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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Larimer County Issue 1A

Larimer County Issue 1A

  Issue 1A on the ballot gets a thumbs up from me. Government was instituted to provide protection to the citizens.  The Sheriff’s Office and the County Jail deputies have been doing that quite well in recent years.  The sales tax that funds a significant portion of the jail expires very soon. That’s a problem! Without funding, the Sheriff will be forced to cut back on many of the effective programs from the jail.  I’ve seen the kind of people who are kept in the jail and I ... Full Story

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

  We can't seem to be able to rein in unprecedented spending or come anywhere close to balancing the budget. But now watch for a huge push to expand the role (and budget) of FEMA in the weeks and months to come. FEMA still hasn't recovered what it laid out for "Katrina", but we've got fires, and twisters, and quakes, OH MY! Remember those days before FEMA existed? Hard to do so, isn't it? Just like trying to remember how our schools possibly functioned before the Department of ... Full Story

Support the deputies

Support the deputies

  Did you realize that Larimer County’s Jail is one of the most efficiently and effectively run jails anywhere around? The jail staff has worked with the judges, the public defenders, the cops and the DA to make sure that they are using the best practices in operating the jail. The deputies at the jail need your help because much of their funding is scheduled to expire soon. Vote YES on 1A on your election ballot and assure that the deputies at the jail have the resources they need to ... Full Story

Answering Joe Dion’s Stomping Stamps

Answering Joe Dion’s Stomping Stamps

  EBT means Electronic-Balance-Transfer. While, yes, the EBT card may hold "food stamp" benefits for some, others get cash assistance and can use the card, like a debit card, most anywhere credit cards are accepted. What Mr. Dion saw "Mr. EBT" doing at McDonalds˙ was not purchasing fast food with food stamps but with a cash allowance. Yes the entire welfare system is out of control. But the reader needs to take a look around the whole warren not just the one little rabbit hole he ... Full Story

Obituary: Thomas Harry Durst

Obituary: Thomas Harry Durst

  Thomas Harry Durst, 63, of Berthoud died October 4, 2011 at his home. He was born February 27, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Harry and Kathleen Durst. Thomas worked as an overland hauling truck driver for 41 years. In December of 1982, he married Virginia Clara Perrine in Easton, Pennsylvania. Thomas enjoyed western movies, horses, rodeos, NASCAR racing and the Green Bay Packers. His nickname was Rattlesnake. Thomas had been living in Berthoud for the past four and half ... Full Story

Dems accuse Gardner of cozying up to the Kochs

Representative Gardner Gets Support from Company Doing Business with Iran Press release: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Last year Congress passed the Iran Sanctions Act with strong bipartisan support, but a new Bloomberg investigation revealed that one of Representative Cory Gardner (CO-04)’s large supporters, who spent over $300,000 to benefit his campaign, profited from business with Iran despite the country’s known links to financing terrorists. Not only did ... Full Story

Stomping the Stamp!

Stomping the Stamp!

No, I'm not talking about postage; I mean food stamps.  This program is out of control.  It's no longer a stopgap to keep people from starving, it's a lifestyle for many who don't need it in the first place.  In fact a rapper calling himself "Mr. EBT" has put out a rap video championing the use of "EBT" card (food stamps) and showing him sliding it through a reader at McDonalds! Last year we took in a woman who was in "crisis" and needed emergency shelter.  Abused, homeless, out of work ... Full Story

Support for mill levy override

Support for mill levy override

  To the editor:   The purpose of this letter is two-fold -- to clear up some misconceptions about funding for the proposed charter school and to urge your support of the school district's request for a mill levy override. I spoke with Steve Towne, the school district's director of business services, and discovered that even if the charter school is ultimately approved, (1) no additional revenue generated by the override is earmarked for the charter school and (2) no ... Full Story

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    By John W. Whitehead October 3, 2011   "Sometimes I feel like I'm actually on the wrong planet, and it's great when I'm in my garden, but the minute I go out the gate I think: 'What the hell am I doing here?'"--George Harrison By the time he was 21 years old, George Harrison--along with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr--had conquered the pop world. Within a few years, when the so-called "Summer of Love" swept over the world, the Beatles had invaded ... Full Story

The Social Security Institute’s Questionnaire

The Social Security Institute’s Questionnaire For Presidential Candidates

          The Social Security Institute's Questionnaire For Presidential Candidates by Lawrence Hunter The more the presidential candidates talk, the less we seem to know about their views on Social Security. For example, does Mitt Romney really believe, “There are (sic) one of two ways you can make Social Security work forever:” Raise the retirement age or means test the program by “having slower growth in inflating the benefits of ... Full Story

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