• With the news the county might be asking Clear Creek voters for permission to create a health service district financed in large part by property and sales taxes, it is now doubly important for us to become educated about health-care ballot initiatives coming this November.

  • The popular storyline correlates the Trump Phenomenon to anger over the current intractable state of our national discourse and processes, as well as bitterness over stagnant wages and increasing economic disparity.

    To understand it fully, however, one needs to go deeper. Donald Trump’s domination of the Republican presidential field and the national political news exposes something fundamental about those who flock to him, something latent that now, like a dormant insect egg laid in an old piece of wood, is hatching.

  • Vox

    County is moving forward


    In the March 16 issue of the Courant, I was very pleased to find many positive things happening.

  • In addition to who will be our next president, this election will be especially insightful about who we are as a people. The best way to make sense of the rise of Donald Trump and what can be called the Trump phenomenon, says George Lakoff, professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, is through the lens of the family: whether nurturing or strict.

  • Vox

    Thanks for support


    It is with profound gratitude that the family of Tom Hayden acknowledges the generosity and loving support of Evergreen Fire/Rescue, the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department and the countless friends and acquaintances that surrounded our family with care during our most difficult hours and days.

  • Last week I indicated I would continue this week with the theme of Democrats and other clear-sighted voters being a firewall against a potential Donald Trump presidency. Instead, I will write that piece next week.

    It’s appropriate to take time to do some saluting, thanking and, as I like to say, philosophizing about two men who have moved on.

  • Vox

    Sanders should be next president


    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


    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


    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


    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.