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Sunday, December 11, 2016

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Senate votes to repeal “Don’t Ask,

Senate votes to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Udall Successfully Helps Lead U.S. Senate on Final Bipartisan Vote to Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Senate Passes Bill Allowing Department of Defense to Responsibly Implement New Policy Today the U.S. Senate passed a landmark bill, cosponsored by Mark Udall, that will repeal the law known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and will task the U.S. Department of Defense with implementing the new policy in a way that protects our national security.  Earlier in the day, the Senate had ... Full Story

Help find these missing children

Help find these missing children

Aging – If it’s not your issue… It will be

Aging – If it’s not your issue… It will be

As one of our senior board members so eloquently stated, “It ain’t for sissies!” Many people are affected by the challenges associated with aging, including: The older adult – Increased physical challenges, healthcare costs, feelings of isolation, reduced mobility, and vulnerability. Children of the aging – Balancing financial & emotional needs. Employers - Increased absenteeism due to employees caring for parents. Our senior population is growing rapidly while funding for ... Full Story

Obituary: Shirley Jean Sandlian

Obituary: Shirley Jean Sandlian

Shirley Jean Sandlian, 68 of Berthoud, died December 8, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. Shirley was born in Boulder, CO on October 20, 1942 to Jay D. and Elsie E. Winn. She grew up and went to school in Boulder. Shirley married John Robert Cushman in September of 1961. Together they had five children. John passed away, April 14, 1975. Several years later, Shirley married Donald Eugene Sandlian. Donald passed away January 13, 1997. Shirley lived west of Berthoud for more than 40 ... Full Story

Obituary: Jesse Leo Parrish

Obituary: Jesse Leo Parrish

Jesse Leo Parrish May 3, 1930 – November 29, 2010 Jesse Leo Parrish of Longmont died November 29, 2010 at his home. He was 80 years old. He was born on May 3, 1930 in Carey, Texas, the son of Arthur Leo and Tressie (Williams) Parrish. Jesse graduated from Carey High School. Jesse met the love of his life, Donna Lee Thomas, in Boulder Colorado in 1956 while riding horses when Donna was Pow Wow Queen and Jesse was a calf roper. Their romance grew from there and they were married almost 52 ... Full Story

To Smartphone, or not to Smartphone?

To Smartphone, or not to Smartphone?

Practical Money Matters By Jason Alderman My wife decided to upgrade her dinosaur cell phone to a "smartphone" and enlisted my help. Initially, we ran into the brick wall of decisions smartphone shoppers frequently face: How to choose among hundreds of available phones, pick the right service provider and predict which calling and data plan and other options would best fit her needs without breaking the bank? Here are a few things we learned: What's a smartphone? These all-in-one devices ... Full Story

The ongoing split between GOP and military leaders

The ongoing split between GOP and military leaders

By Steve Benen The Washington Monthly, Political Animal, 11/21/2010 It wasn’t too long ago that there were certain expectations about political and military policy. If, in the midst of two wars, the Pentagon asked Congress for some help, lawmakers were likely to oblige. This was especially true of Republicans, who took pride in characterizing themselves as the “pro-military” party. This week, we received yet another reminder that these partisan assumptions are in need of ... Full Story

AFSCME Calls on GOP Members of Congress to Reject

AFSCME Calls on GOP Members of Congress to Reject Their Taxpayer Funded Health Care Plan

  Call Comes on Heels of New Polling Showing Voters Agree Washington, DC — Today, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) called on Republican Members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to abstain from enrolling in the Federal Employees’ Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP). “These Republicans want to repeal health reform, putting the insurance companies back in charge and putting affordable coverage out of reach of millions of ... Full Story

START: Do the Right Thing

START: Do the Right Thing

By Lt. Gen. Dirk Jameson (ret.) At this time of thanksgiving, we are reminded how people came together, shared resources, shared opinions and worked together to form and protect our nation. During my long career in the US Air Force, I was at the very sharp end of the spear that defended our nation, rising to deputy commander-in-chief and chief of staff of U. S. Strategic Command. During that time, going back to the Reagan years and before, the U. S. methodically and relentlessly carved ... Full Story

Health Insurance, what will happen?

Health Insurance, what will happen?

To the Editor, Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it. If they succeed, their plan will include buying health insurance across state lines. Since that’s already law, what will change? Let’s consider two factors, premiums and appeals. Federal law currently requires insurers to spend at least 80% to 85% of premium dollars on actual health care or quality improvement and to justify premium increases to state regulators and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of ... Full Story

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