• Vox

     It’s time for the penny to buy the farm


    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.

  • What a gift, and just in time for the holidays! Well, the unwrapping will be delayed, but the FCC’s granting of a stronger signal for KYGT-FM, the Goat, is something that will greatly increase the service the nearly all-volunteer station provides to the Clear Creek community.

    KYGT has quite a history, reminiscent of Guglielmo Marconi’s first go at sending signals we take for granted today. I can’t do justice to the telling of it, but if you can tie down founder Greg Markle, he’ll regale you with a tale that’s both true and incredible. 

  • Vox

    What would a monorail ticket cost?


    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?

  • In his eulogy for Nelson Mandela, President Obama said the world is not likely to see the likes of him again. Mandela’s life was a true model of unwavering personal courage, willing to self-sacrifice all for a greater and nobler cause than his own personal fortune.

  • Attorney General John Suthers, Colorado’s highest-ranking Republican official, has shed his conservative mantle and donned the robes of a curious progressive, so it seems. In his recent written defense of TABOR in the Denver Post, he points out, quite nicely and correctly, that a number of initiatives that we take for granted and that make life much more safe and bearable, such as the eight-hour workday, are products of the Progressive Era of a century ago. 

  • Vox

     Idaho Springs council should revisit

    proposal for Patriot’s Park


    As a nonpolitical concerned citizen and veteran, representing only myself, I would like to revisit the Patriot’s Park controversy.

  •  Dear Sis:

    OHIOPYLE, Pa. — You never shared my need to return to these rivers and creeks and hollows when wounded, this ancient place where water and stone wage their endless battle.

    I come here looking for sense, hoping there still is sense to be made, yet leave each time with the comforting and appalling certainty that life is merely a series of accidents, and we are their lucky or unlucky victims.

  • The lopsided defeat of Amendment 66, which was dedicated to increasing funding for public schools, has deeper implications and reasons than the much-ballyhooed stuff about voters’ economic concerns and it not being a good time to ask people to raise their taxes.

  •  It’s time to make a deal with James Holmes.

    As we approach the year and a half anniversary of the tragedy of the Aurora theater shootings and as the pretrial hearings continue (and continue and continue!), it looks less and less likely that Holmes will ever be executed. It would be in the public interest to get some kind of plea in place that assures Holmes will spend the rest of his life in custody, to achieve final resolution and to put this ordeal to bed once and for all.

  • In her defense of George W. Bush’s War on Iraq, national security adviser and later Secretary of States Condoleezza Rice used the phrase “status quo ante” to describe the situation in Iraq during the Saddam Hussein regime before the U.S. invasion. By so phrasing the situation, one of her points was that even the biggest critics of the war would not support returning Saddam to power.

  •  It’s hatched! For the past year, I’ve been sitting on a huge egg, tending to it like a mother hen. The egg was the Public Health Assessment required by the state of all local health agencies, and the five-year public and environmental health improvement plan mandated as part of the assessment -- thus the reason for my health column sabbatical. As indicated in Ian Neligh’s feature story in the Oct. 16 Courant, the entire improvement plan including the results of the surveys, focus groups, interviews and research studies is available at www.ClearCreekHealth.us.

  • Vox

    Patriot’s Park would be good for town
    Regarding the recent article in the Courant: It is incredible that a simple proposal to name a piece of city property “Patriot’s Park” could invoke such a storm of recriminations from the director of the library board.
    The allegations presented by the board of director are as follows:
    • The new name would detract from the classy, inspirational titles espoused by the director — i.e., “the yard” and “the library grounds.”

  • If you remember flashbulbs and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, you’re likely over 60. For the nation, the ordeal was a “flash-bulb” moment, one that you accurately and vividly recall where you were, what you were doing and those you were with.

  • Vox

     CDOT’s endless presence, nightmare

    So, I guess CDOT is finally finishing it three-lane, 2-mile highway segment east of Idaho Springs. After this traffic debacle, I guess they are toying with a toll lane going west from Empire, then maybe a three-lane eastward tunnel bore.

    What does all this add up to? Two to three years of a living hell for all those traveling east or west of Idaho Springs, and in return for what? 

  • The two-part series I wrote on the wisdom of preserving open space atop Floyd Hill elicited varied responses, written and verbal. Some were specific to the issue itself and others about me changing my position and being willing to not only say so but also be clear in my explanation for the shift in perspective.

  • The flooding that hit Clear Creek and Jefferson counties on Friday the 13th in September presented our four newspapers with the same challenge we face on a daily basis: Trying to cover stories that often overwhelm our resources in their scope and impact.

    This was undoubtedly and quite noticeably true of the flooding and of 2012’s devastating Lower North Fork Fire south of Conifer. But the problem also exists in a less-noticeable but far more important arena — coverage of local governments.

  • Vox

     Floyd Hill meadow should remain open space


  • The unpleasantness that has arisen due to Commissioners Tom Hayden and Phil Buckland reneging on their promise to protect open space atop Floyd Hill has to be looked at — not as an isolated, local concern — but from their decision’s meaning for the entire Clear Creek community.

    There are several broad concepts we, especially our community leaders, need to keep in mind as we envision and create a pathway to the Clear Creek of the future:

  • Most of you know me or at least have heard my name. I have been involved with the city in one way or another for more than 20 years and have watched our government work from both sides of the council table. 

  • I’ve been asked why I am running for mayor and why I would be best for the position. I truly believe that I would be the best for mayor because, in owning a service business, I already allow myself to be open to new ideas and criticism from others and act in a positive manner toward them.