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July 17, 2014VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 29
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Legislation seeks to undo Hobby Lobby case By Vic Vela firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Mark Udall and several other con-gressional Democrats unveiled legislation last week that seeks to push back against a recent and controversial Supreme Court de-cision over contraception.
Udalls bill, which is being dubbed the Not My Bosss Business Act, would restore the contraception coverage requirement that is a component of the Affordable Care Act.
It will restore a womans power to make a personal health care decision based on what is best for her and her families and not ac-cording to her employers personal beliefs, Udall said during a July 11 press conference in downtown Denver.
That Obamacare component which mandates that employers provide contracep-tion coverage in their company health plans
was dealt a blow by the Supreme Court late last month.
The court gave the OK for certain com-panies with religious objections to avoid the contraception coverage requirement. The ruling is known as the Hobby Lobby deci-sion, named after one of the companies that brought the case.
The Court insisted that its ruling was nar-row. But Udall said that the decision could impact millions of other employees across the country who may have to ask their boss-es for a permission slip to access important forms of birth control or other critical health services.
The men and women who signed up to work at Hobby Lobby signed up to work at a craft store, not a religious organization, Udall said.
Udall also warned that the ruling could have a slippery slope impact in other areas of health care where religious objections might
exist, such as vaccinations and HIV treat-ment.
Udall was joined by leaders of various womens organizations, who voiced their support of the legislation.
We believe strongly that health care is a human right and that private corpora-tions should not be allowed to discriminate against women in the guise of religious free-dom, said Cristina Aguilar of the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Re-productive Rights.
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat who represents Colorados 7th Congressional Dis-trict, is a House co-sponsor of the legislation. Through an emailed statement, Perlmutter cited recent state statistics that indicate that contraception services have contributed to a 40 percent drop in teenage pregnancies since 2009.
I want all women, including my daugh-ters, to have access to the most effective
forms of family planning services and pre-ventative health options, regardless of their employers beliefs, Perlmutter said.
Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are critical of the legislation, dismissing the bill as an attempt by Democrats to rally women voters for the upcoming mid-term elections.
A spokesman for Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running against Udall for his Senate seat, said that Udalls opposition to Gardners own proposal to making oral contraception avail-able over the counter shows that he is more concerned with his own political health than womens health...
We can only conclude that Mark Udall is desperate to keep this as a political issue instead of solving the problem, said Gard-ner spokesman Alex Siciliano. Cory is pre-senting a solution to benefi t Coloradans Senator Udall is preserving his own political arsenal.
Jake Oaks, at center holds the tackling dummy for his younger Tanner Oaks during the morning session of the Hogs and Dogs football camp. The players practiced the pancake drill, that works on nishing how to knock down in football. Photo by Michelle Boyer
TACKLING THE BASICS
Delight in the Creative U side Garbett brings dreamto Brighton By Michelle Boyer Mkboyer8@gmail.com
Have a fl are for art or have a creative energy you care to release while sipping on wine? Then Cre-ative U may be for you.
Creative U located at 43 N. Main St. offi cially had its grand open-ing July 11. It is a place to come to let the hidden creative side out through painting or the creation of clay sculptures.
Owner Lisa Garbett and her husband Dan have been living in Brighton for more than 10 years. Garbett worked as an elemen-tary teacher for three years in St. Vrain, Boulder Valley, Fort Lupton schools.
My father passed suddenly and at a very young age, she said. I realized I cant give up on the passions in my life, because lifes just too short. Ive always been artistic, but never really went for my dreams. Ive been told that I didnt want to be a starving artist, but I did always put it on the back burner. When my dad passed away, I couldnt do that anymore. So, I went back to Metro State College
and received my art endorsement.She began substitute teach-
ing art and had semi-permanent positions, which she said made it really diffi cult as schools were al-ways cutting the art programs. She taught art in the Brighton School District for three years.
I was just tired of playing the game, she said. I didnt want to give up on teaching, and so I want-ed to provide the public an avenue in their life to have art.
Garbett said she gets to deal with all ages, and she enjoys the personal engaging experience where a person who visits her shop may have never painted before or it may just have been a very long time since theyve painted.
I like to see their face light up in the process as they reach their fi nal product theyve achieved to create, she said. I get to see how they feel. Thats the most rewarding part about all this.
Garbett is anxious and excited to get her business running.
My husband was very appre-hensive, because its scary open-ing a new business and all the risks with it, she said. The more he heard me talking to people, and the excitement about bringing something like this to Brighton, he became more supportive.
My son, Jonathan has always known my work ethic Im dedi-cated when I commit to some-thing, I commit 100 percent. To me its the integrity of your word, and how your character comes through your work. Thats whats important to me. Whatever you put into it thats what youre going to get out of it.
Creative U has a different addi-tion to their place, in that Garbett has her own kiln. It enables people to build something from raw clay, fi re it, come back and glaze it and then one last time come back to
fi re it before picking up their fi n-ished creation.
Most painting classes are $35 for adults, and younger children are $25. Depending on the size of the clay projects the cost varies $25-$45.
For reservations check the cal-endar at creative.co. Different classes are posted with pictures, if a person likes the picture, click on the date and register for the class.
The neatest thing is with the
Lisa and Dan Garbett stand proudly at their beverage bar at their new Brighton business Creative U a painting and ceramic art studio. Garbett celebrated her grand opening July 11. Photo by Michelle Boyer
Fair queens dedication to crown shines through By Ashley Reimers areimers@colorado communitymedia.com
When it comes to being in the spotlight and repre-senting the Adams County
Fair, Savanna Hamiltons got it down. As the Adams County Fair queen, the 17-year-old is responsible for not only being the face
of the fair, but also show-ing her Lady in Waiting,
Adams County Fair queen Savanna Hamilton with her horse Syrah. Photo by Ashley Reimers
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