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Opinion

  • By Nicole Byerley

    I look outside my window every morning, and I feel truly happy. We are incredibly blessed to live in such a magnificent environment — truly the mirror of His handiwork. Surrounded by spruce, pines and aspens; listening to the songs of birds, the sound of the creek, and watching the world come alive among morning’s dew.

  • Murder, madness, mayhem. A newspaper editor sees it all. But for a small community newspaper editor, such as the Courant, reporting the news can become personal because the editor/reporter gets to really know the characters he writes about.

    For 10 years, Ian Neligh reported the news about Clear Creek, writing on serious topics from murder to arson and lighter human-interest stories. For much of Ian’s time here, he was a one-man show. And he did with relish.

  • I was lucky — although it didn’t initially feel that way.

    My predecessor left the Clear Creek Courant like someone fleeing a burning building.

    No meeting schedules, no contacts to call — nothing was passed on. In the smoke and cinders of an approaching deadline, I was left to hit the ground running at full speed into the mouth of a tornado.

  • By Nicole Byerley

    I always love seeing the Clear Creek High School senior pictures published in the Courant each year. They bring a smile to my face and a little tear of remembrance to my eye.

  • Editor’s note: This is first of a three-part series

    A couple weeks back, the Courant ran an uplifting article about Clear Creek High School teacher and student volunteers building a Habitat for Humanity house for a CCHS teacher.

    The endeavor is a testimonial to the kindness and generosity of the volunteers. It reminds one of the pioneers’ barn-raising practice for their neighbors. So, kudos, a high-five and much gratitude volunteers.

  • At the turn of the 20th century, the progressive movement was in its heyday. Under avuncular Teddy Roosevelt, a patrician with social consciousness, great strides were made in food and drug safety, workplace labor and electoral reforms. To the outrage of and everlasting disdain by his Republican Party, he took on and broke up trusts and monopolies.

  • By Alisha Hill

    Guilt is everywhere, and it seems mainly to leak and ooze from the realm of modern politics. In fact, when we take a closer look, it seems more like shame, which is injected into us from every direction — shame for being white, a man, an American, a Christian, even a human being.

    It seems impossible even to be born without a long list of offenses. With how we as humanity view ourselves, every human infant is socially tried and convicted the moment it takes its first breath — figuratively, of course.

  • In his classic novel “The Scarlet Letter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays a heroic woman in Hester Prynne, who is forced to bear a mark of shame by wearing a red A, meaning Adulteress, on her bosom. Hester, though, refuses to accept that judgment, not by refusing to wear it but by wearing it nobly. She embroiders it with gold thread and walks with her head high despite being ostracized by the tongue-wagging, judging Puritan society.

  • Vox

    Dear Clear Creek County,

    We wanted to take a moment to thank you for the overwhelming support you clearly showed from the Nov. 7 election — namely passing the ballot initiative to help fund the EMS ambulance service in the county.

    Every day, our dedicated EMS team stands ready to assist residents and visitors alike, ensuring they get the best care they can — when they need it. Your vote shows strong support for continuing this life-saving service in our community in these tougher budget times.

  • When we discuss any kind of issue, be it foreign policy, gun control, economics, taxes — whatever the topic that has any significant bearing on the country — education is at the root. Although culture, the family life and years of thinking a certain way will of course have a major say in the society we live in, the education that we grew up with will always play a role.

  • Nov. 4 was a big day for Clear Creek. For the first time in nearly two decades, the CCHS Golddiggers got to the football playoffs. They played a gritty, hard-fought game. Though they lost the game, the team — players and coaches — won the day, doing themselves and the Clear Creek community proud.

  • Vox

    Great things happen in our small community!

    Editor:

    Thank you Maria Indrehus, Clear Creek High School and Clear Creek Courant for bringing us the news "Speaking for the Silenced." 

    Reading Jack Adler's story covered by the Courant in last week's front page story gave us all a chance to hear what our students' heard in the school assembly. Nothing could be more important in today's world than to be reminded of the horrors of fascism.

  • This week I find myself in Phoenix on a much-needed journey to see some family. Being here in this city sparks a lot of thought about city people and small town people, the different dynamics involved and how we in many ways think and act differently.

  • Having a just political system that represents the opinions of the majority of the public and protects our fundamental rights is about as much as anyone in this country wants.

  • Vox

    Anglican church in Idaho Springs getting a facelift

    Editor:

    Idaho Springs has been getting a lot of face lifting recently. The western end of Colorado Boulevard looks great, but the infrastructure work and paving getting it there has been very slow, disruptive and costly.

  • Having a just political system that represents the opinions of the majority of the public and protects our fundamental rights is about as much as anyone in this country wants.

  • Pop quiz:

    • Name the three branches of government.

    • List the rights enumerated in the First Amendment.

    • Which amendment guarantees equal protection under the law?

    • What does suffrage mean?

    • True or False: The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist.

    • What is Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” about and an allegory for?

  • Vox

    Vote ‘yes’ on ballot issue 1A

    Editor:

    Please join me with your vote of yes on the increase of sales tax by .65 percent in Clear Creek County. This increase will help fund the ambulance emergency services. This is not a partisan political issue; this is a common sense Clear Creek County isse.

    Clear Creek residents pay only a small part of the total sales tax. Let us allow the people passing through our county help pay for this service. Many of them use this service long Interstate 70.

  • Contrary to what many talking heads would have you believe, this is not the most divided partisan and electorate in the history of the country. It is, however, I believe, the most divided and partisan in recent memory.

  • Last week, I began to explore tribalism as what essayist Andrew Sullivan calls, “our default human experience.” We’re born into tribes, choose tribes, feel stronger attachment to some and rationalize our association with others. No wonder we’re basket cases. It’s not a simple thing.