• 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.

  • Ways to solve Mount Bierstadt issues
    I read and like many points of view that Jerry Fabyanic writes. However, his hiking trail coverage on Mount Bierstadt misses many points. 
    I was born in Austria, skied and ski raced internationally, and hiked mountains across Europe and North America. I’ve lived in Colorado for 25 years and am a sport (rock) climber, not to be confused with a hiker, as it was in Mr. Fabyanic’s editorial. 

  • Let’s dub it the Mount Bierstadt Summit. “Summit” as in confluence of great forces inexorably leading to our demise, and “our” as in Earth as we know it and us, the conscious beings who have been at odds with nature since declaring independence from it.
    The right to access Mount Bierstadt vs. protecting it from continued degradation. Legal right vs. environmental ethics.

  • Alisha Hill

  • Vox

    Thank you to all those who participated in our statewide exercise.

    On June 15-17, Clear Creek Public Health participated in the Statewide Full Scale Exercise to test dispensing of medication in a pandemic scenario. The Public Health department and many other agencies throughout the county spent many months designing Clear Creek’s part in the exercise.

  • For working adults, there is probably no closer and direct connection to the federal government than the automatic process of withholding taxes. While most of us are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s insight regarding the inevitability of death and taxes, what many do not fully appreciate is the recent history of U.S. taxation and our current status with its implications.

  • There’s head-scratching irony to the he-man machoism pervading American culture. It’s become a rite of passage to prove one’s toughness for the sole purpose of proving one’s toughness. It’s the reason we keep seeing more extreme sports, which our hunter-gatherer ancestors called “hunting mammoth.” Perhaps it’s residue in participants’ DNA. Maybe from the Neanderthal side of their family.

  • Sometimes the most productive reflection about an event occurs some time after the official ceremonial activities have passed. Such is the case for me regarding Independence Day.

  • “The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous.”
    H.L. Mencken

  • Alisha Hill

  • A cab driver in Washington, D.C., perfectly summed up recently the dysfunction that is our current governmental state of affairs. “It is an investigation for obstruction of justice for a crime that never was committed.” What was up is now down, what was down in now up, and in the meantime, the folks we elected to lead this country are providing glowing examples of just what leadership is not.

  • Satire is art, serious and complex. As it pokes fun at powerful people, institutions and movements, it serves as commentary as important and powerful, when done well, as the best op-eds.

    I define satire as the art of seeing through hypocrisies of bloviating egotists, pompous blowhards and righteous moralists, and producing pithy lines that incisively cut through their flimflam. In short, it’s humorous invective.

  • It can be very challenging trying to intellectually discuss something with someone who, despite a personal claim to the contrary, actually knows very little concerning the subject matter. When encountering such a situation, it is sometimes helpful to present two contrasting extremes. The hope is that by presenting extremes, a more educated insight will be the result.

  • I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing. – H.L. Mencken

    Okay, fellow libs, get a grip and get out of your funk. Yes, I know. Donald Trump is hawking the good ol’ USA to the Russians, Jon Ossoff got whomped in the Georgia special election, making that zero for five in steal attempts of those insanely red seats, and the ACA might be toast.