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Columns

  • Now liberals have their very own Nixon

    If you took a social studies class in the past 30 years, there’s no way you could avoid knowing chapter and verse about McCarthyism, J. Edgar Hoover’s abuses at the FBI, and President Nixon’s “enemies list.”
     The paranoid abuse of government power in the latter half of the last century led to a healthy skepticism of federal leadership, and justifiably so. While corruption itself is nothing new, it became more visible in the television era. Today we rightfully look at those events as low points in American history.

  • Congress, public to blame for IRS scandal

     I love ironies, especially double ones. Yes, yes, the IRS improperly red-flagged Tea Party applications for nonprofit status, but it is delicious to watch righties now screaming victimhood in the process, given — get this — their activities are not political but fall, instead, under the umbrella of the IRS definition of “social welfare.”

  • A wish for prosperity from Courant columnist

     A few months ago, I had a dream. This is the kind of dream that comes to you in the middle of the night. It was the kind of dream that, when you wake from your slumber, you remember details and never forget. Surprisingly, you were in it. I couldn’t see all your faces, but many of you with whom I’ve worked so closely were there. 

  • Administration scandals put liberty on ropes

    Associated Press records scandal. IRS scandal. ObamaCare scandal. Benghazi scandal. When it rains, it pours. Ask former Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. Both presidents’ second terms were plagued with scandal. Mr. Clinton with a “little blue dress,” and Mr. Nixon with his famous line of “I am not a crook.”  

  • Slide deaths offer us a cautionary tale

    The difference between a man and a boy, the old saw goes, is the price of his toys. On one level, that’s fine, one supposes, such as when comparing skateboarding to NASCAR, but at what point is it expected for a male to assume the full responsibilities of adulthood and the consequences that come with it?

  • The winter of our political discontent

     Lucky for you, it’s mixed-bag time. Today, I feel like writing about myriad topics. I kind of like that word, “myriad,” as it means numberless, countless, infinite. It is a classical Greek word for the number 10,000. In modern English, the word refers to an unspecified large quantity. At least that’s what Wikipedia tells me. 

  • Big plans for this year’s Memorial Day

     Memorial Day traditionally occurs each year on the final Monday of May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, though it now honors all Americans who have died in all wars. 

  • It shouldn’t be a big deal to be gay

     NBA star Jason Collins has proclaimed to the world he is gay. What’s the big deal? Billions have publicly averred their personal truths since time immemorial. 

    People declare their religious preferences — Catholic, Muslim, Mormon, Southern Baptist — daily, and oftentimes fight and kill to prove their love for their God. No big deal, eh?

    Two-thirds of registered voters have declared their political party preferences, thus telling the rest of the world they are more likely liberal or conservative. No big deal, eh?

  • Earth Day makes us think of wise resource use

     A week ago Monday was Earth Day. This is something near and dear to my heart, the Earth. Actually, it is nearer to my feet usually, but that’s just anatomy. Clear Creek County has a resource that I think is under-appreciated and probably under-utilized. That resource is the Clear Creek County Transfer Station, located on Soda Creek Road outside of Idaho Springs. It is a place we visit almost weekly to bring the garbage, take in the recyclables, and catch up on conversation with Tim, Jim and Michelle. 

  • We shouldn’t get used to the horror

    Another act of major violence inflicted upon the public, an act of terror meant to intimidate and strike fear into the hearts of everyone: The Boston Marathon attack is the latest such heinous act and surely won’t be the last. 

    According to a New York Times report, acts of terror in the United States have declined since 1970. That is meant to be comforting, one supposes, balm to calm jittery nerves.