Perspectives

The secret history of Boulder’s socialist book store

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American young people (or those aged 18 to 29) have a more positive attitude toward socialism than to capitalism, according to a recent Pew poll. We are in the middle of “an era of tumult and protest” against global capitalism in the U.S. and abroad, argues ...

Harry Potter explores life’s big questions

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  Parents who take their children to see the Harry Potter films enjoy a fun family night. But unless they dig deeper into the stories, parents miss a great opportunity to explore life’s biggest issues with their children...

Domestic violence: A private matter?

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Perhaps it’s time to retire the term “domestic violence.” It seems that some folks still believe it’s somehow different than regular, ordinary old violence...

It’s time to open the vault on Kennedy

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President John Kennedy was killed 50 years ago. There is still considerable controversy about who did it. The release of 4 million pages of long-secret documents since Oliver Stone’s movie JFK clarified some disputes but raised new questions. Many thousands of pages ...

The City of Boulder’s pot power grab

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Some voters oppose Amendment 64 because it gives local governments too much power. The city of Boulder opposes it because it doesn’t give them enough...

Demand more from Walmart

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Walmarts have been popping up all over the country in the last five years — 455 new stores, or a 13 percent increase. Meanwhile, its U.S. workforce has been reduced by 1.4 percent, or about 20,000 employees. The number of workers per store has been cut from 343 to ...

Boulder County Democrats in conflict

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A recent Pew survey states that 50 percent of conservative voters and 35 percent of progressives say that it’s important to live where most people share their political views. In Colorado, this political self-segregation is seen in the stark differences between ...

Colorado’s Amendment 64: How the amendment affects the state’s budget

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Editor's Note: See Boulder Weekly's official endorsement of Amendment 64 here...

Facing a crossroads

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Woody Allen once said that “more than any time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” Our reliance upon fossil fuels has ...

A half-century later, the environmental movement returns to its roots

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It’s been more than four decades since the first Earth Day event held on April 22, 1970. And since that time it is fair to say that the environmental movement has had its ups and downs. So where does it stand today, and what should we expect moving forward? When it ...

Another water battle to keep an eye on

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While citizens of Boulder and Larimer counties battle horizontal fracking and the mess associated with it, countless communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa are trying to stop open-pit mega-mining in order to save their water...

The impacts of privatizing the turnpike

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"We are privatizing ourselves into one disaster after another,” veteran journalist Ted Koppel said recently on NPR. “We’ve privatized a lot of what our military is doing. We’ve privatized a lot of what our intelligence agencies are doing. We’ve privatized our very ...