<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Uncensored]]> <![CDATA[Baloney on veggies]]> Back in 1981, the Reagan administration set about creating a budget for fiscal year 1982 that would include $27 billion in cuts to so-called entitlements. The school lunch program, which provides meals to kids from low-income families, was cut by $1 billion.]]> <![CDATA[The people’s park]]> The city of Boulder has taken up the issue of parking at Chautauqua and appears to be headed toward yet another neighborhood parking permit (NPP) program that would require residents to buy a parking permit in order to park in some places around Chautauqua.]]> <![CDATA[Buck’s misogyny]]> Five years ago, Ken Buck, district attorney for Weld County, declined to prosecute a rape case. His reasons for doing so ought to concern every woman in Colorado regardless of political party.]]> <![CDATA[Industry doesn’t give a frack]]> As Colorado struggles with the increasingly pressing issue of fracking — short for hydraulic fracturing — news comes from Wyoming that fracking has been linked to groundwater pollution for the first time. Residents who have the misfortune of living near fracking operations, where a compound of water, sand and chemicals is injected under high pressure into the ground to break rock and free gas and oil deposits, have long reported changes to their groundwater. ]]> <![CDATA[Occupy your holiday]]> Here’s how Wall Street wants you to celebrate the holidays: spend, spend, spend. They want you to rush out and shop until your credit cards are smokin’ hot. They want the affection you feel for your loved ones to translate into stuff — more sweaters, more iGadgets, more games and toys. They want your money to trickle up, not only through your purchases, but also through the credit card interest you’ll be paying until the next holiday season. Who cares if you protest as long as you buy more shit?]]> <![CDATA[Larceny in the heart]]> Although I didn’t support SOPA/ PIPA, I was happy to see Congress at least exploring the issue of online piracy. I was concerned by the hate-filled anonymous rants of people who defended their right to steal — as if there were something noble about taking another person’s work without paying for it. These people probably felt it was OK to cheat on tests in high school, too. But I digress.]]> <![CDATA[Passing the tipping point]]> Let’s take a moment from sweating in this record-breaking heat and the catastrophic fires to think about something even less pleasant — the end of the world as we know it.]]> <![CDATA[To cut or not to cut?]]> The plain fact is that circumcision is an elective procedure that offers a handful of possible benefits, while causing newborn boys proven pain and exposing them to a host of unnecessary risks. Part of Jewish and Muslim tradition, circumcision was uncommon in the United States until health care practitioners of the Victorian era, infected with the anti-sexual fervor of their time, began to advocate male and female circumcision as a way to cure both boys and girls of the evil and dangerous habit of “onanism,” i.e., masturbation.]]> <![CDATA[Defending divorce]]> Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, wants to enact a new law that would require married couples with children to take classes about the impact of divorce on children and then go through a “cooling off ” period before being allowed to divorce.]]> <![CDATA[New Age outrage]]> <![CDATA[Their rights, our rights]]> The universe is full of mysteries — such as why anyone would eat at Chick-fil-A in the first place.]]> <![CDATA[Mental health care, not gun laws]]> In the aftermath of the Aurora theater massacre, we’ve seen an understandable, if misguided, call for tighter gun control, including a renewed ban on “assault weapons.” But since the suspect in this case broke a great many laws to carry out his mass killing, including acquiring an extended magazine for his AR-15, it’s hard to say what we’ll gain by making it harder for citizens to own weapons.]]> <![CDATA[Science and contraception]]> What did the study reveal? That human factors — such as forgetting to take the pill at the same time every day — play a huge role in contraceptive failure and unwanted pregnancies. When that human error factor is removed, women enjoyed a 99.1 percent effectiveness rate from contraception.]]> <![CDATA[City Councilís bad decorum]]> <![CDATA[Say no to corporate personhood]]> On Tuesday, July 19, Boulder City Council will hear from members of Boulder Move to Amend, who are asking council members to place a measure on the November 2011 ballot that would call for the abolition of “corporate personhood” — the granting of constitutional rights to corporations as if they were people — and the notion that money is a form of speech. Let’s hope City Council is listening. ]]> <![CDATA[Banning the dirty frackers]]> If a group of Longmont citizens has its way, Longmont will become the first city in Colorado to ban hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking,” within the city limits.]]> <![CDATA[Rapists in the ranks]]> When Fox News commentator Liz Trotta addressed the topic of sexual assault in the military this past February, telling her audience that women who serve should “expect” to get raped, she seemed barely able to conceal her contempt for U.S. servicewomen — at least those who are speaking out against sexual violence.]]> <![CDATA[Foreskin follies]]> Last year, when I wrote a column supporting an end to routine circumcision of male newborns, I got a letter from a reader who blasted me for being hypocritical. How can you support freedom of choice for women, the reader asked, and not support freedom of choice for parents?.]]> <![CDATA[Deadly drunk driving]]> Heather Surovik, 27, started out the morning of July 5 heavily pregnant and surely wondering when she would go into labor. That afternoon, she got into her car with her mother and 5-year-old son — and her life was changed irrevocably.]]> <![CDATA[Room to breathe]]> It’s time for Coloradans to take a hard look at hydraulic fracturing — fracking — and a critical view of those state lawmakers who are more interested in sucking up to the gas and oil lobby than protecting their constituents.]]>