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Opinion

  • Dear Mr. President:
    In your speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention, you said, “There are no blue states; there are no red states; there’s only the United States.” Well, yes and no.

  • It’s the job of historians to name eras by identifying the period’s dominant social, cultural or economical force: the Cold War, the Gilded Age or the Age of Jackson, named for our seventh president.
    Despite the hindsight necessity, I suspect we are in the midst of a defining moment, being engaged in an epic struggle for the American soul as we were during the Great Depression and New Deal.  

  • Vox

    Thanks for help with Charlie’s Corner
    Editor:
    On Aug. 27, 2011, the Clear Creek/Gilpin County Animal Shelter, Charlie’s Place, held its grand opening for Charlie’s Corner, a new exercise park adjacent to the shelter. 

  • Vox

    Reversible bus lane the best idea
    for solving I-70 congestion

     Editor:
     I know there are a few local "leaders" who think the proposed widening of the eastbound Twin Tunnel bore is a good idea, but that's actually very similar to the leaders of ancient Troy thinking that that big wooden horse was intended as a gift.

  • It was great relief to see sanity, rule of law and our state constitution triumphing, which gives hope for that potential at the national level.
    The case dealt with Douglas County School District’s Choice Scholarship School, a fencing operation designed to funnel tax dollars to private and religious-based schools.
    It was a ruse from the start, a flagrant abuse of the state’s charter school laws, aided and abetted by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Board of Education.

  • “Government debt and interest payments are slated to double as a share of the economy over the next decade, crowding out private investment and government spending on anything else.”
           That statement from Bloomberg Businessweek hardly shocks. The more cynical might grumble, “So, what’s new?”
    Except that prediction is old. Not as in Samuel of the Old Testament warning Israelites of Yahweh’s impending wrath old, but as in 8 years old: Aug. 11, 2003.

  • Vox

    Defining ‘dying with dignity’
    Editor:
    Jerry Fabyanic’s article on “Staying healthy until the end” has some good points and one profoundly misguided one.
    First the good. Yes, we do have a responsibility to take care of ourselves. Our health resources are limited, and we must realize what we might squander regarding our health can come at the expense of our neighbor’s health needs.

  • Over the past several articles, I’ve been addressing topics related to personal health with the idea of promoting a conversation about it.
    Simply put: Practicing a healthy lifestyle is one of the greatest ethical obligations one has to the rest of his/her community, since we all are paying the costs of America’s addictions to unhealthy foods, sweetened beverages, alcohol and other mind/mood-altering substances. To say, “It’s none of your business what I ingest” is to deny the ultimate financial reality of our material existence.

  • The topic of obesity in America, which is directly related to diet and exercise, has been splashed across the media including this one of late. The Courant’s recent editions included major participatory local event stories including the Slacker Half-Marathon, Ride the Rockies and Triple Bypass. It’s all good information as they give people head-over-heels involved with life’s daily rushes, pressures and responsibilities “food for thought.”
    There is a third leg not commonly addressed in discussions on health: posture.

  • Vox

    Thanks for help with RapidGrass festival
    Editor:
    On July 2, the members of Clear Creek RapidGrass hosted the second annual acoustic music festival at the Idaho Springs baseball fields. We were elated to see attendance almost tripling from last year and wanted to take this time to give special thanks to those who contributed to its success. 
    With this being a community-based event, it’s encouraging to see so many community members show their love and support.

  • I’m writing with a great deal of pride in our local community after hosting the first Creek at the Peak downriver raft and kayak race recently.
    Organizing the race had two purposes: to raise funding and awareness for GOALS, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to “inspire exploration in youth through multi-day wilderness river programs,” and to promote Clear Creek as a recreational asset at a time when great opportunities exist to promote the area and increase tourism. 

  • In “Born to Run.” which has become biblical for many runners, Christopher McDougall relates the story of Louis Liebenberg who, with a renegade band of Bushmen, ran down an antelope in the Kalahari Desert in Africa. It wasn’t, though, for sport but to test his theory.
    “I had a vague gut feeling that the art of animal tracking could represent the origin of science itself,” Liebenberg told McDougall. 

  • 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.