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Opinion

  • Vox

     Please support the Salvation Army

    Editor:

    The Clear Creek Extension Unit of the Salvation Army would like to thank all those who have contributed in the past and encourage you to please donate to our Salvation Army extension this holiday season.

    Did you know that all money donated to our Extension Unit stays in Clear Creek County? Our Extension Unit helps locals and stranded travelers.

    The amount we can use to help those in need is based solely on how much money we have.

  •  Failure is always an option. What we do with failure depends on us and how we choose to move forward. 

    Will failure crush our will, deplete us of our enthusiasm and send us packing, or will it propel us to certain victory in the next battle?  

  • Vox

    Election results prove illiteracy on many levels

    Editor:

    Jerry Fabyanic said, “The simple truth is that Randy Wheelock and George Clark would be our new commissioners if it weren’t for a number of Democrats jumping ship. … In every other contest, Democrats romped.”

    Robert Houdesell said, “Obviously the Republican ‘brand’ is damaged; that much I know.”

  • The 2012 election has clarified and solidified a trend since Ronald Reagan: The once Republican majority has become a minority. 

    This election was heralded as a referendum on the role of government. Indeed, it was, and the outcome does not bode well for those who cling to Reagan’s aphorism that government is “the enemy.”

  • The results are in, and Clear Creek, like the rest of the state and nation, not only remains blue, but is becoming increasingly so. That assessment seems to fly in the face of the outcome of the commissioner races, both won by Republicans. Both, however, were squeakers and decided not on the basis of issues or philosophy but on the personalities running.

  • Vox

    Congratulations to the new county commissioners

    Editor:

    I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate our newly elected officials. I wish you all the best of luck in moving us forward and bringing us together. 

  •  A man walks along a solitary beach at sunset. He looks around him. He is alone. He wonders how he got himself into this mess. His life seems like it will sunset early. Everything is wrong. Suddenly, a gentle figure is walking alongside of him.

    “Why are you so depressed, my friend?” asked the gentle man. 

  • The Perfect Storm! Tropical Depression 18 became Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 22, and the New York/New Jersey area will never be the same. Many things changed in a heartbeat. Winds tore down buildings. Storm surges tore apart the boardwalk and flooded Lower Manhattan, an area that has seen its share of disaster.

  • Vox

    Commissioners need to do their jobs regarding St. Mary’s ski area

    Editor:

  • The Day After and at the point of this writing, it’s not been decided who will be president. When reading this, though, it’s likely you know who was elected president, commissioners and district attorney.

  • Editor’s note: Each of the candidates for Clear Creek County commissioner has been given an opportuniy to write a column for the editorial page before the Nov. 6 election. This week, Randy Wheelock, a Democrat running for the District 3 seat, discusses his qualifications.

     

  • Editor’s note: Each of the candidates for the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office have been given an opportunity to write a column for the Opinion page before the Nov. 6 election. Here, Republican Scott Turner, an assistant district attorney in the 5th Judicial District, discusses his qualifications.

     

  • Editor’s note: Each of the candidates for the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office have been given an opportunity to write a column for the Opinion page before the Nov. 6 election. Here, Democrat Bruce Brown, an Idaho Springs attorney, discusses his qualifications.

     

  • Be afraid, be very, very afraid! It is Halloween after all. I like Halloween not for its secular holiday appeal. I like it because it’s the end of the long autumn month of October and the transition into November, Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season. 

  • Vox

    The middle class is nothing to fear

    Editor:

  • I’d like to take credit for a wag’s summary of one debate performer coming down to the letter B — Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets — but journalistic ethics combined with the residual effects of my guilt-ridden Catholic upbringing won’t allow me.

  •  It’s not likely Adam Ochs, R-Evergreen, will unseat Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, in House District 13 that includes Clear Creek, but that didn’t stop Ochs from entering the race or coming onto KYGT to engage with Levy, with me facilitating, in an open-ended conversation.

    After the show, I told Ochs he’s a rare local Republican candidate: no fear of stating unequivocally what he stands for in an unscripted manner and having his words recorded for future reference.

  • Vox

     Wheelock would make a great commissioner

    Editor:

    We are fortunate to have the opportunity to elect Randy Wheelock as Clear Creek County commissioner. Randy is a tireless advocate for this county. He has volunteered his time on countless local boards, committees and projects for the people of Clear Creek County. Throughout his life here, Randy has been committed to making a positive difference in preserving and enhancing our quality of life. 

  •  As we learned last week, the county commissioner is one of the most influential people over your day-to-day life. I’ve had a few occasions to work with Joan Drury on issues regarding several projects. Joan is always accessible, friendly and is someone who takes our concerns seriously. Personally, I am sad to see her term-limited but also wish her the very best.