Perspectives

The Zinn witch hunt continues

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. This only became public this summer after the Associated Press obtained copies...

The next NAFTA, but worse

You can win some impressive victories against corporate power on the local level. Boulder voters declared that corporations aren’t people and money isn’t speech. Cities across Colorado (and other states) have passed fracking bans and moratoriums...

A baby step out of the shadows

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...

Another water battle to keep an eye on

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...

Stand up for your health

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. ...

The impacts of privatizing the turnpike

"We are privatizing ourselves into one disaster after another,” veteran journalist Ted Koppel said recently on NPR. “We’ve privatized a lot of what our military is doing. We’ve privatized a lot of what our intelligence agencies are doing. We’ve privatized our very ...

Walmart is still bad for the planet

In May, Walmart was hit with $110 million in environmental fines after pleading guilty to improperly dumping pesticides, fertilizer and other hazardous materials into public sewers and landfills. The Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section said that it was ...

Fix our bridges already

The four-lane Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River near Seattle seemed to be in good shape for a 58-year-old structure. Inspected as recently as last November, it wasn’t even on the list of bridges judged “structurally deficient.” Yet in May, it suddenly ...

Renewable energy threatens big utilities

Solar power and other renewable energy technologies may destroy U.S. investor-owned utilities...

Is your boss ripping you off?

A virtually unnoticed crime wave is under way. The perps are our most respected citizens. The crime is wage theft. This happens when you aren’t paid the minimum wage or overtime, are forced to work off the clock, denied meal breaks, have your tips pocketed by the ...

Demand more from Walmart

Walmarts have been popping up all over the country in the last five years — 455 new stores, or a 13 percent increase. Meanwhile, its U.S. workforce has been reduced by 1.4 percent, or about 20,000 employees. The number of workers per store has been cut from 343 to ...

We need justice on foreclosure fraud

Investigative reporter David Dayen calls foreclosure fraud “the largest consumer fraud in the history of the United States.” He cites “multitudes of evidence about fake documents, forged documents, illegal foreclosures, foreclosures on military members while they ...
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