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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

What We Owe to Bertha von Suttner

What We Owe to Bertha von Suttner By David Swanson Just saying her name sounds like a joke: Baroness Bertha Felicitas Sophie Freifrau von Suttner, Gräfin, née Countess Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau. And when she began talking about ending war in mid-nineteenth century Austria it wasn't her name that was treated as a joke. Yet by the turn of the century, her idea seemed to be one whose time had come. Bertha von Suttner's novel "Ground Arms," or "Lay Down Your Arms," was widely ... Full Story

Obituary: Trudi Lynn Hershman

Obituary: Trudi Lynn Hershman

      April 12, 1960 – January 8, 2012 Trudi Lynn Hershman, of Berthoud, Colorado, passed away on January 8, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born to Sandy and Jess Gingery in Longmont, Colorado, on April 12, 1960. Trudi graduated from Berthoud High School in 1978, and married David Hershman on October 1, 1977. After her children started grade school, Trudi followed her dream of going to college. She earned a degree in accounting and ... Full Story

Tipton would leave leukemia-stricken child in the cold

Tipton would leave leukemia-stricken child in the cold

            This weekend as Rep. Scott Tipton was traveling his district, he was pressed on why he supported repealing health care reform, leaving children with cancer to the whim of the marketplace.  His answer? He doesn’t have a better plan, but still doesn’t like the Affordable Care Act. The last thing parents with sick children should be worrying about is how they will get health insurance for their children, but that’s exactly what ... Full Story

Obituary:Clinton Rockwell Jr

Obituary:Clinton Rockwell Jr

Clinton Alvord Rockwell Jr. Mar. 12, 1914 - Dec. 30, 2011 Clinton Rockwell Jr., 97, of El Centro passed away Friday, December 30. He was born March 12, 1914 in Wheatland, Wyoming. Clinton served with the Navy Seabees for 3 years and served in World War II. Following his service, he went on to work as a mechanical engineer for Great Western Sugar Factory in Colorado. He continued on to Rio Grand Railroad before going to work for Martin Merietta. He worked for Martin Merietta for 15 ... Full Story

2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review

2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review

By John W. Whitehead     It’s been a year of populist uprisings, economic downturns, political assassinations, and one scandal after another. Gold prices soared, while the dollar plummeted. The Arab Spring triggered worldwide protests, including the Occupy Wall Street protests here in America. Nature unleashed her forces with a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, flooding in Thailand and Pakistan, a severe drought in East Africa, and a famine in Somalia. With ... Full Story

Social Security facts

Social Security facts

      To the editor:   Myths about social security are like monsters in B movies that keep returning no matter how many times they're killed -- like the myth that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. While there was a Charles Ponzi, and there is a scheme named after him, that's where any accuracy ends. That took about two minutes online to discover. Social Security was created to help everyone; Ponzi's scheme was devised to enrich himself. Social ... Full Story

What do you know about the Keystone Pipeline?

What do you know about the Keystone Pipeline?

There is a great deal of controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline, the latest addition to the existing Keystone network. The pipeline moves diluted bitumen from the Athabasca Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada, to multiple destinations in the United States. The current network extends to refineries in Illinois and a distribution hub in Oklahoma. Claims that the importing of the tar sands oil will ease the energy “crisis” in the United States are questionable because the oil in the XL ... Full Story

The 14 Biggest Lies of 2011

The 14 Biggest Lies of 2011

                The 14 Biggest Lies of 2011 By David J Rothkopf I live in Washington where lying is an art form. Actually, that suggests an artist's intent and here in D.C., lying is more reflexive, like breathing or taking cash from fat cats. But when you live in a place like this -- if you can call it living -- where somehow we have managed to train moral mice to produce the shit of bulls, you really get an ... Full Story

A Day that Should Live in Infamy

A Day that Should Live in Infamy

  By Kathie Malley-Morrison January 12, 2012, is the 10th anniversary of the day when terrorism suspects were subjected to indefinite incarceration in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, generally in the absence of any charges or trial. US authorities admit to the detention of 779 detainees, at least 12 of whom were younger than 18 when detained. Eight died while in detention, six purportedly by suicide. In 2008, the US Supreme Court ruled that the detainees “had the right to challenge ... Full Story

Obituary: Gary Ray Brack

Obituary: Gary Ray Brack

  Gary Ray Brack, 65, of Berthoud, passed away January 2, 2012 after a valiant eight-month battle with glioblastoma cancer. Gary was born to Ray and Betty Brack on October 26, 1946 in Great Bend, Kansas Gary grew up in Fort Morgan, Colorado and graduated from Fort Morgan High School in 1964. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966, and served in Fort Lewis, Washington. He married Janet Isert, his first wife, in September of 1967. Gary had a 41-year career in the gas pipeline ... Full Story

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