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Opinion

  • Vox

    Sanders should be next president

    Editor:

    I am for Bernie Sanders because I believe he sincerely wants this country to work for every person in this country (every Who in Whoville). Like Horton the elephant in “Horton Hears a Who,” he is listening and understanding that unless this country works for us all, we need to spark the social revolution that can make this happen.

  • I’ve always been intrigued by what moves people to do what they do. That includes the reasons they vote as they do.

    The big talking point today across the spectrum of news talk zeroes in on the idea of both Republicans and Democrats being angry. But as is anything else that passes for in-depth analysis on the cable networks, that idea is simply too simplistic.

    Yes, there is palpable anger among voters left to right. But there’s anger, and then there’s anger.

  • Vox

    Happy to agree to disagree with Fabyanic

    Editor:

    There is no way the two of us will ever agree on the important facts and dire financial situation this county will face in short order. I just don’t care, though. Enough said on that subject.

  • One of the fun aspects of writing for a weekly paper that comes out on Wednesday and having to submit one’s column several days before is that I cannot write an immediate response to the outcome and consequences of events held on a Tuesday.

    Perhaps that’s just as well. By the time you read this, either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will have prevailed in the Colorado Democratic Party’s caucus vote. And either Donald Trump smoked the guys left standing in the Republican scrum or he obliterated them.

  • In exchanges with fellow progressives, I would posit there are four reasons to support Hillary Clinton for president: Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer, each a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court nearing 80 years of age. With the passing of Scalia, that point has been brought to the forefront.

    The subtext of my argument is that Clinton is very electable while Bernie Sanders is not. If nominated, Sanders loses miserably.

  • Swagger is American. John Wayne. John Elway. Donald Trump. Swagger isn’t just talk; it’s the walk. Strut your stuff.

    Swagger is a guy thing. A 6-foot-plus-tall guy thing. And the guy better exude toughness.

    Bernie Sanders doesn’t swagger. He towers. He’s gruff, unkempt and barks. He points. Must have the last word. Full of platitudes. Supporters find that endearing.

  • Vox

    Getting busy to solve issues when Henderson Mine closes

    Editor:

    I moved to Clear Creek County in 1986, and this is one of the first things I heard. Well, the mine apparently will now be closing within the next five years, taking many good-paying jobs and a significant portion of county tax revenue away.

  • The ongoing crisis in Flint, Mich., has implications reaching far beyond the lead-laden water the good citizens ingested. Citizens nationwide are looking far more closely at their water supplies. Clean drinking water is something Americans have taken for granted, unlike in countries across the globe.

    But water isn’t the only thing we have come to take for granted, which leads to another implication for the Flint water crisis. We take for granted safe food and medicines, certified professionals as opposed to quacks, infrastructure, transportation and much more.

  • Vox

    More commercial development

    won’t solve county revenue loss

    Editor:

    I read with interest Bob Poirot’s letter regarding the future of Clear Creek County and replacing revenues lost from the Henderson Mine. I consider Bob a friend, and while I know he cares about our county, I think his suggestion to broadly increase development everywhere possible is misguided.

  • In his Jan. 20 letter, Tim Wheeler states that I suggested he fabricated his mill-levy figures. In fact, in my Jan. 13 column, I wrote his claim was “unsubstantiated,” which is considerably different. In a serious debate, it is critical to use accurate language not only to facilitate the understanding of the observers but also to lend credibility to the debater’s position.

  • It would be fair to state that our Founders were not exactly egalitarian democrats, at least in terms of how we define democracy today. Yes, they wrote the Constitution that begins with the seemingly all-inclusive phrase “We the people” and signed the Declaration of Independence that proclaims that “all men are created equal.”

  • What I found interesting at the State of the Union address last week in addition to what President Obama had to say were the visuals. On the dais behind Obama sat Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. They provided a study in contrasts: Biden upbeat and engaged; Ryan dour and disconnected. One optimistic; the other doubtful, even pessimistic. You would have thought the opposite would have been true given their ages, a spread wide enough to be father and son.

    A picture worth more than a thousand words.

  • There was a sardonic political cartoon recently in which the battered 2015 old man, wrapped in bandages and leaning on a crutch, greeted the new babe of 2016 and said, “If you think it was rough for me, yours will be worse.”

    My life philosophy is to focus on the positive and fight through even in the worst of times, but in this case, optimism seems unwarranted. Call it my inner pessimism or my refusal to live in a fantasy world viewed through rose-colored glasses.

  • Recently, I wrote about how statements made by leaders can lead to violence, even when not intended. Then I specifically correlated false claims about baby body parts made by Republican presidential aspirant Carly Fiorina and others with the Planned Parenthood shooting.

  • Dec 23: Americans scurrying around, anxious they missed someone on their list. And probably have, though he/she is someone not on their list. But who ought to be. Himself. Herself.

    The anxious, overwrought segment of the American populace that is paranoid about personal safety and angry about their wants not being met is growing. They identify terrorist threats and attacks as their greatest concern. They conflate their wants with their needs. They deny responsibility for their failings, instead point fingers elsewhere. “It’s not my fault that I …”

  • With our national overheated debate on mass murders and terrorism raging, it would be wise to take a detached, more cerebral analysis of the problem. First, it is important to understand that while acts of terrorism usually if not always result in mass murders, not all mass murders are acts of terror. And the issue of guns, especially ones capable of withering fire, is tangential, not cause and effect.

  • The goal of terrorists is to strike fear not only into those they are immediately targeting but also into a group of people, population or nation to make them cow in fear to get them to cease a practice the terrorists find objectionable.

  • During the week of Oct. 5, the nonprofit preservation group HistoriCorps converged upon Arapahoe Springs shelter off of the old dirt Squaw Pass Road. Two crew field workers from HistoriCorps, Jonas Landes and Megan Potter, along with a small contingent of local volunteers, spent full days through that weather-filled autumn week to repair and replace roof decking and shingles; replace the deteriorated rafter log; remove graffiti; clean fire-blackened stones; and paint all exposed wood surfaces.

  • The results from the Jefferson Public Schools Board of Education recall were beyond lopsided; they were off the charts. Nearly two-thirds voted to oust the triumvirate, who had been beneficiaries of lavish support from outside money and who sneaked under the radar into power. This time, though, an aware and educated community unceremoniously booted them from their perches.

  • The impending Henderson Mine closure is not surprising in the sense that it’s part of every extraction industry’s boom-bust cycle. Minerals and other deposits — oil, gold or molybdenum — are finite. Every oil well goes dry; every mine plays out.

    On the one hand, the closing will provide opportunity for redevelopment that will reap incredible benefits to the Clear Creek community. Entrepreneurial and visionary types are licking their chops.