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Columns

  • Visionaries create change

    Deniers can have their say, but scientific and technological advances never stop. Human progress in the full array of fields is inevitable.
    Progressive thinkers by nature push forward into unexplored terrain, while conservative-minded serve as our mothers, warning us before venturing forth to pull on our galoshes, wear clean underwear and look both ways before crossing.
    John Haas, my most-admired professor, was a visionary. He encouraged his students to think outside the box, not to be constricted by or restricted to the ways of before.

  • Arming teachers opens Pandora’s box

    “If it’s my responsibility to shoot someone to protect 25 others, I will have been drafted unwillingly into an ideological army to protect the rights of some civilians to own and operate military-style weapons. And I will not be conscripted.”
    teacher Victoria Barrett
    Indianapolis, Ind.

    To those who see the world as a two-camp, good-versus-evil dichotomy, arming teachers is a fast, easy way to address gun violence in our schools. The problem is it “ain’t” that simple.

  • Mental health and the millennial

    “My name is Blurryface, and I care what you think.”
    — Twenty One Pilots

    Alisha Hill

  • I took the red pill

    Nicole Byerley

  • Commissioner election can be uplifting

    It can be downright depressing. We’re realizing the most dangerous threat to our privacy comes not from Big Bro but Big Corp. Orwellian ventures mining not for gold as did Clear Creek’s first white guys but for personal data.

  • Exercising First Amendment rights

    Dear students:
    You did it! You rocked the nation.
    You learned something many of your elders might never grasp: The foundation of our republic rests first and foremost on the First Amendment: speech, assembly, press, religion and petition. It’s the reason it’s No. 1 on the Bill of Rights.

  • The question of local parking

    Alisha Hill

  • The un-squeaky wheel

    “The squeaky wheel gets the grease,” as the old proverb goes. The problem with this saying, as it applies to politics, is that the loudest voices are not always the will of the majority.  
    It seems more and more that the media and our government are paying attention to the wrong wheels. Time and time again, both entities are catering to those who make the most noise, the extremely vocal minority, while the majority remains silent or are intentionally shut out of the conversation.

  • Coming of age in the age of terror

    “I couldn’t stop thinking about the layout of my sister’s elementary school, worrying that her classroom was too close to the school’s entrance. I eyed closets and windows in my own classrooms, imagining where I would hide were a shooting to happen.”
    — Elizabeth Love,
    West High School SLC, UT - DOB: April 2000

  • AGS is the future for Clear Creek County

    “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
    — Helen Keller: author, political activist, lecturer, first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree, and ACLU co-founder

    In Roman mythology, the god Janus has two faces, one looking to the past, the other to the future. He can serve as a symbol for the conservative-liberal divide about which it is said conservatives look backward to a golden age that never existed and liberals forward to an unachievable utopian future.