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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • As the “Obamacare repeal” and the “Ryancare replace” drama continues to unfold, a diminishing few truly understand the conservative position and opposition.

    Simply put, an alarming number of Republicans (perhaps those In Name Only) dodge the two fundamental questions that should be driving the debate. Is health care a right or a privilege and what are we, as citizens of the United States, entitled to?

  • “I can’t imagine that they could just cut it off.”

    — Melinda Champion

    Melinda might want to re-imagine because they — congressional Republicans — could and would do just that. “It” being the $4,100 annual credit Melinda and her husband Robert receive courtesy of Obamacare to pay for her osteoporosis medicines and gastric sleeve and Robert’s blood pressure medicine, life-sustaining treatments for both.

  • As the “Obamacare repeal” and the “Ryancare replace” drama continues to unfold, a diminishing few truly understand the conservative position and opposition.

    Simply put, an alarming number of Republicans (perhaps those In Name Only) dodge the two fundamental questions that should be driving the debate. Is health care a right or a privilege and what are we, as citizens of the United States, entitled to?

  • Don’t let rhetoric
    blind problem-solving
    Editor:

    I find the tendency of both conservatives aåånd liberals to automatically group the opposition into “clearly defined” ways of thinking and action with no room for balance and objectivity an increasingly sad event.

  • President Donald Trump learned the art of political/legal pugilism at the knee of his father and within earshot of Roy Cohn. While many are familiar with his father’s legacy and experience in developing New York City real estate, Roy Cohn first achieved a measure of notoriety as an aide to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. He later assisted the Trumps (Donald and his father) as an attorney in bringing suit against the Justice Department. He famously advised the Trumps that, “When they hit you once, hit them back a hundred times!”

  • Vox

    Don’t let rhetoric blind problem-solving

    Editor:

    I find the tendency of both conservatives and liberals to automatically group the opposition into “clearly defined” ways of thinking and action with no room for balance and objectivity an increasingly sad event.

  • Any man's death diminishes me

    Because I am involved in mankind.

    — John Donne, Meditation 17, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions

    It’s heartbreaking for a small community such as Clear Creek to lose one of its larger-than-life members. Yet, it’s affirming to witness the outpouring of sentiment and support on the final leg of his/her life’s journey and afterwards.

  • Loaded language. Loaded gun. They infer the same: A weapon to intimidate, harm or cause death if needed.

  • Both major parties are in disarray. Republicans have eschewed conservatism for rightwing populism, and Democrats are scrambling to find their footing after the November debacle. If they were frank about their plights, they would admit they were their own worst enemies.

  • “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.” – “The Crisis” by Thomas Paine, Dec. 23, 1776.

    There are souls stating unequivocally they were confident in the outcome of the election. Sure. Would they have been willing, then, to put the deed of their house and their entire financial portfolio on the line on Nov. 7?