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Columns

  • 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

     

  • Obama’s campaign finances tied to unions

     Since I last wrote, I spent almost a week in Leesburg, Va., at a conference for one of my software publishers, Acumatica ERP. I spent my time networking with people from Russia, France, Colombia, Mexico and Montreal. The Montreal guys were interesting. 

    I always like speaking with people from outside the United States, as it gives me a better perspective on how we look to others. I also love trying to understand them through their accents.  

  • 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.