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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

No man will ever be pregnant

About a decade ago, I had a client who asked me if I would sign a petition from his church. I asked him what the petition was for. He said it was an anti-abortion petition. I asked him “when was the last time you were pregnant”? He said his wife had had 2 babies. I asked him again “when was the last time you were pregnant”? He said his daughters had ……. I asked him one more time, with emphasis “when was the last time YOU were pregnant”? He said nothing. I told him that I would ... Full Story

Obituary: Betty Lou Greene

Obituary: Betty Lou Greene

  Betty Lou Greene   May 30, 1922 - August 22, 2021   Betty Lou Greene was born on May 30, 1922 in LaCygne, Kansas to Madge Brooks and Bill Sappington. She was raised by her mother and step-father, Madge and Bill Helm, with help from her beloved maternal grandparents, Maude and Thomas Brooks. Years later, her parents moved to Berthoud, Colorado where her mother opened a cafe. That cafe is where Betty met her future husband, Melvin E. Greene. After their marriage, Melvin and Betty lived ... Full Story

Obituary: Shannon ‘Sam’ Waldo

Obituary: Shannon ‘Sam’ Waldo

  passed away on April 11, 2021 Shannon 'Sam' Waldo passed away on April 11, 2021, at the age of 94. She was a tiny human being with a massive presence and twinkle in her eyes. At the age of two, the story goes, although she had not walked or talked she was on a camping trip with her family. She came out of the tent and surprised her mother who asked, 'Who are you?', to which the verbal reply was 'My Sam'. That title stuck with her for life. She left behind a legacy of community service and ... Full Story

Time to end the filibuster

Time to end the filibuster

To the Editor,Every senator who protects the filibuster is guilty of protecting a Jim Crow relic that was used to block civil rights legislation for decades. There’s simply no way to get around its sinister legacy. In the 20th century, the filibuster was used to block over 200 anti-lynching bills and held up the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act for 60 days. Over and over again, it’s been a weapon wielded by segregationists and white supremacists. We can’t let the filibuster continue ... Full Story

Obituary: Betty J. Anderson

Obituary: Betty J. Anderson

  Betty J. Anderson, 90, of Berthoud, went home to be with the Lord on April 1, 2021. She was born on February 1, 1931 in Brady, Nebraska to Carl and Gloe Janssen. Betty's family moved to Loveland when she was in junior high. She graduated from Loveland High School in 1949 before attending nursing school. She married Dean Anderson on September 15, 1950 in Loveland. Together they had two children - Steven and Laurie. Betty was one of the hardest working women you'd ever meet. She worked as a ... Full Story

Obituary: Karl A. Gruber

Obituary: Karl A. Gruber

              Karl A. Gruber of Berthoud Colorado, went home to his Lord on March 3, 2021. Karl was born in Morristown, New Jersey, but did his growing up in Pleasantville, New York. He graduated from Princeton University with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1950. Karl went on to become a Wycliffe Bible translator, and worked as a pilot for Wycliffe in Alaska for a short period of time. In 1963 he became a Captain and instructor at United Airlines, retiring from that in 1983... then ... Full Story

Obituary: Ruthalene Gibbs Hindman

Obituary: Ruthalene Gibbs Hindman

Ruthalene Gibbs Hindman passed away on February 25th, 2021, at the age of 84. She was born and raised on a farm in Evans, Colorado, with her three brothers Gaylord, Danny, and Calvin, by their parents Eugene and Sally Gibbs. She graduated from Greeley High School in 1953, where she was active in 4H, Colorado Girls Club, and choir. She was a leader in the National Honor Society and was elected Rodeo Queen. She attended Colorado Teachers College (now University of Northern Colorado) and then ... Full Story

Obituary: Arlene Ann Hablutzel

Obituary: Arlene Ann Hablutzel

Arlene (Hlavac) Hablutzel, 79, died unexpectedly January 4, 2021 in Castle Rock, Colorado. She was born Oct 30, 1941 in Vodnany, South Dakota, the daughter of Frank and Albina Hlavac. She accepted Jesus as her Savior in October 1976. From there, she lived a life of Godly Purpose. She grew up on a remote farm near the sparsely populated town of Dante, South Dakota. Following a joyous early childhood, she had trying & laborious teenage years. Determined to break the cycle of farm life that ... Full Story

Obituary: Alan Turner Townsend

Obituary: Alan Turner Townsend

          Alan Turner Townsend, age 85, departed this earth and stepped into the arms of Jesus on December 20, 2020.Born in San Angelo, Texas, in 1935, he spent his formative years at Abilene Christian University and in the Air Force. Alan was stationed first in Biloxi, Mississippi and then in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he met the love of his life, Sharon Sterner. They married in 1959 and a few years later moved to Berthoud with their two young daughters, Anita and Annette. Alan quickly ... Full Story

The Failure that is Donald J Trump

The Failure that is Donald J Trump

    Dear Editor, We live in unprecedented times. Between a global pandemic and an unprecedented un-presidenting, the US is in the world spotlight. While we lead the world in infections and deaths, we also lead the world in presidential self-denial.  Trump has refused to concede the election to President-elect Biden. I hope I’m not the only one that sees the irony of the Electoral College votes being the same as 2016, in reverse. Pop quiz: When is a landslide not a landslide? When ... Full Story

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