<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Uncensored]]> <![CDATA[Foreskin follies]]> Last year, when I wrote a column supporting an end to routine circumcision of male newborns, I got a letter from a reader who blasted me for being hypocritical. How can you support freedom of choice for women, the reader asked, and not support freedom of choice for parents?.]]> <![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[End parental impunity]]> You’re sitting in a coffee shop. You notice that the adult sitting next to you is logged on to one of those torrent sites and is illegally downloading music, movies, books and games. Knowing that this person is breaking the law — and determined to teach him right from wrong — you get up, pull off your belt, and proceed to beat this person for the next six minutes, shouting and berating him for this blatant act of stealing.]]> <![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[Personhood USA flops]]> <![CDATA[Terrorist or freedom fighter?]]> Newt Gingrinch has accused him of 'information terrorism' and said he should be treated like an enemy combatant. Radio personality and columnist Jeffrey T. Kuhner has said the United States should treat him as they would any other high-profile terrorist target.]]> <![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[The fight to label frankenfoods]]> Poll after poll shows that more than 90 percent of Americans want labels on foods that contain GE ingredients — GE corn in snacks and breakfast cereal, for example, or GE soybeans in frozen dinners. More than 40 countries, including China, require labeling of GM foods, but the U.]]> <![CDATA[Rethinking pink]]> The furor over the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings (and then reversal) revealed the questionable nature of the foundation’s policies and the strength of a quiet majority that refuses to allow extremists to make women’s health a hostage of the abortion wars.]]> <![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[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[Banning the dirty frackers]]> If a group of Longmont citizens has its way, Longmont will become the first city in Colorado to ban hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking,” within the city limits.]]> <![CDATA[Advice for a thirsty world]]> Though most of us have heard that drinking pre-bottled water is wasteful of resources, few of us understand just how harmful pre-bottled water — and the business of bottling water — is for our little blue planet..]]> <![CDATA[New Age outrage]]> <![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[Campaigning for ‘pink slime’]]> It was so Orwellian it was laughable — three governors touring a factory where connective tissue from cattle carcasses is transformed into a food product the meat industry wants to call “finely textured beef,” but which one USDA scientist dubbed “pink slime.”]]> <![CDATA[Saint Melinda]]> Gates announced earlier this month that she intends to focus the wealth and might of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on making the development and availability of reliable contraception a global priority. Her goal is simple and noble: improving the lives and the health of women around the world.]]> <![CDATA[Rape, lies are now OK in Oklahoma]]> <![CDATA[Howard Zinn, the people's historian]]> <![CDATA[Santorum gives us reason to fear the fringe]]> During my adult years, I’ve watched the issue of reproductive rights descend from a debate about abortion to a debate about contraception, including condoms. Now, as the evangelical Christian movement has pushed its way deeper into politics, we finally have a Republican candidate who is willing to reveal the endgame:]]>