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Thursday, February 26,2015

Time for TABOR to go

By Dave Anderson
But will that happen? Perhaps not as Colorado is uniquely constrained from functioning as a representative democracy. In 1992, voters passed the so-called Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR), a constitutional measure which is the most restrictive tax and expenditure limit in the nation.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Three years post-Trayvon: What has changed?

By Laura Finley
On Feb. 26, 2012, supposed “Neighborhood Watchman” George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black man, as Martin walked home from visiting a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. The case ignited questions about racial profiling, vigilantism and “stand your ground” laws.
Thursday, February 12,2015

The progressive alternative to Obamacare

By Dave Anderson
The Foundation and its political arm, Co-operate Colorado, aim to create a Colorado-based non-profit cooperative health care plan that would cover everybody in the state from birth until they go on Medicare at age 65. After 65, the plan would provide supplemental coverage.
Thursday, January 29,2015

It was no ‘Charlie Hebdo’ but Boulder’s Clancy’s Bookstore did its share to fight censorship

By Dave Anderson
In January 1965, Len Barron — a CU student in his 30s — found out that Clancy was in financial trouble. He helped organize a testimonial program to honor Clancy and raise money for the store. Tickets were $5 each. The event included music, drama and poetry reading.
Thursday, January 15,2015

We didn’t always hate Castro

By Dave Anderson
As America embarks on a more friendly relationship with Cuba, it is interesting to recall a peculiar moment in our history when Fidel Castro was seen as a Robin Hood figure by many Americans, including a fair number of conservatives.
Wednesday, December 31,2014

Polis a bit too coy on TPP

By Dave Anderson
The TPP is being secretly negotiated by the United States and 11 other nations. They are “harmonizing” regulations of corporations which were designed to protect workers, the environment, consumers and the economy. It would be great if they harmonized by strengthening regulations to the highest standards everywhere.
Thursday, December 18,2014

Learning courage from East German pacifists

By Dave Anderson
I recently talked with Boulder schoolteacher Zuza Bohley, who grew up in East Germany. Her entire family were politically active pacifists and were under constant surveillance and harrassment by the Stasi (the secret police). Amnesty International publicized their troubles.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Hick clueless on guest workers

By Dave Anderson
He said: “What’s amazing to me is, a lot of young Latinos, the vast majority don’t care about a pathway to citizenship. They want to be able to get on an airplane and get down to Mexico City and visit their grandparents. And they want to get a job and be able to get paid over the table.
Thursday, November 20,2014

A history of atrocities against American Indians

By Dave Anderson
When Christopher Columbus and his men landed in the New World, he described in his log how the friendly Arawak Indians ran to greet them and offered food, water and gifts: “They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Friendship City Project builds peace one piece at a time

By Dave Anderson
Carl Conetta disputes this in a recent lengthy study of current and historical U.S. public opinion polls on global engagement, military intervention and defense spending. He is the director of the Project for Defense Alternatives of the Center for International Policy.