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Opinion

  • Sports enthusiasts knew that Pennsylvania State University would be punished in the wake of sexual abuse against young boys that allegedly transpired there. The NCAA, a national association of colleges and universities, hit Penn State with a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on bowl games and 40 fewer football scholarships. The organization’s president, Mark Emmert, said he wanted to change “the mind-set” that led to covering up abuse by an assistant football coach. 

  •  “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.” — Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes 

    Another terrorist attack. This one not of the type generally associated with terrorism, but had the alleged killer been Islamic with every other circumstance the same, the media and rightist Americans would’ve labeled it as such.

  •  The Batman movie theater massacre in Aurora on July 20 should ignite a debate about the meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    Today, there are two schools of thought about the meaning of the Second Amendment or right-to-bear-arms law. Many Americans think the Second Amendment entitles every Tom, Dick and Sally to purchase, own and bear arms as long as they have never been convicted of a felony. But other Americans believe our forefathers intended the right only for a militia and not for the public at large.

  •  “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.”  President Obama stated Friday, July 13, 2012.   

    Wow!  I wondered about this for years. You see, I have been putting in about 60 to 80 hours a week for many years now and have wondered how the heck my business has been built.  Here it is.  The answer. Somebody else made that happen.  Well thank you, somebody else!  Please, Somebody Else, step forward so that we can talk about our next steps.

  • Vox

    Thanks for help with, attending Empire Frog Rodeo

    Editor:

    The town of Empire would like to give a most sincere thank-you to Sally Rush for coordinating the 2012 Frog Rodeo. By her dedicated efforts along with some amazing volunteers, the event was a success. Also, thank you to everyone who attended the event and supported the celebration of frogs. It was really you that made the day possible.

  •  If you have a gut feeling about this election being bought and paid for, go with it. You’d be right. To that effect, Senate Republicans again have blocked passage of the DISCLOSE Act, which would’ve required anyone donating $10,000 to a Super PAC to have his or her name made public.

  • It was never very easy for those three little boys. Mom and Dad were locked in a cycle of anger, abuse and neglect. As the years went by, the family slowly dissolved. Yet through it all, the three brothers stuck together. They had each other. 

    As they grew, each devised a different plan of escape. Bud, the eldest, was the first to leave. He joined the Air Force and never looked back. Eventually, he found his way to Colorado. Bobby, the youngest, became lost in alcohol and hid it behind his sense of humor and magnetic personality. Bobby died very young. 

  • Now we know who the supreme Court is and how it became Supreme. We know that Marbury vs. Madison is the case that set the stage for judicial review. We also know the chilling statement that came from Chief Justice John Marshall: “It is emphatically the province and the duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is.” Whoa!  Let’s back up. What did he say?  

  • Vox

     Time to create jobs in the U.S., not overseas

    Editor:

    Listening to the commentary as to whether Mitt Romney is responsible for the actions of the private equity firm Bane Capital, which he founded, I have been reminded of what I heard from not one but several professors while getting my MBA at New York University. 

  •  Citizens! Throw off your shackles and cast off the jackboot of Big Government crushing your neck, stealing your money, and stifling your ability to conduct business and earn a living!

    Who woulda thunk it would happen here in — gasp! — Colorado, the land to which John Galt, the mythical hero of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” fled?  

    Attorney General John Suthers, where art thou? Why art thou not protecting your flock against this heinous intrusion on personal liberty?

  •  Every year from the middle of May until Memorial Day weekend, you can hear it: the roar of motorcycles all across America. 

    From California to Washington D.C., it’s the “Run for the Wall” and it’s not just another ride. It’s a for closure, a mission of healing, a mission to ensure future generations of veterans will not be lost, forgotten or left behind. 

  •  The question that many people have on their minds lately is, Who are the Supreme Court justices, and how did they become supreme?

  • One of the tenets of orthodox Republicanism is government doesn’t create jobs. The notion takes the form of a mantra, the utterance of which is curious to those working jobs created by government: police officers, public school teachers and firefighters among them. Military personnel have been referred to as GIs — Government Issue — since World War II, so it’s probably safe to assume they’re government employees.

  • After leaving the Army, Tony got into trouble with the law. His six-year sentence with the Colorado Department of Corrections was eventually converted to a stay at a halfway house in Alamosa. There, he learned about a program called Veterans Green Jobs.
    “At the time, I didn’t know the first thing about weatherization. But they gave me a second chance.”
    Soon, Tony found himself sealing, insulating and fastening skirting to trailer homes in the San Luis Valley — Colorado’s poorest region.

  • By Robert Houdeshell

  • How quickly perspectives can change: Tinder-dry, tightly packed pine trees loaded with tar, once a source of Clear Creek beauty and serenity, are being looked at askance, seen as a threat, fuel for an inferno that can sweep away our community.
    Can wildfires consuming the parched Front Range forests happen here? Those who’ve lived up here for more than a few years know the reality, and denying that awful prospect is akin to one doing his/her best ostrich imitation.

  • By Robert Houdeshell

  • Vox

    Thanks to Q House
    for helping the community

    Editor:
    Please allow me to take a moment to very publicly thank the young men of Right of Passage’s Q House for the volunteer work they perform for the entire Clear Creek County community. When the Idaho Springs water system lost pressure last Thursday, requiring customers to go to our three drinking water distribution points or boil their drinking water, we requested Q House assistance in taking informational fliers door to door.

  • “Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican Party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground.”
    — former Florida
    Gov. Jeb Bush

  • “Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican Party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground.”
    — former Florida
    Gov. Jeb Bush