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Columns

  • A challenge to Republican candidates

    Traditionally — since George Washington ran in our only nonpartisan presidential race — elections have been combative. That’s not necessarily bad; a vibrant democracy requires free exchange and open debate for informed citizens to make sound choices. 

    Victors are determined in a winner-take-all contest. No silver medals are bestowed.

  • Romney bus rally rolls through Clear Creek County

     Last weekend, the Republicans had an impromptu Romney bus rally in Idaho Springs Citizen’s Park. While waiting for the bus to arrive, I heard people talking about the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on Benghazi, Libya, and Egypt. 

    Is this another failed foreign policy from the Obama administration? The answer is yes. Unfortunately, this failure cost us the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and others who were trying to protect him. Failure at this level costs lives. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families. 

  • Clark touts strengths, love for county in bid for commissioner

    Editor’s note:Each of the candidates for Clear Creek County commissioner will be given an opportuniy to write a column for the editorial page before the Nov. 6 election. This week, George Clark, a Democrat running for the District 2 seat, discusses his qualifications.

     

  • We are not as broke as Republicans say

     The conventions are over, consigned to history. Memories remain of the scenes, people, speeches and one-liners.

    From the Republican gathering, one remains particularly etched in our political consciousness: a doddering octogenarian talking to an empty chair. It’s sad to see Rowdy Yates/Blondie/Dirty Harry declining so embarrassingly. 

    Democrats, on the other hand, had fun, lots of it. It wasn’t supposed to be that way, with them in a funk due to the lingering weak economy and Republicans/Teas on the ascent. 

  • Sportsman’s Club provides venue for camaraderie

     To date, Denver had 73 days of 90-degree heat for the 2012 summer season. Here in Clear Creek County, our Sheriff’s Department put us on a fire ban early in the season and kept the ban until well after many days of precipitation. 

    Even the U.S. Forest Service put into place shooting restrictions to avoid any danger of fire. It was so dry where I live that any extraneous spark or fire would have lit up the mountain in minutes. So, let’s talk about what your alternatives are. 

  • Pay attention to voting records of candidates

     By Robert Houdeshell

  • Voters must study candidates, issues

    Letter writer Jim Leonard makes an excellent point when he states that more emphasis needs to be put on county issues by Courant columnists. Admittedly, it’s hard not to dedicate all of my column space to national issues, as they entail the very soul of our nation. The future of Clear Creek, though, is also of vital concern.

    For more than nine years, I have explored various local issues: land use, transportation, human health and services, historical preservation and economic development among them. Of course, I’m for all of them.

  • Our country needs another Neil Armstrong

    In recent weeks, one of our heroes left us. He is someone near and dear to me. He inspired me, and he inspired a nation. He, too, was from Ohio, not far from where I went to college. Neil Armstrong was to America that shining light that pierced the darkness. 

  • Ryan is face of new Republicanism

     Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate tells us considerably more than Romney’s need to reach out to, connect with or throw a bone — red meat — to his Tea Party wing.

  • Election shows opposite views for U.S.

     “Like Rev. Hale and others on this stage, we conceive the devil as a necessary part of a respectable cosmology. Ours is a divided empire in which certain ideas and emotions and actions are of God, and their opposites are of Lucifer.” 

    — “The Crucible”
    by Arthur Miller