<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Uncensored]]> <![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[The fight to label frankenfoods]]> Poll after poll shows that more than 90 percent of Americans want labels on foods that contain GE ingredients — GE corn in snacks and breakfast cereal, for example, or GE soybeans in frozen dinners. More than 40 countries, including China, require labeling of GM foods, but the U.]]> <![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[Women are not farms]]> I spent an afternoon some time ago with a master composter who, while helping me improve my composting game, offered this summation of our consumer-based economic system: “It’s all about making more people to sell more shit to.” He was making an argument for an economic system based not on consumption, but on self-sustainability.]]> <![CDATA[The buzz about bees and pesticide]]> On April 5, the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) set off an uproar when it announced the findings of a new study linking a common pesticide with colony collapse disorder (CCD), which has been killing honey bees by the millions since it was identified in 2006.]]> <![CDATA[New Age outrage]]> <![CDATA[Protesting is our right]]> The first time I heard about the disgusting concept of “free speech zones” at protests, it was at big national political conventions leading up to the 2004 presidential election.]]> <![CDATA[Get your goat]]> Denver might well beat Boulder County when it comes to getting its goat on, as the Denver City Council is currently mulling over an ordinance that would enable Denver residents to apply for a permit to own up to eight hens and/or ducks, together with up to two goats for milk, yogurt and cheese.]]> <![CDATA[Keep your laws off patients' brownies]]> That's the reasoning behind House Bill 1250, which would ban the sale of edible forms of medical marijuana. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Cindy Acree, R-Aurora, claims she became aware that pot brownies, beverages and candy were accidentally being ingested by kids and landing them in the emergency room.]]> <![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[Terrorist or freedom fighter?]]> Newt Gingrinch has accused him of 'information terrorism' and said he should be treated like an enemy combatant. Radio personality and columnist Jeffrey T. Kuhner has said the United States should treat him as they would any other high-profile terrorist target.]]> <![CDATA[Paper or plastic? Tax ’em!]]> For decades, the question in the checkout lane has been, “Paper or plastic?” A great many people are hoping the Boulder City Council’s answer will be, “Tax ’em!” ]]> <![CDATA[A test for ‘Make My Day’]]> A sound wakes you from deep sleep. For a moment, you think it must have been your imagination. Then you hear it again — movement inside your house — and you realize that it’s real. A stranger has invaded your home in the dead of night.]]> <![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[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[Giving birth in chains]]> <![CDATA[Kick the Xcel habit]]> The trouble with finding new sources of renewable energy is that the people who currently profit off our energy use want to continue profiting forever and ever. Our need as a human family to find new ways of staying warm, cooking our meals and making things go vroom is immaterial to people who will cease to be rich the moment we stop buying fossil fuels.]]> <![CDATA[Rethinking pink]]> The furor over the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings (and then reversal) revealed the questionable nature of the foundation’s policies and the strength of a quiet majority that refuses to allow extremists to make women’s health a hostage of the abortion wars.]]> <![CDATA[When a fetus is the victim]]> It's hard for anyone who hasn't lost a child to imagine Laurie Gorham's grief. Only six weeks away from giving birth to a baby boy, she was struck by a driver in a dark SUV who ran a stop sign, left tire tracks on her body and drove away. She barely survived.]]> <![CDATA[City attorneys and politics]]> It’s time for Boulder voters to consider a fundamental change in how the People’s Republic is run. Specifically, it’s time to look closely at transitioning the post of city attorney from an appointed position to an elected one.]]>