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Thursday, May 22,2014

U.S. debates as Syria suffers

By Dave Anderson
Like the other uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, the protesters’ ideals were political freedom, social justice and dignity. From the beginning, the response of the Assad regime was uniquely horrific.
Thursday, May 8,2014

Imagining the ‘unimaginable’

By Michael N. Nagler
Last week the quiet town of Waseca, Minn. narrowly avoided becoming “one more in a long list of school shootings” (I will come back to this language of the CNN report). A boy, 17 years old, had plotted to kill his family and bomb the town’s junior and senior high school, to “kill as many students as possible” and then be killed by a SWAT-team.
Thursday, May 8,2014

Labor dispute may push shuttle drivers’ pay below poverty line

By Dave Anderson
If you’ve had an early morning flight from DIA, you might have gotten a ride to the airport with SuperShuttle. Everything seemed normal. The driver came to your door and was helpful and friendly. What you didn’t know is that, for five years, the drivers have been in a fierce fight against a humiliating system of indentured servitude.
Thursday, April 24,2014

The lessons of Ludlow

By Dave Anderson
In 1914, you couldn’t be neutral about the Colorado coal miners strike. Muckraker Upton Sinclair said the Denver newspapers were prostitutes of Big Coal. The Denver Chamber of Commerce advocated a boycott of the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Times for pro-worker bias. Boulder Daily Camera publisher L.C. Paddock raged against Denver papers and published a pro-management special section of his paper on the strike, which he distributed throughout the state to 40 dailies and 80 weeklies.
Thursday, April 17,2014

For Peter

By Winona LaDuke
He was a writer among writers, up to the last. Peter Matthiessen lived in an era of grand adventure writers, storytelling in words, and lived it well. I remember thinking that with our times together, walking, talking and watching him in his art. I knew him as a friend, and loved him as a courageous and gifted man.
Thursday, April 10,2014

Is Digital First prepping its newspapers for sale?

How a change in ownership may impact Boulder County and beyond.

By Joel Dyer
Trouble in newspaper-land: A draconian $100 million cut to the company that operates The Denver Post, Boulder Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call, Loveland Reporter Herald, Broomfield Enterprise and Estes Park Trail-Gazette and more may be on the horizon, as well as potential sales.
Thursday, April 10,2014

Ludlow, unions and politics

By Dave Anderson
Just last month, at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, there was a panel on how to destroy the labor movement. It was moderated by Grover Norquist, an influential political strategist, who said unions are in decline but “they’re not dead yet.”
Thursday, March 6,2014

Banking marijuana requires an ‘act of Congress’

By Don Childears
Numerous obstacles still prevent banks from serving marijuana businesses and their customers as they conduct legal activities.
Thursday, January 16,2014

Democrats playing too nice with the GOP

By Dave Anderson
“Raise a ruckus,” Robert Reich — economist and leader of Common Cause — told Colorado Democrats. He stressed that economic insecurity is widespread and unemployment stays high.
Thursday, December 19,2013

Pension cuts serve the rich

Pension and health care benefits of retired public employees are under attack

By Dave Anderson
“When you cut someone’s wages, at least that person can say, ‘I’m not working for you.’ By cutting retiree pensions, this is literally reaching into their bank account and stealing from them after the fact.” --Ross Eisenbrey of the Economic Policy Institute.