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Opinion

  • Two indicators affirmed I had returned in May from the South: a foot of snow and not being asked to choose between sweet and non-sweet iced tea. 
    A young waitress born and raised in St. Augustine, Fla., sweetly had explained that sugar-loaded iced tea is very much part of their culture.

  • Two indicators affirmed I had returned in May from the South: a foot of snow and not being asked to choose between sweet and non-sweet iced tea. 
    A young waitress born and raised in St. Augustine, Fla., sweetly had explained that sugar-loaded iced tea is very much part of their culture.

  • Two indicators affirmed I had returned in May from the South: a foot of snow and not being asked to choose between sweet and non-sweet iced tea. 
    A young waitress born and raised in St. Augustine, Fla., sweetly had explained that sugar-loaded iced tea is very much part of their culture.

  • Two indicators affirmed I had returned in May from the South: a foot of snow and not being asked to choose between sweet and non-sweet iced tea.  
    A young waitress born and raised in St. Augustine, Fla., sweetly had explained that sugar-loaded iced tea is very much part of their culture.

  • Two indicators affirmed I had returned in May from the South: a foot of snow and not being asked to choose between sweet and non-sweet iced tea.  
    A young waitress born and raised in St. Augustine, Fla., sweetly had explained that sugar-loaded iced tea is very much part of their culture.

  • Vox

    State government should be more representative
    Editor:
    Regarding the letter from Omer Humber on TABOR:
    With July 4th earlier this week, it may have appeared appropriate that Omer Humble would cite the Declaration of Independence as justification for the TABOR Amendment over the U.S. Constitution.

  • Vox

    TABOR should be left alone
    Editor:
    Jerry Fabyanic shows again that he does not understand the current issues that he writes about.
    His support for litigation to overturn TABOR is the latest example. Anyone who advocates “Ax TABOR, re-empower legislature” has failed to acknowledge the Declaration of Independence. Without this document, there would be no reason for the Constitution. 

  • Vox

    Ride the Rockies finale a success
    Editor:
    The Ride the Rockies event terminated in Georgetown on Friday.  The welcome celebration was somewhat short lived due to the arrival of a cold and windy rain, not unexpected at our elevation any time of the year. Had I been on such a ride, I’d have been just as happy to end it, seek out a hot shower and a warm bed.

  • After the debacle of the Articles of Confederation, the Founders understood the necessity of a strong central government despite their experience with England’s heavy-handed rule.  
    When writing the Constitution and creating our system of government, they debated fiercely its size, power and shape. Over time, it has become the quintessential American debate.  

  • Vox

    What is the common good?
    Editor:
    Rob Witwer’s column, "Which came first, freedom or government," did a good job of pointing out that our freedom is not given to us by permission of our government. What is given by permission can be taken away and is not freedom.
    However, Witwer made a grave mistake at the end of the column by stating that government is necessary to preserve the common good. What is the common good? Shouldn’t it refer to the sum of all individuals involved?

  • When Jack London wrote “To Build a Fire” a century ago, the 50- to 75-below-zero temperatures through which the protagonist walks was the norm. What should be for the man a walk in the park turns into a march for survival. The man, who has no name so thus is symbolic for the whole of mankind, was arrogant, believing he could win his battle with nature.

  • Every once in an occasion, I encounter kryptonite for writers: writer’s block.
    It comes in fits and starts, blindsiding the writer at unexpected and the worst of times. Ironically, it tends to come on the heels of a stretch in which topical ideas populate like communities with plural marriages.
    But in my case, like the snowflakes that blew in Memorial Day afternoon, they’ve melted away, leaving little evidence of their existence.

  • Supporters of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights have been knocked onto their heels due to the lawsuit filed by 34 Republican, Democratic and independent state leaders, including former House majority leader Norma Anderson, a Republican, and our own state Rep. Claire Levy, a Democrat.
    The suit asks a federal court to rule TABOR unconstitutional, claiming it violates not only Article IV, Sections 2 and 4, and the 14th Amendment but also the Enabling Act of 1875 that led to statehood and Colorado’s constitution.

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quick to announce that “Justice is served,” after the early May killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
    Time Magazine called the raid and killing “an exquisite operation” to track down “one of the great villains of history.”
    The country breathed a sigh of relief that bin Laden, the mastermind believed to be behind the slaughter of Americans at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001, could do no more harm. Bin Laden had been on the run for 10 long years.

  • Vox

    Thanks on behalf of Karsen family
    Editor:
    Once again the kindness and generosity of our community overwhelms us. Thank you to Diane at the courthouse in Georgetown, the Silver Plume Tea Room, Cherry Blossom, Georgetown Library and all the amazing people who have so generously prepared and delivered the delicious meals to my family. (There are too many to name.)
    I am on a slow road to recovery and couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for all your support and prayers. God bless.
    Kim Karsen
    and family

  • In his work, “The Life of Billy Yank,” first published in 1952, former Emory University history professor Bell Irvin Wiley describes how diverse and practicable Union Army soldiers were.
    When Confederates sabotaged a main railroad line in Maryland, one soldier “coolly remarked, ‘I made this engine, and I can put it back together again.’ ”  

  • Vox

    Thanks for help with fund-raiser
    Editor:
    Charlie’s Place, the Clear Creek/Gilpin County Animal Shelter, would like to thank Donna Gee, Laurie Phenix and all of the other great volunteers (Carolyn Gingrich, Mike Clifford, Carol Fletcher, Debora Johnson and Becky Railsback, to name just a few) from the Friends of Charlie’s Place that made the Spring Yard Sale fund-raiser a success last weekend. 

  • Warming temperatures, greener meadows, and restless students – all signs that the end of the school year is approaching.  
    While students yearn for summer break, parents contemplate the future.  For those who are weighing educational options, I’d like to offer some insight into Clear Creek Middle and High Schools.

  • By John M.W. Aldridge

  • It’s been 14 years since I flew somewhere, although that will change when I travel to Greece this fall.
    Road trips rather appeal to me for several reasons, including avoiding the TSA grope at airport security lines and taking in sights unavailable 10,000 feet up.