• I’d like to take credit for a wag’s summary of one debate performer coming down to the letter B — Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets — but journalistic ethics combined with the residual effects of my guilt-ridden Catholic upbringing won’t allow me.

  •  It’s not likely Adam Ochs, R-Evergreen, will unseat Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, in House District 13 that includes Clear Creek, but that didn’t stop Ochs from entering the race or coming onto KYGT to engage with Levy, with me facilitating, in an open-ended conversation.

    After the show, I told Ochs he’s a rare local Republican candidate: no fear of stating unequivocally what he stands for in an unscripted manner and having his words recorded for future reference.

  • Vox

     Wheelock would make a great commissioner


    We are fortunate to have the opportunity to elect Randy Wheelock as Clear Creek County commissioner. Randy is a tireless advocate for this county. He has volunteered his time on countless local boards, committees and projects for the people of Clear Creek County. Throughout his life here, Randy has been committed to making a positive difference in preserving and enhancing our quality of life. 

  •  As we learned last week, the county commissioner is one of the most influential people over your day-to-day life. I’ve had a few occasions to work with Joan Drury on issues regarding several projects. Joan is always accessible, friendly and is someone who takes our concerns seriously. Personally, I am sad to see her term-limited but also wish her the very best.

  • Editor’s note: Each of the candidates for Clear Creek County commissioner will be given an opportunity to write a column for the Opinion page before the Nov. 6 election. This week, Phil Buckland, a Republican running for the District 3 seat, discusses his qualifications.

  • Fifteen years ago this month, I had stopped by the post office in Idaho Springs — the former one in the 1500 block of Colorado Boulevard — taking a break from writing my master’s thesis to grab the mail for my parents.

    I greeted Dean St. John, a longtime family friend who my dad had worked with underground for a time at the Henderson Mine on the drill bench and who I knew as a longtime volunteer firefighter in Idaho Springs. It was the latter topic that came up in our brief conversation that day.

  •  You are about to vote for the most powerful elected official who has the most control over your life, your community and your well-being. This position has the power to take in tax money, distribute tax money and make policy that may keep you from being employed or may help build up the employment within the county. This position is the county commissioner position. 

  • Vox

    Buckland would make an excellent county commissioner


    It is my pleasure to recommend Phil Buckland for the position of county commissioner. I have been a neighbor and friend of Phil’s for many years and have always known him to be honest and fair with everyone he dealt with. 

  •  I’m giving President Obama a pass on his less-than-stellar performance during the Oct. 4 debate. By the time this column is printed, hopefully he will have redeemed himself by challenging Mr. Romney to answer “Which Mitt is it?” in the Oct. 16 debate.

  •  A proposed state constitutional amendment would legalize the recreational use and widespread commercial distribution of marijuana. It would allow anyone 21 years or older to possess and consume up to 1 ounce of marijuana. That’s roughly enough to roll about 60 joints or bake eight pans of marijuana-laced brownies.

  •  Thursday evening, I had the distinct pleasure of joining the American Government students at Clear Creek High School and the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. for a county commissioner forum held at the United Center in Idaho Springs. Peggy Stokstad kicked off the evening and introduced Deb Jensen, the teacher at Clear Creek High School whose students put together this event. 

  •  Last week I gave an overview of American economic historical events beginning with the Great Depression. It’s a story of a pragmatic people shaped by reality. They subscribed to essential values including hard work and personal responsibility, and understanding titanic forces of impersonal capitalism are greater than they, and those forces can easily be and often are manipulated and corrupted.

  • Vox

     Alice celebrates its second annual

    pancake breakfast 


    The second annual pancake breakfast in Alice was a spectacular event. More than 133 people attended. That kept the volunteer workforce of 20 busy all morning long, flipping pancakes and frying bacon. Attendees came from all over the sate and as far away as Denmark and Australia. 

  • Vox

    In support of the Eclipse Snow Park proposal


    This is in response to a letter in last week’s Clear Creek Courant regarding Eclipse Ski Park at St. Mary’s/Alice and is in support of the proposed partnership plan between the U.S. Forest Service and Eclipse.

  •  Editor’s note:Each of the candidates for Clear Creek County commissioner will be given an opportuniy to write a column for the editorial page before the Nov. 6 election. This week, Tom Hayden, a Republican running for the District 2 seat, discusses his qualifications.

    At a time when much attention is being directed toward the national general election in November, it is equally important to focus on the election to fill the vacancies on the Clear Creek Board of County Commissioners. 

  •  This is not your 2008 election. In 2008, most of the election was devoid of the following technologies:  Facebook, Twitter, Droid SmartPhones and iPads. Facebook and Twitter existed, but they had only 100 million users for Facebook and only 100 million tweets per quarter for Twitter. We did have the iPhone, but not many people were able to afford them or were willing to switch to AT&T. My best technology was a Blackberry at the time. 

  • I am happy to see that letter writer Jim Leonard now encourages Courant columnists to weigh in on issues extending beyond Clear Creek, for state and national issues are local, too. 

    It seems, though, Jim is missing a primary point in my column “We are not as broke as Republicans say.”  

    I stand by my assertion: When it comes to wealth, we are not broke. Far from it.

    One needs to distinguish between wealth and debt. It is the former I address directly. The two paragraphs after stating we’re not broke make that clear.

  • Traditionally — since George Washington ran in our only nonpartisan presidential race — elections have been combative. That’s not necessarily bad; a vibrant democracy requires free exchange and open debate for informed citizens to make sound choices. 

    Victors are determined in a winner-take-all contest. No silver medals are bestowed.

  •  Last weekend, the Republicans had an impromptu Romney bus rally in Idaho Springs Citizen’s Park. While waiting for the bus to arrive, I heard people talking about the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on Benghazi, Libya, and Egypt. 

    Is this another failed foreign policy from the Obama administration? The answer is yes. Unfortunately, this failure cost us the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and others who were trying to protect him. Failure at this level costs lives. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families. 

  • Vox

    Yes, our country is broke


    Jerry says, “We’re not as broke as Republicans say.”

    Say what? Reality check: The federal debt stands at $16 trillion today, up from $4 trillion in 2000. (That’s trillion, $16,000,000,000,000.) The federal budget deficit has been approximately $1.2 trillion per year for the last four years.