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Monday, July 6, 2015

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

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

Support your local sheriff

Support your local sheriff

          Larimer County is continually identified as one of the best places to live. Very soon we’ll have the chance to ensure our community also remains one of the safest places to live. The November election will ask voters to respond again to maintain public safety by extending the current sales tax initiative to support operations of the county jail for the next 15 years. Public-safety programs in Larimer County are threatened due to ... Full Story

Obituary: Joshua Ehlers

Obituary: Joshua Ehlers

  Joshua James Ehlers, 24, of Berthoud, died suddenly September 23, 2011 in Aurora.  He was born March 4, 1987 in Bismarck, North Dakota to James H. and Juanita J. (Kurle) Ehlers. Joshua has lived in the Berthoud area with his family for many years.  He graduated from Berthoud High School in 2005 as the class President and President of the Student Counsel.  Joshua was a member of the ROTC and had a Congressional Nomination for the US Navel Academy.  He ran cross country while ... Full Story

Life’s Outtakes: A little bit of motivation

  By Daris Howard Arden stormed into the house and dropped into a chair, tired and discouraged. His wife, Rachel, brought him a cold drink of water. “How’s the harvest going, Dear?” He shook his head. “Not well. With all of the men gone off to fight Hitler, getting the beets topped and off to market seems impossible. I thought it was an answer to my prayers when they decided to let the schools out for harvest so the boys could help. But they have no motivation to ... Full Story

Epitaph for the 3-R’s

Epitaph for the 3-R’s

        Last week President Obama signed an executive order allowing states to "opt out" of the reading and math requirements of No Child Left Behind. After all, who needs to know math when everyone has their own calculator. And kids don't need to read when they've got video games. Oh, and the last "R", writing, was already dead - everyone "texts" these days. That's why so many entering college freshmen need to take a remedial writing course. With the 3-R's ... Full Story

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