• Candidate Buckland has 4 important qualifications

     As we learned last week, the county commissioner is one of the most influential people over your day-to-day life. I’ve had a few occasions to work with Joan Drury on issues regarding several projects. Joan is always accessible, friendly and is someone who takes our concerns seriously. Personally, I am sad to see her term-limited but also wish her the very best.

  • Buckland: My promises if elected county commissioner

    Editor’s note: Each of the candidates for Clear Creek County commissioner will be given an opportunity to write a column for the Opinion page before the Nov. 6 election. This week, Phil Buckland, a Republican running for the District 3 seat, discusses his qualifications.

  • Remembering Dean St. John, volunteer firefighter and mentor

    Fifteen years ago this month, I had stopped by the post office in Idaho Springs — the former one in the 1500 block of Colorado Boulevard — taking a break from writing my master’s thesis to grab the mail for my parents.

    I greeted Dean St. John, a longtime family friend who my dad had worked with underground for a time at the Henderson Mine on the drill bench and who I knew as a longtime volunteer firefighter in Idaho Springs. It was the latter topic that came up in our brief conversation that day.

  • County’s economic growth will inconvenience someone

     You are about to vote for the most powerful elected official who has the most control over your life, your community and your well-being. This position has the power to take in tax money, distribute tax money and make policy that may keep you from being employed or may help build up the employment within the county. This position is the county commissioner position. 

  • Romney would be bad for America

     I’m giving President Obama a pass on his less-than-stellar performance during the Oct. 4 debate. By the time this column is printed, hopefully he will have redeemed himself by challenging Mr. Romney to answer “Which Mitt is it?” in the Oct. 16 debate.

  • Sheriff says passing Amendment 64 would open can of worms

     A proposed state constitutional amendment would legalize the recreational use and widespread commercial distribution of marijuana. It would allow anyone 21 years or older to possess and consume up to 1 ounce of marijuana. That’s roughly enough to roll about 60 joints or bake eight pans of marijuana-laced brownies.

  • Despite differing views, candidates would serve county well

     Thursday evening, I had the distinct pleasure of joining the American Government students at Clear Creek High School and the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. for a county commissioner forum held at the United Center in Idaho Springs. Peggy Stokstad kicked off the evening and introduced Deb Jensen, the teacher at Clear Creek High School whose students put together this event. 

  • Clinton’s 5 points make sense for America

     Last week I gave an overview of American economic historical events beginning with the Great Depression. It’s a story of a pragmatic people shaped by reality. They subscribed to essential values including hard work and personal responsibility, and understanding titanic forces of impersonal capitalism are greater than they, and those forces can easily be and often are manipulated and corrupted.

  • Hayden says decisions will be based on what’s best for county

     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, Tom Hayden, a Republican running for the District 2 seat, discusses his qualifications.

    At a time when much attention is being directed toward the national general election in November, it is equally important to focus on the election to fill the vacancies on the Clear Creek Board of County Commissioners. 

  • A difference between wealth and debt

    I am happy to see that letter writer Jim Leonard now encourages Courant columnists to weigh in on issues extending beyond Clear Creek, for state and national issues are local, too. 

    It seems, though, Jim is missing a primary point in my column “We are not as broke as Republicans say.”  

    I stand by my assertion: When it comes to wealth, we are not broke. Far from it.

    One needs to distinguish between wealth and debt. It is the former I address directly. The two paragraphs after stating we’re not broke make that clear.