• Vox

    Kudos to those who organized silent parade


    Thank you for the article on the 9/11 Silent Parade and Ceremony honoring our community's first responders of all types. I'd like to add that county Veteran Service Officer Troy Erickson was the prime organizer of the event with help from Clear Creek County Veterans Coalition members Pastor Bill Robertson, John Bryan and Tina Matthew. 

    The Q House boys should also be recognized for their work of setup and take-down of the stage area.

    Phil North

  • Both of my wonderful parents loved camping, and I grew up spending much of my time in the back of a canoe and in the wilderness to my great fortune.

    Although I haven't had the opportunity to camp in recent years, my childhood was rich with experiences that taught me an appreciation for nature, and how we can and are meant to coexist with it. This kind of harmony can be incredible, and I believe that nature truly is where the human heart belongs.

  • Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake Thy gory locks at me. “Macbeth” (III, iv, 50)

    Macbeth is seeing the ghost of Banquo who was murdered by Macbeth’s paid assassins. That scene is the play’s climax, the point when Macbeth’s fate is sealed.

  • I think that it is a pretty safe bet to assume that some readers of this column attended a religious service this past weekend. Whether Jewish, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian or even Kurt Vonnegut’s Church of God of the Totally Indifferent, all of these denominations have one thing in common: None advocated for the overthrow of the U.S. government supported by a move to a state religion.

  • Most of us of a certain age are well acquainted with the admonition to avoid religion and politics as topics of polite discussion. While many erroneously assume that this advice is intended primarily to avoid confrontations, I suspect that it is sound counsel for a couple other reasons.

  • But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. – Matt. 19:14 (KJV)

    Nice sentiment, but sorry Big Guy, it’s not the way it is in the US of A. It’s more, “Let the little children suffer and forbid them to stay, for such is the America we’re making GREAT again.”

    So, OK, the United States is not the kingdom of heaven on earth. Nor very Christian in practice. It never really was. Unless human bondage and ethnic cleansing have become part of the Christian canon.

  • As both the Democrat and the Republican opposition to President Trump continues its assault on his presidency, very little attention has been paid to a very important and insightful foreign policy speech.

  • In my experience there are often two black-and-white reactions to conspiracy theories — those who listen to the theories and laugh, and those who adamantly believe them to be true. There are still the few who will listen to both sides of the argument and even do some independent research, and those are the individuals for whom I hold great respect.

    In fact, often times these theories seem to be held together by some kind of evidence, even if it's just the size of a mustard seed, and actually wading through this evidence can be rather difficult at times.

  • Alisha Hill

  • There are times I miss the classroom. Last week was one. The Great American Eclipse taking place in the middle of a school day was a boon for Colorado teachers. I can imagine the excitement on their students’ faces, especially on the I’m-cool, cynical ones who panned the event and taunted fellow students as geeks until they donned geek glasses and beheld something vastly greater than they.

  • Vox

    Standing up to hatred


    Several hundred people of color live in Clear Creek County,

    and if I were in that 8 percent of our county population, I would

    be scared at the rise of white nationalist thugs like those in

    Charlottesville. I would want my community members to speak in

    opposition to hatred and violence.

    Well, I’m white, and I’m scared too. But I will stand up with and

    for people of all colors against racism, hatred and violence. I pledge

  • Whether it is hatred leading to violence or violence leading to hatred, neither can be countenanced by a society with any pretensions toward civility.

    For any society, such as ours, founded on the principles of law, such violations of legal rights cannot be condoned. While there is no denying the viability of justifiable anger, this does not allow for the violation of another’s legal rights.

  • The war being over . . . and the questions at issue . . . having been decided, I believe it to be the duty of everyone to unite in the restoration of the country, and the re-establishment of peace and harmony.

    — Robert E. Lee

    The general’s words were promptly ignored by those who idolized him. Instead, a campaign formed to instill in the American mythos a revisionist version of the South and Civil War, an image projected by Margaret Mitchell in “Gone with the Wind.”

  • Alisha Hill

  • The gulf between real world economics and under-educated idealists continues to grow. Today, our national debt is about $20 TRILLION.
    With the U.S. population at just more than 323 million, that works out to a little over $60,000 of debt for each and every one of our citizens. When interest rates hit 5 percent, the interest costs alone on this debt will be $1 TRILLION. Again, on a per capita basis, the interest costs alone will be more than $3,000.

  • Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker asks pointed, timely questions: “There are still plenty of deep thinkers out there, but who is listening? Who is reading?”

    Few, I reply.

    Parker references Adlai Stevenson and Dwight Eisenhower and their era as examples of erudition within civility. Good choice, I thought. The Egghead and the General, who, as Parker notes, was no “intellectual midget.”

  • So far my last two columns have been somewhat neutral and easy to agree with; but now I am going to write about something that I am sure will be met with more controversy.

    By the time this column gets printed and put on the shelf, it will have been a couple of weeks since I was pulled over for the first time and received the first ticket of my 22 years. The ticket was here in Idaho Springs on Main Street for neglecting to wear my seatbelt.

  • Vox

    Prospector bus should have more diverse schedule


    The county’s new Prospector bus is a good idea, but I have not seen many passengers on it, and most times I see it empty. I have read that it has been successful, but that is a mystery to me.

  • The current sausage making known as repeal and replacement of Obamacare is an embarrassment and an affront to basic conservative principles. When then Senate majority leader Harry Reid cobbled together Obamacare, “sweet deals” were everywhere to “buy” support. Who can forget the Cornhusker Kickback? The sad part is that current Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican minions are doing the same thing. A significant number of elected Republicans are actually Roosevelt Democrats in disguise.

  • Why they try to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more / More people, more scars upon the land. – John Denver, “Rocky Mountain High”

    It’s a simple thing I cannot comprehend.