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Columns

  • It has been a wild 10-year ride

     Ten years and counting. Hard to believe that I started writing for the Courant when Lynn Granger was Georgetown police judge, Bob Poirot was county commissioner, Bill Owens was governor and George W. Bush was president. Barack Obama had yet to make a splash on the national scene. 

  • Recalls have larger implications

    The recall of two state senators has and will continue to have implications on our democratic process for time to come. Had the recall proponents not been successful, we would be moving on; but they were, and as a result, there’s blood in the water. Now, groups disenchanted with their public officials for whatever reason will be more confident about following the recall path. 

    Questions abound:

    Will it be seen as a restoration of citizen power or an overreach?  

  • County declares state of emergency

     Dear friends, neighbors and residents of Clear Creek County:

    We hope you and your family have remained safe in this emergency. As you are aware, Clear Creek County has sustained significant damage to its infrastructure and private residences in certain parts of our community, namely from Idaho Springs and extending to the east end of the county.

  • Politicians need to keep promises

     Things have changed in Clear Creek in 2013 with the “new regime,” as it is being called. Elections generally do have consequences, and the change in two commissioner seats has been telling. For sure, it’s a different day.  

    In the Aug. 28 edition of the Courant, letter writer Etta Satter lambastes Commissioners Phil Buckland and Tom Hayden for flip-flopping on a commitment to negotiate to purchase the Snow Mountain property that in her mind was a solemn promise. 

  • Is the American Dream broken?

     The 50th anniversary of “The March” is both a timely reminder about how far we’ve come and of how much we’re stilled mired in old ways of thinking. A year and a week ago in the March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, which ranks in the pantheon of great deliveries. In it, he laid out a dream, a vision about justice and freedom.

    Without that event, Barack Obama would likely just be some well-positioned university professor.  

  • Sharing time, space with other living things

     “Any man’s death diminishes me,” wrote the poet Donne, “because I am involved in mankind.” The philosopher Dr. Albert Schweitzer expanded on this sentiment with his ethic of ehrfurcht vor dem leben, or “reverence for life.” 

    “Ethics is nothing other than reverence for life,” Schweitzer wrote. “Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil.”

  • Tunnel project may be just the beginning

    What a blast! The project at the Twin Tunnels, soon to be renamed since they’re no longer identical, is looking as if it’s rounding third base and heading for home. Light at the end of the tunnel will appear when daylight in Clear Creek is waning … after Halloween.

    Trick or treat?

  • Remember POWs, MIA soldiers on Sept. 20

     For many years, prisoners of war and those still missing in action had no official day of remembrance, yet their memory remained alive in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Americans who knew them, loved them — and waited.

  • Only you can change your life

     Note: This is the sixth and final column in a series on personal transformation

    Over the years, I have taken to task those who hold capitalism to be the most liberating of economic systems. In theory it might be, but in practice, it depends heavily upon worker ants and bees dutifully fulfilling assigned roles to keep the engine of commerce humming smoothly.

  • The road to finding acceptance

     Note: This is the fifth in a series on personal transformation