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Columns

  • A move in the right direction

    In her defense of George W. Bush’s War on Iraq, national security adviser and later Secretary of States Condoleezza Rice used the phrase “status quo ante” to describe the situation in Iraq during the Saddam Hussein regime before the U.S. invasion. By so phrasing the situation, one of her points was that even the biggest critics of the war would not support returning Saddam to power.

  • Clear Creek Public Health completes county assessment

     It’s hatched! For the past year, I’ve been sitting on a huge egg, tending to it like a mother hen. The egg was the Public Health Assessment required by the state of all local health agencies, and the five-year public and environmental health improvement plan mandated as part of the assessment -- thus the reason for my health column sabbatical. As indicated in Ian Neligh’s feature story in the Oct. 16 Courant, the entire improvement plan including the results of the surveys, focus groups, interviews and research studies is available at www.ClearCreekHealth.us.

  • Mulling over the death of JFK

    If you remember flashbulbs and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, you’re likely over 60. For the nation, the ordeal was a “flash-bulb” moment, one that you accurately and vividly recall where you were, what you were doing and those you were with.

  • In health care, we’re in it together

    In a 167-word letter to the editor in the Denver Post, Dr. Mark Earnest nailed the rationale for the need for universal health care. “In any given year,” he writes, “half of Americans consume almost no health care at all, whereas 10 percent of us will account for three-fourths of all the health care spending that year.”
    The problem is, he logically points out, no one really knows if he/she will be among the unlucky 10 percent, given we’re all “one accident or diagnosis away from falling into it.”

  • Vox

     CDOT’s endless presence, nightmare

    So, I guess CDOT is finally finishing it three-lane, 2-mile highway segment east of Idaho Springs. After this traffic debacle, I guess they are toying with a toll lane going west from Empire, then maybe a three-lane eastward tunnel bore.

    What does all this add up to? Two to three years of a living hell for all those traveling east or west of Idaho Springs, and in return for what? 

  • Of mice, men and the end of the republic

    The flooding that hit Clear Creek and Jefferson counties on Friday the 13th in September presented our four newspapers with the same challenge we face on a daily basis: Trying to cover stories that often overwhelm our resources in their scope and impact.

    This was undoubtedly and quite noticeably true of the flooding and of 2012’s devastating Lower North Fork Fire south of Conifer. But the problem also exists in a less-noticeable but far more important arena — coverage of local governments.

  • Floyd Hill shows divergent ideas for future

    The unpleasantness that has arisen due to Commissioners Tom Hayden and Phil Buckland reneging on their promise to protect open space atop Floyd Hill has to be looked at — not as an isolated, local concern — but from their decision’s meaning for the entire Clear Creek community.

    There are several broad concepts we, especially our community leaders, need to keep in mind as we envision and create a pathway to the Clear Creek of the future:

  • Mayoral candidate has worn many hats in Idaho Springs

    Most of you know me or at least have heard my name. I have been involved with the city in one way or another for more than 20 years and have watched our government work from both sides of the council table. 

  • More business experience, less political experience

    I’ve been asked why I am running for mayor and why I would be best for the position. I truly believe that I would be the best for mayor because, in owning a service business, I already allow myself to be open to new ideas and criticism from others and act in a positive manner toward them. 

  • There’s still more work to be done in Idaho Springs

     It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as your mayor for the past four years Most of all, I have enjoyed working with a great and efficient staff. They have my utmost respect. 

    Idaho Springs has gone through many changes and challenges in years past. The citizens have always shown their patience, resolve and continued interest in making our city a great place to live and work.

    After all, citizens are the central focus of the city. It would be an honor to serve again as mayor. Thank you for your support and trust.