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Opinion

  • Vox

    We need a vacations bill, not a jobs bill
    Editor:
    Sadly, it would appear President Obama has disappointed again. His obsession with creating jobs, i.e. work, flies in the face of what we liberals stand for. Remember when computer technology was predicted to deliver us a three- or four-day work week? One would have thought shipping all of our jobs overseas would have provided all the more reason to work less, not more.

  • Christians list pride as one of their seven deadly sins as if there is something debilitating about feeling good about one’s self. Taking pride in one’s self and positive ventures is the polar opposite of greed, gluttony or envy that result only in negative outcomes. 
    There’s a difference, however, between that and of being a boastful, swaggering braggart. 

  • I don’t know if I’m able to go on a vacation, the intent of which is to escape, do nothing substantial, to completely let go, and to be only in the moment of the time and place.
    My Greece travel companions wondered why I focused on writing articles and became nearly frantic when unable to connect to the Internet to submit them by deadline.

  • Vox

    What's going on in Idaho Springs?
    Editor:

  • As the district attorney for the 5th Judicial District, including Clear Creek County, I am often approached by citizens questioning the decisions of the DA’s office in various cases. Recently, this paper ran an article regarding a case in Idaho Springs, and while there were factual and legal omissions in the article I would like to correct, I would like to take this opportunity to address the broader issues that community events such as these seem to bring up: What is the district attorney looking at when deciding how to proceed with a case?

  • To climb Mount Olympus is breathtaking: the challenge of the trail, the vistas and the awareness that ancient Olympians competed there.
    To run a marathon in Greece would evoke a similar powerful emotive reaction.
    To cheer on with “bravos!” marathoners running the gnarly trail of Olympus by those who appreciate what the runners are accomplishing simply for the joy of it — 26.2 miles of painful footwork over treacherous terrain — is exhilarating.

  • Community voices
    by Mark Kline

  • Four years ago was the 400th anniversary of the settlement at Jamestown, which, if we agree to identify as the first permanent settlement of America and thus our birth, makes us a mere toddler in terms of Greece, a land with thousands of islands that traces its roots to 3000 BCE — before the common era — and beyond. That is like comparing the life experiences of a 4-year-old to a 50-year-old.

  • By Greg Romberg

  • Dear Mr. President:
    In your speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention, you said, “There are no blue states; there are no red states; there’s only the United States.” Well, yes and no.

  • It’s the job of historians to name eras by identifying the period’s dominant social, cultural or economical force: the Cold War, the Gilded Age or the Age of Jackson, named for our seventh president.
    Despite the hindsight necessity, I suspect we are in the midst of a defining moment, being engaged in an epic struggle for the American soul as we were during the Great Depression and New Deal.  

  • Vox

    Thanks for help with Charlie’s Corner
    Editor:
    On Aug. 27, 2011, the Clear Creek/Gilpin County Animal Shelter, Charlie’s Place, held its grand opening for Charlie’s Corner, a new exercise park adjacent to the shelter. 

  • Vox

    Reversible bus lane the best idea
    for solving I-70 congestion

     Editor:
     I know there are a few local "leaders" who think the proposed widening of the eastbound Twin Tunnel bore is a good idea, but that's actually very similar to the leaders of ancient Troy thinking that that big wooden horse was intended as a gift.

  • It was great relief to see sanity, rule of law and our state constitution triumphing, which gives hope for that potential at the national level.
    The case dealt with Douglas County School District’s Choice Scholarship School, a fencing operation designed to funnel tax dollars to private and religious-based schools.
    It was a ruse from the start, a flagrant abuse of the state’s charter school laws, aided and abetted by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Board of Education.

  • “Government debt and interest payments are slated to double as a share of the economy over the next decade, crowding out private investment and government spending on anything else.”
           That statement from Bloomberg Businessweek hardly shocks. The more cynical might grumble, “So, what’s new?”
    Except that prediction is old. Not as in Samuel of the Old Testament warning Israelites of Yahweh’s impending wrath old, but as in 8 years old: Aug. 11, 2003.

  • Vox

    Defining ‘dying with dignity’
    Editor:
    Jerry Fabyanic’s article on “Staying healthy until the end” has some good points and one profoundly misguided one.
    First the good. Yes, we do have a responsibility to take care of ourselves. Our health resources are limited, and we must realize what we might squander regarding our health can come at the expense of our neighbor’s health needs.

  • Over the past several articles, I’ve been addressing topics related to personal health with the idea of promoting a conversation about it.
    Simply put: Practicing a healthy lifestyle is one of the greatest ethical obligations one has to the rest of his/her community, since we all are paying the costs of America’s addictions to unhealthy foods, sweetened beverages, alcohol and other mind/mood-altering substances. To say, “It’s none of your business what I ingest” is to deny the ultimate financial reality of our material existence.

  • The topic of obesity in America, which is directly related to diet and exercise, has been splashed across the media including this one of late. The Courant’s recent editions included major participatory local event stories including the Slacker Half-Marathon, Ride the Rockies and Triple Bypass. It’s all good information as they give people head-over-heels involved with life’s daily rushes, pressures and responsibilities “food for thought.”
    There is a third leg not commonly addressed in discussions on health: posture.

  • Vox

    Thanks for help with RapidGrass festival
    Editor:
    On July 2, the members of Clear Creek RapidGrass hosted the second annual acoustic music festival at the Idaho Springs baseball fields. We were elated to see attendance almost tripling from last year and wanted to take this time to give special thanks to those who contributed to its success. 
    With this being a community-based event, it’s encouraging to see so many community members show their love and support.

  • I’m writing with a great deal of pride in our local community after hosting the first Creek at the Peak downriver raft and kayak race recently.
    Organizing the race had two purposes: to raise funding and awareness for GOALS, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to “inspire exploration in youth through multi-day wilderness river programs,” and to promote Clear Creek as a recreational asset at a time when great opportunities exist to promote the area and increase tourism.