<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Uncensored]]> <![CDATA[It’s time to talk about rape]]> In October, it will have been 20 years since I wrote my first Uncensored column. The subject of that column was sexual assault, a topic that I’ve covered again and again. The column was written in response to a series of ignorant letters to the editor written about rape by men from the Boulder community.]]> <![CDATA[Tim Leifield raised awareness about HIV/AIDS in Boulder County]]> I met Tim Leifield in the late summer of 2006 at a table in front of Caffe Solé. In the midst of doing interviews for what became a five-part series about the history of HIV/AIDS in Boulder County, I wanted to get his perspective as the first director of Boulder County AIDS Project on the early days of the epidemic. He was warm and friendly and funny, and I found myself alternatively laughing or moved to tears during the course of the two hours that we spoke. He recalled how he’d first heard about GRID — gay-related immune deficiency, as AIDS was known before its cause was discovered — from friends in New York who were sick and dying. He talked about the fear that permeated the gay community in those dark days of the late 1980s.]]> <![CDATA[City Councilís bad decorum]]> <![CDATA[A burning issue]]> The Dome fire, which was reported at about 8:10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29, was so close to town that some Boulder residents found themselves under evacuation orders. Fortunately, the fire was largely contained by the following Sunday. No homes were destroyed..]]> <![CDATA[You are what you leak]]> You are a living filter. Every time you urinate, you send a bit of yourself into the environment. This includes an array of chemicals, organic and artificial, that your body produces and absorbs — hormones, antidepressants, antibiotics and chemicals from plastics, beauty products, food additives and cleaners.]]> <![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[Closing down freedom]]> City Manager Jane Brautigam has proposed a new rule that would close city parks and open space from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. — or at any time the city manager declares an “emergency closure.” A hearing on the matter is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Jan. 3 in the city council chambers.]]> <![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.]]> <![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[Santorum gives us reason to fear the fringe]]> During my adult years, I’ve watched the issue of reproductive rights descend from a debate about abortion to a debate about contraception, including condoms. Now, as the evangelical Christian movement has pushed its way deeper into politics, we finally have a Republican candidate who is willing to reveal the endgame:]]> <![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[Why people growl about dogs on open space]]> I grew up in Boulder. My father, who during my childhood was an avid rock climber, mountaineering instructor and member of Colorado Mountain Club, helped construct some of the trails we hike on today. When I became an adult, it seemed right to give back to the mountains that had always meant so much to me and my family.]]> <![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[We can do better]]> <![CDATA[What's old is new]]> If you haven’t watched the BBC series The Edwardian Farm, I highly recommend it. A series that ended this past January, the program features historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who attempt to show what daily life was like during the Edwardian period on a farm at Morwellham Quay, a historic quay in Devon in southwest England.]]> <![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[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[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[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[City Council helps gardens grow]]> Human hands. Earth. Seeds. Water. Sunlight. It’s an ancient and powerful combination, the result being healthful food, a sense of peace, connection with nature and the seasons. That connection is something that more people are rediscovering each year as the urban farming movement gains momentum.]]>