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Monday, October 20, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Obituary: Johnny “Ace” Kostka

Obituary: Johnny “Ace” Kostka

  Johnny Kosta was born November 6, 1943 and died of cancer on September 14, 2011. His wife, Mary Jo Kosta, son Kevin Kostka and daughter Kerri, will be celebrating his life on Sunday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m. at Grace Place, 250 Mountain Avenue, Berthoud.              

Help the library, take a survey

Help the library, take a survey

          Dear Editor, I want to draw our community’s attention to an important opportunity. From September 12 to October 2, the Berthoud Community Library will be conducting a survey to better understand how our community benefits from free access to computers and the Internet at the library. The IMPACT Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. People from all walks of life use library ... Full Story

“Son of Stim”

“Son of Stim”

          The President's "Jobs Plan" calls for another $400 billion dollars in BORROWING. Yes, that's what you call it when you spend money now and say you'll pay for it somehow over the next ten years. Oh, and by the way, exactly how does having workers and employers NOT pay into Social Security stimulate the economy? Isn't Social Security going broke one of the major concerns causing insecurity in this economy? And how again does increasing ... Full Story

Slices of Life: There’s an app for that

Slices of Life: There’s an app for that

    By: Jill Pertler   I come from a generation where an application was something you filled out when you wanted a job. TV (all five channels of it) was in 2D. Phones were unitaskers and could hardly be described as smart. Times have changed. At least they are changing at my house. This week, we got our first smartphone – which, by logical inference, makes us a “smartfamily.” Or, since the phone belongs to my husband, maybe he’s the smart one. ... Full Story

Troy Davis Should Not Be Put to Death

Troy Davis Should Not Be Put to Death

          By John W. Whitehead September 14, 2011 "Troy Davis has three major strikes against him. First, he is an African-American man. Second, he was charged with killing a white police officer. And third, he is in Georgia."—Author and journalist Amy Goodman There is nothing moral or just about the death penalty—certainly not the way it is implemented in America, and anyone who says otherwise is either deluding themselves or trying to ... Full Story

VICTORY: Affirming Free Speech,

VICTORY: Affirming Free Speech,

  Circuit Court Judge Dismisses Case Against Iraq War Veteran Charged with Disorderly Conduct  RICHMOND, Va. — In a victory for free speech, Judge Stoudt of the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond has dismissed the Commonwealth of Virginia's case against Nathan Cox, an Iraq War veteran and civil activist, who was issued a citation for disorderly conduct after he used a bullhorn to call out to a police officer who appeared to be conducting a traffic stop, remarking, "Stop harassing ... Full Story

Obituary: Wilbur Austin Heiser

Obituary: Wilbur Austin Heiser

  Wilbur “Wil” Austin Heiser, 79, of Loveland died September 13, 2011 at his home. He was born January 15, 1932 near Charleston, Iowa to Andrew and Irma (Burghoffer) Heiser. Wil lived in Longmont from 1966 to 1984, he then moved to Loveland. On January 2, 1999 he married Treva Edwards. He worked as an air-traffic controller at the Longmont FAA Center for 30 years. Wil was an active member at King of Glory Lutheran Church, serving as usher and a member of the Building ... Full Story

Slices of life: When is 9/11?

Slices of life: When is 9/11?

By: Jill Pertler   “When is 9/11?” The question comes from my youngest son. I tell him the day is next Sunday. The answer isn’t what he’s looking for. “When was the first one?” he asks. I know what he’s getting at: When did the date September 11 become the number 9/11 – with connotations more far-reaching than any of us could fathom? “It was before you were born,” I say, remembering my protruding belly that morning as I watched the early news and ... Full Story

Ten Years After 9/11

Ten Years After 9/11

 Have We Become the Enemy of Freedom? By John W. Whitehead September 6, 2011 When the World Trade Center crumbled to the ground on September 11, 2001, it took with it any illusions Americans might have harbored about the nation's invincibility, leaving many feeling vulnerable, scared and angry. Yet in that moment of weakness, while most of us were still reeling from the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of some 3,000 Americans, we managed to draw strength from and comfort each ... Full Story

Where have all the heroes gone?

Rev. James L. Snyder In celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of the most horrific events in the history of the United States one cannot help but reflect back on the past decade. We have come a long way, but I am wondering if we have gone the right way. My wife and I were thinking about this the other night and she startled me with a question. Most of the time she just startles me, but this time she had substance in the form of a question. "I wonder," she said rather thoughtfully, ... Full Story

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