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Opinion

  • Vox

    Mayor should have better attitude
    Editor:
    I recently had the occasion to attend an Idaho Springs city council work session where a project was going to be discussed that the Idaho Springs chamber is supporting.
    I was really looking forward to it, as I know just about all of the council members, whom I have the greatest regard for, and I was anticipating the opportunity to see them in their element.
    That anticipation was quickly reduced to anger and disbelief at how our mayor conducted himself in this meeting.

  • I had just brewed a pot of brisk tea when the doorbell rang.
     “Suzy Six Pack and Joe Soccer Dad!  What a surprise!” I said holding the door for them.
     “Well, after reading your columns about the electoral earthquake in Georgetown, we decided to scope it out for ourselves,” said Suzy.
     “And?” I asked, hanging their leather jackets on the coat tree.

  • When I began teaching, I made myself a promise that when nearing retirement, I would not be one whose lesson plans would largely consist of old films, wasting the time and dulling the minds of my students. When my teaching energy depleted and I lost my edge, I would go out to allow new blood to flow.

  • By Rob Witwer

  • April 5 was a different sort of day in Georgetown, seemingly, due to the lack of the Interstate 70 traffic drone. It was still. Unearthly still, reminiscent of the scene in the classic sci-fi film “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” in which the alien Klaatu arranged to have every power source on Earth shut down … no electricity, no motors, no nuclear power.  

  • A woman for our time,” said Clear Creek Economic Development president Peggy Stokstad when I asked her about Commissioner Joan Drury. “Thoughtful, kind, considerate, grounded, genuine, involved, wise, hip and smart — the best of Clear Creek.”

  • Vox

    Thanks to Clear Creek Fire Authority
    Editor:
    We have the best volunteer fire department crew. I want to thank you all for your professionalism on Jan. 28 when my house had a fire.
    The fire inspector said he should have all of you teach other departments how to control a fire without breaking or ruining everything inside. You did not break one personal thing. He said you did an excellent job.

  • A few columns back, I wrote about the disappearing American dream, even wondering if it were nothing more than a myth, a hook to keep us vested in a promise of America. But after visiting with Georgetown mayoral candidate Kerry Ann McHugh, I’ve reconsidered, wondering if there might be substance to it.  

  • Vox

    Great fund-raiser for Clear Creek Dems
    Editor:
    Last Saturday at the Elks Club was a fine evening for the Clear Creek Democrats.
    Our thanks to Mickey Hagberg and her staff for a great spaghetti dinner, to Colorado Rep. Claire Levy and Colorado Sen. Jeanne Nicholson for speaking at the event, and to Polly Baca for being our keynote speaker. 

  • A strong, viable democracy is such only if the citizens raise questions and speak out.  So, what does it take to get people all a’ blathering? Not sure, but am hoping a few wise citizens will help explain the inexplicable.”
    That was the conclusion of my first Courant column, dated Sept. 17, 2003, and to the consternation of some and joy of others, I’ve kept raising questions and getting people a’ blathering ever since.

  • Vox

    More information on I-70
    Editor:
    I’ve been involved with the Interstate 70 issue for almost a dozen years now and have actively pursued a strategy that would allow a transit solution to be built out on an “incrementally beneficial” basis, starting with the problem areas first. Addressing the problem areas first is exactly what the I-70 Coalition and many others have recommended.

  • Urban planning has been around for a long time. King Philip II of Spain formulated plans for towns in the American colonies in 1573. Similar plans went into the design of towns in the English colonies.
    It was not until the early 20th century that regional planning grew out of the limitations in urban planning. It is only in the last few decades that planners began to realize that a whole new set of principles was needed for rural settings, and a few universities are beginning to offer rural planning curricula.

  • As the Ride the Rockies race is poised to ride into Georgetown in June, a far more consequential event will be taking place much sooner when citizens choose a new mayor/police judge and replace three selectmen, potentially four if Matt Skeen defeats Kerry Ann McHugh in the mayor contest.
    With a new mayor and fresh blood on the Board of Selectmen, Georgetown is nearing a fork in the road, a potential tectonic shift depending on the time it takes on April 4, which will determine the town’s course for years to come.

  • Back in the day, I would tell my students that if their goal was to become rich, don’t become a teacher.
    I suppose I could’ve included police officer, firefighter, emergency medical professional, and a host of other public professionals and workers to that caution.  
    If I were in the classroom today, I would be remiss not to add to the desire for wealth accumulation the preference for not being considered a thug, mafia member or some other reprobate, given the continued climate of political and social demagoguery.

  • Vox

    Bus transit a better solution
    to I-70 congestion

    Editor:
    Make no mistake about it, the key to the entire Interstate70 mountain corridor is how the eastbound congestion at the Twin Tunnels is addressed.
    If CDOT spends $55 million on a “highway” solution to alleviate congestion in that area, as has been recently suggested by a panel of experts, then that will be the approach for the remainder of the corridor.

  • “For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel.
    Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar lov’d him!
    This was the most unkindest cut of all.”
    - Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 2, 181–183

    I suppose we should be glad it is public education-supporting Gov. John Hickenlooper in the role of Brutus proposing draconian cuts to public schools rather than his vanquished opponents.

  • We believe we have some pretty impressive publications here at Evergreen Newspapers, and the Colorado Press Association recently offered support for this assertion with 14 awards in its annual newspaper contest.
    The honors included five first-place awards in the categories of Sports Story, Sustained Coverage, Public Service, Deadline Reporting and News Story.
    The 14 awards mark the biggest total so far in my five years as group editor here.
    But putting out high-quality weekly newspapers is not an easy or inexpensive endeavor.

  • In his book “The Universe in a Single Atom,” the Dalai Lama makes a basic factual statement that likely goes unnoticed for its significance by the casual reader: “The evolution of the human brain has occurred over a million years.”  
    Harmless enough, but can you imagine the pope or an ayatollah saying that? So the significance is ultimately not the statement itself but the fact that it is made by one of the world’s top spiritual leaders.

  • Vox

    Thanks for hosting mixer
    Editor:
    The Idaho Springs Chamber would like to show our appreciation to Beau Jo’s for its generosity in hosting the 2011 membership drive mixer.
    The food and service were excellent, and a great time was had by all 50-plus people in attendance.
    Beau Jo’s is a member of our business community that doesn’t think twice about giving back again and again!
     Idaho Springs Chamber

    Costs for light rail would be on

  • Vox

    Complete support for Nelson
    Editor:
    One or two quotes from my comments in one of the lead stories in the Feb. 9 issue of the Clear Creek Courant may imply less than total support on my part for Belita Nelson. Such is not the case.
    Ms. Nelson has clearly demonstrated an effective and sincere dedication to the Idaho Springs business and nonprofit community.