•  Last week I gave an overview of American economic historical events beginning with the Great Depression. It’s a story of a pragmatic people shaped by reality. They subscribed to essential values including hard work and personal responsibility, and understanding titanic forces of impersonal capitalism are greater than they, and those forces can easily be and often are manipulated and corrupted.

  • Vox

     Alice celebrates its second annual

    pancake breakfast 


    The second annual pancake breakfast in Alice was a spectacular event. More than 133 people attended. That kept the volunteer workforce of 20 busy all morning long, flipping pancakes and frying bacon. Attendees came from all over the sate and as far away as Denmark and Australia. 

  • Vox

    In support of the Eclipse Snow Park proposal


    This is in response to a letter in last week’s Clear Creek Courant regarding Eclipse Ski Park at St. Mary’s/Alice and is in support of the proposed partnership plan between the U.S. Forest Service and Eclipse.

  •  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, Tom Hayden, a Republican running for the District 2 seat, discusses his qualifications.

    At a time when much attention is being directed toward the national general election in November, it is equally important to focus on the election to fill the vacancies on the Clear Creek Board of County Commissioners. 

  •  This is not your 2008 election. In 2008, most of the election was devoid of the following technologies:  Facebook, Twitter, Droid SmartPhones and iPads. Facebook and Twitter existed, but they had only 100 million users for Facebook and only 100 million tweets per quarter for Twitter. We did have the iPhone, but not many people were able to afford them or were willing to switch to AT&T. My best technology was a Blackberry at the time. 

  • I am happy to see that letter writer Jim Leonard now encourages Courant columnists to weigh in on issues extending beyond Clear Creek, for state and national issues are local, too. 

    It seems, though, Jim is missing a primary point in my column “We are not as broke as Republicans say.”  

    I stand by my assertion: When it comes to wealth, we are not broke. Far from it.

    One needs to distinguish between wealth and debt. It is the former I address directly. The two paragraphs after stating we’re not broke make that clear.

  • Traditionally — since George Washington ran in our only nonpartisan presidential race — elections have been combative. That’s not necessarily bad; a vibrant democracy requires free exchange and open debate for informed citizens to make sound choices. 

    Victors are determined in a winner-take-all contest. No silver medals are bestowed.

  •  Last weekend, the Republicans had an impromptu Romney bus rally in Idaho Springs Citizen’s Park. While waiting for the bus to arrive, I heard people talking about the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on Benghazi, Libya, and Egypt. 

    Is this another failed foreign policy from the Obama administration? The answer is yes. Unfortunately, this failure cost us the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and others who were trying to protect him. Failure at this level costs lives. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families. 

  • Vox

    Yes, our country is broke


    Jerry says, “We’re not as broke as Republicans say.”

    Say what? Reality check: The federal debt stands at $16 trillion today, up from $4 trillion in 2000. (That’s trillion, $16,000,000,000,000.) The federal budget deficit has been approximately $1.2 trillion per year for the last four years. 

  • 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.  

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    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