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Opinion

  • The results are in, and Clear Creek, like the rest of the state and nation, not only remains blue, but is becoming increasingly so. That assessment seems to fly in the face of the outcome of the commissioner races, both won by Republicans. Both, however, were squeakers and decided not on the basis of issues or philosophy but on the personalities running.

  • Vox

    Congratulations to the new county commissioners

    Editor:

    I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate our newly elected officials. I wish you all the best of luck in moving us forward and bringing us together. 

  •  A man walks along a solitary beach at sunset. He looks around him. He is alone. He wonders how he got himself into this mess. His life seems like it will sunset early. Everything is wrong. Suddenly, a gentle figure is walking alongside of him.

    “Why are you so depressed, my friend?” asked the gentle man. 

  • The Perfect Storm! Tropical Depression 18 became Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 22, and the New York/New Jersey area will never be the same. Many things changed in a heartbeat. Winds tore down buildings. Storm surges tore apart the boardwalk and flooded Lower Manhattan, an area that has seen its share of disaster.

  • Vox

    Commissioners need to do their jobs regarding St. Mary’s ski area

    Editor:

  • The Day After and at the point of this writing, it’s not been decided who will be president. When reading this, though, it’s likely you know who was elected president, commissioners and district attorney.

  • Editor’s note: Each of the candidates for Clear Creek County commissioner has been given an opportuniy to write a column for the editorial page before the Nov. 6 election. This week, Randy Wheelock, a Democrat running for the District 3 seat, discusses his qualifications.

     

  • Editor’s note: Each of the candidates for the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office have been given an opportunity to write a column for the Opinion page before the Nov. 6 election. Here, Republican Scott Turner, an assistant district attorney in the 5th Judicial District, discusses his qualifications.

     

  • Editor’s note: Each of the candidates for the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office have been given an opportunity to write a column for the Opinion page before the Nov. 6 election. Here, Democrat Bruce Brown, an Idaho Springs attorney, discusses his qualifications.

     

  • Be afraid, be very, very afraid! It is Halloween after all. I like Halloween not for its secular holiday appeal. I like it because it’s the end of the long autumn month of October and the transition into November, Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season. 

  • Vox

    The middle class is nothing to fear

    Editor:

  • I’d like to take credit for a wag’s summary of one debate performer coming down to the letter B — Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets — but journalistic ethics combined with the residual effects of my guilt-ridden Catholic upbringing won’t allow me.

  •  It’s not likely Adam Ochs, R-Evergreen, will unseat Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, in House District 13 that includes Clear Creek, but that didn’t stop Ochs from entering the race or coming onto KYGT to engage with Levy, with me facilitating, in an open-ended conversation.

    After the show, I told Ochs he’s a rare local Republican candidate: no fear of stating unequivocally what he stands for in an unscripted manner and having his words recorded for future reference.

  • Vox

     Wheelock would make a great commissioner

    Editor:

    We are fortunate to have the opportunity to elect Randy Wheelock as Clear Creek County commissioner. Randy is a tireless advocate for this county. He has volunteered his time on countless local boards, committees and projects for the people of Clear Creek County. Throughout his life here, Randy has been committed to making a positive difference in preserving and enhancing our quality of life. 

  •  As we learned last week, the county commissioner is one of the most influential people over your day-to-day life. I’ve had a few occasions to work with Joan Drury on issues regarding several projects. Joan is always accessible, friendly and is someone who takes our concerns seriously. Personally, I am sad to see her term-limited but also wish her the very best.

  • Editor’s note: Each of the candidates for Clear Creek County commissioner will be given an opportunity to write a column for the Opinion page before the Nov. 6 election. This week, Phil Buckland, a Republican running for the District 3 seat, discusses his qualifications.

  • Fifteen years ago this month, I had stopped by the post office in Idaho Springs — the former one in the 1500 block of Colorado Boulevard — taking a break from writing my master’s thesis to grab the mail for my parents.

    I greeted Dean St. John, a longtime family friend who my dad had worked with underground for a time at the Henderson Mine on the drill bench and who I knew as a longtime volunteer firefighter in Idaho Springs. It was the latter topic that came up in our brief conversation that day.

  •  You are about to vote for the most powerful elected official who has the most control over your life, your community and your well-being. This position has the power to take in tax money, distribute tax money and make policy that may keep you from being employed or may help build up the employment within the county. This position is the county commissioner position. 

  • Vox

    Buckland would make an excellent county commissioner

    Editor:

    It is my pleasure to recommend Phil Buckland for the position of county commissioner. I have been a neighbor and friend of Phil’s for many years and have always known him to be honest and fair with everyone he dealt with. 

  •  I’m giving President Obama a pass on his less-than-stellar performance during the Oct. 4 debate. By the time this column is printed, hopefully he will have redeemed himself by challenging Mr. Romney to answer “Which Mitt is it?” in the Oct. 16 debate.