•  “We’re all the same, but at the same time, we’re all different,” professor John D. Hass explained to his methods class I was taking while earning my teaching credentials. 

    He used a lunch line as an example: A student should always enter at the back unless one has a special need such as having to make up a test. That principle served me well not only throughout my career but also with my societal outlook. 

  • Vox

     Society has become immune 

    to mass murders


    America’s budget problems appear to be expanding. It seems the emergency-response teams have been reduced. Missing from the last mass murders are the highly trained Democrats and specialized mass-media personnel.

  •  You had to be there, but if you couldn’t, then watching the Broncos defeat the Patriots on TV was next best. I’m blessed that I have season tickets. Of course, I know that by revealing that, I will have a few new best friends. Game companion beware: My seats are located in the highest reaches of Mile High. But then, when one lives as Clear Creekers do between 7,500 feet and 10,000 feet, sprinting up eight ramps to make kickoff is a breeze. 

  •  There are people we encounter in life who achieve notoriety and influence beyond what any reasonable person would expect. Clarence Miller, who passed away last week at the age of 64, was one of those people.

  •  “The complete privatization of schooling might be desirable, but this objective is politically impossible for the time being. Vouchers are a type of reform that is possible now, and would put us on the path to further privatization.” 

    — Joseph Bast, 

    president and CEO of the Heartland Institute


  • Vox

    Can Obamacare be fixed?


    How to fix health care: Ban insurance companies, restructure liability, remove all government systems.

    Health insurance companies make huge profits and have dramatically negative effects. By banning them, hospitals could greatly reduce paperwork costs; payments would go directly to the hospitals, improving cash flow; patient cost savings would be realized; and hospital profits would be increased, resulting in better care.  

  •  The crusade began with the Douglas County Board of Education in 2009. A shift in power took place, giving the forces of so-called reform a majority. That new majority began to impose rules that took aim at veteran teachers with the hope they’d move on and out. It’s succeeding.

  • Vox

     Can the county handle the I-70 pressure?


    I think most people don’t do stupid things because they are stupid; they do so mostly under pressure. 

    The Interstate 70 expansion is pressure that Idaho Springs and Clear Creek County would love to just go away. The Colorado Department of Transportation is also under pressure from those calling the shots under the Gold Dome in Denver. 

  •  The protracted, insidious war on anything public, launched by Ronald Reagan in his quip about the scariest thing one can hear, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help,” has gone to excess. The war, by the way, does not include eliminating tax credits and other forms of corporate welfare. In the dystopian Randian world of absolute individualism, corporations are really people worthy of public largesse despite them being soulless entities focused on one thing only: profit. 

  • It’s been tradition for many to make New Year’s resolutions — e.g., lose weight, quit smoking — that most often fail to materialize. The reasons vary, but I suspect they primarily relate to the fact they are specific goals, which, while well-intentioned, are negative or reactive, despite being grounded in positive intention.

  •  As I read about the record-breaking Internet sales being reported this Christmas, I remember s0metime around 1985 I was asked to co-chair a task force at Sears headquarters to come up with ideas about how the retailer should leverage the use of the Internet. 

  • 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.