• “Paranoia strikes deep / Into your life it will creep / It starts when you’re always afraid / You step out of line, the man come and take you away.”

    “For What It’s Worth”

    — Buffalo Springfield


    Thinking … thinking …

  • Welcome to the Courant’s first column by this conservative columnist. As would be appropriate with any proper introduction, I think it’s important that you have some understanding of the intent and direction this column will take. Perhaps of equal importance, you need to also understand what direction this column will not pursue.

  • Vox

    Time for Fabyanic to go


    I second the proposal made by Omer Homer’s letter to the editor in last week’s newspaper that your columnist, Jerry Fabyanic, turn in his pencil and retire. For at least the past two decades, his has been the dominant voice of this paper’s editorial page — a view of the world that is strongly biased and disrespectful of any other point of view. 

  • Vox

    Trump didn’t win; Clinton lost


    There are those who think nature is cruel and unfair in that it chooses winners and losers. It is to these thinkers I direct this letter.

    It is a fact that most brutal regimes spring from the classical left, and it is simple to comprehend why: Over time, the left is very susceptible to emotion and rarely accepts contrary facts to its belief systems. What they feel is truth is indeed truth to them. 

  • I wrapped up last week’s column with a commitment to write this week about “active citizenry in the age of Trump.” That got me to thinking: Why should active citizenry be more essential now than at another time?

    True, the threat to our constitutional order is imminent. Nonetheless, good and true citizens should constantly be engaged. The operating word is “should.”

  • Vox

    Not all Trump supporters can be stereotyped


    I was pleased to see the headline on Jerry Fabyanic’s Nov. 16 opinion column piece — at least at first: “Trump presidency will do, in democracy.” “Hurrah!” I thought. “Jerry is finally admitting in print that there are people (lots) in America who disagree with his world view and still have a right to be heard!”

  • It’s Thanksgiving 2016, and I’m searching for that for which to offer thanks. Personally, there’s an abundance, but it’s offset by angst I continue to experience for our country. I hate that feeling. Two weeks since, and I’m still unable to come to grips with the reality of 60 million Americans voting for a self-admitted sexual predator, a financial con man and an unstable dude to be their president. So much for their collective wisdom and family values.


  • Vox

    Thoughts on the election


    We are writing on Wednesday, Nov. 9. We are very happy. The candidate we supported for almost two years is now president-elect. We are part of the “common folk.” We knew people wanted a better economy, more opportunities, not more elitism, not more racism or gender bias.

  • “Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

    — John Donne,

    “Devotions on Emergent Occasions, Meditation 17”

    In one fell swoop, we’ve repealed the Constitution and done in democracy. In their places, an autocrat empowered by a consortium of chamber of commerce types, feckless conservatives, dutiful Republicans, political careerists, seething low-wage earners and rubes, an assortment of racists, misogynists and xenophobes.

  • Thanks for help with melodrama


    Our melodrama is over for 2016, and now I would like to extend a few kudos around to you all. Thank you, Clear Creek Courant, Corinne Westeman and Chancey Bush for the wonderful article about our performance.

  • Wood, Condon have qualifications to be excellent commissioners


    Residents of Clear Creek County: You have important choices to make for county commissioner and who will be responsible to our community. We have two candidates who are extremely qualified with management and fiscal experience. Please look at the record and background of Sean Wood and Cindy Condon.

  • Health service district would be a boon to county


    “Inequality is not inevitable: It is a choice we make with the rules we create to structure our economy.”

    — Joseph Stiglitz

  • Vox

    Brown should be retained as district attorney


    I do not live in the 5th Judicial District but in Grand County, which is in the 14th Judicial District. Here is real information that every voter in the 5th Judicial District needs to know about your current district attorney, Bruce Brown.

  • “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

    — “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Over the past two weeks, I have given my take on several ballot initiatives. My goal has been to encourage you to do your homework to make informed decisions. Solid arguments certainly can be made pro and con on each. Your blue book, which can serve as a starting partial guide, should be in hand.

    I conclude the series by looking at three others: Amendment 70 (state minimum wage), Proposition 106 (medical aid in dying), and for a swath of Clear Creek, the health service district.

  • Vox

    Support Carey for district attorney


  • In any game, the rules are more critical than the game itself. For if the rules are stacked against one team or player or flagrantly flauted, the outcome will be guaranteed. That holds true for our governance. Ultimately only the power of the people to vote stands between a republic and an oligarchy or dictatorship.

  • (Reprinted from Sept. 7, 2006)

    Once more it is time for the “bugling” of the bull elk to flow down the mountains. This eerie, wailing sound is part of the rutting season and as much a part of the Rocky Mountain autumn as the turning of the aspen leaves.

    The first call reported to me this year was on Saturday, Aug. 26. A bit early but not too unusual. The calling will continue through September and dwindle in October, with still a few last calls heard in November.

  • When soliciting signatures for ColoradoCare, now Amendment 69, I would remind people that signing the petition did not require them to support it if on the ballot. My goal was to move a health care plan to the public forum to debate its pros and cons.

  • It’s not easy living in a participatory democracy. A citizen’s work is 24/7 and never done. Our liberty and freedoms didn’t come easily, and holding on to them is arguably more challenging. The old maxim states nothing is free, that someone has paid, is paying, or will pay the price for the desired object even if the direct beneficiaries do nothing to earn or deserve it.