• America is a beautiful country. The song says so. Donald Trump says so, or at least it will be if he’s elected president. But we’re talking different types of beauty: natural versus people.

  • “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

    But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

    — from “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”

    It seems to be easier to fall into despair than to hold hope when considering the current clime in America. I recall Ronald Reagan projecting an optimistic perspective in a time of tremendous crisis by calling it “morning in America.”

  • Vox

    When will the county get it about Henderson?


    I am not surprised that Henderson Mine officials are saying “no” to being taxed for most of a new $4.65 million health clinic. They have given generously in the past, such as the rec center renovation. But it is common sense: If Henderson was enjoying enough of a profit to be generous, then why would it be preparing to shut down here?

  • “How is it possible that suffering that is neither my own nor of my concern should immediately affect me as though it were my own, and with such force that it moves me to action?”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer, “On the Basis of Morality”

  • Vox

    Protect Clear Creek’s wilderness


    This coming July would have marked the 10th anniversary of my time on the mountain — lots and lots of time on that mountain near Idaho Springs. But that time expired just a year shy of this landmark. And then, I returned to “civilization,” Denver style. That in of itself has been quite a process. With a little help from my friends, I’ve mastered the salad fork again.

  • I had my “aha” moment last week with regard to the success of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. It came by way of Ezra Klein’s online piece on Vox. In it Klein posits a clarifying distinction between the Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns.

    “Clinton employed a less masculine strategy to win. She won the Democratic primary by spending years slowly, assiduously, building relationships with the entire Democratic Party.”

  • “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”

    — Robert Browning

    I am feeling a bit better about American society not going totally off the rails when it comes to personal responsibility. The Colorado Supreme Court was unequivocal in its skier responsibility decision, ruling 5-2 that when skiers, boarders, and other such adventurers venture from the beaten path, or in this case the defined trail, he/she assumes the risk. Even to the point of death.

  • During my May 23 KYGT show, District Attorney Bruce Brown discussed an initiative he calls Vets Connect. The program is for vets caught up in the court system of the Fifth Judicial District for one reason or another.

    Shortly after going off air, a listener called and asked to talk to Brown. Long story short, the connection was exactly what the new program is intended. Had not Brown come on the radio and had not the gentleman been listening, something good probably would not have happened.

  • Vox

    Questioning the county commissioners’

    fiscal management strategies


    In early 2014, notice was given that the Henderson Mine would be closing within the next 10 years. Such knowledge is important to Clear Creek County because the mine pays $24 million annually in taxes to the county.

  • Let’s begin by positing two premises. First, America is No. 1 on the global stage. America is a superpower militarily and economically, and remains solidly the petri dish of innovation. America also remains the aspiration of freedom-seeking people and model for other nations desiring to build their own free states.

  • In his statements, Donald Trump frequently speaks of “beautiful people” while standing in the midst of them. He likes to talk about the great buildings he’s constructed and unfailingly points to his financial successes. His announcement last summer declaring his candidacy took place in the Trump Tower lobby amidst beautiful people, as did his last couple primary victory rallies.

  • As I seriously approached seniorhood a few years ago, I began observing men a few years older than I to ascertain what type of geezer I might become. While I took note of fun-loving, energetic types that seemed to suck the marrow out of life despite their increasing infirmities and declining abilities, what I observed more and more were men who were bitter, fearful, grumpy and cantankerous. That was disquieting. Concerned there go I, I swore a personal oath: No matter what, I would not evolve into that sort of man.

  • Scientists have discovered that another consequence of climate change is that the Earth’s poles are migrating. The North Pole is slowly making its way toward London. I am imagining the queen hosting Santa for tea.

    Scientists say the evidence unequivocally demonstrates human behavior and climate change are the culprits. It has to do with water loss in certain regions due to warmer temperatures resulting in oceanic evaporation and to humans draining aquifers.

  • Vox

    Thanks from Hayden family


    It is with profound gratitude that the family of Tom Hayden acknowledges the generosity and loving support of Evergreen Fire/Rescue, the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office, and the countless friends and acquaintances that surrounded our family with care during our most difficult hours and days.

    We will be forever grateful to those who supplied us with nourishment, kind words and love. As our family imitates the legacy of Tom’s extraordinary life, we will remember the heartfelt kindness of our community.

  • With the news the county might be asking Clear Creek voters for permission to create a health service district financed in large part by property and sales taxes, it is now doubly important for us to become educated about health-care ballot initiatives coming this November.

  • The popular storyline correlates the Trump Phenomenon to anger over the current intractable state of our national discourse and processes, as well as bitterness over stagnant wages and increasing economic disparity.

    To understand it fully, however, one needs to go deeper. Donald Trump’s domination of the Republican presidential field and the national political news exposes something fundamental about those who flock to him, something latent that now, like a dormant insect egg laid in an old piece of wood, is hatching.

  • Vox

    County is moving forward


    In the March 16 issue of the Courant, I was very pleased to find many positive things happening.

  • In addition to who will be our next president, this election will be especially insightful about who we are as a people. The best way to make sense of the rise of Donald Trump and what can be called the Trump phenomenon, says George Lakoff, professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, is through the lens of the family: whether nurturing or strict.

  • Vox

    Thanks for support


    It is with profound gratitude that the family of Tom Hayden acknowledges the generosity and loving support of Evergreen Fire/Rescue, the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department and the countless friends and acquaintances that surrounded our family with care during our most difficult hours and days.

  • Last week I indicated I would continue this week with the theme of Democrats and other clear-sighted voters being a firewall against a potential Donald Trump presidency. Instead, I will write that piece next week.

    It’s appropriate to take time to do some saluting, thanking and, as I like to say, philosophizing about two men who have moved on.