• Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, making a heroic recovery after an attempted assassination, resigned from Congress last week. Her priority is correct: focus on healing.
    Gabby, as she is called, serves as a model for the rest of us in courage, integrity and civility.  
    In his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about how the team that eliminated Osama bin Laden worked collaboratively to ensure the mission succeeded.  

  • Less than a month into 2012, and fatigue has set in. Edgar Allan Poe’s plaint in “The Raven” comes to mind: “Respite — respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore; Quaff, oh, quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”
    Nepenthe is an ancient potion that helped one to forget his/her pain or sorrow. Twelve-year-old single-malt scotch works for me.
    The fatigue is the result of a double-whammy of Tebowmania and the Republican primaries.  

  • By Rob Witwer

  • I recall a “th” being added to “commonweal” in an article I submitted a few years ago, altering its meaning and, thus, the point I was making.

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    There’s a way to fund
    Idaho Springs project

    In last Wednesday’s Courant, there was an article about a dilemma on how might the county fund an Idaho Springs project. The answer is easy.  
    The county attorney writes up a contract for advertising, a banner doing so is hung, and payment, in this case $17,000, is made. Simple, and I’m told legal.  
    The commissioners do it all the time. Ask them.
    Mark Kline
    Idaho Springs

  • If you read Sam Morreale’s obituary in last week’s Courant, you might’ve, like me, been wowed by his amazing life. Sam didn’t sit back and watch it unfold. 
    I knew Sam for his activism and ownership of Mangia’s! in Idaho Springs. Occasionally we discussed politics; but I now realize how little I knew him. But then, that’s probably true of most people we meet — if we only knew their stories.

  • 2012 promises to be a fine year despite it being the last for what Hal Lindsey called “The Late, Great Planet Earth.”
    I admit I haven’t read Lindsey’s work. Since it was published 42 years ago, I’ve been busy … teaching, cheering the Broncos, writing columns among other things — in other words “living.” Nonetheless, I apologize for not reading my planet’s, albeit premature, obituary.

  • By Rob Witwer

  • As news begins to trickle in about improvements to our economy, the political implications about who will benefit most will have both high stakes for the interests who will battle for the increased resources a better economy makes available, and high drama as our state’s leaders decide where to dedicate the newly found money.

  • “And so when 30 years from now, our brothers go down the street without a leg, without an arm or a face, and small boys ask why, we will be able to say ‘Vietnam’ and not mean a desert, not a filthy obscene memory, but mean instead where America finally turned and where soldiers like us helped it in the turning.”
    John Kerry to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 23, 1971
    Thirty years later, the lessons of Vietnam had not been learned, and America hadn’t turned: first, Afghanistan and next, Iraq.

  • I’ve never been fond of compilation columns or the laundry lists produced when deadline arrives before any decent ideas, but I’m going to indulge myself this week with a list of thank-yous amid the holidays:
    • For the news-room staff at Evergreen Newspapers, the most talented and hardest-working group of journalists I know. We are small but mighty, and your 20 awards in this year’s Colorado Press Association contest say everything that needs to be said.

  • The Colorado Reapportionment Commission recently wrapped up its work of redrawing state legislative boundaries to reflect the 2010 census figures. What began as a collaborative, bipartisan process ended on a bitter note, with five Democrats and the commission’s unaffiliated chairman pushing through a very partisan map on party-line votes.  

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    Thanks to supporters of, volunteers for Charlie’s Place

  • Finally! The solstice arrives at 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Hereon, sunlight time will lengthen, except maybe in Georgetown. By the time he surmounts the town’s eastern ridge, oftentimes clouds block or at least diffuse ol’ sol’s rays.  
    Still, for those who worship — not necessarily literally — the sun, the winter solstice is a time of great tidings and joy.

  • Tis the season: Tiny Tim Time, unless you’re a member of the latest cult of personality. Then it is Mighty Tim Time.
    Some might confuse Tiny Tim Cratchit of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, which is understandable with them both being Tim. Tim is diminutive for Timothy, so one might sense timidity when hearing “Tim,” but generally Tims are far from being timid.

  • Vox

    Adding bore to Twin Tunnels
    shifts problem to the east
    I’m not sure how attentive Evergreen residents have been about what’s going on with the I-70 mountain corridor, but it looks like they’ll be suffering some serious consequences within the next couple of years if CDOT follows through on its plans to widen the eastbound Twin Tunnel bore near Idaho Springs.
    How so?

  • Remember commenting as a kid about a schoolyard fisticuff, “It was a fair fight”?
    We celebrate the underdog, who despite daunting but not impossible odds, perseveres.  
    Pro sports have worked on establishing parity, obligating larger-market teams to share revenue with their smaller-market opponents.  
    We speak of a “level playing field,” the place where young people learn fair play and sportsmanship, and develop integrity as a metaphor for fairness.

  • Now that we’re into the holiday season and near the end of the year, many Coloradans are preparing to make a large part of their charitable gifts for 2011. For the second year in a row, we have the opportunity to make many of those gifts through Colorado Gives Day.

  • In a recent article, Joyce Shelby, emeritus professor of history at UCLA and the author of “The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism,” writes, “From 1776 to the present, the bottom 60 percent of the American population, as University of Southern California historian Carole Shammas has documented, has never had more than 11 percent of the country’s wealth.”

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    Bennhoff would be good commissioner
    I was glad to read that Tom Bennhoff is running for Clear Creek County commissioner.
    I have known Tom for years and had the pleasure of working with him during my two terms as county commissioner. He brings the necessary experience to the position, having served three times as police judge in Georgetown.