http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Jeffco students learning to be Americans http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/jeffco-students-learning-be-americans <p> OK, kids, er, young adults, you rock! From Scotland to Jeffco. From voting on secession and becoming an independent nation to exercising your First Amendment rights and demanding your right to a well-rounded education is fulfilled.</p> Vox http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/vox-196 <p> &nbsp;<strong>Those with depression issues</strong></p> <p> <strong>should seek help</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> The death of Robin Williams has brought attention to the very serious nature of depression. It is difficult to comprehend how a person with millions of dollars, countless fans, and a string of successful&nbsp; movies and shows was unable to beat this condition.</p> Vox http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/vox-196 <p> &nbsp;<strong>Those with depression issues</strong></p> <p> <strong>should seek help</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> The death of Robin Williams has brought attention to the very serious nature of depression. It is difficult to comprehend how a person with millions of dollars, countless fans, and a string of successful&nbsp; movies and shows was unable to beat this condition.</p> Gardner is a political chameleon http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/gardner-political-chameleon <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Ploy. Ruse. Each, particularly when advanced by a public servant, indicates conniving underhandedness unworthy of serious consideration and provides the observer insight into the true character of the individual.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Describe it as one will, the latest proposal put forth by Senate candidate Cory Gardner to allow over-the-counter birth-control pills is hardly an expression of genuine concern for women&rsquo;s health and for protection of their right to privacy by controlling their reproductive systems.</p> Gardner is a political chameleon http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/gardner-political-chameleon <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Ploy. Ruse. Each, particularly when advanced by a public servant, indicates conniving underhandedness unworthy of serious consideration and provides the observer insight into the true character of the individual.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Describe it as one will, the latest proposal put forth by Senate candidate Cory Gardner to allow over-the-counter birth-control pills is hardly an expression of genuine concern for women&rsquo;s health and for protection of their right to privacy by controlling their reproductive systems.</p> Testing hurts innovation, creativity http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/testing-hurts-innovation-creativity <p> In last week&rsquo;s column, I wrote about the need for parents to embrace their role as their child&rsquo;s primary teacher. An essential truth is that for a child to live up to and meet his/her academic potential, education must be valued in the home by parents and reinforced each day through modeling &mdash; reading, reviewing their child&rsquo;s homework, doing their own homework &mdash; for in the end, teachers are not miracle workers.<br /> Testing hurts innovation, creativity http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/testing-hurts-innovation-creativity <p> In last week&rsquo;s column, I wrote about the need for parents to embrace their role as their child&rsquo;s primary teacher. An essential truth is that for a child to live up to and meet his/her academic potential, education must be valued in the home by parents and reinforced each day through modeling &mdash; reading, reviewing their child&rsquo;s homework, doing their own homework &mdash; for in the end, teachers are not miracle workers.<br /> Parents should embrace educator role http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/parents-should-embrace-educator-role <p> In my book, Neil Zeron was one of the greats. As a rookie teacher struggling to hold my head above water in a sea of 13-year-olds whose last desire was to sit in an eighth-grade American history class, Neil was a font of wisdom. He became my mentor, a trusted guide into and through the byzantine labyrinth of teaching.<br /> During one conversation at happy hour, which became our debriefing sessions, I reflectively mused what it would be like to see how &ldquo;my kids&rdquo; turned out later in their lives.<br />