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Opinion

  • The Christmas season: The time when good boys and girls find delightful presents in their stockings. That might be happening elsewhere, but here in Clear Creek, the Grinch has stolen Christmas.

    Dr. Seuss could’ve had the Colorado Department of Transportation in mind as a model for his creepy villain, given how CDOT muck-a-mucks must’ve decided the good citizens and merchants of Clear Creek have been naughty instead of being cooperative, supportive and patient stakeholders.

  • Vox

    Lift tickets don’t seem like an ethics violation

    Editor:

    Re: Loveland lift tickets for county employees.

    How many county employees are there? Seems that spread out over all the employees, it hardly has an average value of $50 per person. So it does not violate any ethics law. Just sayin’.

    Bonnie Reimer

    Idaho Springs

  • Since the 15th century when Tomas de Torquemada made his mark, his name has become synonymous with torture. Torquemada was a Dominican monk, quite pious, it is said, in his private life but fanatical in his public role. He was appointed by Spain’s Most Catholic Majesties Ferdinand II and Isabella I of Spain to head the Inquisition.

    Torquemada was aptly named, in that torque means “to twist, turn, turn about, twist awry, and torture.” That is what he did to human bodies.

  • It’s been a month since the 2014 elections, and the post-mortems have been written ad infinitum. I promise to be brief with regard to it.

  • “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee

    Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so,

    For, those whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow

    Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.”

    — John Donne, “Holy Sonnets: Number 10”

    “I am not suicidal,” wrote Brittany Maynard. “If I were, I would have consumed that medication long ago. I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms.”

  • (Reprinted from Dec. 7, 2011)

    Many people complain to me that they find winter birding dull because there are no pretty birds around.

    True, the winter residents at most feeders — pine siskins, chickadees, nuthatches, hairy and down woodpeckers, house sparrows, house finches, and the various forms of the dark-eyed junco — are mostly gray, brown, and black-and-white birds. Not very exciting or colorful, but still interesting.

  • Vox

    Give credit where credit is due

    Editor:

    The article on the greenway in Clear Creek Canyon was excellent; however, you failed to acknowledge the real individuals who made this happen. The Clear Creek Open Space Commission initiated and implemented this plan. 

  • For the past several months, the world has been confronted with the horror of psychopaths beheading hostages. Decent men and women have decried the subhuman behavior by ISIS, the Islamic State. President Obama condemned the latest of five-to-date executions as “an act of pure evil by a terrorist group.”

    One-hundred-fifty years ago on Nov. 29, 1864, American “soldiers” engaged in a similar atrocity, an act of barbarism that has become known as the Sand Creek Massacre.

  • Ennui: I have loved the word since my 11th-grade English class with Mr. Laurence. He was a stickler for vocabulary and was one of the teachers who stirred my imagination most when it comes to language.
    I notice now, especially while doing crossword puzzles, my vocabulary recall slipping. Old age? Or perhaps lack of use? Perhaps both, but for some reason, ennui remains fresh.

  • If you’ve been reading my columns over the past several weeks, you might’ve noted one consistent refrain or mantra: “principled, pragmatic, problem-solving leadership.” One might call it the 3PRs.
    3PR is a philosophical approach to dealing with our societal great issues: economic, environmental, social justice, et al.

  • The 2014 election is shaping up as a referendum on the Colorado electorate: Do we mean what we say when we claim we want pragmatic, principled, problem-solving leadership or are we just paying lip-service to that notion?

  • Vox

     Those with depression issues

    should seek help

    Editor:

    The death of Robin Williams has brought attention to the very serious nature of depression. It is difficult to comprehend how a person with millions of dollars, countless fans, and a string of successful  movies and shows was unable to beat this condition.

  • OK, kids, er, young adults, you rock! From Scotland to Jeffco. From voting on secession and becoming an independent nation to exercising your First Amendment rights and demanding your right to a well-rounded education is fulfilled.

  • Ploy. Ruse. Each, particularly when advanced by a public servant, indicates conniving underhandedness unworthy of serious consideration and provides the observer insight into the true character of the individual.

    Describe it as one will, the latest proposal put forth by Senate candidate Cory Gardner to allow over-the-counter birth-control pills is hardly an expression of genuine concern for women’s health and for protection of their right to privacy by controlling their reproductive systems.

  • In last week’s column, I wrote about the need for parents to embrace their role as their child’s primary teacher. An essential truth is that for a child to live up to and meet his/her academic potential, education must be valued in the home by parents and reinforced each day through modeling — reading, reviewing their child’s homework, doing their own homework — for in the end, teachers are not miracle workers.

  • In my book, Neil Zeron was one of the greats. As a rookie teacher struggling to hold my head above water in a sea of 13-year-olds whose last desire was to sit in an eighth-grade American history class, Neil was a font of wisdom. He became my mentor, a trusted guide into and through the byzantine labyrinth of teaching.
    During one conversation at happy hour, which became our debriefing sessions, I reflectively mused what it would be like to see how “my kids” turned out later in their lives.

  • Behind every personal and/or group interaction, what Herman Melville calls the “living act, the undoubted deed,” is a message intended to communicate a psychological construct or emotion ranging from caring and compassion to contempt and anger.

  • School board needs to explain Lancaster’s ouster

    Editor:

    Re: “Time for the school board to come clean,” the op-ed by Jerry Fabyanic on July 30.

    The Clear Creek School District has had two overarching goals for at least 30 years:

    1) Provide the absolute best education to Clear Creek County students that we are capable of.

  • A few recent news items, each powerfully pointing a finger at us and to our system, disconcertingly indicate why things are askew.

    The first deals with the wealth gap. According to an Associated Press story, a University of Michigan study shows the Great Recession and consequential slow recovery have widened the chasm between the über-wealthy and the rest of Americans.

    In 2007, the top 5 percent boasted 16.5 times the wealth as the bottom 95 percent collectively, but by 2013 it soared by nearly 50 percent, to 24 times.

  • A few recent news items, each powerfully pointing a finger at us and to our system, disconcertingly indicate why things are askew.

    The first deals with the wealth gap. According to an Associated Press story, a University of Michigan study shows the Great Recession and consequential slow recovery have widened the chasm between the über-wealthy and the rest of Americans.

    In 2007, the top 5 percent boasted 16.5 times the wealth as the bottom 95 percent collectively, but by 2013 it soared by nearly 50 percent, to 24 times.