Perspectives

A half-century later, the environmental movement returns to its roots

It’s been more than four decades since the first Earth Day event held on April 22, 1970. And since that time it is fair to say that the environmental movement has had its ups and downs. So where does it stand today, and what should we expect moving forward? When it ...

Continue saying no to nukes

Climate change is the biggest challenge human beings have ever faced. We don’t have much time to deal with it. Unfortunately, political transformation is usually a slow process...

The consequences of a wildlife comeback

Amidst the horrors of fracking and climate change, America has a mostly unnoticed environmental success story. In his fascinating new book Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds, Jim Sterba — veteran reporter ...

The Democratic Party’s two faces

"The real struggle within the Democratic Party is where you stand on income inequality and whether the government needs to be a part of fixing that problem. The demographics that the Democratic Party must attract are the people who need responsive government.” —Rep. ...

If the NRA has its way on gun control …

It’s a weekday at the Follis household, and 12-year-old non-identical twins Button and Pout are headed downstairs — getting ready for school. This morning, the girls are being “difficult...

Cooperating on health care

Many people believe Obamacare (or the Affordable Care Act) established a universal health care system like those that exist in every other industrialized country...

The secret history of Boulder’s socialist book store

American young people (or those aged 18 to 29) have a more positive attitude toward socialism than to capitalism, according to a recent Pew poll. We are in the middle of “an era of tumult and protest” against global capitalism in the U.S. and abroad, argues ...

Remembering the real dream

Every January on Martin Luther King Day, people across the political spectrum claim King as one of their own. Few remember that he had become a pariah in mainstream politics in his last days. He was widely condemned for his opposition to the Vietnam War. Right-...

Danish is wrong on guns

In his op-ed “Repeal the 2nd Amendment? How about the First?” (Dec. 27), Paul Danish erroneously tries to equate my call to repeal the Second Amendment with censorship and then disingenuously suggests that if the Second Amendment is repealed then the First Amendment ...

The politics — and money — behind our energy blend

Renewable energy could power a large electric grid 99.9 percent of the time by 2030 at costs akin to today’s electricity expenses, according to a new study by the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College...

Tycoons and their taxes

Corporate fat cats are prowling the halls of Congress and scratching up all the furniture. These tycoons are peddling the old line that if they get tax cuts and subsidies, they will create jobs for us. That hasn’t worked yet. They say ordinary Americans should “lower...

A fracking credibility gap

On Nov. 6, the city charter of Longmont banned fracking from its city limits...
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