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Columns

  • Column: How insurers' limited provider networks restrict choice

    Should you be able to choose your own doctor? Most people would say yes, and for years letting patients choose their providers was an almost sacred requirement for any health reform proposal.

    But political talking points in the heat of a legislative battle are one thing. Reality is another, and today’s reality is you cannot always choose the person you want to treat you.

  • Column: Suicide prevention among youth - heed warning signs, ask the question

    September is Suicide Prevention Month. But we need to talk about suicide prevention more than one month out of the year.

    It affects all of us, including our children, teenagers and young adults. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24 years nationally and claims the lives of approximately 4,600 teens each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Column: How Ray Rice proves Sigmund Freud wrong

    By Dr. Gary Welton, Guest Column

    As a 21st century data-driven psychologist, I find it difficult to invoke the name of Sigmund Freud. In fact, when trying to type his name, I misspelled it on my first three attempts. Some sort of slip, I guess.

    It has been suggested by some that Freud’s influence today is more noteworthy in the field of literature than in the field of psychology. As it turns out, many of his psychoanalytic ideas have not been supported by research data.

  • Column: Bombing at a press conference beats mindlessly flexing military might

    By Emily Schwartz Greco & William A. Collins, Guest Column

    The latest conservative fad is beating up President Barack Obama for being too squeamish about exerting military force. The Republicans he defeated in 2008 and 2012 are prime examples.

    The government shouldn’t “jettison our reliance on U.S. strength,” lectured Mitt Romney in a Washington Post op-ed that equated lower numbers of active-duty troops with anemic military force.

  • Column: Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling falls short

      Guest Column by Sheldon Richman

    As far as it went, the Supreme Court generally got it right in the Hobby Lobby-Obamacare-contraception case. Unfortunately it didn’t go nearly far enough.

    The court ruled that “closely held corporations” whose owners have religious convictions against contraceptives cannot be forced to pay for employee coverage for those products.

  • COLUMN: This July 4, remember that freedom is precious

    Guest Column by Bryan Golden

    On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of America given to us 238 years ago by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself. But its true value is rarely appreciated by people unless it is either threatened or lost.

  • COLUMN: The rest of the story on the High Plains Library board

    By Rat Peterson, Guest Columnist

    It is great news to hear that the High Plains Library District board will remain seated for now. I believe the court will affirm that it should continue indefinitely.

    This is excellent board. Even though I sometimes disagree with some members, they are all dedicated to excellence in library service for the whole district and should continue its work. 

  • COLUMN: My advice is to always be Batman

    By Perry Bell, Columnist

    Always be Batman!

  • COLUMN: Sheriffs ought to stay out of political fight

    Our public servants shouldn’t pick and choose whether they abide by the law of the land.

    But at some point, a host of elected officials across this state have forgotten that they have a duty and honor to fulfill — that the word “servant” is a goal to strive for each day.

    Whether you like or detest the gun safety bills passed in the past legislative session and signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper months ago, they are the law — unless you’re a member of law enforcement and say that you’ll have nothing to do with it.

  • COLUMN: Giving the ACLU a test of its own bad medicine

    My brother is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). I think he joined the week after his first birthday. Unlike many siblings who are in constant disagreement, my brother and I do not “agree to disagree agreeably.” We just agree to disagree.
        At my request, he sends me all of their newsletters, which I find interesting and sadly frightening. What is sadly frightening is the level of hatred emanating from a group which claims that they care about freedom.