http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Privacy issues are involved when police use body cameras http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/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’ http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/efforts-create-%E2%80%98-more-perfect-union%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fabyanic-jerry_15.jpg" 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 http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/time-expose-hatred-and-deal-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 http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/county-needs-henderson-closure-czarina <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fabyanic-jerry_14.jpg" 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 http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/balancing-service-needs-less-money <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fabyanic-jerry_13.jpg" 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> Gambling towns turning into ‘tinsel’ http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/gambling-towns-turning-%E2%80%98tinsel%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fabyanic-jerry_12.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <em>&ldquo;The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other.&rdquo; </em></p> <p> <em>&mdash; Ralph Waldo Emerson</em></p> <p> Some years ago, I spontaneously took a trip to Las Vegas. I&rsquo;ve little interest in gambling, and my betting skills are less than my interest, but the thought of basking in the sun around a pool after a harsh Rocky Mountain winter seemed the perfect elixir.</p> Tom Brady sends youth the wrong message http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/tom-brady-sends-youth-wrong-message <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fabyanic-jerry_11.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> I found myself engaged in a conversation with a couple locals about how I pick topics for this column. The train of thought, as is often the case when thoughtful exchanges occur, meandered from my latest &mdash; what do we do post-Henderson &mdash; to that which has been dubbed &ldquo;deflategate,&rdquo; the charge that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady deliberately had his equipment managers deflate footballs below the league-required minimum.</p> Clear Creek needs to think, act boldly http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/clear-creek-needs-think-act-boldly <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fabyanic-jerry_9.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> When preparing to write this column, I began by constructing an ideas list about intrinsic community assets young Americans expect or anticipate. The list, which surely is incomplete, follows, but upon reflecting on it, I&rsquo;ve come realize it can be summarized in three words: the American Dream.</p> <p> The promise of America, whether for native-born youth or immigrants, is something that does separate us from most other nations. It helps make us exceptional.</p>