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Opinion

  • Sheldon Richman

    Guest Column

     

    The heartbreaking violence in the Middle East, Ukraine, and elsewhere carries many messages, but here’s one Americans shouldn’t miss: The United States — no matter who the president is — cannot manage world conflict.

  • Perhaps because I am a conservative Republican, day after day I hear from people who want to have President Barack Obama impeached. They can give you line after line of the president’s offenses.

    The president must be aware of these proposals, as he himself in a speech in Texas in early July dared the GOP to impeach him, saying, “…Impeach him! Really? For what, doing my job?”

  • Emily Schwartz Greco

    OtherWords Columnist


    Is it too soon to predict who will be the next president of the United States?

  • Trudy Lieberman

    Rural Health News Service

    Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question. “Do ER-affiliated urgent care providers ever try to escalate patients to the ER when it is not medically necessary?” she asked. “Why? How should a consumer respond?”

  • Trudy Lieberman

    Rural Health News Service

     

    It’s now the silly season for insurance rates with government agencies, consulting groups, and the media all speculating about next year’s premiums. Will your insurance premiums go up or down this fall? Never before have I seen such intense interest in insurance rates which editors have usually considered a snoozer of a story.

  • Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde

    Guest Column

     

    In a bustling room at the Third Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, N. M., a group of white and Latino parishioners gathered for a workshop on immigration. They wanted to learn more about the issue.

    Julio Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant, was there to answer their questions. 

  • Whether they know it or not, the battle being waged by fracktivists ended this week when Gov. John Hickenlooper finally threw in the towel on a special legislative session to address oil and gas drilling statewide — and the prospects for their larger political war for change draw dimmer and dimmer.

     

  • Sheldon Richman

    Guest Column

     

    Virtually all commentary about the influx of unaccompanied Central American children into the United States, which some say could rise to 90,000 this year, misses the point: no government has the moral authority to capture these kids and send them back to the miserable situations they have escaped.

  • Guest Column by Emily Schwartz 

    Greco and William A. Collins

     

    A wide majority of U.S. voters say black Americans who can’t get ahead should blame themselves for their troubles instead of racial discrimination.

  • When I first wanted to write my opinion pieces, it was quite a few years ago, and long before I began writing for this paper. One day I submitted a piece to a magazine. The editor actually took the time to get back to me, and though she said she liked what I had written, she felt it could be improved if I got myself the Associated Press Stylebook. 

    I had absolutely no idea what that was. And, I did not want to embarrass myself by asking. 

  • Dr. Marilynn 'Marsi' Liddell

    Guest Column

     

    Economic development and workforce training are an intrinsic part of the mission of Aims Community College. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment projects that the top industries expected to produce the most job openings through 2020 are health care, education, hospitality and tourism, professional, scientific and technical services, energy related fields, and mining.

  •   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.

  • 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.

  • Richard J. Eskow

    Guest Column

     

    David Brat, the man who unexpectedly defeated Eric Cantor in a recent Republican primary, is an ideologue. That should be a source of encouragement for candidates on the populist left — but not for the reasons you might think.

  • Jim Hightower

    Have you noticed that the Powers that Be employ a different standard for measuring the health of America’s job market than they use for the stock market?

    They’re currently telling us that the job market is “improving.” What do they mean?

  • Rep. Mike Coffman

    The revelation of systemic mismanagement and corruption within the Veterans’ Health Administration (VHA) has been a shock to the entire country.

  • As an avalanche of former war-mongers and supposed experts made the rounds on cable news stations about the rapidly descending state of affairs in Iraq the past few weeks, there was at least one local voice of reason along the Front Range.

     

  • Marge Baker

    Guest Column

     

    Last year, the Supreme Court decimated one of the civil rights movement’s crowning achievements. Now, it’s time for Congress to pick up the pieces, put it back together and make our laws strong enough to protect our most important right: our vote.

  • Careful observers of these pages will recall my previous writing about the oil and gas debate currently happening here in Colorado, specifically the question of local control.

     

  • John Salazar

    When people go shopping for food on their dinner table, they may consider its nutritious value and its cost, but many don’t consider the farmer and rancher behind every piece of food on their plate. For every bite you take, the agricultural community strives to provide a healthy, abundant food supply. But, let’s dig even deeper and on a global security level.