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Thursday, October 8,2015

Public messaging vs. internal practices

By Dave Anderson
In advertisements, Coors reaches out to women, Latinos and gays while the family behind the beer company gives millions of dollars to anti-choice and anti-immigrant organizations.
Thursday, October 8,2015

Causes of the symptoms in the news

By Bob Norris
We have a tendency to address symptoms rather than root causes of problems. When we identify causes, we often focus on one cause when there are multiple causes, and we focus on causes that fit our preconceived ideas, and, all too often, our biases, which unfortunately can relate to our religious or philosophical preconceived ideas. I don’t believe I can identify all causes or determine how much of an issue is due to which causes, and I don’t claim to be free of my own biases.
Thursday, September 24,2015

WILPF turns 100

And why it still matters

By Dave Anderson
Are we ruled by fear? When will the “war on terror” end? What would happen if the U.S. experienced another spectacular mass casualty terrorist attack like September 11? That question is in the back of the minds of all politicians. For over a decade we’ve been at war, but many may not notice it because few have been involved in combat. The public certainly doesn’t want another disaster like Bush’s invasion of Iraq. But there isn’t much public anti-war sentiment. The military is the most respected institution in the country.
Thursday, September 17,2015

Blast Boulder’s history? No, keep the devil in Devil’s Elbow!

By Erin Espelie
A screech of tires, a skid and a crack of metal [in July] in Four Mile Canyon, just west of Boulder, were a few of the gut-wrenching sounds that echoed through the twisty canyon. It was a nasty accident for a cyclist, one of dozens who traverse the canyon every day.
Thursday, September 10,2015

Trump’s dangerous rhetoric

By Dave Anderson
Rapists. Murderers. Drug Dealers. Gang Bangers. Donald Trump said the clever Mexican government is conning weak and stupid American leaders by “sending” mostly “really bad” people into the U.S. Trump called for the deportation of all the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants as well as their American-born children. He would build an impenetrable 2000-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Shortly after Trump’s bombastic proclamations, two guys in Boston almost beat a homeless Hispanic man to death. While being arrested, one of them told police that “Donald Trump was right, all of these illegals need to be deported.”
Thursday, August 27,2015

Universal health care for Colorado

By Dave Anderson
Colorado may become the first state to establish a universal health care system in the U.S. In July, the Secretary of State certified a proposed initiative for the 2016 ballot that would create a universal cooperative plan called ColoradoCare. They have to collect 99,000 valid signatures by October 16 (they are planning to get 120,000).
Thursday, August 27,2015


By Tom H. Hastings
Todd Matthew Williams was just 51. He suffered from congestive heart failure — at least that’s what we guessed. Despite a life of work — six years in the U.S.
Thursday, August 13,2015

Socialism in the US?

By Dave Anderson
Barack Obama makes jokes every year at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner about the rightwing accusations that he is a socialist, a Muslim and foreignborn. This year, he mentioned Senator Bernie Sanders running for president. “I like Bernie. Bernie’s an interesting guy,” Obama said. “Apparently, some folks want to see a pot-smoking socialist in the White House. We could get a third Obama term after all.”
Thursday, July 30,2015

Israelis split on Iran deal

By Dave Anderson
Bill Clinton, when he was running for re-election as President in 1996, declared, “We remain the world’s indispensable nation to advance prosperity, peace and freedom and to keep our children safe from the dangers of terror and weapons of mass destruction.” His second-term secretary of state Madeleine Albright repeated the phrase “indispensable nation” so much that many people thought she originated the phrase.
Thursday, July 16,2015

Storied history

Republicans should look back for advice

By Dave Anderson
After the racial terrorist massacre in Charleston, many Americans found out about the neo-Confederate movement that inspired Dylann Roof. Neo-Confederates aren’t generally fringe characters like Roof, but rather some of the most respectable, well-educated and well-off folks around — professors, clergymen, prominent politicians and community leaders. The Republican Party in the South is thoroughly enmeshed with neo-Confederates at the highest level.