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Saturday, January 21, 2017

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

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 ideological disagreements. ... 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 that even those of ... 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 holier-than-thou Republicans don't reflect ... 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, all of Denver, ... 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 the front range is ... Full Story

Republicans: Party of Rape

Republicans: Party of Rape

  There has been a great deal of comment among Republicans on the subject of rape. See the accompanying articles. In all these comments, the onus seems to be put upon the woman. It is almost as if these Republican men blame the women for getting raped. Never have we heard them talk about the rapist. The obvious conclusion is that Republicans condon rape for the rapist (man) but not the victim (woman). On the other side of the Republican coin, is the attitude that sex is a sin and should ... Full Story

Washington Needs to Lead. Now

Washington Needs to Lead. Now

              By Lee H. Hamilton       A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a group of prominent business leaders that I’m still mulling over. We were talking about the intersection between business and government, and they were pretty unhappy. The chief target of their displeasure wasn’t any of the usual suspects, though. Instead of lambasting taxes or regulations, they were most worried about uncertainty in Washington. Their ... Full Story

Obituary: Marlene Laura Hoffmann

Obituary: Marlene Laura Hoffmann

  Marlene Laura Hoffmann, 74, of Berthoud, died October 15, 2012 at her home. She was born July 19, 1938 in Leicester, New York to Thomas L. and Dorothy I. (Gilliland) Walsh. Marlene lived in Ogden, New York before moving to Berthoud. While in New York she met George A. Hoffman, they were married in Rochester on April 26, 1958. Marlene was a skilled homemaker who also worked as a telephone operator for a short period of time. She loved reading, collecting, and watching sports. Marlene is ... Full Story

Obituary: Evelyn Lure Sandersen

Obituary: Evelyn Lure Sandersen

            Evelyn Lure Sandersen August 28, 1922 – October 20, 2012         Evelyn Lure Sandersen died October 20, 2012 at the Sterling House in Longmont. She was 90 years old. She was born August 28, 1922 in Estes Park to Grover C. and Hattie Opal (Clark) Williams. On July 11, 1943 she married Edward H. Sandersen. They lived in Berthoud for a short time, and in 1947 moved to a farm west of Longmont in the community of Hygiene where they ... Full Story

Gardner: More Republican lies

Gardner: More Republican lies

In a press release to the editor (following) Cory Gardner uses an old technique to twist the truth, nay, even lie. He introduces as truth something which is not true or is only his opinion. Introducing such a statement is called using a “strawman.” After making the statement, in this case that the Obama administration discriminates against oil and gas, he then uses the statement to attack the administration. This seems to be a tactic of the current crop of Republicans. Since they do not ... Full Story

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