey tried to express how much he hates Obamacare. Back in 2009, he hated Obamacare so much that he called it “socialism.” But ... Full Story

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