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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

  By Dr. Gary Scott Smith Heaven and hell are in the news and on Americans’ minds a lot lately. “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” is currently number one on The New York Times Best Seller List for nonfiction. It details a four-year-old’s near-death experience as told to his pastor father. “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World” describes the similar ... Full Story

Save the Poudre questions plan submitted to Governor

Save the Poudre questions plan submitted to Governor

Save the Poudre Uncovers Scheme to Insert NISP into the "Bottom Up" Economic Plan Submitted to Governor Hickenlooper Fort Collins, CO -- Governor Hickenlooper's Economic Development Planning process -- known as "bottom up" -- hit a major, cynical snag in northern Colorado this week as Save the Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper uncovered an apparent last-minute scheme to manipulate the results given to Governor Hickenlooper to include the massively controversial Northern Integrated Supply Project ... Full Story

Cow Psychology 101

Cow Psychology 101

      By Daris Howard   It was springtime, and we were reaching the end of our winter’s hay supply. The pastures were not yet dry enough for the cows to graze, so we hoped that what we had would hold out until they were. Hay prices had nearly doubled during the winter, and if we had to buy more hay, our costs would exceed our income from the milk. At this critical time, we made a terrible discovery. The tarps that had been covering the last portion ... Full Story

Slices of Life: Hairballs and terrorists – pains in

Slices of Life: Hairballs and terrorists – pains in the gut

By: Jill Pertler I was all set to write this week’s column about hairballs. You, know, the gut-wrenching bane of fastidiously clean cats. I came up with the topic out of guilt. I should have written about it last week, but the royal hullabaloo distracted me and I missed National Hairball Awareness Day – a blip on the calendar I think we all agree is worthy of our attention. Even if you are not a cat. So I figured hairballs would get their time in the spotlight this week. Then ... Full Story

Don’t Drink and Drive

Don’t Drink and Drive

Tomorrow, May 8, will mark the eighth anniversary of the horrible accident that took Todd and Robbie's life and left Patty from the animal hospital with permanent injury. In their honor, I am asking people to think and not Drink and Drive. Thank you. Joe Coons.

Slices of Life: Kindness worth a tail wag

Slices of Life: Kindness worth a tail wag

      By: Jill Pertler   I love kind-hearted friends. You know, the type of person who brings a stray dog home from the park and gives him food and water and never once says, “If we feed him he’ll never leave.” Those kind of friends. After the dog’s belly is full, a kind-hearted person will comb the tangled mats out of his hair and give him a warm bath, during which she will discover that his fur is creamy white and not dark brown after ... Full Story

Laying my Mother’s Day cards on the table

Rev. James L. Snyder I am not one given over to gambling unless you call life a gamble and then all bets are off. I do not even play the lottery because I would end up paying out $1,987.14 in order to win $10. I have a difficult time parting with my money because I am a Pennsylvania Dutchman; at least that is my excuse. That being said, there is only one area of my life where I indulge in a certain amount of gambling. That area is Mother's Day cards. I am at a complete loss when it comes ... Full Story

Obituary: Elven Herbert Marshall

Obituary: Elven Herbert Marshall

Elven Herbert Marshall August 19, 1925 – April 26, 2011 Elven Herbert Marshall, 85, of Harvey, North Dakota, formerly of Berthoud, Colorado died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the St. Aloisius Nursing Home in Harvey. Elven was born on August 19, 1925 on the family homestead near Encampment, Wyoming. He was the son of Gale and Georgia (Hawkins) Marshall. In 1926 the family moved to Berthoud where his grandfather, John K. Marshall was the town marshal. The family moved around the area and Elven ... Full Story

One Happy Moment

One Happy Moment

      By J. Scott Crossen March, 2011         It happened, again. This morning I began my usual semi-conscious wobble through the kitchen turning on the coffee maker, television, and plopping my butt on a chair at the table. While leaning on my elbows, rubbing my eyes and running my hands through my hair, my brain eventually caught up to the TV monologue: Murders, robberies, rapes, natural disasters, animal cruelty, and, of ... Full Story

Slices of Life: Countdown to royal love

Slices of Life: Countdown to royal love

  By: Jill Pertler   I don’t give a shilling about the Royal Wedding. There, I said it out loud and lightning didn’t strike me down. Bloody well thought it might. Perhaps such a lack of imperial interest warrants an apology. I am not intrigued, excited, anticipatory or enthralled. Am I the only one? I am not anti-royalty. I am sure I would consider Kate and William just smashing if we met up over a couple of pints or perchance a spot of tea. They’ll make a ... Full Story

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