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Thursday, October 24,2013

Limit corporate welfare

By Dave Anderson
Tea party politicians are denounced for their dangerous antics, but their doomsday warnings about profligate government spending are the conventional wisdom of the so-called “moderates” of big business, the mainstream media and too many politicians of both parties (including Colorado Sens. Bennet and Udall and Rep. Jared Polis).
Thursday, October 10,2013

Sometimes, the government comes in handy

By Dave Anderson
Americans have a love/hate relationship with government, condemning those wasteful and corrupt government bureaucrats in the abstract while praising many public services in the concrete like the fire department, schools or parks.
Thursday, October 3,2013

After the deluge: What I told city council

By Evan Ravitz
On Sept. 17 I ended up the first to address the Boulder City Council during citizen participation. Several council members were nodding their heads by the end of the first sentence ... but soon they stopped. Here’s what I said, prettied up for print.
Thursday, September 26,2013

A more egalitarian economy

By Dave Anderson
It’s easy to get depressed. Every social advance that progressives have won is in danger. There is a growing despair over the inability of traditional politics to address the immense economic/environmental/political crises and the deep crevasse between the rich and the rest of us.
Thursday, September 12,2013

The Zinn witch hunt continues

By Dave Anderson
In 2010, after historian Howard Zinn died, then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels sat down at his computer and started a quiet witch hunt with a flurry of emails to top state education officials.
Thursday, August 29,2013

The next NAFTA, but worse

By Dave Anderson
Right now, secret negotiations are concluding over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a gigantic proposed “free-trade” zone spanning the Pacific Ocean and involving 12 nations (the United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei).
Thursday, August 15,2013

A baby step out of the shadows

By Dave Anderson
Outside a 300,000-squarefoot building in a run-down Aurora neighborhood on Aug. 5, a lively, ethnically diverse crowd of some 80 people marched, sang and chanted.
Thursday, August 1,2013

Stand up for your health

By Dave Anderson
In Denver and Fort Collins, activists with Health Care for All Colorado (HCAC) have just hosted 48th birthday celebrations for Medicare, the highly successful program that has provided comprehensive low-cost health care for older people and the disabled since 1965. HCAC wants a similar publicly funded “single payer” system for all Americans.
Thursday, August 1,2013

Another water battle to keep an eye on

By Richard Clifford
While citizens of Boulder and Larimer counties battle horizontal fracking and the mess associated with it, countless communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa are trying to stop open-pit mega-mining in order to save their water.
Thursday, July 18,2013

The impacts of privatizing the turnpike

By Dave Anderson
"We are privatizing ourselves into one disaster after another,” veteran journalist Ted Koppel said recently on NPR.