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Columns

  • A set of resolutions to live by

    It’s been tradition for many to make New Year’s resolutions — e.g., lose weight, quit smoking — that most often fail to materialize. The reasons vary, but I suspect they primarily relate to the fact they are specific goals, which, while well-intentioned, are negative or reactive, despite being grounded in positive intention.

  • Change your strategy, not your values

     As I read about the record-breaking Internet sales being reported this Christmas, I remember s0metime around 1985 I was asked to co-chair a task force at Sears headquarters to come up with ideas about how the retailer should leverage the use of the Internet. 

  • KYGT-FM to expand signal, reach

    What a gift, and just in time for the holidays! Well, the unwrapping will be delayed, but the FCC’s granting of a stronger signal for KYGT-FM, the Goat, is something that will greatly increase the service the nearly all-volunteer station provides to the Clear Creek community.

    KYGT has quite a history, reminiscent of Guglielmo Marconi’s first go at sending signals we take for granted today. I can’t do justice to the telling of it, but if you can tie down founder Greg Markle, he’ll regale you with a tale that’s both true and incredible. 

  • Mandela was a model of courage

    In his eulogy for Nelson Mandela, President Obama said the world is not likely to see the likes of him again. Mandela’s life was a true model of unwavering personal courage, willing to self-sacrifice all for a greater and nobler cause than his own personal fortune.

  • TABOR still not a good idea for Colorado

    Attorney General John Suthers, Colorado’s highest-ranking Republican official, has shed his conservative mantle and donned the robes of a curious progressive, so it seems. In his recent written defense of TABOR in the Denver Post, he points out, quite nicely and correctly, that a number of initiatives that we take for granted and that make life much more safe and bearable, such as the eight-hour workday, are products of the Progressive Era of a century ago. 

  • Some words about time and the river

     Dear Sis:

    OHIOPYLE, Pa. — You never shared my need to return to these rivers and creeks and hollows when wounded, this ancient place where water and stone wage their endless battle.

    I come here looking for sense, hoping there still is sense to be made, yet leave each time with the comforting and appalling certainty that life is merely a series of accidents, and we are their lucky or unlucky victims.

  • Teaching is tougher than you think

    The lopsided defeat of Amendment 66, which was dedicated to increasing funding for public schools, has deeper implications and reasons than the much-ballyhooed stuff about voters’ economic concerns and it not being a good time to ask people to raise their taxes.

  • Plea deal makes sense for Holmes

     It’s time to make a deal with James Holmes.

    As we approach the year and a half anniversary of the tragedy of the Aurora theater shootings and as the pretrial hearings continue (and continue and continue!), it looks less and less likely that Holmes will ever be executed. It would be in the public interest to get some kind of plea in place that assures Holmes will spend the rest of his life in custody, to achieve final resolution and to put this ordeal to bed once and for all.

  • A move in the right direction

    In her defense of George W. Bush’s War on Iraq, national security adviser and later Secretary of States Condoleezza Rice used the phrase “status quo ante” to describe the situation in Iraq during the Saddam Hussein regime before the U.S. invasion. By so phrasing the situation, one of her points was that even the biggest critics of the war would not support returning Saddam to power.

  • Clear Creek Public Health completes county assessment

     It’s hatched! For the past year, I’ve been sitting on a huge egg, tending to it like a mother hen. The egg was the Public Health Assessment required by the state of all local health agencies, and the five-year public and environmental health improvement plan mandated as part of the assessment -- thus the reason for my health column sabbatical. As indicated in Ian Neligh’s feature story in the Oct. 16 Courant, the entire improvement plan including the results of the surveys, focus groups, interviews and research studies is available at www.ClearCreekHealth.us.