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Saturday, October 21, 2017

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Tomgram: How to Hijack an Election

Tomgram: How to Hijack an Election

Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. In case you hadn’t noticed, someone recently loosed a satirist in American politics.  Let me give you an example.  You remember FBI Director James Comey, who gained a certain notoriety by stepping into the limelight 11 days before the recent presidential election via a very publicly dispatched letter to the Congressional leadership.  It focused on an FBI investigation into emails from Hillary Clinton believed to be ... Full Story

Obituary: Janice Elaine Bloss

Obituary: Janice Elaine Bloss

February 13, 1937 - January 15, 2017 Janice “Jan” Elaine Bloss, 79, of Berthoud, passed away at home on January 15, 2017 of Multiple Myeloma. She was born on February 13, 1937 at the family farm in Hanover Township, near Denison, Iowa, to Henry and Adeline (Petersen) Jaacks. Janice was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison and graduated from Denison High School in 1955. After graduation, she attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, majoring in Medical ... Full Story

Healthcare is a basic human right not a political

Healthcare is a basic human right not a political football

By Wim Laven On May 4, 2013, I delivered the eulogy for my 33-year-old brother. I’m not sure that our political representatives understand what this feels like when they make decisions to take healthcare away from people. When innocent civilians are killed for political reasons we usually consider it an act of terrorism or a crime against humanity, but, inexplicably, when political leaders make decisions that only happen to cause those deaths why is it so easy to look away? This ... Full Story

What is a Country For?

What is a Country For?

At the height of the George W. Bush years, a bit of a TomDispatch piece would sometimes be reposted at a right-wing website with a disparaging comment, and I’d suddenly be deluged with abusive emails (many homophobic) that regularly advised me to take my whatever and get out of Dodge. Though I was born in New York City, as was my father (my mother’s hometown was Chicago), the phrase invariably brought to bear was “go back to...” and the only question was where. There were small ... Full Story

Obituary: Alma Irene Krieger 

Obituary: Alma Irene Krieger 

January 10, 1920 - January 7, 2017 Alma Irene Krieger, 96, of Loveland, Colorado died January 7, 2017 at her home. She was born on January 10, 1920 in Anamoose, North Dakota to John and Mollie Starck. Alma grew up in Berthoud, and was a graduate of Bonnie Beauty School in Denver. On October 20, 1945, she married Harry Krieger in Berthoud. Alma owned Alma's Beauty Shop in Berthoud for 35 years. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, cooking, the outdoors, playing and watching sports ... Full Story

A Fulfilling New Year’s Resolution: Retirement

A Fulfilling New Year’s Resolution: Retirement Planning

By Josh Weller Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It’s 2017, and that means you might be one more year closer to retirement. Whether you’re at your very first job or wrapping up a successful career, there are always new things to learn about when it comes to saving for the future. So why not make retirement planning part of your New Year’s resolution! Putting money in a high yield savings account (if you can find one) is always smart, but you can do even more. The U.S. ... Full Story

Family Life Under the Stigma of Undocumented

Family Life Under the Stigma of Undocumented Immigration

by 'Rebecca Schneider  “You have reached the voicemail box of...” “You have reached the voicemail box of…” “You have reached the voicemail box of…” Panic set in.  I was supposed to get dinner with him at Chili’s, my pregnancy cravings running wild for those honey chipotle chicken crispers.  We had just talked about it on the phone less than an hour before.  After a few minutes of waiting in the car, his family saw me, came outside and said, ... Full Story

Obituary: Louise Mary Baker

Obituary: Louise Mary Baker

Louise Mary Baker, 75, of Berthoud, Colorado went to her Lord January 1, 2017 at Pathways Hospice Care Center in Loveland. She was born December 19, 1941 in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada to John and Gladys (Dodge) Chausse. In 1960 Louise graduated high school in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and married Lester Baker in Nevada in 1963. Louise and Lester moved from Southern California to Berthoud, in 1977. Louise was a skilled homemaker who enjoyed shopping, people, cooking and collecting recipes, ... Full Story

Obituary: John Michael “Mike” Parker

Obituary: John Michael “Mike” Parker

John Michael Parker, "Mike," 68, beloved father, grandfather, brother and uncle passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on December 27 after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer. Mike was born on April 15, 1948 in Waldo, Arkansas to John I. and Mary Louise (Teague) Parker and four years later joined by a sister, Suzanne. Mike, a brave and fearless soul already at the age of 12, saved his little sister's life when her nightgown caught on fire using his own hands to extinguish ... Full Story

Tweeting while the world comes to its senses

Tweeting while the world comes to its senses

By John LaForge   When Donald Trump Tweeted something about nuclear weapons Dec. 23, I thought he must be deliberately trivializing the Bomb to make it appear small, the way he makes light of sexual assault, punching critics, deporting millions, torturing suspects, and assassinating women and children. About the Bomb, the world’s most famous Tweeter offered, “The US must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses ... Full Story

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