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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.
Wednesday, November 27,2013

A remembrance: Gary Thomas Mueller

Dr. Gary Thomas Mueller transitioned on Friday, Nov. 15. He loved the Colorado outdoors, laughing, learning, music, fine wine, creating gourmet meals and best of all — sharing his life with Suzanne, his wife, their four-legged children and his closely held friends.
Monday, March 15,2010

The dogma of bigotry

By Pamela White
In1610, Italian astronomer and inventor Galileo Galilei used a telescope to observe the heavens and concluded that the earth revolved around the sun. His assertion contradicted the established dogma of the Catholic Church, leading to no end of difficulty for the brilliant scientist. He found himself accused of heresy and was eventually hauled before the Inquisition, which offered to resolve the dispute through torture if necessary. Imagine the gut-deep frustration Galileo must have felt knowing he was right but having to “confess” before a tribunal of stuffy old ignoramuses that the church was right and he was wrong. It wasn’t until 1992 that the Catholic Church formally cleared Galileo of wrongdoing and acknowledged that he’d been mistreated by the church.
Monday, December 7,2009

Mind games for the holidays

By Jennifer Diebel
Is any season more mixed up than the holidays? Where we feel such gratitude for our loved ones, and wish they would go away? Where we give lavishly and wonder if we can appease our boss with a $10 gift? Where couples cuddle in front of the fire and odd-one-out singles sit at the end of each holiday table, reminded once again that they’re not paired?