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  • How do we do this?

    “Even 25 years ago, traffic would back up, but it would be for an hour or two. Now, it’s four or five hours. What we’re going to move into is six or eight hours, or 10 hours. And then people just stop going.”
    — Steve Harelson, CDOT program engineer; Denver Post, Aug. 23, 2017

    In my Sept. 7 online column, my response to Harelson’s query was, “Exactly. At what point will people quit coming up? What is that tipping point?”

  • Beware the DAMN Syndrome

    Former Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill is generally credited with coining the phrase “All politics is/are local.” While the true origin of this insight is primarily one of a “top-down” voting mechanic, for the rest of us it is a warning of the need for “bottoms-up” awareness.

  • The power to make a difference

    Alisha Hill

  • Getting the most out of the new archive library

    Alisha Hill

  • Maybe CDOT should focus on I-25 instead

    It is written that it’s never too late to find religion, to drink the Kool-Aid, to swoon and cry out in exultation, “I believe!”  When one is raised Catholic, mea culpa, which translates to “my bad,” is indelibly etched onto one’s psyche.
    Having the minimal life that I have, which is to say not having one, I keep giving this Interstate 70 expansion craze way more thought than sanity permits. Color me crazy.

  • Pineapple, pizza and the Ides of March

    Can we talk? There’s some heavy stuff out there needing attention, so much so that my head does Linda Blair “Exorcist” revolutions, a veritable whirling dervish, trying to get around them. So much so, I was fumbling and bumbling about where to start, about which topic to zero in on.

  • Who is willing to take a punch?

    President Donald Trump learned the art of political/legal pugilism at the knee of his father and within earshot of Roy Cohn. While many are familiar with his father’s legacy and experience in developing New York City real estate, Roy Cohn first achieved a measure of notoriety as an aide to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. He later assisted the Trumps (Donald and his father) as an attorney in bringing suit against the Justice Department. He famously advised the Trumps that, “When they hit you once, hit them back a hundred times!”

  • Pineapple, pizza and the Ides of March

    Can we talk? There’s some heavy stuff out there needing attention, so much so that my head does Linda Blair “Exorcist” revolutions, a veritable whirling dervish, trying to get around them. So much so, I was fumbling and bumbling about where to start, about which topic to zero in on.

  • A final word in a career of words: goodbye

    “And if I'd have known then, what I know now

    “I'd never let you disappear into the crowd

    “Or turn away the way I did

    “With so much left unsaid

    “If I … if I'd have known it was the last time.”

    — Lee Ann Womack

    What a long, strange trip it’s been.

  • Tobacco-Free Clear Creek kicks off in county on Nov. 19

    Clear Creek County Public and Environmental Health announces its new tobacco prevention and health education program, Tobacco-Free Clear Creek — with the goal to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure in the county.