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  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

    Divided Under God
    Kevin Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image source wgxa.tv Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag…
  • What is Boulder's Growth Rate?

    Boulder Neighbors
    K.M.
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    How fast is Boulder growing?We do have an official answer to this question if we look to the U.S. Census Bureau. The most recent tally on their quick facts website shows us the population figures from 2013 as compared to 2010.From April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013, Boulder grew at a rate of 5.8 percent, with a population increase from 97,468 to 103,166. During this same time period, the home ownership rate was 49 percent. There were 41,126 households, with an average of 2.2 persons in each household.According to our city website, the 2012 population of Boulder was 99,070, with 43,620 housing…
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    Divided Under God

  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

    Kevin Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image source wgxa.tv Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag…
  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

    Kevin Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Image courtesy ceffm.org If you’ve heard of the Good News Club, a fundamentalist Christian evangelical club for elementary school kids, you’re most likely securely planted on one side of the fence or the other.  You either think the GNC is great for kids, or you realize its tactics are vile and damaging to the self-esteem of children and want them removed from public schools. Public schools you say? That’s right.  In 2001, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of the GNC, won a Supreme Court case allowing them to operate their Christian clubs in public schools,…
  • Republican Congresswoman From WA Asks for Obamacare Horror Stories on Facebook… And Then Becomes One

    Kevin Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Virtually everyone who posts something online wants it to go viral.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  It has happened to me in the past, and it’s exhilarating.  Watching your hit counter skyrocket, seeing the Facebook likes and Twitter retweets pile in, hearing that something you write is ranked #1 on Reddit… it can make a person forgo a night’s sleep, just to keep hitting “refresh” and watch the numbers climb.  A few days ago, a Republican Congresswoman from Washington state, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, went viral. She posted a graphic on her Facebook…
  • Setting the Record Straight About Young Skeptics

    Kevin Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    On February 2nd, a Christian website, eternalplanner.com, published a video podcast called “Evangelical Christians React to Young Skeptics After School Club.”  In the video’s description, it read, “What should our stance be toward secular clubs like Young Skeptics, which teach evolution to young people?  The creators of Young Skeptics clearly have a goal to convert children to atheism.”  As a co-founder and the Communications Director for Young Skeptics, I responded to the owner of the site with this comment: After a brief online discussion, Rob invited me…
  • Rev. Mark Creech Uses ‘The Bible is True Because the Bible Says It’s True’ Argument to Call Out Ron Reagan

    Kevin Davis
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Rev. Mark Creech, a columnist at the Christian Post, published an article this morning addressing Ron Reagan’s participation in last year’s FFRF.org ad. The 30-second spot continues to be aired on TV and shared on the internet.  Most notably, it has been shown on CNN and during the Daily Show on Comedy Central.  In the video, Reagan identifies himself as an “unabashed atheist” and proclaims that he’s not afraid of burning in hell (because he doesn’t believe it exists). Rev. Creech decided to voice his opinion on the ad, essentially using Bible verses to…
 
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  • What is Boulder's Growth Rate?

    K.M.
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    How fast is Boulder growing?We do have an official answer to this question if we look to the U.S. Census Bureau. The most recent tally on their quick facts website shows us the population figures from 2013 as compared to 2010.From April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013, Boulder grew at a rate of 5.8 percent, with a population increase from 97,468 to 103,166. During this same time period, the home ownership rate was 49 percent. There were 41,126 households, with an average of 2.2 persons in each household.According to our city website, the 2012 population of Boulder was 99,070, with 43,620 housing…
  • Denver Architect Speaks for Boulderites, Too, About Poor Quality New Residential Designs Seen Around Town

    K.M.
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    Is the building of repetitive, banal housing solutions the best we can do? --Jeffrey Sheppard, Denver Architect The Perspective page in the April 5th Denver Post was by Denver architect, Jeffrey Sheppard, and it called to question the poor quality and poor designs of the huge, unprecedented residential building boom being added to Denver in recent years.Read more »
  • Please, Boulder Powers that Be, Don't Ruin Downtown

    K.M.
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    I've got a quiz for you today. Never fear, it's an easy one.Question: Which of the pictures below does not belong in a historic district? Pick A or B.Read more »
  • Underwhelmed with Civic Center Plans

    K.M.
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:37 pm
     Denver Botanic Garden Alpine DisplayIn 2014, the big red Yes! sign in front of Boulder's Main Library was scrapped because of a public outcry. People said that local artists could have done better, and would have had the vision to understand what fits better here in Boulder.Now, it's the new plan for Boulder's civic center. We've voted to tax ourselves to pay to renovate our downtown civic area and the city hired a Berkeley landscape architecture firm to re-design it. Of late, the design team has been seeking feedback on the plans they've proposed as options. The Daily…
  • A Few Updates and News Items

    K.M.
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Note that my comments/opinions interjected below, are in red.--K.M.Neighborhood Liaison Position: Meet the CandidatesYou can take part in the selection process for meeting the three candidates for Boulder's new Neighborhood Liaison position on Monday, March 30 from 6-7:30 pm in the Municipal Lobby located at 1777 Broadway.  There will be an opportunity to voice your opinion and view each one's profile. The new position will begin by the end of April. [I visited with someone this week who participated in the neighborhood meetings back in the mid-90s when there was a city neighborhood…
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