en Supporting KYGT <p> Nov. 4 was a big day for Clear Creek. For the first time in nearly two decades, the CCHS Golddiggers got to the football playoffs. They played a gritty, hard-fought game. Though they lost the game, the team &mdash; players and coaches &mdash; won the day, doing themselves and the Clear Creek community proud.</p> A rewarding educational system <p> When we discuss any kind of issue, be it foreign policy, gun control, economics, taxes &mdash; whatever the topic that has any significant bearing on the country &mdash; education is at the root. Although culture, the family life and years of thinking a certain way will of course have a major say in the society we live in, the education that we grew up with will always play a role.</p> Vox <p> Dear Clear Creek County,</p> <p> We wanted to take a moment to thank you for the overwhelming support you clearly showed from the Nov. 7 election &mdash; namely passing the ballot initiative to help fund the EMS ambulance service in the county.</p> <p> Every day, our dedicated EMS team stands ready to assist residents and visitors alike, ensuring they get the best care they can &mdash; when they need it. Your vote shows strong support for continuing this life-saving service in our community in these tougher budget times.</p> Moving forward through looking back <p> There are forces that move inexorably below the surface of our political awareness only to breech at notable events such as elections. Education with its associated politics is one such force.<br /> Voting is a civic duty <p> I remember the ballot card my mother gave me to play with when I was a boy after she had voted at Bellwood School. It was on 3-inch by 6-inch white stock with red and blue print, listing the Democratic candidates she was encouraged to vote for.<br /> Vox Pop <p> <strong>Thanks for allowing her to serve</strong><br /> Editor:<br /> I would like to take a moment to thank the citizens of Idaho Springs for allowing me 10 amazing years serving our community as an Idaho Springs city council member.<br /> I have learned an immeasurable amount in these years and look forward to applying this knowledge elsewhere within the county moving forward.<br /> Coming to terms: Republic or Democracy? <p> This week I find myself in Phoenix on a much-needed journey to see some family. Being here in this city sparks a lot of thought about city people and small town people, the different dynamics involved and how we in many ways think and act differently.</p> Three steps to deal with reality <p> Following the recent radical Islamist terrorist attack in New York City, you may have seen pictures of the cover of the ISIS magazine championing a pickup truck as the &ldquo;best mowing&rdquo; instrument for causing widespread death and mayhem.</p>