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Thursday, November 13,2014

Less talk, more action

The Colorado Climate Summit moves past the conversation about climate change and toward solving the problem

By Caitlin Rockett
A little more than two years ago, Castellino decided he needed to take action to save the natural beauty that has inspired him throughout his life. On Nov. 15 and 16, the result of Castellino’s decision will culminate in the Colorado Climate Summit, a conference that Castellino says will move attendees past the conversation about the global climate crisis and toward solving the problem.
Thursday, November 13,2014

Ask me how to make an impact

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center hands out awards to exceptional activists and organizers

By Matt Cortina
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center hands out awards to exceptional activists and organizers.
Thursday, November 13,2014

What the world needs now is words

Five student poets, chosen as the nation’s best, find poetry can heal wounds and unravel a tangled existence

By Elizabeth Miller
Madeleine LeCesne, from New Orleans, La., says, “Every poem that I write is a kind of wish to be understood by someone. I just want someone to look into my mind and say, ‘I get it, I understand you.’ And to kind of, in a way, feel needed. I needed to read that poem because it made me understand something about myself that I didn’t know before.
Thursday, November 6,2014

The last man standing

Ninety-two-year-old artist and World War II vet takes on a huge sculpture project in memory of the 88,000 U.S. Airmen killed in action

By Cassie Moore
The year was 1942 and the first American forces had landed in Europe. The U.S. was desperate to get men trained and deployed. At Luke Field in Arizona, hundreds of young men went through rushed flight training, and 14 from the entering class of new recruits called 42J were selected to become fighter pilots and were deployed overseas.
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.
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