http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Unequal prosperity equals injustice http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/unequal-prosperity-equals-injustice <p> If we&rsquo;re to move forward to develop an economy that allows for the potential of every American to be successful, it&rsquo;s imperative to move away from the either-or dichotomy of looking at capitalism: Either one has blind faith and is a fervent believer in it, or one is considered a socialist. That notion is nonsense on several levels, but suffice to say those who profess that are being simplistic.</p> Unequal prosperity equals injustice http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/unequal-prosperity-equals-injustice <p> If we&rsquo;re to move forward to develop an economy that allows for the potential of every American to be successful, it&rsquo;s imperative to move away from the either-or dichotomy of looking at capitalism: Either one has blind faith and is a fervent believer in it, or one is considered a socialist. That notion is nonsense on several levels, but suffice to say those who profess that are being simplistic.</p> Vox http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/vox-184 <p> &nbsp;<strong>The rec center budget shell game &nbsp;</strong></p> <p> The rec center renovation, which 51 percent of the voters approved for $7 million, is over budget at almost $9 million. Now it has magically shaved off&nbsp; $2,270,000 with some redesign, cuts and&nbsp; lots of changes in &ldquo;stuff.&rdquo; In my professional opinion, the new plans are inefficiently designed, with a lot of wasted space. I pointed out how that could be improved at a recent rec district board meeting. I was blown off with lip service and rationalizations. &nbsp;</p> Vox http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/vox-184 <p> &nbsp;<strong>The rec center budget shell game &nbsp;</strong></p> <p> The rec center renovation, which 51 percent of the voters approved for $7 million, is over budget at almost $9 million. Now it has magically shaved off&nbsp; $2,270,000 with some redesign, cuts and&nbsp; lots of changes in &ldquo;stuff.&rdquo; In my professional opinion, the new plans are inefficiently designed, with a lot of wasted space. I pointed out how that could be improved at a recent rec district board meeting. I was blown off with lip service and rationalizations. &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> 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>