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Thursday, November 6,2014

Serving those who served

How to end the crisis of veteran homelessness

By Matt Cortina
“Here in Boulder County, because of these initiatives, we’ve the seen the number of homeless veterans drop from 20 percent to 8 percent [of the homeless population at Bridge House]. It’s pretty significant the impact some of these programs are having,” McDevitt says.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Women warriors

Women veterans on how women’s roles in the military have evolved

By Caitlin Rockett
“It was a time when everyone said, ‘What can I do to help win the war?” says Robinson, now 89 years old. “I had thought of different things I could do. I thought maybe I’d be a reporter because I’d always liked to write, but in the end I felt the best place I could serve was to be a nurse.
Thursday, November 6,2014

The new ways of war

Keynote speech focuses on changing American military presence abroad

By Elizabeth Miller
After enjoying decades of unmatched technological capabilities, the U.S. now faces adversaries for whom the number of tanks and their strength isn’t significant. The way we go to war has to change to match these new ways of warfare, says Janine Davidson, a senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Thursday, November 6,2014

From civilian to soldier and back again

Local veterans who have dedicated their careers to helping returning vets integrate into civilian society discuss the many challenges vets face when they come home

By Caitlin Rockett
Transitions are rarely easy — starting a new job, moving to a new city or dealing with a medical condition are challenging endeavors for most humans, but for veterans, these challenges are multiplied as they work to transition back into a civilian realm that is unlike the military world they’ve trained and worked in for years.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Writing the war

Dramatic readings of war correspondents writing on the front lines

By Matt Cortina
I took a walk along the historic coast of Normandy in the country of France. It was a lovely day for strolling along the seashore. Men were sleeping on the sand, some of them sleeping forever. Men were floating in the water, but they didn’t know they were in the water, for they were dead.
Thursday, November 6,2014

No war worth winning

An Iwo Jima veteran shares his story after 70 years

By Elizabeth Miller
The first waves landed at 9 a.m., we landed at 9:20, and by the time we were coming into the beach, the Japanese had their artillery on Suribachi and on the cliffs to our right and they had every inch of the beach marked, so when we hit the beach, it was in the midst of huge fire from both sides, and it was devastating.
Thursday, November 6,2014

War stories

Veterans Speak, a two-week recognition of Veterans Day, wants us to understand the sacrifices of those who have served

By Boulder Weekly Staff
This fall, Stephanie Rudy decided it was time to hand the microphone over, to see what veterans would say given the opportunity to speak. She spent months reaching out to local veterans and military organizations and visiting nursing homes, asking if veterans there might come forward to tell the stories that have long gone untold.
Thursday, October 30,2014

Project Censored

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we know it. The vast oceans absorb much of the carbon dioxide we have produced, from the industrial revolution through the rise of global capitalism.
Thursday, October 30,2014

American exile

One Colorado man hides in a church basement to avoid deportation from the U.S. and his family

By Matt Cortina
On the day he was scheduled for deportation, Oct. 21, García moved into the basement of the First Unitarian Society of Denver. He cannot leave for fear that U.S. immigration agents will arrest him and deport him to Mexico, away from his wife and daughters.
Thursday, October 30,2014

Bench bias

Colorado is only one of six states that provides voters with information about judges standing for retention, but some worry that implicit bias may exist within the state’s judicial evaluation process

By Caitlin Rockett
While judges do campaign in some states, Colorado attempts to minimize the political influence that occurs through campaigning by appointing judges via a merit system. Judges then stand in yes/no retention elections after sitting on the bench for a period of time.
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