<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Uncensored]]> <![CDATA[Industry doesn’t give a frack]]> As Colorado struggles with the increasingly pressing issue of fracking — short for hydraulic fracturing — news comes from Wyoming that fracking has been linked to groundwater pollution for the first time. Residents who have the misfortune of living near fracking operations, where a compound of water, sand and chemicals is injected under high pressure into the ground to break rock and free gas and oil deposits, have long reported changes to their groundwater. ]]> <![CDATA[The buzz about bees and pesticide]]> On April 5, the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) set off an uproar when it announced the findings of a new study linking a common pesticide with colony collapse disorder (CCD), which has been killing honey bees by the millions since it was identified in 2006.]]> <![CDATA[Make the pill free ]]> It's going to be a battle anyway. A panel of experts meets this month to advise the federal government on what kind of preventative care should be provided to women under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). On the table is a proposal to include contraception.]]> <![CDATA[‘Birth control moms’ fight back]]> On Feb. 20, Rush Limbaugh said there was no such voting block as “birth control moms,” suburban married mothers for whom contraception is a key issue. I wonder what he thinks now that 98 advertisers and Hawaiian and Massachusetts radio stations have dropped his show.]]> <![CDATA[To cut or not to cut?]]> The plain fact is that circumcision is an elective procedure that offers a handful of possible benefits, while causing newborn boys proven pain and exposing them to a host of unnecessary risks. Part of Jewish and Muslim tradition, circumcision was uncommon in the United States until health care practitioners of the Victorian era, infected with the anti-sexual fervor of their time, began to advocate male and female circumcision as a way to cure both boys and girls of the evil and dangerous habit of “onanism,” i.e., masturbation.]]> <![CDATA[Protesting is our right]]> The first time I heard about the disgusting concept of “free speech zones” at protests, it was at big national political conventions leading up to the 2004 presidential election.]]> <![CDATA[Closing down freedom]]> City Manager Jane Brautigam has proposed a new rule that would close city parks and open space from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. — or at any time the city manager declares an “emergency closure.” A hearing on the matter is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Jan. 3 in the city council chambers.]]> <![CDATA[Giving birth in chains]]> <![CDATA[The people’s park]]> The city of Boulder has taken up the issue of parking at Chautauqua and appears to be headed toward yet another neighborhood parking permit (NPP) program that would require residents to buy a parking permit in order to park in some places around Chautauqua.]]> <![CDATA[We can do better]]> <![CDATA[White guilt]]> <![CDATA[Baloney on veggies]]> Back in 1981, the Reagan administration set about creating a budget for fiscal year 1982 that would include $27 billion in cuts to so-called entitlements. The school lunch program, which provides meals to kids from low-income families, was cut by $1 billion.]]> <![CDATA[Defending divorce]]> Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, wants to enact a new law that would require married couples with children to take classes about the impact of divorce on children and then go through a “cooling off ” period before being allowed to divorce.]]> <![CDATA[It’s time to talk about rape]]> In October, it will have been 20 years since I wrote my first Uncensored column. The subject of that column was sexual assault, a topic that I’ve covered again and again. The column was written in response to a series of ignorant letters to the editor written about rape by men from the Boulder community.]]> <![CDATA[Women are not farms]]> I spent an afternoon some time ago with a master composter who, while helping me improve my composting game, offered this summation of our consumer-based economic system: “It’s all about making more people to sell more shit to.” He was making an argument for an economic system based not on consumption, but on self-sustainability.]]> <![CDATA[Sluts like us]]> The Canadian cop who uttered those words unleashed a shit storm, and not just because he found himself subject to a professional standards inquiry. He so outraged women in Toronto that they decided to take back the word 'slut' and to confront this anti-woman bias straight on.]]> <![CDATA[Tim Leifield raised awareness about HIV/AIDS in Boulder County]]> I met Tim Leifield in the late summer of 2006 at a table in front of Caffe Solé. In the midst of doing interviews for what became a five-part series about the history of HIV/AIDS in Boulder County, I wanted to get his perspective as the first director of Boulder County AIDS Project on the early days of the epidemic. He was warm and friendly and funny, and I found myself alternatively laughing or moved to tears during the course of the two hours that we spoke. He recalled how he’d first heard about GRID — gay-related immune deficiency, as AIDS was known before its cause was discovered — from friends in New York who were sick and dying. He talked about the fear that permeated the gay community in those dark days of the late 1980s.]]> <![CDATA[Got compassion?]]> Last December, I asked romance readers who follow my blog to put together a donation to International Midwife Assistance (IMA), a local nonprofit that provides free comprehensive care to women and their children in Soroti, Uganda.]]> <![CDATA[New Age outrage]]> <![CDATA[It's about doggone time!]]> Boulder County Parks and Open Space has decided to enforce dog rules up at Walker Ranch, issuing a “directed patrol” for the Meyers Homestead Trail. This means rangers will be patrolling the trail at all times of the day and will be issuing tickets on sight to people who let their dogs run off-leash. ]]>