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Letters

  • Vox

    It’s important to bring new families to Clear Creek

    Woe is us: The mine is closing. I moved to Clear Creek County in 1986, and this is one of the first things I heard. Well, the mine hasn’t closed yet, and when I was talking with a mine official last year, he estimated they could probably keep operating for 10 to 20 more years. He said they are continuing to do exploratory drilling, which may extend the life of the mine. 

  • Vox

    Open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act ends March 31

    Editor:

  • Vox

     Thanks for participating

    in Mardi Gras fund-raiser

    Editor:

    The board of directors of the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society wish to thank everyone who attended our first Mardi Gras fund-raiser. 

    Special thank-yous go out to Raymond Griffin of the Lost Cajun in Frisco, Scott Yard of Smokin Yard’s BBQ, Marianne Bohannon, Bonnie Hunt, Tommyknocker Brewery and also Mardi Gras Casino for beads and buffet passes for our drawings. 

  • Vox

     Editor’s note: What follows is a letter sent to County Commissioner Tom Hayden, and then Hayden’s response.

     

    Coroner Don Allan shows compassion, dedication

    To Tom Hayden:

    I just want you to know about how much we appreciate the dedication and kindness of your coroner, Don Allan.  My husband’s co-worker and friend recently died in Clear Creek in a hiking accident, and so my husband was put in touch with Don Allan.

  • Vox

     Great speaker on Colorado history

    Editor:

    Jan Murphy, author of “Outlaw Tales of Colorado, and Mysteries and Legends of  Colorado,” will be telling some fine tales after a gourmet dinner at One Door Down from Two Brothers Deli on Miner Street. 

    Jan is a woman whose career as a Colorado historian developed by pursuing her interests with courage, perseverance and wit. She is a great storyteller, so we are expecting a fine performance.

  • Vox

     Society has become immune 

    to mass murders

    Editor:

    America’s budget problems appear to be expanding. It seems the emergency-response teams have been reduced. Missing from the last mass murders are the highly trained Democrats and specialized mass-media personnel.

  • Vox

    Can Obamacare be fixed?

    Editor:

    How to fix health care: Ban insurance companies, restructure liability, remove all government systems.

    Health insurance companies make huge profits and have dramatically negative effects. By banning them, hospitals could greatly reduce paperwork costs; payments would go directly to the hospitals, improving cash flow; patient cost savings would be realized; and hospital profits would be increased, resulting in better care.  

  • Vox

     Can the county handle the I-70 pressure?

    Editor:

    I think most people don’t do stupid things because they are stupid; they do so mostly under pressure. 

    The Interstate 70 expansion is pressure that Idaho Springs and Clear Creek County would love to just go away. The Colorado Department of Transportation is also under pressure from those calling the shots under the Gold Dome in Denver. 

  • Vox

     It’s time for the penny to buy the farm

    Editor:

    If it costs 3 cents to mint a penny, why not do away with the penny?

     I mean, after all, does it make sense? Or cents?

    Of course, you realize this would mean our costs would go up. For instance, instead of something costing $1.03, now it would cost $1.05. But hey, just think of the possibilities. It could help pay for health care or even help reduce our national debt.

    Think about it.

  • Vox

    What would a monorail ticket cost?

    Editor:

    How come nobody has told us what  a monorail ticket would cost yet? I am an architect, planner, engineer, GC and MBA with some experience in mass-transit design, including the monorail alternative. I am not an anointed  “expert”  or  big-name firm. But it ain’t rocket science,  just numbers with a lot of zeros at the end. Let’s take a rough shot at it, shall we?