• Vox

     Commissioners’ actions regarding

    open space disappointing


    Re: The county commissioners’ meeting on Aug. 16

    I wish to comment on my disappointment over the outcome of the Clear Creek Board of County Commissioners meeting to consider the Clear Creek County Open Space Commission’s request to move forward in an effort to acquire the former Williams (now Snow Mountain) property just south of the Floyd Hill overpass. 

  •  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.

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     New rec center needed but overpriced


    I have been a patron of the recreation center in Idaho Springs for more than 10 years. I have found the facilities to be adequate, and the staff and management to be good. While the building is in pretty good shape, renovations are needed sooner or later. Current low-interest rates make sooner better.

  •  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. 

  •  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.  

  •  “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.”

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    New Clear Creek commissioners betrayed voters with stance on open-space buy


  • 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?

  •  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.

  •  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.

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    Destroying the Postal Service is destroying a foundation of democracy


    Good article on the post office (in Dumont); however, Ian Neligh neglected to mention one thing: the reason the post office is in trouble. 

    In 2006, a lame-duck Republican Congress passed a mandate requiring the post office to fund pensions 75 years in advance at a cost of $5.5 billion a year. 

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

  • “You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood ... back home to the old forms and systems of things, which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time – back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.”
    — “You Can’t Go Home Again” by Thomas Wolfe

    You can pick your friends but you cannot pick your family.  The truth of that maxim depends, though, on how one defines “family.”

  • Vox

     Fabyanic has courage, strength


    I was very impressed with Jerry Fabyanic’s opinion piece “Accepting One’s Self Is Empowerment.” 

    Coming out is not uncommon. Coming out to the community at large in the newspaper is definitely uncommon and takes a great deal more courage. 

  •  There’s a delightful woman who has been taking ticket stubs at the Denver West theaters for 17 years, she tells me. She happens to be blind or seeing impaired. Another way of saying it is, she has a disability. However one states that factual aspect of her physical being, it does not detract from her ability to see the world from her perspective. She has phenomenal vision and as a result has stories to tell.

  • Above my work station hangs a poster emblazoned with one of my guiding maxims, a statement made by Pastor Niemoeller after World War II when the full extent of the Holocaust became known.

     “First they came for the Communists,” he said, “but I was not a Communist, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

  • Vox

     Reasons why young people

    don’t want to live in Clear Creek


    The article last week concerning home-buying incentives to attract teachers and other workers to live in Clear Creek County sounds just like the promises made concerning building the high school on Floyd Hill.

  •  I cannot recall who said or wrote it, but I love the insight about the ultimate form of control is attempting to control the process of letting go of control. 

    Of course, control is a fundamental American virtue. While not directly inculcated, it goes part and parcel with the rest of the American myth — Horatio Alger, you can be anything you want to be — and real men don’t cry.

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    Twin Tunnels should be renamed to honor vets


    In your coverage of the county commissioners’ town meeting in the June 12 issue with the headline, “Commissioners hit the road, encounter some bumps,” you neglected to mention one issue that was discussed and met with general support by both the citizens and the three county commissioners present.

  •  Joe never thought he would make it to Washington, D.C., to see the monuments. He had stopped doing much traveling from his home in Idaho Springs. He saw action during more than two years of service in the Pacific, and now this trip really hit home. 

    He noted how the fingers looked perfect on the statue atop the Marine Corps Monument. He could almost feel the wind in his face and hear the colors flapping, just as those Marines did, while they raised Old Glory on Mount Suribachi high above Iwo Jima.