• Letter writer Jim Leonard makes an excellent point when he states that more emphasis needs to be put on county issues by Courant columnists. Admittedly, it’s hard not to dedicate all of my column space to national issues, as they entail the very soul of our nation. The future of Clear Creek, though, is also of vital concern.

    For more than nine years, I have explored various local issues: land use, transportation, human health and services, historical preservation and economic development among them. Of course, I’m for all of them.

  • In recent weeks, one of our heroes left us. He is someone near and dear to me. He inspired me, and he inspired a nation. He, too, was from Ohio, not far from where I went to college. Neil Armstrong was to America that shining light that pierced the darkness. 

  • Vox

    Politics should be about good ideas, not money


    I take issue with unions being labeled as some kind of evil, and especially those for teachers, fire and police. These people risk their lives for us every day, and if you say that teachers don’t belong in the grouping, you obviously never taught in a city school. 

    Well, I have, and in my first year while standing at the door of my room greeting students as they entered, I heard the sound of gunfire in the hall just around the corner from my room. 

  •  Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate tells us considerably more than Romney’s need to reach out to, connect with or throw a bone — red meat — to his Tea Party wing.

  •  “Like Rev. Hale and others on this stage, we conceive the devil as a necessary part of a respectable cosmology. Ours is a divided empire in which certain ideas and emotions and actions are of God, and their opposites are of Lucifer.” 

    — “The Crucible”
    by Arthur Miller


  •  Since I last wrote, I spent almost a week in Leesburg, Va., at a conference for one of my software publishers, Acumatica ERP. I spent my time networking with people from Russia, France, Colombia, Mexico and Montreal. The Montreal guys were interesting. 

    I always like speaking with people from outside the United States, as it gives me a better perspective on how we look to others. I also love trying to understand them through their accents.  

  • Vox

     ‘Shared Prosperity’ 

    does not equal taxes


    After reading the columns in last Wednesday’s paper and a book by John Bogle published in 2005 titled “The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism,” I have come to the conclusion that Ayn Rand was lost in space with her philosophy, and not far behind her is this idea of equating “shared prosperity” with taxing of the general public. 

  • The arrival of Congressman Paul Ryan on the national scene as Mitt Romney’s prospective running mate has elicited a range of reactions from bewilderment to adoration. Heralded as an ideological leader of the Republican/Tea Party, Ryan’s intellectual prowess has been acclaimed.  

  • What is “shared prosperity”?  It is a euphemism wrapped in deceit. The president uses it frequently on the campaign trail when espousing how to move forward. He states frequently that we must go forward toward a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared. He further states that we must not go backward to the same policies that got us into this mess in the first place.  

  • Ruth’s journey has lasted 23 years. As an 18-year-old serving in the Navy, her military superior sexually assaulted her. 

    Despite witness testimony that she had been raped and proof that she had to be treated for the sexually transmitted disease that followed, her report of the incident was ignored. 

    Later, she was blamed. Ruth’s inability to obtain justice drove her to an attempted suicide, a diagnosis of a personality disorder and a military discharge. 

  • “It’s a free country!” How many times have we and do we hear that phrase?
    Let’s focus on free, freedom and liberty for a moment. The phrase certainly doesn’t mean that America is free of charge. In fact, this country has been built and kept with so much sacrifice starting from the pilgrims to the revolution to the Civil War, the world wars and many conflicts since. So, America is not free of conflict and sacrifice.

  • Vox

    Women’s Wellness Day
    scores high marks
    Clear Creek Public and Environmental Health Nursing Services would like to thank the many sponsors, volunteers and participants who made this year’s Women’s Wellness Day on Aug. 4 a wonderful community event. More than 50 attended, and a waiting list of nearly 30 was taken of those seeking mammogram and cervical screenings.

  • If you’re feeling the heat, the reason is that it’s hot, way too hot.
    June and July were the two hottest months in Denver history. July’s record bumped the then-second-hottest July — 2005 — to third place behind Dust Bowl era July 1934. What is discomforting is that records being broken are those recently made. That implies a trend.

  •  What would cause one to go berserk and randomly shoot people in a public way? This is a relatively recent American phenomenon — the last few decades — that seems destined to continue.

    Questions for me deal with the psychology of individuals, who commit such heinous crimes without any semblance of remorse and the sociological implications: In this case, why has Colorado experienced a number of episodes while other states, such as Minnesota and Nebraska, remain unscathed?

  • As The Courant goes to press, it is Day 10 of the Olympic competition in London. China has edged the United States, with 31 gold medals to the U.S.’s 28.

    Hopes hang on fractions of seconds in fierce contests to be first, second or third. 

    In women’s gymnastics, Team USA is pitted against Team Russia.

    Last Thursday, beleaguered gymnast Aly Raisman tried her best in the battle for the bronze. In the vault, she earned a 15.9, barely behind her U.S. teammate, Gabby Douglas’ 15.966.

  •  “It’s the economy, stupid” was the famous statement from James Carville in the 1992 presidential campaign against President George H.W. Bush. 

    It was quite effective then, but the 2012 election is different. However, you wouldn’t know it through the campaign commercials. They keep repeating the same message: Unemployment is 8.3 percent, and the economy is bad. Blah, blah, blah. 

    By focusing on a 20-year-old mantra, we are missing the opportunity to win.

  • Vox

    Hayden would be an excellent choice for Clear Creek commissioner


    It has been clear to me for many years how important commissioner selection is to all residents of the county. I have been a resident of Clear Creek County for more than 40 years. I live on the far east end of the county, and I appreciate the services and decisions made in county government that afford me and my wife the benefit of road maintenance, emergency services and economic accountability of my tax dollars.

  • John-Paul was out of work for a long time after leaving active duty as a senior enlisted manager. Suspecting discrimination against veterans, he “civilianized” his resume and settled for a job he is way over-qualified for. His story is not unusual. 

  • Vox

    CDOT shouldn’t widen Twin Tunnels


    A monumental catastrophe is looming on the horizon for all residents of Clear Creek County, namely the outrageous proposal by the Colorado Department of Transportation to add another lane to the eastbound bore of the Twin Tunnels because traffic on Interstate 70 will slow to the speed of the traffic on the diversionary relief frontage road, which might get as high as 20 mph. 

  • This week, I would like to interrupt the normal campaign talk.    

    It has been more than a week since the Aurora theater shooting. My heart goes out to the victims, their families and all the people involved in this tragedy.  

    My appreciation goes out to the first responders, police, hospitals and everyone who helped to keep this from being any more tragic than it already was. True heroes emerged.