http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Sometimes, it’s OK to break stereotypes http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/sometimes-it%E2%80%99s-ok-break-stereotypes <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fabyanic-jerry_36.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> As I seriously approached seniorhood a few years ago, I began observing men a few years older than I to ascertain what type of geezer I might become. While I took note of fun-loving, energetic types that seemed to suck the marrow out of life despite their increasing infirmities and declining abilities, what I observed more and more were men who were bitter, fearful, grumpy and cantankerous. That was disquieting. Concerned there go I, I swore a personal oath: No matter what, I would not evolve into that sort of man.</p> Time to be players in political drama http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/time-be-players-political-drama <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fabyanic-jerry_35.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Scientists have discovered that another consequence of climate change is that the Earth&rsquo;s poles are migrating. The North Pole is slowly making its way toward London. I am imagining the queen hosting Santa for tea.</p> <p> Scientists say the evidence unequivocally demonstrates human behavior and climate change are the culprits. It has to do with water loss in certain regions due to warmer temperatures resulting in oceanic evaporation and to humans draining aquifers.</p> Get informed about health-care ballot issues http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/get-informed-about-health-care-ballot-issues <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fabyanic-jerry_34.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> With the news the county might be asking Clear Creek voters for permission to create a health service district financed in large part by property and sales taxes, it is now doubly important for us to become educated about health-care ballot initiatives coming this November.</p> Vox http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/vox-229 <p> Thanks from Hayden family</p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> It is with profound gratitude that the family of Tom Hayden acknowledges the generosity and loving support of Evergreen Fire/Rescue, the Clear Creek County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, and the countless friends and acquaintances that surrounded our family with care during our most difficult hours and days.</p> <p> We will be forever grateful to those who supplied us with nourishment, kind words and love. As our family imitates the legacy of Tom&rsquo;s extraordinary life, we will remember the heartfelt kindness of our community.</p> Defeating Trump takes reason, not emotion http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/defeating-trump-takes-reason-not-emotion <p> The popular storyline correlates the Trump Phenomenon to anger over the current intractable state of our national discourse and processes, as well as bitterness over stagnant wages and increasing economic disparity.</p> <p> To understand it fully, however, one needs to go deeper. Donald Trump&rsquo;s domination of the Republican presidential field and the national political news exposes something fundamental about those who flock to him, something latent that now, like a dormant insect egg laid in an old piece of wood, is hatching.</p> A view of Trump through lens of family http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/view-trump-through-lens-family <p> In addition to who will be our next president, this election will be especially insightful about who we are as a people. The best way to make sense of the rise of Donald Trump and what can be called the Trump phenomenon, says George Lakoff, professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, is through the lens of the family: whether nurturing or strict.</p> Vox http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/vox-227 <p> County is moving forward</p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> In the March 16 issue of the Courant, I was very pleased to find many positive things happening.</p> A heartfelt farewell to two great men http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/heartfelt-farewell-two-great-men <p> Last week I indicated I would continue this week with the theme of Democrats and other clear-sighted voters being a firewall against a potential Donald Trump presidency. Instead, I will write that piece next week.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s appropriate to take time to do some saluting, thanking and, as I like to say, philosophizing about two men who have moved on.</p>