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Monday, April 21, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Bradley Manning: an American hero?

Bradley Manning: an American hero?

          Bradley Manning deserves Americans' support for military whistleblowing Thanks to WikiLeaks, US citizens are better informed about wars prosecuted in their name. We owe Manning honour, not jail time Last week, PFC Bradley Manning offered to accept responsibility for releasing classified documents as an act of conscience – not as charged by the US military. As people who have worked for decades against the increased militarization ... Full Story

The Medals They Carried

The Medals They Carried

  A reader writes You observed that so many journalists stand in the presence of men like Petraeus with "open jaws and worshiping eyes." That brings to mind the military's cultural shift in its medals, ribbons, and badges. Consider these portraits of Generals Petraeus and Eisenhower. Petraeus is wearing over 30 ribbons and badges on his uniform. I'm sure he earned each of them. But of that 30, how many civilians will notice that only one item was for heroism (Bronze Star with ... Full Story

What do you mean “We Lost?”

What do you mean “We Lost?”

  Apoplectic: of a kind to cause or apparently cause stroke as in an apoplectic rage; also: greatly excited or angered as in she was apoplectic over the news. Hegemony: the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group. These are my new favorite words of the week.  They perfectly define the GOP and the right’s feelings, and the cause of those feelings, after last Tuesday’s re-election of President Obama. It has been quoted that the Romney camp ... Full Story

Obituary: Mike Warner

Obituary: Mike Warner

  Mike Warner, 66, died November 7, 2012 in Loveland with his family by his side. He was born September 5, 1946 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Virgil and Irene Warner. He enjoyed fishing; cooking; playing cards and spending time with his many friends and family. Mike is survived by his sisters Connie Rybicki (Bill), Nancy Dreiling (Ken), Peggy Martin (Bill), and brother Andy Warner (Trinity); along with 11 nieces and nephews.  Mike’s love, kindness and humor touched many lives and he ... Full Story

Obituary: Mark R. Simon

Obituary: Mark R. Simon

  Mark R. Simon January 3, 1958 – October 30, 2012 Mark Roland Simon was born Jan. 3, 1958 in Longmont, Colorado to OrLee and Dixie Simon and shortly thereafter moved to Loveland where he graduated from Loveland High School in 1976, While attending Colorado Mountain College he met Cathy Culter and they were married September 15, 1979 in Greeley. They lived in Loveland, later moving to a small farm near Berthoud that Mark thought of as his little slice of heaven and couldn’t ... Full Story

Civil Discourse and The Clash of Ideas

Civil Discourse and The Clash of Ideas

      By Lee H. Hamilton     The election of 2012 has called attention to how difficult it is for Americans to talk reasonably with one another about public policy challenges. Our civic dialogue — how we sort through issues and reason with one another — is too often lamentable. We live in a politically divided country. Congress, which ought to serve as the forum where politicians of diverse views find common ground, is instead riven by ... Full Story

The “Heart” of the 2012 Presidential Campaign

The “Heart” of the 2012 Presidential Campaign

        What a privilege we have in this country to vote for the person who is arguably the most powerful head of state in the free world. Those of us who enjoy personal involvement in politics find these campaigns driven by high spirits, high expectations and even higher emotions. However, there has been a new element introduced to the election this year – that of hatred. This isn’t just “simple” hatred but rather the kind that is so intimidating ... Full Story

GOP plays the Christianity card

GOP plays the Christianity card

                    The Myth of the Christian Right By Mary Shaw (about the author)   GOP politicians and their followers love to play the Christianity card. They wave their bibles and wag their fingers at anyone whose behavior doesn't pass their sanctimonious moral judgment. They call themselves Christians, but in Catholic school I was taught that Christians adore and follow Jesus Christ. These ... Full Story

Really, you’re still undecided?

Really, you’re still undecided?

  Here are some things to think about, if you’re still thinking about whom to elect president. One of Mr. Romney’s criticisms about the President is the loss of certain “green” businesses that the administration backed. Of those receiving funds, about 8 percent went into bankruptcy. “The Wall Street Journal, aiming for a comprehensive assessment, examined 77 businesses Bain invested in while Mr. Romney led the firm from its 1984 start until early 1999, to see how they fared ... Full Story

New Arrival: Owen Michael Nee

New Arrival: Owen Michael Nee

    Owen Michael Nee was born at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center on October 23 at 3:04 a.m. He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured     20 inches long. Owen’s parents are Lawrence and Sarah Nee of Buena Vista. He has a sister, Rylan, 19 months. Grandparents are Bob and Lisa Rue of Berthoud, Colo., Joe Nee of Ellicott, Colo., and Carrie Nee of Colorado Springs. Great-grandparents are Roberta Rue, and Ron and Kitty Rue, ... Full Story

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