• One wonders about the reason supposedly small-government groups advocate for a broader expanse of government until one comes back to the fact that the NRA is not a gun-ownership rights group as much as it is an ideological consortium led by political fanatics who will brook no deviation from its religious orthodoxy.

  • Vox

     Fabyanic’s column leads readers astray


  • Wow! I am tired. Are you tired? I have worked all year to pay my taxes, and guess what? So have you. Today, April 17, 2013, is Tax Freedom Day! Yay! Tax Freedom Day is the day in which we, as a country, have finally broke even and are now earning money for ourselves and not paying it to the Tax Man. 

  •  It is time to talk about the Twin Tunnels and the construction project along the east side of Idaho Springs. When I first heard of the Interstate 70 Twin Tunnels project, I cringed, as I am sure you did. 

    The project, beginning this month, detours traffic around the Twin Tunnels and onto the highway just west of the Hidden Valley exit. It began last year with the construction to the south of the highway and the amazing expansion to include a third lane. I watched with amazement as I saw the construction develop with each trip down the mountain. 

  • Essentially, there are two reasons advocates of capital punishment offer: deterrence, which is objective and measureable, and a fitting, appropriate consequence, which is quite subjective.

  • Vox

     Editor’s note:Because part of the Evergreen Fire Protection District lies in Clear Creek County, both sides of the current controversy over construction of a fire training building in Bergen Park have asked that opinions on the issue, and on the current effort to recall the district’s board members, appear in the Courant.


    There are limits …


  •  Beware, the Unintended Consequences. In a complex society, there are rules, laws and norms that most people follow. When you interact with fellow citizens, we generally understand how we are going to conduct business and personal interactions. When the rules change, the norms change, and thus the interactions are changed. Such is the tragic case of Senate Bill 176, signed into law in the 2011 session. Democrats Sen. Morgan Carroll and our Rep. Claire Levy introduced this bill.

  • Some years ago, having served on the VALE (victims’ assistance league) board, I became aware of CASA and the fine job it was doing advocating for our children in the 5th Judicial District.   

    Recently, when our daughter Genevieve became a CASA board member, she asked me to attend an informational meeting about the role of CASA in our area. 

  • Future historians and generations will likely look back at 2013, indeed to the years roughly correlated to President Obama’s tenure, as a defining moment and era in American history. Will it be on a par with the Progressive Period of the early 20th century, dominated by Teddy Roosevelt, that witnessed the creation of the Food and Drug Administration, enactment of child labor laws, and other social gains, and that of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal that saw the birth of Social Security?

  • Vox

    ThinkFirst was the brainchild
    of community groups
    On Feb. 21, members of the community gave teens a dose of safety and prevention. A program called ThinkFirst was provided by the Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council, but only the help of many community groups and individuals could ensure the success of the program to prevent brain injury.

  •  Today at CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Committee) Conference, Ronald Reagan emerged as strong as ever to address the issues we face in 2013. Wishful thinking, but what if Reagan were to address conservatives today? There is no doubt that CPAC is Reagan-oriented. It hands out Reagan posters to its attendees and espouses the views of Reagan in many ways. 

  • Vox

    Recall proponents’ analysis 

    of response times is not accurate

    To residents of the Evergreen Fire Protection District:

    The release of the “call for service response times” analysis by the group recalling the sitting Evergreen Fire Protection District board has resulted in quite a few community questions. I would like to explain Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s position on this. In brief, the data that were released are not accurate due to a misunderstanding of industry standards.

  • Last Tuesday, the Colorado House voted to approve civil unions for same-sex couples. On Wednesday, the picture on the front page of the Denver Post showed speaker Mark Ferrandino kissing his partner. Like the photo of the gay couple kissing after one’s return from Iraq, it is iconic.

  • Vox

    Bipartisan effort needed to find ways to reduce gun violence


  • Wikipedia, the source of all worthless knowledge, defines WWRD (What Would Reagan Do) as “a phrase that has become popular primarily among conservatives and Republicans in the United States. Its usage reflects a belief in former United States President Ronald Reagan as a model conservative leader.” You can tell that the person who posted that definition certainly has a bias … about conservatives and about the “belief” that Ronald Reagan is a “model conservative leader.” Well, he isn’t. 

  • When we read, we usually pay little attention to the words writers use to convey their points. The same is true when it comes to political dialogue in which terms are bandied about that subtly obscure ultimate reality.

    A case in point is the so-called sequester, a Damocles sword the president and Congress had created to force them to work collaboratively on getting a handle on the annual federal deficit and the national debt. A Damocles sword suggests a pending doom of death, that if one does not take a certain action, an unfortunate outcome will occur. 

  • It’s been more than the usual fascination digesting feedback on recent columns, reflections that have ranged from “Huh?” to “You lost me,” so not so disparate reactions. That’s good. I’m learning to revel in un-clarity.