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Opinion

  • By Robert Houdeshell

  • Vox

    Editors note: Clear Creek Republican Party vice chairman Robert Houdeshell is starting as a regular columnist for the Courant’s opinion pages on June 6. Jerry Fabyanic’s column will remain confined to opinions on issues and will not promote specific candidates.

    Fabyanic’s column in the Courant
    is a conflict of interest

    Editor:

  • “There were other ways of making people into ghosts.”
    — “To Kill a Mockingbird”
    That quote from the classic novel by Harper Lee came to mind as I listened to a discussion on the plight of our veterans on KYGT with guests George Clark, Rick Scott and Troy Erickson.
    Lee means it in the context of how we can easily put on emotional blinders to block out those who make us uncomfortable. Across society, there are more closets than the one to which gays and lesbians have found themselves relegated.  

  • “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”
    — Edmund Burke,
    18th-century member of Parliament and founder of modern conservatism thought

    True conservatives get that; conservatives in name only — CINOs — don’t, because their political point of view is not built upon a set of philosophical principles such as limited government, but on ideology, fundamentalism and intolerance.  

  • Welcome to the inaugural edition of Veterans’ Corner. The recently formed Clear Creek County Veterans’ Services Coalition will periodically provide short and informative articles, giving a voice to veterans, their families and the public as we serve the needs of our active-duty and veteran communities.

  • Vox

    Thanks for supporting after-prom party
    Editor:
    A huge thank-you to the following businesses for their generous donations to Clear Creek’s 2012 after-prom party. Our goal was achieved: The students all had a fun and safe evening.

  • Vox

    Thanks for participating in, assisting with concert
    Editor:
    A quick word of thanks for all those who participated and assisted with the recent  “Les Petits Chanteurs” concert at First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown. What a joy for all to enjoy the variety of beautiful music that was presented. 

  • Colorado only six years ago defined marriage — arguably unconstitutionally — as between a man and woman, though it’s not clear where transgendered people are placed on that continuum in that context. We were once dubbed the hate state due to Amendment 2 in 1992. Now we’re on the verge of enacting civil unions into law.
    And all the king’s horses and all the king’s men — Republican homophobic legislators — won’t put that Humpty Dumpty together again.

  • Vox

    Maybe moderate is best
    Editor:
    So we’re in an election year, one in which the outcome could significantly change things, both home and abroad. For quite some time now, polls indicate the country is going in the wrong direction, and that’s likely accurate, since there are no parameters to the question.

  • Summer’s in the air. We’re well past spring. My bleeding hearts are already popping, and the columbine are ready to do their thing.
    Perhaps looking back, we can call the winter of 2011-12 the “winter that barely was.” Is it another indicator of climate change/global warming? The short answer: not unto itself. One needs to be careful not to fall into the trap climate-change deniers find themselves in when they confuse short-term weather with long-term climate.

  • We no longer have a fire season in Colorado. Wildfire is a year-round threat.
    Already this year we have seen numerous wildfires, including the Lower North
    Fork Fire in Jefferson County that killed three people and destroyed more than 20 homes.
    It is critical that we modernize our insurance laws to fairly help homeowners who are devastated by such tragedies.

  • Vox

    Thanks for great pasta-dinner fund-raiser
    Editor:
    On Thursday, April 19, the Buffalo Restaurant & Bar hosted an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner fund-raising event for the GOALS Program (Get Outside And Learn Something).
    Brett Hochmuth, a Clear Creek Middle School teacher, founded the GOALS program to get our kids outside and have a great time, learning about what life has to offer.
    He is planning a three-day rafting trip for the elementary school kids and a five-day rafting trip for the middle-schoolers this summer.

  • This week the Clear Creek School District begins anew a search for a superintendent. It seems it’s become a biennial event, with a revolving door to the superintendent’s office.

  • Vox

    Thanks for support, help
    Editor:
    There are many people to thank for their efforts in saving my life on April 7 when I had a heart attack and for being so supportive since. 
    If I leave you out, please forgive me. It is a function of memory loss, not lack of sincere appreciation.

  • In her work, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education,” Diane Ravitch talks about Mrs. Ruby Ratliff, her most influential teacher. Ratliff was a no-nonsense English teacher, “gruff and demanding,” who tolerated no “foolishness or disruptions.”
    Everyone has a war story of a teacher who left a permanent mark either by inspiring or by leaving a scar. 

  • Vox

    Suggestions for additional
    school district reforms

    Editor:
    Thanks for the article on Dan Frydenlund’s vision for Clear Creek School District. Inspiring greater parental involvement and implementing pay-for-performance for teachers is ambitious and important for CCSD to provide the best education for our children and become an example district for Colorado and the nation.
    But let’s not stop there. Suggestions for additional reform in CCSD:

  • If you knew or perhaps guessed it is Mark Twain, the greatest of American authors, who said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so,” when reading last week’s column, you get an A. Otherwise, you’re less than proficient and need to repeat 11th-grade English.
    To the chagrin of his critics, Twain cranked out, over the course of his lifetime, a wide range of insightful, incisive and witty aphorisms.  

  • More than 23 years ago, my husband and I were house hunting in Evergreen. We spent one day looking at six homes. I walked in the front door of house No. 2, stood there a moment and said quite matter-of-factly, “This is my house.”
    After wandering through the entire place, Bob agreed.
    I love the warm, rust-colored beetle-kill pine, the large moss-rock fireplace, the cathedral ceiling that allows us to have really tall trees at Christmas. I love my kitchen, my laundry room, my pantry.
    I love my house.

  • “You have a product and a service that we put out there. Our product is the kids that we produce, and in this day and age, we have to produce strong, smart, very nimble kids to go on to higher education, and that’s what I’m about.”
    — Dan Frydenlund, newly installed CCSD
    Board of Education president

  • Vox

    Farmers market also
    should be able to use park

    Editor:
    The conflict brought up by several rafting companies recently in resistance to the farmers market being relocated to Courtney Riley Cooper Park is really a non-issue.