• Fabyanic: Appreciating public employees

    During the English Civil War, parliamentarian opponents of Charles I dubbed his aristocratic supporters Cavaliers. They were the entitled, beautifully coiffed gentry who controlled the kingdom’s wealth through their land holdings.

  • Fabyanic: Soufflé of writing

    I have to say, I’m becoming addicted to George Will’s columns. The reasons are beaucoup.

  • Byerley: We are not alone

    Our busy lives, and constant hustle-bustle sometimes leave us feeling lonely. Time with family and friends is limited by our jobs and obligations.  
    It can leave us feeling helpless, frustrated and worn down. We sometimes develop unhealthy behaviors, like not getting enough exercise or sleep, using drugs or alcohol to cope, and isolating ourselves from the company of others.  
    We must remember in these times of struggle that we are never alone, and others experience the same feelings.

  • Byerley: Who pays?

    Last week I wrote about “free” full-day kindergarten and Gov. Polis’ pick for state agriculture commissioner, as delivered in his State of the State address on the 9th. Other topics of concern are health care and energy.

    Polis stated, “It’s time to be bold. To build a health care system that works for everyone.” It’s no secret that Polis wants universal, state-run health care in Colorado. He campaigned on this.

  • Fabyanic: Rising above cynicism

    In ancient Greece, I would have been — might have been — a skeptic. Today, I am a skeptic but have found myself slipping into the modern version of cynicism.

    I’m in good company. Many pine for the day when we can engage in political verbal jousting without the need to remove breakables and sharp objects. And enjoy a brew during or afterwards.

    In addition to my annual New Year’s resolution not to make resolutions, I’ve added one more: Kick the nasty cynicism habit.

  • Fabyanic: What we don’t know

    Periodically, one hears this line: “What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”
    Wonderful insight on Mark Twain’s part, had he said it. But there’s no evidence proving he did. Which ironically proves the statement’s point when people attribute it to him.

  • Byerley: The precious State of the State

    Gov. Polis’ State of the State address on Jan. 9 left me wondering if he really understands our state and the variety of people living here. His speech was full of the typical Democrat catch phrases, like “bipartisan,” “renewable energy,” “climate change,” “equality” and “together we can.”

  • Byerley: A tale of two city dwellers

    My husband and I took the scenic way home the other day and happened upon two flatlanders stuck on Stuart Road. They had no business being on that road in their vehicles, a roller-skate model of a car and a bald-tired Subaru.  
    Stuart is completely snow-packed and icy this time of year, often with 5-foot snow drifts in parts of the road. Best to park at the bottom and walk up, sometimes even with a four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicle.  The two very different reactions we received from helping these two was like a study in human psychology.

  • Fabyanic: Guiding growth

    Growth. After years of stagnation in which the school district faced declining numbers, small businesses struggled, and the Henderson Mine down-sizing caused major consternation in terms of job losses and tax revenue, Clear Creek is looking at a boom. Whether the boom is equivalent to a fire-in-the-hole or a minor nuclear explosion remains to be determined. The likelihood: Somewhere between.

  • Fabyanic: Progressive Colorado’s future

    For a decade and more, Clear Creek, like the state, has been trending blue. Governor-elect Jared Polis, along with every state and national Democrat, swept once-red Clear Creek by double digits.
    Conservative columnist George Will recently wrote that Colorado turning blue from purple is not good news for Republicans. He says the “state is in many ways a glimpse of the nation’s future,” and that national Republicans “should study Colorado’s changing tint, from purple toward blue.”