‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives
by Sheldon Richman Finally some good news. From the Associated Press: “Public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they don't trust the federal government and have little faith it can solve America's ills, the survey found.... About half say they want a smaller government with fewer services. ” The AP also reported, “The survey found that Obama’s policies were ... Full Story
By David Hills and Michael Lent Millions of America’s small business owners suffer from bad practices on Wall Street -- something often given short shrift in debate about creation of a consumer financial protection agency. As owners of a financial advisement firm with offices in Portsmouth, N.H., San Francisco and New York, we focus on financial products with sustainability, values and transparency. And with more than 70 years of collective experience in the financial ... Full Story
Newly seated Berthoud Trustee Dave Skiles has started his own blog. The first post was February 15 and he talks about issues on his mind. We applaud this effort to reach out to the people of Berthoud. Each post ends with a poll asking whether you agree ore disagree with his comments. This is a great opportunity to let your opinion be known. You can visit his site by clicking here.
Gregory William Haskell, 49, died April 12, 2010, in Naples, Florida. He was born in Millinocket, Maine, to Albert Haskell II and Sylvia Haskell. Greg lived in Maine, Rochester, N.Y., and San Clemente, California, before moving to Berthoud, Colorado in 1987, where he resided until August 2009, when he moved to Naples, Fla., to be near his mother and sister. Greg was married to Vickey Riley until the mid-’90s. They had one son, Jeffery James. Greg was a welder by trade. He loved ... Full Story
The following article by Zach Carter appears in the online news blog Care2. It is yet another view of the actions of the big banks and brokers. It also provides links to other articles on the subject. Click here to read he article.
Dear Editor, On April 11 of this year, Jeremy Griess disappeared from his home in Westminster, Colorado. I am writing to you on behalf of Jeremy and his family in the hope that you will consider this story for publication in your newspaper. Jeremy is a native of Minden, Nebraska. The bond that is shared by this tight-knit community is demonstrated in the outpouring of love and concern that we share for Jeremy; our missing son, brother, and friend. Jeremy has many people ... Full Story
By Fred A. Kingery Courtesy of Center for Vision & Values Financial markets function to discount the future. Usually, by the time you read about something in the newspaper, financial market pricing has already "discounted" that event weeks, months, or perhaps even years before it hits the front page and becomes evident to everyone else. That’s what it means to “speculate. ” The whole world is beginning to seriously speculate that the Treasury is becoming a deadbeat borrower. ... Full Story
By Gary Wamsley The Recorder Online The political season is upon us and I am inundated with press releases. For a time I was just deleting them. I may be cynical, but is seemed to me that many, if not most, are posturing for the upcoming elections. Incumbents are using the power of their position to get on committees and introduce bills that make themselves look like hometown heroes. Challengers, or would be challengers, tell us how brave and honest they are. I have to be fair and ... Full Story
Colorado Fatherhood Council Seeking Nominations For The 2010 Be There For Your Kids Awards Annual awards recognize extraordinary work in the fatherhood field In an effort to recognize and reward outstanding individuals and program service in healthy father involvement with children, families and communities throughout Colorado, the Colorado Fatherhood Council has opened nominations for the 2010 Be There for Your Kids Awards. Nominations must fall into one of the following eight ... Full Story
Intro by Gary Wamsley Mortgage bankers recently testified before the US Congress that no one saw the impending crisis in sub-prime mortgages and the financial crisis that ensued. That is pretty hard to believe. Either the top financial experts in this country are incredibly stupid or they are lying. Take your pick. There were people who saw it coming, and perhaps even created the crisis and made hundreds of millions of dollars at what turns out to be taxpayer expense. Two reporters for ... Full Story