• Rep. Mike Coffman

    What I remember most about serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq was realizing the extraordinary level of hatred that the Sunnis and Shia Arabs had for each other.

  • Trudy Lieberman

    Rural Health News Service


    It’s now the silly season for insurance rates with government agencies, consulting groups, and the media all speculating about next year’s premiums. Will your insurance premiums go up or down this fall? Never before have I seen such intense interest in insurance rates which editors have usually considered a snoozer of a story.

  • Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde

    Guest Column


    In a bustling room at the Third Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, N.M., a group of white and Latino parishioners gathered for a workshop on immigration. They wanted to learn more about the issue.

    Julio Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant, was there to answer their questions. 

  • 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.


  •  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.

  • 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.

  • Sheldon Richman

    Guest Column


    Virtually all commentary about the influx of unaccompanied Central American children into the United States, which some say could rise to 90,000 this year, misses the point: no government has the moral authority to capture these kids and send them back to the miserable situations they have escaped.

  • Guest Column by Emily Schwartz 

    Greco and William A. Collins

    A wide majority of U.S. voters say black Americans who can’t get ahead should blame themselves for their troubles instead of racial discrimination.

  • When I first wanted to write my opinion pieces, it was quite a few years ago, and long before I began writing for this paper. One day I submitted a piece to a magazine. The editor actually took the time to get back to me, and though she said she liked what I had written, she felt it could be improved if I got myself the Associated Press Stylebook. 

    I had absolutely no idea what that was. And, I did not want to embarrass myself by asking. 

  • Raul A. Reyes

    Guest Column


    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) recently used a World Cup analogy to castigate his Republican colleagues for blocking immigration reform. “Leave the field, too many flagrant offenses and unfair attacks. You’re out,” Gutierrez said. “Hit the showers. It’s the red card.”

  • As business, civic and government leaders and as members of Colorado’s Latino community, we wholeheartedly endorse Andrew Romanoff for Congress.  

    Andrew’s career is a testament to his courage and compassion.  He worked tirelessly in the Colorado House to improve our schools, grow our economy, and strengthen the middle class.

  • 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.

  • Richard J. Eskow

    Guest Column


    David Brat, the man who unexpectedly defeated Eric Cantor in a recent Republican primary, is an ideologue. That should be a source of encouragement for candidates on the populist left — but not for the reasons you might think.

  • Have you noticed that the Powers that Be employ a different standard for measuring the health of America’s job market than they use for the stock market?

    They’re currently telling us that the job market is “improving.” What do they mean?

  • Rep. Mike Coffman

    The revelation of systemic mismanagement and corruption within the Veterans’ Health Administration (VHA) has been a shock to the entire country.

  • As an avalanche of former war-mongers and supposed experts made the rounds on cable news stations about the rapidly descending state of affairs in Iraq the past few weeks, there was at least one local voice of reason along the Front Range.


  • Mary Jane Douglas, 66, of Keenesburg, passed away June 11, 2014, at her home. She was born to Virgil and Wanda (Kennon) Robertson.


    Mary Jane is survived by her husband, Ed Douglas; two sons, Bill (Pam) Douglas and Bob (Ricki) Douglas; and five grandchildren.

    Visitation and funeral service were held Monday, June 16, 2014, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton.

    Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


  • Jim Hightower

    As we know, the barons of Wall Street haven’t hesitated to raid our public treasury and haul off trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts and special tax breaks to subsidize their “free market” ventures.

    So guess who’s the major force pushing policymakers to slash federal spending and kill programs that improve opportunities for regular people?

  • Drew Johnson

    Guest Column


    At 8 percent, the California unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country.

    The state legislature apparently likes it that way. California lawmakers are on their way to banning a technology that could create 200,000 jobs, inject millions of dollars into the state’s economy, and create a clean, reliable source of energy.

  • Marge Baker

    Guest Column


    Last year, the Supreme Court decimated one of the civil rights movement’s crowning achievements. Now, it’s time for Congress to pick up the pieces, put it back together and make our laws strong enough to protect our most important right: our vote.