• 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, George Clark, a Democrat running for the District 2 seat, discusses his qualifications.


  •  The conventions are over, consigned to history. Memories remain of the scenes, people, speeches and one-liners.

    From the Republican gathering, one remains particularly etched in our political consciousness: a doddering octogenarian talking to an empty chair. It’s sad to see Rowdy Yates/Blondie/Dirty Harry declining so embarrassingly. 

    Democrats, on the other hand, had fun, lots of it. It wasn’t supposed to be that way, with them in a funk due to the lingering weak economy and Republicans/Teas on the ascent. 

  •  To date, Denver had 73 days of 90-degree heat for the 2012 summer season. Here in Clear Creek County, our Sheriff’s Department put us on a fire ban early in the season and kept the ban until well after many days of precipitation. 

    Even the U.S. Forest Service put into place shooting restrictions to avoid any danger of fire. It was so dry where I live that any extraneous spark or fire would have lit up the mountain in minutes. So, let’s talk about what your alternatives are. 

  • Vox

    Story on Levy shows double standard


    I was flabbergasted upon reading the recent Courant article featuring Claire Levy. The double standard was obvious.  

    In the Courant article, Levy was made out to be the hero — the people’s advocate for wildfire compensation. The article noted that Levy is on the Lower North Fork Fire Commission. Left out was the little detail that she voted against the commission’s very inception.  

  • Vox

    Thanks for helping with yard sale for the Mill City House


    On behalf of the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society’s board of directors, we would like to thank everyone involved with the recent yard sale. The proceeds from this sale will help in the restoration of the Mill City House. 

    A special thank-you goes out to Ian Neligh, the Courant editor, for his wonderful article on the Mill City House. Thanks to all of the donors and the buyers. We hope to make this an annual event.

  •  By Robert Houdeshell

  • Letter writer Jim Leonard makes an excellent point when he states that more emphasis needs to be put on county issues by Courant columnists. Admittedly, it’s hard not to dedicate all of my column space to national issues, as they entail the very soul of our nation. The future of Clear Creek, though, is also of vital concern.

    For more than nine years, I have explored various local issues: land use, transportation, human health and services, historical preservation and economic development among them. Of course, I’m for all of them.

  • In recent weeks, one of our heroes left us. He is someone near and dear to me. He inspired me, and he inspired a nation. He, too, was from Ohio, not far from where I went to college. Neil Armstrong was to America that shining light that pierced the darkness. 

  • Vox

    Politics should be about good ideas, not money


    I take issue with unions being labeled as some kind of evil, and especially those for teachers, fire and police. These people risk their lives for us every day, and if you say that teachers don’t belong in the grouping, you obviously never taught in a city school. 

    Well, I have, and in my first year while standing at the door of my room greeting students as they entered, I heard the sound of gunfire in the hall just around the corner from my room. 

  •  Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate tells us considerably more than Romney’s need to reach out to, connect with or throw a bone — red meat — to his Tea Party wing.

  •  “Like Rev. Hale and others on this stage, we conceive the devil as a necessary part of a respectable cosmology. Ours is a divided empire in which certain ideas and emotions and actions are of God, and their opposites are of Lucifer.” 

    — “The Crucible”
    by Arthur Miller


  •  Since I last wrote, I spent almost a week in Leesburg, Va., at a conference for one of my software publishers, Acumatica ERP. I spent my time networking with people from Russia, France, Colombia, Mexico and Montreal. The Montreal guys were interesting. 

    I always like speaking with people from outside the United States, as it gives me a better perspective on how we look to others. I also love trying to understand them through their accents.  

  • Vox

     ‘Shared Prosperity’ 

    does not equal taxes


    After reading the columns in last Wednesday’s paper and a book by John Bogle published in 2005 titled “The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism,” I have come to the conclusion that Ayn Rand was lost in space with her philosophy, and not far behind her is this idea of equating “shared prosperity” with taxing of the general public. 

  • The arrival of Congressman Paul Ryan on the national scene as Mitt Romney’s prospective running mate has elicited a range of reactions from bewilderment to adoration. Heralded as an ideological leader of the Republican/Tea Party, Ryan’s intellectual prowess has been acclaimed.  

  • What is “shared prosperity”?  It is a euphemism wrapped in deceit. The president uses it frequently on the campaign trail when espousing how to move forward. He states frequently that we must go forward toward a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared. He further states that we must not go backward to the same policies that got us into this mess in the first place.  

  • Ruth’s journey has lasted 23 years. As an 18-year-old serving in the Navy, her military superior sexually assaulted her. 

    Despite witness testimony that she had been raped and proof that she had to be treated for the sexually transmitted disease that followed, her report of the incident was ignored. 

    Later, she was blamed. Ruth’s inability to obtain justice drove her to an attempted suicide, a diagnosis of a personality disorder and a military discharge. 

  • “It’s a free country!” How many times have we and do we hear that phrase?
    Let’s focus on free, freedom and liberty for a moment. The phrase certainly doesn’t mean that America is free of charge. In fact, this country has been built and kept with so much sacrifice starting from the pilgrims to the revolution to the Civil War, the world wars and many conflicts since. So, America is not free of conflict and sacrifice.

  • Vox

    Women’s Wellness Day
    scores high marks
    Clear Creek Public and Environmental Health Nursing Services would like to thank the many sponsors, volunteers and participants who made this year’s Women’s Wellness Day on Aug. 4 a wonderful community event. More than 50 attended, and a waiting list of nearly 30 was taken of those seeking mammogram and cervical screenings.

  • If you’re feeling the heat, the reason is that it’s hot, way too hot.
    June and July were the two hottest months in Denver history. July’s record bumped the then-second-hottest July — 2005 — to third place behind Dust Bowl era July 1934. What is discomforting is that records being broken are those recently made. That implies a trend.

  •  What would cause one to go berserk and randomly shoot people in a public way? This is a relatively recent American phenomenon — the last few decades — that seems destined to continue.

    Questions for me deal with the psychology of individuals, who commit such heinous crimes without any semblance of remorse and the sociological implications: In this case, why has Colorado experienced a number of episodes while other states, such as Minnesota and Nebraska, remain unscathed?