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Columns

  • An imaginary news conference

    “It’s simple: Mark Udall is avoiding an unpopular president,” former state GOP chairman Dick Wadhams told the Denver Post after Sen. Udall chose to stay in Washington to cast votes during President Obama’s visit to Colorado. Hmmm, I thought, imagining a news conference held by Republican nominee Cory Gardner:
     “This is outrageous,” exclaims Gardner. “For Mark Udall to violate a time-honored tradition is simply inexcusable.”

  • El Paso turned the tide for Beauprez

     Leading up to the Republican gubernatorial primary June 24, the Colorado Springs Gazette ran an editorial May 19 urging candidates Mike Kopp and Scott Gessler to drop out of the race to ensure that Bob Beauprez would win the nomination over Tom Tancredo. The Gazette argued that Tancredo was not a viable candidate in the general election and that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s re-election would be a sure thing if Tancredo became the Republican nominee.

  • Business and religion don’t mix

     “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield,” writes Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about the recently adjudicated Hobby Lobby case. In her dissent, she asks pointed questions of the all-male, religious-centered majority including “Do for-profit corporations rank among persons who exercise religion?”

    Ginsberg quotes the first chief justice John Marshall, who declared a corporation “an artificial being, invisible, intangible and existing only in contemplation of the law.”  

  • 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.

  • Group does amazing work for vets

     I was recently invited and privileged to attend the Clear Creek Veterans Coalition meeting, and I walked away impressed and amazed by what was happening, not only in the room but also beyond in initiatives the group has undertaken in its short history.

    First, I was instantly corrected by several for stating while introducing myself that I was likely the only non-veteran in the room. 

     “Wow!” I thought. “I guess I’m not a fish out of water after all.”