• 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.  

  • Sheldon Richman

    Guest Column


  • Several years ago, I was chatting with some friends about my personal concern with the growing population of the United States.

    Unlike some people who are also wishing the population of the country was smaller, I am not concerned with whether there is enough food in the country to feed over 300 million people. I have always wondered where we are going to find the jobs for over 200 million adults. 

  • The errant sounding of Lafayette’s tornado sirens last month gave me a rude awakening.


    No, I don’t live anywhere near Lafayette and was not interrupted from my slumber when the sirens were triggered by mistake shortly after 3 a.m. May 22 and sounded for about eight minutes.

  • John Stoehr

    Guest Column


    If Tea-Partying Republicans were politically strategic animals, they’d support President Barack Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. I know that sounds insane.

  • Can you answer any of these questions?

      A. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

    B. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?

    C. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*

    D. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

  • Scott Klinger

    Guest Column


    America has an infrastructure crisis.

  •  I do not usually look up words when writing this column for one simple reason: I figure my opinion is just as good as whoever compiles the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

    But, in the interest of clarity, I did take the time to look up a word that people such as John Kerry and Jimmy Carter have been beating to death.