<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Uncensored]]> <![CDATA[When a fetus is the victim]]> It's hard for anyone who hasn't lost a child to imagine Laurie Gorham's grief. Only six weeks away from giving birth to a baby boy, she was struck by a driver in a dark SUV who ran a stop sign, left tire tracks on her body and drove away. She barely survived.]]> <![CDATA[You are what you leak]]> You are a living filter. Every time you urinate, you send a bit of yourself into the environment. This includes an array of chemicals, organic and artificial, that your body produces and absorbs — hormones, antidepressants, antibiotics and chemicals from plastics, beauty products, food additives and cleaners.]]> <![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[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[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[Rape, lies are now OK in Oklahoma]]> <![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[A burning issue]]> The Dome fire, which was reported at about 8:10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29, was so close to town that some Boulder residents found themselves under evacuation orders. Fortunately, the fire was largely contained by the following Sunday. No homes were destroyed..]]> <![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[Funding cut hurts county breast-cancer programs]]> Boulder County has been hit hard by a decrease in funding from Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Poor women, those without health insurance and undocumented immigrant women are among those who will likely feel the greatest impact of this decrease. And it is up to us to make up the difference.]]> <![CDATA[Birth belongs to women, not doctors]]> Rather than showing up on the date of her scheduled C-section, she stayed home and waited for her labor to begin naturally, certain her body could handle the task of delivering a child despite the slight increase in risks that comes with giving birth vaginally after having repeated C-sections.]]> <![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[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[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[Buck’s misogyny]]> Five years ago, Ken Buck, district attorney for Weld County, declined to prosecute a rape case. His reasons for doing so ought to concern every woman in Colorado regardless of political party.]]> <![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[Room to breathe]]> It’s time for Coloradans to take a hard look at hydraulic fracturing — fracking — and a critical view of those state lawmakers who are more interested in sucking up to the gas and oil lobby than protecting their constituents.]]> <![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[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[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?.]]>