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Saturday, February 13, 2016

‘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 part of ... 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 growing income ... 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 for all of ... 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 with the ... 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 for programs ... 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 applying for ... Full Story

“Conservatives” opposed the revolution

Proud Conservative? You Should Be Ashamed! (Video)   written by Jason May 4, 2013 If there’s one thing that so-called “conservatives” are good at (besides lying, cheating, stealing, killing, racism, bigotry, misogyny, ignorance and destroying nature), it’s language.  And I don’t mean speaking it, or writing it – because we’ve all seen the signs.  I mean that they’re masters at Orwellian double-speak, and making positive words negative, and vice-versa.  They frequently ... Full Story

The Bible tells me so

The Bible tells me so

  Dalai Lama, Jason Collins, Leviticus and You. By Robert De Filippis From the Dalai lama, "The purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. How much am I doing about my anger, attachment, hatred, pride and jealousy? These are the things which we must check in our daily lives." Let's see, how can we fracture that advice this week? Oh, Oh, I know, let's criticize and condemn Jason Collins for being the first openly gay NBA Player. Hey, while we're at it, let's ... Full Story

United States, the last empire?

United States, the last empire?

  And Then There Was One  Imperial Gigantism and the Decline of Planet Earth  By Tom Engelhardt It stretched from the Caspian to the Baltic Sea, from the middle of Europe to the Kurile Islands in the Pacific, from Siberia to Central Asia.  Its nuclear arsenal held 45,000 warheads, and its military had five million troops under arms.  There had been nothing like it in Eurasia since the Mongols conquered China, took parts of Central Asia and the Iranian plateau, and rode into the ... Full Story

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