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Opinion

  • While I previously touched on the topic of fiscal responsibility, in conversations with a number of folks, it becomes embarrassingly obvious that the numbers in play, regarding the federal government’s spending, have absolutely no connection with the average American.

  • As the vote to deprive millions access to health care reached its apex, a group of congressional Democrats began taunting their Republican colleagues by chanting “hey, hey, good-bye,” meaning “See you in November 2018.”

  • Hooked on the ‘White House Show’
    Editor:

    Stop me before I surf Trump on the Internet again. I am hooked on the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. reality show.
     Never in my life have I paid this much attention to what the president does, and I was never a fan of soap operas before. Every day I have had to get my Trump fix, rooting for the villain’s next screw up, which is actually good because Trump’s screw ups so far have served to hinder him from accomplishing his agenda of bad deals.

  • In a recent Denver Post column, former Denver Broncos star and Post columnist Reggie Rivers wrote about why, after being reached out to by the Post, he decided not to return on a regular basis.

  • In my initial column, I brought up two issues that I believe define today’s political battlefield. The first is Alexander Hamilton’s insight that opinions form the basis of all politics. The second is my personal belief regarding the difference between liberal/progressives and conservatives when it comes to spending one’s personal earnings.  

  • The media elites continue to treat a large segment of the American public with a level of disdain that approaches abhorrence and is manifested by their obvious frustration and self-righteous incredulousness.

  • Democracy is a wonderful thing. So is equality. It’s great knowing we all pull our trousers on in similar fashion and share a common destiny: Not getting out alive.

    But then we board a sardine can with wings or sit idling on a traffic-clogged highway or stand in a 30-minute line to board a ski lift and think, “What the fuzzola!”

    Solar eclipses are rare to behold. So is yours truly finding common ground with Jon Caldera of the Independence Institute. Liberal communing with Libertarian.

  • Many of us in the United States tend to view international events with a somewhat jaded, academic perspective. What happens “over there” may or may not be significant while our lives are pretty much wrapped up in the mundane day-to-day routines that come with our affluence.

  • When one is described as living a “storied life,” it suggests a life filled with adventures, feats or accomplishments that transcend normal human experience. We tend to reserve that accolade for famous people, those who make the headlines for one reason or another. Unfortunately, that leaves out the rest of humanity.

  • Vox

    That Trump kid

    Now that the new kid at Pennsylvania Avenue High School arrived, beating his chest he has left himself, and consequently us, with little room to maneuver going forward.

  • Most of us can recall, if not fondly, the double negative rules of mathematics and English grammar. Two negatives multiplied equal a positive. A minus times a minus equals a positive or a “not not” is a yes. If this appears to be a bit confusing to the uninitiated, think what the topic of fake news sounds like to a low information voter. Now we have the reality of “fake fake” news. Could this possibly be an insight into hidden truth?

  • With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. - “Moby Dick,” by Herman Melville

    It can be challenging for pragmatists who hold to high-minded principles like equal justice under the law and all for one and one for all. It’s that “all” thing. Crazy. All as in it’s about everybody, not just me.

  • U.S. needs universal health care
    Editor:

    The logic of Mr. Riddell’s column once again escapes me. On March 22, he simultaneously quoted rights in the Declaration of Independence of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” while at the same time promoting a Republican health-care bill that would have condemned 24 million Americans to an early death.

  • Health care is a human right based on a simple principle: Every human requires medical interventions: Western-trained physicians, shamanic or Ayurveda. Having the right is one thing; accessing it is quite another.
    The health insurance industry has evolved — apologies to Charles Darwin — into a modern-day Gorgon, which in mythology are three hideous-looking sisters with hair of venomous snakes whose looks turn people into stone. Like Medusa, the best known, the health insurance industry lost its way.

  • Health care is a human right based on a simple principle: Every human requires medical interventions: Western-trained physicians, shamanic or Ayurveda. Having the right is one thing; accessing it is quite another.

    The health insurance industry has evolved — apologies to Charles Darwin — into a modern-day Gorgon, which in mythology are three hideous-looking sisters with hair of venomous snakes whose looks turn people into stone. Like Medusa, the best known, the health insurance industry lost its way.

  • Following the recent radical Islamist terrorist attack in London, the world again had to address the fragility of expectations for public safety and security. Yet despite the stiff upper lip speeches from the Brits and the loud and public denouncements of ISIS by American opportunists, the reality of lone-wolf attacks are and will remain a very real aspect of modern life.

  • Countering Riddell’s column
    Editor:

    Mr. Riddell’s column of March 16 had as much truth in it as a Trump tweet.
    Riddell failed to note that the “devastating” counterclaim of Trump’s great lawyer, Roy Cohn, was dismissed before trial.
    Riddell also forgot that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes and only the antiquated electoral college system put Trump into office.

  • With all of the noise over the fake news regarding Russian hacking of the election, scant little notice has been paid to President’s Trump first budget submission. Now it is important that everyone understands the role of the executive’s budget. It carries no authority other than providing to Congress his or her wish list of spending priorities. Understanding this, however, provides tremendous insight into the constituency biases of our elected officials.

  • Let’s be clear and unequivocal before myth morphs into alternative fact: Health care is a human right. Period. It comes with being human. It’s not a privilege, a benefit procured depending upon one’s employment or financial situation.
    Health insurance isn’t natural; it’s a man-made phenomenon. Not only not a right, it’s an arbitrary and capricious construction designed not to deliver more healthy and efficient health services but for something coldly objective: Profit.

  • With all of the noise over the fake news regarding Russian hacking of the election, scant little notice has been paid to President’s Trump first budget submission. Now it is important that everyone understands the role of the executive’s budget. It carries no authority other than providing to Congress his or her wish list of spending priorities. Understanding this, however, provides tremendous insight into the constituency biases of our elected officials.