• The other day, a friend asked me how I come up with ideas about what to write, and I told her the problem isn’t coming up with them as much as deciding upon one. That’s my pleasant problem this week, so to wit:

  • A July 4 slap in the face
    This letter is most especially addressed to the man who took the American flags away from my granddaughters at the Georgetown July 4 parade:

  • “It’s simple: Mark Udall is avoiding an unpopular president,” former state GOP chairman Dick Wadhams told the Denver Post after Sen. Udall chose to stay in Washington to cast votes during President Obama’s visit to Colorado. Hmmm, I thought, imagining a news conference held by Republican nominee Cory Gardner:
     “This is outrageous,” exclaims Gardner. “For Mark Udall to violate a time-honored tradition is simply inexcusable.”

  •  “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield,” writes Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about the recently adjudicated Hobby Lobby case. In her dissent, she asks pointed questions of the all-male, religious-centered majority including “Do for-profit corporations rank among persons who exercise religion?”

    Ginsberg quotes the first chief justice John Marshall, who declared a corporation “an artificial being, invisible, intangible and existing only in contemplation of the law.”  

  •  Three rulings made last week a good one for civil liberties and, therefore, for civil libertarians, despite one ruling causing consternation for some women and their health providers. There is a reason the First Amendment is the first in the hierarchy: Without it, all the rest crumble.

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     Kudos to Mary Jane, Annelise Loevlie


    I suspect that most Clear Creek County residents saw the article in the June 13 Denver Post business section about Mary Jane and Annelise Loevlie both receiving the presidential “E” Award for managing nation-leading exporters. Mary Jane created and manages Shotcrete Technologies; Annelise is CEO and a founder of Icelantic Skis.

  •  It’s called the Slacker given it’s primarily a downhill course, but running 13.1 miles beginning near 11,000 feet is still taxing. Runners from Europe, Australia and across America know if they want their lungs screaming, America’s highest-in-elevation half-marathon will make that happen.

    The 13th annual Slacker Half Marathon and Four-Mile Run is the brainchild of local everything Beth Luther. Keeping up with Beth is like running a full marathon. A slacker she’s not.

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     Thanks to Xcel for contribution


    Powerful is how I describe the Xcel Energy Foundation’s recent $10,000 contribution to the Georgetown Energy Museum. This generous gift will allow us to open the museum’s doors to additional visitors, enhance our displays and continue offering the public unique opportunities to interact with Colorado history. 

  •  It was great to read Dave Stahl’s letter to the editor last week about Sen. Mark Udall being a senator who listens. Way too often we read letters and columns criticizing officeholders. I’m as guilty as anyone, so I’m happy Dave took time to relay his positive experience.

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     Udall is a senator who listens


    The pending mid-term elections are perhaps among the most critical in U.S. history. The  partisan divide in Washington, and here in Colorado, has never been as deep as now. 

    We have but a handful of politicians in Washington D.C. who have refused to become  engulfed by the chasm. Among them is U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.

  •  Stunned, like so many in Clear Creek. Todd Lancaster, home-grown superintendent, unceremoniously axed in a chaotic forum that, according to several accounts, resembled more of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on first” routine than a dignified deliberative body. We, the public, having had little or no inkling of irresolvable division within the leadership and ranks of our schools, were blindsided.

  • Taxpayers, students lose if teachers control the school board


    From the point of view of a casual observer and a taxpayer of the situation surrounding the firing of the school Superintendent Todd Lancaster, it appears the tail is wagging the dog. If the teachers (and I assume their union) have the power to control the school board, we, the taxpayers, and the schoolchildren are losers.

  •  The news of Maya Angelou’s passing reverberated through me. Though not a big woman, she stood tall among modern American writers and poets, giving voice to those repressed and underprivileged.

    Her aptly titled classic work “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” resonated within me as a closeted gay man despite it being an African-American woman’s story. Cages and closets, after all, share the commonality of potentially being virtual prisons.

  •  After longtime, nationally recognized Jeffco superintendent Cindy Stevenson, facing the reality of a painful conclusion to her tenure, resigned in disgust over the shenanigans taking place in Jeffco, a national hunt for a new person to take the helm was announced. 

    The standard protocol is for a screening group of all stakeholders to winnow the field to nominate three or four to be given to the board for consideration. I participated in such a process twice, once as a private citizen and the other time when I served on the Clear Creek Board of Education.

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     Lynch mob mentality over superintendent


    In the 1943 movie “The Ox-Bow Incident,” a lynch mob takes control of a situation it perceives to threaten its way of life and hangs two men despite the protests of several level-headed onlookers.

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    Thanks for help with 9Health Fair


    Thank you for the very nice article regarding the 9Health Fair. This year we had another very successful fair on Saturday, April 26, in Idaho Springs. We served 216 participants. 

    I would like to add that the success of the fair is due to hard work by a number of volunteers, and to the help of local businesses and professionals. I would like to take the opportunity to publicly thank everyone involved. 

     A special thank-you to the following people and businesses:

  •  I was recently invited and privileged to attend the Clear Creek Veterans Coalition meeting, and I walked away impressed and amazed by what was happening, not only in the room but also beyond in initiatives the group has undertaken in its short history.

    First, I was instantly corrected by several for stating while introducing myself that I was likely the only non-veteran in the room. 

     “Wow!” I thought. “I guess I’m not a fish out of water after all.”

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    Honor our peace officer
    In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.
    Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law-enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

  • In the past six months, the universe of Obamacare has changed as rapidly, it seems, as the universe did six months after the Big Bang. Once on life support and given last rites by ministers of the political right, Obamacare has rebounded, much to Republicans’ chagrin. Democrats should only hope Republicans make it their central issue in the fall campaign; that is, if they’re willing to trumpet its success.

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    Give credit where credit is due


    I was saddened by the article on the Peaks to Plains Trail. No credit was given to the volunteers on the Clear Creek Open Space Commission, who were the principal players in bringing this project to fruition. 

    After years of negotiations, the land was purchased with Open Space funds. Hundreds of volunteer hours were spent in grant writing and meetings with the Colorado Department of Transportation and landowners.