en Voters must veto the prince of profane <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Aug. 24. Four weeks and a day to the autumnal equinox. I guess I should call it the first day of fall, but autumnal equinox sounds better, more educated. But probably snooty to some. To them, that probably makes me a pointy head.</p> It’s difficult to change people’s minds <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> I enjoy reading thoughtful articles. Thoughtful in this case likely elicits another descriptor from others: boring. You see, facts are essential, valued pieces of information in my universe, even those that contradict cherished beliefs. In times past, I believed in absurd notions: Santa, the swaying of trees causing wind, and an open and embracing Republican Party. Detaching from that thinking wasn&rsquo;t always smooth, but facts intervened and intellectual honesty demanded such.</p> Vox <p> Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 2049</p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> The Friends of the Idaho Springs Public Library, along with all &ldquo;lovers of &nbsp;the library,&rdquo; would like to express our gratitude to Girl Scout Troop 2049 for changing the mudpit into a wood post and chipper-chip walkway. It looks beautiful! &nbsp;Thank you bunches.</p> <p> Kathy Donahue</p> <p> County needs to pursue opportunities</p> <p> Editor:</p> ‘A stream of stupefying statements’ <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The firestorm Donald Trump created with his response to Khizr and Ghazala Khan&rsquo;s statements about him is an eye opener. Unstable as he is, Trump cannot help himself when it comes to creating and raising stinks by making over-the-top provocative statements. That&rsquo;s not news. What is news is the overwhelming revulsion felt by the American people of this one. A bridge too far? Maybe.</p> Vox <p> <strong>Maybe we should keep Clear Creek for us</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> It was an interesting trip through last week&rsquo;s paper. We learned that EMS is being overloaded by tourists, possibly putting the safety and welfare of the residents that pay for the service at risk.</p> <p> We learned that&nbsp;the Guanella Pass road is being &ldquo;loved to death&rdquo; and becoming a parking lot on the weekends.</p> Parties’ platforms are a stark contrast <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The audacity of hope. America in 2016. Dare one hold a hopeful, trusting, embracing outlook in the Age of Anxiety? Or is it requisite to be down-in-the-mouth, a naysaying prophet of doom who holds that we, the American people, are not up to the task of resolving what ails us?</p> Vox <p> <strong>ATV access would help the county</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> I love to ride my ATV responsibly in the area, and&nbsp;Clear Creek County has so much to share.&nbsp;My friends and I love the area, and after our ride, we stop in Georgetown or Idaho Springs to shop and eat.</p> <p> We always try to support the local businesses in the area. This is something the community needs to help keep the economy vibrant; however, we have seen where some locals are aggressively trying to keep any &ldquo;outsiders&rdquo; out.</p> Republican Party platform a regression <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A political revolution has happened, but not as Bernie Sanders imagined. By nominating Donald Trump as its standard bearer, the Republican Party has finalized its self-destruction as the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Exit stage right: the GOP. In with the MUP: the Party of Mean and Ugly.</p>