http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Wealth disparity keeps widening http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/wealth-disparity-keeps-widening <p> On April 20, 2014, members of the Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate Easter, coinciding with the date for Western-rite Christians. On April 20, 1914, 100 years to the day, the Greek Orthodox Church again celebrated its Easter, but for 18 Greek Orthodox women and children of miners in Ludlow, Colo., that Easter Sunday was a day not of resurrection but of death, huddled together dying of smoke inhalation from fires set by goon squads sent by coal magnates and the Colorado militia, which operated at their behest.&nbsp;</p> Wealth disparity keeps widening http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/wealth-disparity-keeps-widening <p> On April 20, 2014, members of the Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate Easter, coinciding with the date for Western-rite Christians. On April 20, 1914, 100 years to the day, the Greek Orthodox Church again celebrated its Easter, but for 18 Greek Orthodox women and children of miners in Ludlow, Colo., that Easter Sunday was a day not of resurrection but of death, huddled together dying of smoke inhalation from fires set by goon squads sent by coal magnates and the Colorado militia, which operated at their behest.&nbsp;</p> Northwestern football players 7, NCAA 0 http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/northwestern-football-players-7-ncaa-0 <p> &nbsp;I&rsquo;m no union guy. I think the unions have generally outlived their usefulness in our country, and that&rsquo;s why only about 11 percent of American workers are union members, compared to nearly one-third in the early &rsquo;70s. Today the majority of union members are employees in the public sector, where the relationship between employer and employee has always been more contractual than relational.</p> Northwestern football players 7, NCAA 0 http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/northwestern-football-players-7-ncaa-0 <p> &nbsp;I&rsquo;m no union guy. I think the unions have generally outlived their usefulness in our country, and that&rsquo;s why only about 11 percent of American workers are union members, compared to nearly one-third in the early &rsquo;70s. Today the majority of union members are employees in the public sector, where the relationship between employer and employee has always been more contractual than relational.</p> The bell tolls for our democracy http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/bell-tolls-our-democracy <p> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: italic; ">&ldquo;Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.&rdquo; &nbsp;</span></p> <p> <em>&mdash; John Donne, Meditation 17, &ldquo;No Man Is an Island&rdquo;</em></p> Legislators racing to the finish line http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/legislators-racing-finish-line <p> They&rsquo;re rounding the final turn and headed for the home stretch as your 69th Colorado General Assembly begins to wrap things up. Because of the limits in our constitution, the legislature must adjourn by May 7, just five weeks from today.</p> <p> The House passed the 2014-15 state budget last week, and the Senate will complete its version by Friday. They should be able to resolve any differences by next week, and we&rsquo;ll be in the mad dash to the finish line.</p> Legislators racing to the finish line http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/legislators-racing-finish-line <p> They&rsquo;re rounding the final turn and headed for the home stretch as your 69th Colorado General Assembly begins to wrap things up. Because of the limits in our constitution, the legislature must adjourn by May 7, just five weeks from today.</p> <p> The House passed the 2014-15 state budget last week, and the Senate will complete its version by Friday. They should be able to resolve any differences by next week, and we&rsquo;ll be in the mad dash to the finish line.</p> Politics should not dictate views http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/politics-should-not-dictate-views <p> There is nothing wrong with changing one&rsquo;s mind, especially when confronted with new information. In fact, it&rsquo;s a virtue; intellectual honesty requires it.</p> <p> Long-entrenched thinking takes time to &ldquo;evolve,&rdquo; as Presidents Obama&rsquo;s has on same-sex marriage. On that, he&rsquo;s far from alone; millions of Americans have moved to support the principle, a vast change from homophobic days when a mad rush cluttered state constitutions with amendments defining marriage as between opposite-sex couples.</p>