• By Robert Houdeshell

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    Bennhoff a good choice
    in commissioner primary

    Clear Creek County Democrats need to choose our candidate for commissioner from District 3. Our choice is between Randy Wheelock, community volunteer, builder and activist in the Clear Creek Democrats, and Tom Bennhoff, 25-year veteran chief probation officer for the 5th Judicial District, small businessman, and former mayor (police judge) of Georgetown.

  • Longtime Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen died last week. Ed was as irreverent as they come — that is, when it comes to establishment hypocrites. Ed was an unabashed liberal.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Ed once. He was a guest on KYGT. He drove over from Salida for that very purpose. To say I was honored is to make an understatement.

  • By the Veterans Services Coalition

    Clear Creek County’s population is aging. In 2010, our median age was 46.6 while Colorado’s median age was 37. County residents age 65 and older increased 72 percent from 2000 to 2010.
    Our veterans are aging as well. Until recently, veterans needing long-term medical care for disabilities, service connected or not, had only three alternatives; stay at home or with family, seek assisted living or move to a distant, expensive veterans nursing home.

  • By Robert Houdeshell

  • Vox

    Editors note: Clear Creek Republican Party vice chairman Robert Houdeshell is starting as a regular columnist for the Courant’s opinion pages on June 6. Jerry Fabyanic’s column will remain confined to opinions on issues and will not promote specific candidates.

    Fabyanic’s column in the Courant
    is a conflict of interest


  • “There were other ways of making people into ghosts.”
    — “To Kill a Mockingbird”
    That quote from the classic novel by Harper Lee came to mind as I listened to a discussion on the plight of our veterans on KYGT with guests George Clark, Rick Scott and Troy Erickson.
    Lee means it in the context of how we can easily put on emotional blinders to block out those who make us uncomfortable. Across society, there are more closets than the one to which gays and lesbians have found themselves relegated.  

  • “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”
    — Edmund Burke,
    18th-century member of Parliament and founder of modern conservatism thought

    True conservatives get that; conservatives in name only — CINOs — don’t, because their political point of view is not built upon a set of philosophical principles such as limited government, but on ideology, fundamentalism and intolerance.  

  • Welcome to the inaugural edition of Veterans’ Corner. The recently formed Clear Creek County Veterans’ Services Coalition will periodically provide short and informative articles, giving a voice to veterans, their families and the public as we serve the needs of our active-duty and veteran communities.

  • Vox

    Thanks for supporting after-prom party
    A huge thank-you to the following businesses for their generous donations to Clear Creek’s 2012 after-prom party. Our goal was achieved: The students all had a fun and safe evening.

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    Thanks for participating in, assisting with concert
    A quick word of thanks for all those who participated and assisted with the recent  “Les Petits Chanteurs” concert at First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown. What a joy for all to enjoy the variety of beautiful music that was presented. 

  • Colorado only six years ago defined marriage — arguably unconstitutionally — as between a man and woman, though it’s not clear where transgendered people are placed on that continuum in that context. We were once dubbed the hate state due to Amendment 2 in 1992. Now we’re on the verge of enacting civil unions into law.
    And all the king’s horses and all the king’s men — Republican homophobic legislators — won’t put that Humpty Dumpty together again.

  • Vox

    Maybe moderate is best
    So we’re in an election year, one in which the outcome could significantly change things, both home and abroad. For quite some time now, polls indicate the country is going in the wrong direction, and that’s likely accurate, since there are no parameters to the question.

  • Summer’s in the air. We’re well past spring. My bleeding hearts are already popping, and the columbine are ready to do their thing.
    Perhaps looking back, we can call the winter of 2011-12 the “winter that barely was.” Is it another indicator of climate change/global warming? The short answer: not unto itself. One needs to be careful not to fall into the trap climate-change deniers find themselves in when they confuse short-term weather with long-term climate.

  • We no longer have a fire season in Colorado. Wildfire is a year-round threat.
    Already this year we have seen numerous wildfires, including the Lower North
    Fork Fire in Jefferson County that killed three people and destroyed more than 20 homes.
    It is critical that we modernize our insurance laws to fairly help homeowners who are devastated by such tragedies.

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    Thanks for great pasta-dinner fund-raiser
    On Thursday, April 19, the Buffalo Restaurant & Bar hosted an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner fund-raising event for the GOALS Program (Get Outside And Learn Something).
    Brett Hochmuth, a Clear Creek Middle School teacher, founded the GOALS program to get our kids outside and have a great time, learning about what life has to offer.
    He is planning a three-day rafting trip for the elementary school kids and a five-day rafting trip for the middle-schoolers this summer.

  • This week the Clear Creek School District begins anew a search for a superintendent. It seems it’s become a biennial event, with a revolving door to the superintendent’s office.

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    Thanks for support, help
    There are many people to thank for their efforts in saving my life on April 7 when I had a heart attack and for being so supportive since. 
    If I leave you out, please forgive me. It is a function of memory loss, not lack of sincere appreciation.

  • In her work, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education,” Diane Ravitch talks about Mrs. Ruby Ratliff, her most influential teacher. Ratliff was a no-nonsense English teacher, “gruff and demanding,” who tolerated no “foolishness or disruptions.”
    Everyone has a war story of a teacher who left a permanent mark either by inspiring or by leaving a scar. 

  • Vox

    Suggestions for additional
    school district reforms

    Thanks for the article on Dan Frydenlund’s vision for Clear Creek School District. Inspiring greater parental involvement and implementing pay-for-performance for teachers is ambitious and important for CCSD to provide the best education for our children and become an example district for Colorado and the nation.
    But let’s not stop there. Suggestions for additional reform in CCSD: