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Columns

  • It’s good to find common ground

     Three rulings made last week a good one for civil liberties and, therefore, for civil libertarians, despite one ruling causing consternation for some women and their health providers. There is a reason the First Amendment is the first in the hierarchy: Without it, all the rest crumble.

  • Slacker a boon for runners, county

     It’s called the Slacker given it’s primarily a downhill course, but running 13.1 miles beginning near 11,000 feet is still taxing. Runners from Europe, Australia and across America know if they want their lungs screaming, America’s highest-in-elevation half-marathon will make that happen.

    The 13th annual Slacker Half Marathon and Four-Mile Run is the brainchild of local everything Beth Luther. Keeping up with Beth is like running a full marathon. A slacker she’s not.

  • Democracy is all about listening

     It was great to read Dave Stahl’s letter to the editor last week about Sen. Mark Udall being a senator who listens. Way too often we read letters and columns criticizing officeholders. I’m as guilty as anyone, so I’m happy Dave took time to relay his positive experience.

  • School board owes the public an explanation

     Stunned, like so many in Clear Creek. Todd Lancaster, home-grown superintendent, unceremoniously axed in a chaotic forum that, according to several accounts, resembled more of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on first” routine than a dignified deliberative body. We, the public, having had little or no inkling of irresolvable division within the leadership and ranks of our schools, were blindsided.

  • Angelou showed a rare form of courage

     The news of Maya Angelou’s passing reverberated through me. Though not a big woman, she stood tall among modern American writers and poets, giving voice to those repressed and underprivileged.

    Her aptly titled classic work “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” resonated within me as a closeted gay man despite it being an African-American woman’s story. Cages and closets, after all, share the commonality of potentially being virtual prisons.

  • Jeffco school head search mishandled

     After longtime, nationally recognized Jeffco superintendent Cindy Stevenson, facing the reality of a painful conclusion to her tenure, resigned in disgust over the shenanigans taking place in Jeffco, a national hunt for a new person to take the helm was announced. 

    The standard protocol is for a screening group of all stakeholders to winnow the field to nominate three or four to be given to the board for consideration. I participated in such a process twice, once as a private citizen and the other time when I served on the Clear Creek Board of Education.

  • 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!”