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Friday, January 17, 2020

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

The Pardoning of Ingrid (LTE)

The Pardoning of Ingrid (LTE)

Governor Polis pardoning Ingrid Encalada LaTorre is a victory and first step, it is not a Christmas miracle. It is the culmination of hard work, perseverance, and faith – emanating from Ingrid and the people she inspired. In three years of living in churches with her two children, she has inspired the dedication of people of diverse faith to help her fight to win the right to stay in the US. As a young immigrant, Ingrid made a mistake. But remember that Ingrid’s crime was simply due to ... Full Story

Serve With Honor, Honor Those Who Serve; Or Support

Serve With Honor, Honor Those Who Serve; Or Support Trump?

by Wim Laven Starting as Armistice Day, celebrated for the first time November 11, 1919--the first anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918—what we now call Veterans Day is the observance of thanks to those who have served military duty. It acknowledges the living and the dead for honorably representing the country during peacetime and war. This year it is imperative that people understand that honor and the name Donald Trump cannot fit in the same sentence. His dishonor to the ... Full Story

Obituary: RaeLynn Petrovich

Obituary: RaeLynn Petrovich

RaeLynn was born on February 27, 1972 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Richard and Louise Link.  She passed away on October 17, 2019 in Berthoud, Colorado at the age of 47. RaeLynn graduated from Thompson Valley High School in 1990 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State University in 1996. RaeLynn married Mark Petrovich on September 21, 1996.  Her most treasured accomplishment was being a mother to their daughter, Kayla. RaeLynn is survived by her loving husband ... Full Story

Obituary: Viola (Vi) Marie Franch Cook

Viola (Vi) Marie Franch Cook, age 86, of Berthoud, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 Vi was born January 24, 1933 in Trinidad, Colorado to Peter and Rose (Wegher) Franch, who preceeded her in death. She married Douglas T Cook in 1958. He preceeded her in death in 2006. Vi is survived by son Michael, (Marilyn) of Berthoud, and granddaughters Molly (Nate) and Kate; Daughter Judy (Brad) of Buena Vista, and grandson Craig (Jenni) great-grandchildren Weston, Delaney and Wyatt; Daughter Janet ... Full Story

Obituary: Merry Belle Johnson

Obituary: Merry Belle Johnson

JAN. 5, 1965 – MAY 3, 2019 Merry Belle Johnson, 54, died May 3, 2019, at her home in Berthoud, Colorado. Merry was born in 1965 in Newport, Oregon, to parents William and Mary Bonnicksen. Merry was a graduate of San Mateo High School and attended two years at the College of San Mateo. Merry was a loving mother to her son, Jonathan, and loving wife to her husband, Glenn. After working in management at Dynasty (a solar installation company in California) and manager of photographers for ... Full Story

At Risk—the Idea of America

At Risk—the Idea of America

by Mel Gurtov Perhaps the most damaging legacy of the Trump years is the disservice he and his associates are doing to Americans’ sense of self and nation. In ordinary times there would not be much debate about what it means to be an American or what are American values. Every school child learns these things: It’s Civics 1. Race, class, and gender identity have always been important, but generally they have been subsumed under a larger identification with the nation. “We’re ... Full Story

Obituary: Joyce A Laffoon

Obituary: Joyce A Laffoon

Joyce Bleil Laffoon, 86, passed away on March 15, 2019. Born in Chicago, Illinois on Mother’s Day, May 8, 1932, she was the oldest child of Walter and Leona Bleil. Joyce was joined by sister Elinor and brother Leonard and spent her formative years in Oskaloosa, Kansas where her parents owned and ran a grocery store. Upon graduating from high school, and after a short stint of office work in Topeka, Joyce moved to Denver where she soon met and married James “Jim” Laffoon. ... Full Story

Obituary: Roger Duane Morrison

Obituary: Roger Duane Morrison

JULY 7, 1946 ~ MARCH 21, 2019 (AGE 72) Roger Morrison 72, passed away in his home on March 21, 2019. He and Evangeline (Hernandez) shared 51 years of marriage. Born in Arnold, Nebraska to Eloise Mae (Blixt) and Ralph Preston Morrison. He was the youngest of four children. His arrival being most celebrated by his sister Dorothy, who would ask each year for a baby doll for Christmas. Rogie (as she lovingly called him) arrived when she was ten, to her utter ... Full Story

Obituary: Edward John Nau

Obituary: Edward John Nau

Edward Nau was born on November 5, 1920, in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of Gottfried and Elizabeth (Nee: Leonhardt) Nau, immigrants from Bavaria, Germany. His family moved from Duluth to Waukesha, Wisconsin, where Edward finished school, helped his father and brothers with the family automobile repair business, and worked on the family farm, alongside his 7 brothers and 1 sister. In October of 1942 Edward enlisted at Fort Sheridan, Illinois in the U.S. Air Force and was sent to Keesler ... Full Story

Note from State Senator SD15

The 72nd Session of the Colorado State Legislature has been underway since January 3. As anewly-elected Senator representing all of Larimer County (except Fort Collins), I’m doing my best to learn the ropes at the Capitol and stay to connected to folks back home. That isn’t easy because there are meetings, presentations and receptions from sunup to well-past sundown. In fact, while most Legislators rent housing near the Capitol during the session, I commute daily just so I can spend time ... Full Story

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