•  “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” 

    — Barry Goldwater

    After proclaiming that at the 1964 Republican convention, Barry Goldwater went on to get trounced in one of the most lopsided landslides in presidential history.

  •  Ten years and counting. Hard to believe that I started writing for the Courant when Lynn Granger was Georgetown police judge, Bob Poirot was county commissioner, Bill Owens was governor and George W. Bush was president. Barack Obama had yet to make a splash on the national scene. 

  • Vox

     Time to have a conversation

    about what county should be


    The Snow Mountain property on Floyd Hill is attracting attention from many corners of Clear Creek County. Some want to develop the property into a multiple-unit (560?) housing venture to raise the county property-tax base. Others want to preserve it as an open-space gateway to Clear Creek County for Interstate 70 travelers.

  • The recall of two state senators has and will continue to have implications on our democratic process for time to come. Had the recall proponents not been successful, we would be moving on; but they were, and as a result, there’s blood in the water. Now, groups disenchanted with their public officials for whatever reason will be more confident about following the recall path. 

    Questions abound:

    Will it be seen as a restoration of citizen power or an overreach?  

  • Vox

     Expansion of rec center a wise idea


    I am happy to see that the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District is planning
    to renovate, upgrade and expand the Idaho Springs Recreation Center. 

  • Vox

     Commissioners’ actions regarding

    open space disappointing


    Re: The county commissioners’ meeting on Aug. 16

    I wish to comment on my disappointment over the outcome of the Clear Creek Board of County Commissioners meeting to consider the Clear Creek County Open Space Commission’s request to move forward in an effort to acquire the former Williams (now Snow Mountain) property just south of the Floyd Hill overpass. 

  •  Dear friends, neighbors and residents of Clear Creek County:

    We hope you and your family have remained safe in this emergency. As you are aware, Clear Creek County has sustained significant damage to its infrastructure and private residences in certain parts of our community, namely from Idaho Springs and extending to the east end of the county.

  • Vox

     New rec center needed but overpriced


    I have been a patron of the recreation center in Idaho Springs for more than 10 years. I have found the facilities to be adequate, and the staff and management to be good. While the building is in pretty good shape, renovations are needed sooner or later. Current low-interest rates make sooner better.

  •  Things have changed in Clear Creek in 2013 with the “new regime,” as it is being called. Elections generally do have consequences, and the change in two commissioner seats has been telling. For sure, it’s a different day.  

    In the Aug. 28 edition of the Courant, letter writer Etta Satter lambastes Commissioners Phil Buckland and Tom Hayden for flip-flopping on a commitment to negotiate to purchase the Snow Mountain property that in her mind was a solemn promise. 

  •  The 50th anniversary of “The March” is both a timely reminder about how far we’ve come and of how much we’re stilled mired in old ways of thinking. A year and a week ago in the March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, which ranks in the pantheon of great deliveries. In it, he laid out a dream, a vision about justice and freedom.

    Without that event, Barack Obama would likely just be some well-positioned university professor.  

  •  “Any man’s death diminishes me,” wrote the poet Donne, “because I am involved in mankind.” The philosopher Dr. Albert Schweitzer expanded on this sentiment with his ethic of ehrfurcht vor dem leben, or “reverence for life.” 

    “Ethics is nothing other than reverence for life,” Schweitzer wrote. “Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil.”

  • Vox

    New Clear Creek commissioners betrayed voters with stance on open-space buy


  • What a blast! The project at the Twin Tunnels, soon to be renamed since they’re no longer identical, is looking as if it’s rounding third base and heading for home. Light at the end of the tunnel will appear when daylight in Clear Creek is waning … after Halloween.

    Trick or treat?

  •  For many years, prisoners of war and those still missing in action had no official day of remembrance, yet their memory remained alive in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Americans who knew them, loved them — and waited.

  •  Note: This is the sixth and final column in a series on personal transformation

    Over the years, I have taken to task those who hold capitalism to be the most liberating of economic systems. In theory it might be, but in practice, it depends heavily upon worker ants and bees dutifully fulfilling assigned roles to keep the engine of commerce humming smoothly.

  • Vox

    Destroying the Postal Service is destroying a foundation of democracy


    Good article on the post office (in Dumont); however, Ian Neligh neglected to mention one thing: the reason the post office is in trouble. 

    In 2006, a lame-duck Republican Congress passed a mandate requiring the post office to fund pensions 75 years in advance at a cost of $5.5 billion a year. 

  •  Note: This is the fifth in a series on personal transformation

  • “You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood ... back home to the old forms and systems of things, which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time – back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.”
    — “You Can’t Go Home Again” by Thomas Wolfe

    You can pick your friends but you cannot pick your family.  The truth of that maxim depends, though, on how one defines “family.”

  • Vox

     Fabyanic has courage, strength


    I was very impressed with Jerry Fabyanic’s opinion piece “Accepting One’s Self Is Empowerment.” 

    Coming out is not uncommon. Coming out to the community at large in the newspaper is definitely uncommon and takes a great deal more courage. 

  •  There’s a delightful woman who has been taking ticket stubs at the Denver West theaters for 17 years, she tells me. She happens to be blind or seeing impaired. Another way of saying it is, she has a disability. However one states that factual aspect of her physical being, it does not detract from her ability to see the world from her perspective. She has phenomenal vision and as a result has stories to tell.