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Thursday, July 24, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

What’s All the Fuss About Top Tax Rates Going Up 4.6

What’s All the Fuss About Top Tax Rates Going Up 4.6 Percent?

By Kenneth Lewis The national conversation on our fiscal health for the past few months has been about whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for households with incomes over $250,000, or to allow them to expire on December 31st. To my amazement, lost in all this controversy and discussion has been any mention of what this would really mean for high-income people in the context of historical tax rates. During the 1950s this country was flourishing economically and adding ... Full Story

Is It Illegal to Celebrate Christmas in the Schools?

Is It Illegal to Celebrate Christmas in the Schools?

By John W. Whitehead December 6, 2010 "I think there's something wrong with me. I just don't understand Christmas. I like getting presents, sending cards, decorating trees and all that. But instead of feeling happy, I feel sort of let down."--Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965 When I was a child in the 1950s, my parents didn't have much money to spend at Christmastime. I remember one Christmas when I wanted a cowboy gun and holster from Santa Claus. I got the toy pistol, but ... Full Story

A Big Thank you to all of the BATs volunteers!

A Big Thank you to all of the BATs volunteers!

Letter to the Editor- A Big Thank you to all of the BATs volunteers! In a recent editorial posted at recorderonline.com, the writer correctly wrote that there are no Transportation Board Members listed on the Town web site. Although they are not listed on the web site there are in fact two current Transportation Board members-Eileen Hoover and Cliff Uber. There has been a hold placed on all Boards until Town Administrator Mike Hart can review Town volunteer board’s membership, ... 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 ... 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 ... Full Story

Fund Raiser for BHS “After Prom” event

Fund Raiser for BHS “After Prom” event

Hello Family, Friends, Students, and Community Supporters of Berthoud High School! This Wednesday, December 1, from 4-8 p.m., we will have our first fundraiser for the “After Prom Event” for Berthoud High School. We have decided to start early, as this is a completely non-profit event that is 100% for our students. Our mission is to keep them safe while having a fantastic event that is full of fun, activities, raffles, food, entertainment, games, and much more! With your help and ... 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 ... 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. ... 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. ... Full Story

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