en School board should reassess its value <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> In last week&rsquo;s column, I noted Mark Twain&rsquo;s dismissive attitude toward school boards. Needless to say, Twain was eviscerating.</p> <p> Unlike my literary hero, I have been on both sides of the school board table, having negotiated a master contract in Summit County in my capacity as teacher association president and having served on the Clear Creek board. During those experiences, I dealt with some who brought to mind Twain&rsquo;s epithet. But I primarily collaborated with stellar, thoughtful citizens who focused on creating sound educational policy.</p> Education: We had it right, then … <p> Mark Twain didn&rsquo;t like school boards. Their banning of &ldquo;The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,&rdquo; which, according to Ernest Hemingway and countless others, is the quintessential and greatest American novel, was one reason.</p> <p> His disdain, though, wasn&rsquo;t due simply to being miffed. Twain and other creative minds, from Thomas Edison to Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill to Dolly Parton, disdained their educational experiences, seeing public schooling as stultifying, repressive.</p> Should it be all about getting results? <p> It is tempting to write about the nut-case rhetoric spewing forth from Republican presidential candidates. For a writer, it is low-hanging fruit. I tried resisting, however &hellip;</p> <p> Like many others, I am past the shock level. Listening to them trying to out-demagogue one another is like watching a movie in which the F-word is used incessantly. After a while, the viewer no longer hears it, having become desensitized to its impact.</p> Privacy issues are involved when police use body cameras <p> By District Attorney Bruce Brown</p> <p> In the wake of police officer-involved shootings from Ferguson, Mo., to North Charleston, S.C., there is no hotter topic among law enforcement agencies and district attorneys than the routine employment of body cams for patrolling police officers. In next year&rsquo;s Colorado legislature, which has an enormous appetite right now for regulating police, there are bound to be proposals including requiring body cams for every police department.</p> Efforts to create ‘a more perfect union’ <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> As James Brown yelps in his classic hit, &ldquo;I feel good!&rdquo; The reason? I and my gay and lesbian siblings finally can experience first-class citizenship. We not only can come out of the closet but also walk to some altars to exercise our natural, human and constitutional right to marry.</p> Time to expose hatred and deal with it <p> There&rsquo;s something particularly heinous about violating places of sanctity that ought to be sanctuaries from violence: e.g., churches, schools, shelters.</p> <p> Over the years I&rsquo;ve written about and decried gunmen who choose to carry out their murderous assaults in public schools, one of society&rsquo;s most sacred secular places. This time it happened in a Charleston, S.C., church during a Bible study to which the gunman was lovingly welcomed.</p> County needs a Henderson-closure czarina <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Besides specific actions we need to take to move forward given the closing of the Henderson Mine, there are at least two broader lessons we can glean from this experience, especially in conjunction with the probable expansion of Interstate 70 to Empire Junction: We&rsquo;re on our own, and it presents immense opportunity.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s empowering to operate from a sense of independence. Clear Creek should no longer feel dependent upon the Colorado Department of Transportation and Vail Resorts for the opportunity to service travelers.</p> Balancing service needs with less money <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> During my conversation with Clear Creek Economic Corp. executive director Peggy Stokstad and Commissioner Tim Mauck on KYGT about post-Henderson Clear Creek, I quipped that while the belief that the Japanese character for chaos is the same for opportunity is urban legend, it remains a wonderful idea.</p> <p> On the one hand, both Stokstad and Mauck aver it&rsquo;s important to keep in mind the size of the Henderson property-tax footprint has not always been gargantuan. Nevertheless, it is something we need to be concerned about.</p>