• Column: A 'no' vote on Amendment 68 is a safe bet

    A horse is a horse, of course, of course, but who can make sense of Amendment 68?

    For those of you still scratching your heads after tackling the Colorado Legislative Council’s Blue Book or just totally new to the debate, the measure would allow slot machines, card games and other casino-style games at horse racetracks in Arapahoe, Mesa and Pueblo counties.

    Boiling it down, it’s whether the owners of Arapahoe Park racetrack just outside Aurora will be able to join the party in raking in gambling revenue.

  • Column: Insurers shift higher prices for generic drugs to patients

    By Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service

    What I like to call The Great Cost Shift in American health care marches on with the approach of this year’s insurance enrollment season. That’s when all of us who get coverage from employers, the new state exchanges, Medicare Advantage plans or from a Medicare prescription drug plan are likely to find that choosing drug coverage just became harder. Not that it was ever easy.

  • Column: Proposed personhood measure by any other name just as troubling

    The State of Colorado ought to be clear in valuing the unborn, and our legal system ought to impose tougher penalties for those convicted of attacking pregnant women and causing the loss of a fetus.

    And in large measure, Colorado already has met these goals, making it unnecessary to fiddle with the state Constitution, as Amendment 67 would. That’s why voters this November should mark ‘No’ on the issue when they receive their ballots.

  • Column: Bombing at a press conference beats mindlessly flexing military might

    By Emily Schwartz Greco & William A. Collins, Guest Column

    The latest conservative fad is beating up President Barack Obama for being too squeamish about exerting military force. The Republicans he defeated in 2008 and 2012 are prime examples.

    The government shouldn’t “jettison our reliance on U.S. strength,” lectured Mitt Romney in a Washington Post op-ed that equated lower numbers of active-duty troops with anemic military force.

  • Column: How Ray Rice proves Sigmund Freud wrong

    By Dr. Gary Welton, Guest Column

    As a 21st century data-driven psychologist, I find it difficult to invoke the name of Sigmund Freud. In fact, when trying to type his name, I misspelled it on my first three attempts. Some sort of slip, I guess.

    It has been suggested by some that Freud’s influence today is more noteworthy in the field of literature than in the field of psychology. As it turns out, many of his psychoanalytic ideas have not been supported by research data.

  • Column: In suicide prevention, stigma and silence need to give way to support

    We don’t like to talk about suicide. However, more than 40,000 Americans die each year due to suicide, which currently is the 10th leading cause of death in our nation. Locally, there were 71 completed suicides in Adams County. 

    You’d think we would be more open to talking about something that is affecting our nation, our local communities and our families and friends in such a big way. 

  • Column: How insurers' limited provider networks restrict choice

     Should you be able to choose your own doctor? Most people would say yes, and for years letting patients choose theirproviders was an almost sacred requirement for any health reform proposal.

    But political talking points in the heat of a legislative battle are one thing. Reality is another, and today’s reality is you cannot always choose the person you want to treat you.

  • Column: Beyond the blaze, issue of homelessness needs to be confronted

     A fire isn't always front-page news for a weekly community newspaper. This week it was in Brighton.

    It might come as something of a surprise to some readers as of late, with the controversy of drilling operations propping up just outside the city limits and the burgeoning campaign for the local school district to seek a bond and mill-levy measure on the November ballot. This wasn't the big, flashy story you usually see out front, despite the dramatic photos of the flames taken by John Carr certainly telling a story of a forceful blaze.

  • Column: War over Colorado oil, gas seems over before it even gets to the ballot

    Whether they know it or not, the battle being waged by fracktivists ended this week when Gov. John Hickenlooper finally threw in the towel on a special legislative session to address oil and gas drilling statewide — and the prospects for their larger political war for change draw dimmer and dimmer.

  • Column: Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling falls short

    Guest Column by Sheldon Richman

    As far as it went, the Supreme Court generally got it right in the Hobby Lobby-Obamacare-contraception case. Unfortunately it didn’t go nearly far enough.

    The court ruled that “closely held corporations” whose owners have religious convictions against contraceptives cannot be forced to pay for employee coverage for those products.