<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Uncensored]]> <![CDATA[Pantywaist politicians]]> Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that elected officials can vote by secret ballot on controversial issues, even during public meetings.]]> <![CDATA[Occupy yourself]]> Law enforcement wants to put it down with mesh nets, pepper spray and nightsticks. Conservative news pundits want to minimize it by feeding sound bites designed to denigrate both the protesters and their cause to brain-dead audiences who’ve long since lost the capacity for independent thought. Corporate greedheads want to ignore it and distance themselves from it, as if it sprang from the minds of people who are off their meds and not from concrete recent events that exposed Wall Street as a den of well-dressed thieves.]]> <![CDATA[City Councilís bad decorum]]> <![CDATA[Carr goes off the rails]]> Boulder City Attorney Tom Carr has notified our city leaders that he wants to eliminate our right to jury trial for most municipal tickets. Why? In part because he would like to do away with the glut of requests for jury trials from homeless people who’ve been ticketed as a result of the camping ban and the park closure rules.]]> <![CDATA[Anti-abortion activists like Roeder akin to Christian terrorists]]> <![CDATA[What's old is new]]> If you haven’t watched the BBC series The Edwardian Farm, I highly recommend it. A series that ended this past January, the program features historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who attempt to show what daily life was like during the Edwardian period on a farm at Morwellham Quay, a historic quay in Devon in southwest England.]]> <![CDATA[Paper or plastic? Tax ’em!]]> For decades, the question in the checkout lane has been, “Paper or plastic?” A great many people are hoping the Boulder City Council’s answer will be, “Tax ’em!” ]]> <![CDATA[Kick the Xcel habit]]> The trouble with finding new sources of renewable energy is that the people who currently profit off our energy use want to continue profiting forever and ever. Our need as a human family to find new ways of staying warm, cooking our meals and making things go vroom is immaterial to people who will cease to be rich the moment we stop buying fossil fuels.]]> <![CDATA[Larceny in the heart]]> Although I didn’t support SOPA/ PIPA, I was happy to see Congress at least exploring the issue of online piracy. I was concerned by the hate-filled anonymous rants of people who defended their right to steal — as if there were something noble about taking another person’s work without paying for it. These people probably felt it was OK to cheat on tests in high school, too. But I digress.]]> <![CDATA[Science and contraception]]> What did the study reveal? That human factors — such as forgetting to take the pill at the same time every day — play a huge role in contraceptive failure and unwanted pregnancies. When that human error factor is removed, women enjoyed a 99.1 percent effectiveness rate from contraception.]]> <![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[Mental health care, not gun laws]]> In the aftermath of the Aurora theater massacre, we’ve seen an understandable, if misguided, call for tighter gun control, including a renewed ban on “assault weapons.” But since the suspect in this case broke a great many laws to carry out his mass killing, including acquiring an extended magazine for his AR-15, it’s hard to say what we’ll gain by making it harder for citizens to own weapons.]]> <![CDATA[City Council helps gardens grow]]> Human hands. Earth. Seeds. Water. Sunlight. It’s an ancient and powerful combination, the result being healthful food, a sense of peace, connection with nature and the seasons. That connection is something that more people are rediscovering each year as the urban farming movement gains momentum.]]> <![CDATA[Rapists in the ranks]]> When Fox News commentator Liz Trotta addressed the topic of sexual assault in the military this past February, telling her audience that women who serve should “expect” to get raped, she seemed barely able to conceal her contempt for U.S. servicewomen — at least those who are speaking out against sexual violence.]]> <![CDATA[Their rights, our rights]]> The universe is full of mysteries — such as why anyone would eat at Chick-fil-A in the first place.]]> <![CDATA[Keep your laws off patients' brownies]]> That's the reasoning behind House Bill 1250, which would ban the sale of edible forms of medical marijuana. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Cindy Acree, R-Aurora, claims she became aware that pot brownies, beverages and candy were accidentally being ingested by kids and landing them in the emergency room.]]> <![CDATA[Rape, lies are now OK in Oklahoma]]> <![CDATA[-30-]]> My intent when I launched the column was to write about women’s issues from an unapologetically feminist perspective. ]]> <![CDATA[School of hard knocks]]> Lori Schafer, a junior and editor of the Overland Scout, the school paper, wrote an article on March 8 about the death of a fellow student, Leibert Phillips, who died on Jan. 1 of a blood clot related to a fractured ankle he suffered during a school-sponsored wrestling tournament.]]> <![CDATA[Deadly drunk driving]]> Heather Surovik, 27, started out the morning of July 5 heavily pregnant and surely wondering when she would go into labor. That afternoon, she got into her car with her mother and 5-year-old son — and her life was changed irrevocably.]]>