•  There’s a delightful woman who has been taking ticket stubs at the Denver West theaters for 17 years, she tells me. She happens to be blind or seeing impaired. Another way of saying it is, she has a disability. However one states that factual aspect of her physical being, it does not detract from her ability to see the world from her perspective. She has phenomenal vision and as a result has stories to tell.

  • Above my work station hangs a poster emblazoned with one of my guiding maxims, a statement made by Pastor Niemoeller after World War II when the full extent of the Holocaust became known.

     “First they came for the Communists,” he said, “but I was not a Communist, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

  • Vox

     Reasons why young people

    don’t want to live in Clear Creek


    The article last week concerning home-buying incentives to attract teachers and other workers to live in Clear Creek County sounds just like the promises made concerning building the high school on Floyd Hill.

  •  I cannot recall who said or wrote it, but I love the insight about the ultimate form of control is attempting to control the process of letting go of control. 

    Of course, control is a fundamental American virtue. While not directly inculcated, it goes part and parcel with the rest of the American myth — Horatio Alger, you can be anything you want to be — and real men don’t cry.

  • Vox

    Twin Tunnels should be renamed to honor vets


    In your coverage of the county commissioners’ town meeting in the June 12 issue with the headline, “Commissioners hit the road, encounter some bumps,” you neglected to mention one issue that was discussed and met with general support by both the citizens and the three county commissioners present.

  •  Joe never thought he would make it to Washington, D.C., to see the monuments. He had stopped doing much traveling from his home in Idaho Springs. He saw action during more than two years of service in the Pacific, and now this trip really hit home. 

    He noted how the fingers looked perfect on the statue atop the Marine Corps Monument. He could almost feel the wind in his face and hear the colors flapping, just as those Marines did, while they raised Old Glory on Mount Suribachi high above Iwo Jima.

  • In striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court struck a blow for justice. In so doing, it validated a group of people, akin to what Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education in 1954 did for racial minorities and Roe vs. Wade did for women in 1973. Monumental. Earth-shaking. Colossal.

  • Keep your Uzis and other rapid-fire, mass-loaded weaponry. They’re mere toys. Deadly ones, to be sure, but in the symbolic sense, they’re laughable. Guns and an arsenal-level cache cannot prevent the kind of subtle, inch-by-inch erosion of Americans’, as Ben Franklin called them, “essential liberties.”

    The final surrender will come not in a form of an OK Corral-like showdown, but with a whimper from fear-filled, knee-knocking Americans begging their government to “protect” them. 

  • Vox

    Witwer column compares apples and oranges


    After reading Rob Witwer’s article titled “Now liberals have their own Nixon” in a recent Clear Creek Courant, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the young fellow.

  • We’re doing something wrong, or perhaps it’s better to say we’re not doing something right. I’m not talking morally or ethically, but pragmatically, although one could present a strong case about the moral and ethical way in which we deal with those members of our society who have for one reason or another gone off the path.  

    Colorado is not being successful in keeping its parolees out of jail. The odds of one staying out of jail are worse than 50/50.  

  • Vox

    Designated shooting ranges needed


    I applaud Tim Mauck’s leadership in the exploration of establishing designated shooting ranges in Clear Creek County to foster safe, multi-use recreation on public lands. 

  • In his quiet work “Seven Thousand Ways to Listen,” Mark Nepo writes about percussionist Evelyn Glennie who is “profoundly deaf.”
    Nepo explains Glennie “lives the rhythms and feels the vibrations of the music, not instead of hearing but as the foundation of all hearing.”
    It is our insistence that feeling and hearing, like the other senses, are distinct functions and not integrated that causes our dissonance.

  • If you took a social studies class in the past 30 years, there’s no way you could avoid knowing chapter and verse about McCarthyism, J. Edgar Hoover’s abuses at the FBI, and President Nixon’s “enemies list.”
     The paranoid abuse of government power in the latter half of the last century led to a healthy skepticism of federal leadership, and justifiably so. While corruption itself is nothing new, it became more visible in the television era. Today we rightfully look at those events as low points in American history.

  •  I love ironies, especially double ones. Yes, yes, the IRS improperly red-flagged Tea Party applications for nonprofit status, but it is delicious to watch righties now screaming victimhood in the process, given — get this — their activities are not political but fall, instead, under the umbrella of the IRS definition of “social welfare.”

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was first officially recognized in 1980. Up to 1.5 million American veterans who survived heavy combat situations have been diagnosed with PTSD.

    According to the Marquette Law Review, there is a clear correlation between PTSD and the risk of involvement in the criminal justice system, citing that since the Vietnam War, up to 25 percent of those diagnosed have since been charged with a criminal offense. 

  •  A few months ago, I had a dream. This is the kind of dream that comes to you in the middle of the night. It was the kind of dream that, when you wake from your slumber, you remember details and never forget. Surprisingly, you were in it. I couldn’t see all your faces, but many of you with whom I’ve worked so closely were there. 

  • Vox

     Which country am I describing?


    Its leader has the power to control every aspect of the country. Spying on its citizens is an art form carried out by thousands of drones. 

    Electronic eavesdropping on all communications via gigantic, highly advanced, multibillion-dollar intercept facilities happens every second of every day. In addition, its civilians are encouraged and trained to spy on each other. 

  •  Governance is far easier in states such as Utah, Idaho or Texas, where the minority is effectively ignored since it has no potential for upsetting the ruling culture. The zeitgeist — prevailing popular opinion — in those states is decidedly right wing/conservative, so any chance for a liberal voice to be heard is equivalent to the biblical lamentation of a “voice crying out in the wilderness.”

  • Associated Press records scandal. IRS scandal. ObamaCare scandal. Benghazi scandal. When it rains, it pours. Ask former Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. Both presidents’ second terms were plagued with scandal. Mr. Clinton with a “little blue dress,” and Mr. Nixon with his famous line of “I am not a crook.”  

  • Vox

    Fracking has dangerous consequences


    Regarding Robert Houdeshell’s blaming the state legislature for not looking out for our well-being when it regulates the oil and gas industries, especially on the process of hydraulic fracturing: