• Ryan can’t have it both ways

    The arrival of Congressman Paul Ryan on the national scene as Mitt Romney’s prospective running mate has elicited a range of reactions from bewilderment to adoration. Heralded as an ideological leader of the Republican/Tea Party, Ryan’s intellectual prowess has been acclaimed.  

  • ‘Shared prosperity’ really means more taxes

    What is “shared prosperity”?  It is a euphemism wrapped in deceit. The president uses it frequently on the campaign trail when espousing how to move forward. He states frequently that we must go forward toward a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared. He further states that we must not go backward to the same policies that got us into this mess in the first place.  

  • VA strives to help victims of sexual assault

    Ruth’s journey has lasted 23 years. As an 18-year-old serving in the Navy, her military superior sexually assaulted her. 

    Despite witness testimony that she had been raped and proof that she had to be treated for the sexually transmitted disease that followed, her report of the incident was ignored. 

    Later, she was blamed. Ruth’s inability to obtain justice drove her to an attempted suicide, a diagnosis of a personality disorder and a military discharge. 

  • We can’t pick and choose our freedoms

    “It’s a free country!” How many times have we and do we hear that phrase?
    Let’s focus on free, freedom and liberty for a moment. The phrase certainly doesn’t mean that America is free of charge. In fact, this country has been built and kept with so much sacrifice starting from the pilgrims to the revolution to the Civil War, the world wars and many conflicts since. So, America is not free of conflict and sacrifice.

  • It’s getting hotter — and faster

    If you’re feeling the heat, the reason is that it’s hot, way too hot.
    June and July were the two hottest months in Denver history. July’s record bumped the then-second-hottest July — 2005 — to third place behind Dust Bowl era July 1934. What is discomforting is that records being broken are those recently made. That implies a trend.

  • Denver nonprofit puts vets to work in green jobs

    After leaving the Army, Tony got into trouble with the law. His six-year sentence with the Colorado Department of Corrections was eventually converted to a stay at a halfway house in Alamosa. There, he learned about a program called Veterans Green Jobs.
    “At the time, I didn’t know the first thing about weatherization. But they gave me a second chance.”
    Soon, Tony found himself sealing, insulating and fastening skirting to trailer homes in the San Luis Valley — Colorado’s poorest region.

  • Hard-shoulder lanes might solve I-70 congestion

    Since last September’s release of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s decades-away $20 billion train plan to fix capacity and congestion problems in the Interstate 70 mountain corridor, it is gratifying to hear that short-term and affordable alternatives are under consideration.
    The “zipper lane” and “hard-shoulder” concepts can resolve the heart of the congestion problem and provide many years of relief for all travelers, including trucks.

  • Join the county’s discussion on growth

    There were a number of columns and letters to the editor in last week’s paper concerning growth and development, historical resources and the county’s recent survey to get some ideas about our residents’ opinions.  The opinions expressed in the paper are a wonderful example of why being a Clear Creek County commissioner is always interesting.  There are a few things I’d like to comment on.

  • Will the world ever be sane?

    Would you get over it?
    This idealistic nonsense about restoring sanity to America!
    Why do you say that? Why can’t it be done? And why is it idealistic?

  • Neither Senate candidate stands up

    Near as I can figure, Ken Buck must be suffering from a virulent strain of boot-in-mouth disease. That can be the only explanation for his ongoing gaffes. Well, not the only one — Buck could have chosen, despite his advanced degrees, a dunce lifestyle despite the shame, ostracizing and moral reprobation it elicits