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Columns

  • 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.

  • Mulling over the death of JFK

    If you remember flashbulbs and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, you’re likely over 60. For the nation, the ordeal was a “flash-bulb” moment, one that you accurately and vividly recall where you were, what you were doing and those you were with.

  • In health care, we’re in it together

    In a 167-word letter to the editor in the Denver Post, Dr. Mark Earnest nailed the rationale for the need for universal health care. “In any given year,” he writes, “half of Americans consume almost no health care at all, whereas 10 percent of us will account for three-fourths of all the health care spending that year.”
    The problem is, he logically points out, no one really knows if he/she will be among the unlucky 10 percent, given we’re all “one accident or diagnosis away from falling into it.”

  • Vox

     CDOT’s endless presence, nightmare

    So, I guess CDOT is finally finishing it three-lane, 2-mile highway segment east of Idaho Springs. After this traffic debacle, I guess they are toying with a toll lane going west from Empire, then maybe a three-lane eastward tunnel bore.

    What does all this add up to? Two to three years of a living hell for all those traveling east or west of Idaho Springs, and in return for what? 

  • Of mice, men and the end of the republic

    The flooding that hit Clear Creek and Jefferson counties on Friday the 13th in September presented our four newspapers with the same challenge we face on a daily basis: Trying to cover stories that often overwhelm our resources in their scope and impact.

    This was undoubtedly and quite noticeably true of the flooding and of 2012’s devastating Lower North Fork Fire south of Conifer. But the problem also exists in a less-noticeable but far more important arena — coverage of local governments.