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     The rec center budget shell game  

    The rec center renovation, which 51 percent of the voters approved for $7 million, is over budget at almost $9 million. Now it has magically shaved off  $2,270,000 with some redesign, cuts and  lots of changes in “stuff.” In my professional opinion, the new plans are inefficiently designed, with a lot of wasted space. I pointed out how that could be improved at a recent rec district board meeting. I was blown off with lip service and rationalizations.  

  • If we’re to move forward to develop an economy that allows for the potential of every American to be successful, it’s imperative to move away from the either-or dichotomy of looking at capitalism: Either one has blind faith and is a fervent believer in it, or one is considered a socialist. That notion is nonsense on several levels, but suffice to say those who profess that are being simplistic.

  •  I’m no union guy. I think the unions have generally outlived their usefulness in our country, and that’s why only about 11 percent of American workers are union members, compared to nearly one-third in the early ’70s. Today the majority of union members are employees in the public sector, where the relationship between employer and employee has always been more contractual than relational.

  • On April 20, 2014, members of the Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate Easter, coinciding with the date for Western-rite Christians. On April 20, 1914, 100 years to the day, the Greek Orthodox Church again celebrated its Easter, but for 18 Greek Orthodox women and children of miners in Ludlow, Colo., that Easter Sunday was a day not of resurrection but of death, huddled together dying of smoke inhalation from fires set by goon squads sent by coal magnates and the Colorado militia, which operated at their behest. 

  • They’re rounding the final turn and headed for the home stretch as your 69th Colorado General Assembly begins to wrap things up. Because of the limits in our constitution, the legislature must adjourn by May 7, just five weeks from today.

    The House passed the 2014-15 state budget last week, and the Senate will complete its version by Friday. They should be able to resolve any differences by next week, and we’ll be in the mad dash to the finish line.

  • “Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”  

    — John Donne, Meditation 17, “No Man Is an Island”

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    It’s important to bring new families to Clear Creek

    Woe is us: The mine is closing. I moved to Clear Creek County in 1986, and this is one of the first things I heard. Well, the mine hasn’t closed yet, and when I was talking with a mine official last year, he estimated they could probably keep operating for 10 to 20 more years. He said they are continuing to do exploratory drilling, which may extend the life of the mine. 

  • There is nothing wrong with changing one’s mind, especially when confronted with new information. In fact, it’s a virtue; intellectual honesty requires it.

    Long-entrenched thinking takes time to “evolve,” as Presidents Obama’s has on same-sex marriage. On that, he’s far from alone; millions of Americans have moved to support the principle, a vast change from homophobic days when a mad rush cluttered state constitutions with amendments defining marriage as between opposite-sex couples.

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    Open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act ends March 31


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     Thanks for participating

    in Mardi Gras fund-raiser


    The board of directors of the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society wish to thank everyone who attended our first Mardi Gras fund-raiser. 

    Special thank-yous go out to Raymond Griffin of the Lost Cajun in Frisco, Scott Yard of Smokin Yard’s BBQ, Marianne Bohannon, Bonnie Hunt, Tommyknocker Brewery and also Mardi Gras Casino for beads and buffet passes for our drawings. 

  • The I-70 corridor is a mess on a few days — less than 40 out of 365 days of the year. 

    That’s about 10 percent of the time, and even that is overstating the case because on those days, the congestion is limited to usually no more than six hours, or one-fourth of the day. One-fourth of 10 percent is 2.5 percent. That’s it for the entire year. 

  •  Talk about a game changer!

    Polling has suggested that U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is vulnerable as he seeks re-election this fall, but conventional wisdom was that none of his announced challengers were gaining much traction.

    Then, last week, less than a week before precinct caucuses would mark the formal beginning of the process for major parties to choose their nominees, Congressman Cory Gardner dropped a bombshell when he announced he would abandon his re-election campaign for the 4th Congressional District and challenge Udall instead.

  •  If the comments at state Rep. KC Becker’s town hall meeting can serve as a barometer, there’s considerable apprehension about the I-70 corridor, understandably so given the recent brouhaha about the Boulder Turnpike being essentially handed over to foreign nationals. What next?  

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     Editor’s note: What follows is a letter sent to County Commissioner Tom Hayden, and then Hayden’s response.


    Coroner Don Allan shows compassion, dedication

    To Tom Hayden:

    I just want you to know about how much we appreciate the dedication and kindness of your coroner, Don Allan.  My husband’s co-worker and friend recently died in Clear Creek in a hiking accident, and so my husband was put in touch with Don Allan.

  •  Robert Zubrin perfectly fits the mold of an independent thinker. Zubrin is the president of Pioneer Energy and author of “Energy Victory.”  

    One might, then, given his credentials, stereotype him as a proponent of testing students until their brains turn to mush. But he isn’t; in fact, in a column titled “Colorado’s school testers flunk themselves” in the Denver Post, Zubrin dissects the arguments that the test-until-they-drop crowd offer.  

  •  I stood there in the stream up to my knees, not catching anything. I stood there and never caught anything. 

    Other fishermen were packing up for the day with terrific scowls that told tales of similar heroic misfortune. Truthfully, I might have had better luck diving in head-first and trying to snare a trout between my teeth than on the end of my line. 

    But there I was Saturday on the South Platte, not snaring anything but the piteous looks from the fish and game folks who came to check my license and listen to my tale of woe.

  •  “Off with her head!” cried the Queens of Hearts, but instead of Alice in Wonderland’s head rolling, as did John the Baptist’s for Salome, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson fell on her sword by resigning before the Jeffco Board of Education Threesome could fire her.

    I wonder if, in lieu of the Pledge of Allegiance before the blood-letting, there was an invocation “asking the Lord for wisdom, grace and protection over these precious people of God.”  

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     Great speaker on Colorado history


    Jan Murphy, author of “Outlaw Tales of Colorado, and Mysteries and Legends of  Colorado,” will be telling some fine tales after a gourmet dinner at One Door Down from Two Brothers Deli on Miner Street. 

    Jan is a woman whose career as a Colorado historian developed by pursuing her interests with courage, perseverance and wit. She is a great storyteller, so we are expecting a fine performance.

  •  “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. 

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     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.