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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

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

Fascist America: Are We There Yet?

Fascist America: Are We There Yet?

The barrage of anti-Obama ads fueled by corporate money should leave no doubt that Corporate America is trying to take over the democracy. They are using classic Nazi Fascist tactics as outlined in Mein Kampf. The classic disinformation campaign consisting of lies, the bigger the better, is a classic tactic espoused by Adolph Hitler. (Quote, "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.") It is apparent that the Republican Party and ... Full Story

Republican Hang-up on Sex

Republican Hang-up on Sex

              The Republican Hang-Up On Sex And Abortion By Michael Roberts (about the author) I'm not going to repeat the recent stupid and backward pronouncements by zany Republicans on the subject of sex, rape and abortion. Nor am I going to dignify the asinine comments by a set of   white guys in the Republican Party who see rape as "no big deal" and that if it is inevitable then the woman should "lie down and enjoy it." And ... Full Story

Karen Stockley for Larimer Commissioner

Karen Stockley for Larimer Commissioner

          Karen Stockley for Larimer Commissioner, the candidate we need. My neighbors and I are concerned about fracking near  our properties. Industry representatives tell us this practice is safe. We hear about millions  of gallons of our precious water chemically poisoned and pumped into wells, never to be returned to the hydrologic cycle. Is this water purchaser from municipalities? We're told that we must build water storage because ... Full Story

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