• 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:  

  • The difference between a man and a boy, the old saw goes, is the price of his toys. On one level, that’s fine, one supposes, such as when comparing skateboarding to NASCAR, but at what point is it expected for a male to assume the full responsibilities of adulthood and the consequences that come with it?

  •  Lucky for you, it’s mixed-bag time. Today, I feel like writing about myriad topics. I kind of like that word, “myriad,” as it means numberless, countless, infinite. It is a classical Greek word for the number 10,000. In modern English, the word refers to an unspecified large quantity. At least that’s what Wikipedia tells me. 

  •  Welcome to Colorado Liberty Day! It is May 8, and the Colorado legislature adjourns today. At a state level, you are safe until next January. That is when the liberty-busting Democrats will demagogue another hot social issue or crisis. That is the modus operandi of this slate of legislators. So, without getting too geeky on you, let’s recap what I’ve seen in the legislature this year.

  •  Memorial Day traditionally occurs each year on the final Monday of May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, though it now honors all Americans who have died in all wars. 

  •  NBA star Jason Collins has proclaimed to the world he is gay. What’s the big deal? Billions have publicly averred their personal truths since time immemorial. 

    People declare their religious preferences — Catholic, Muslim, Mormon, Southern Baptist — daily, and oftentimes fight and kill to prove their love for their God. No big deal, eh?

    Two-thirds of registered voters have declared their political party preferences, thus telling the rest of the world they are more likely liberal or conservative. No big deal, eh?

  •  A week ago Monday was Earth Day. This is something near and dear to my heart, the Earth. Actually, it is nearer to my feet usually, but that’s just anatomy. Clear Creek County has a resource that I think is under-appreciated and probably under-utilized. That resource is the Clear Creek County Transfer Station, located on Soda Creek Road outside of Idaho Springs. It is a place we visit almost weekly to bring the garbage, take in the recyclables, and catch up on conversation with Tim, Jim and Michelle. 

  • Vox

    Another successful health fair


  • Another act of major violence inflicted upon the public, an act of terror meant to intimidate and strike fear into the hearts of everyone: The Boston Marathon attack is the latest such heinous act and surely won’t be the last. 

    According to a New York Times report, acts of terror in the United States have declined since 1970. That is meant to be comforting, one supposes, balm to calm jittery nerves.

  • One wonders about the reason supposedly small-government groups advocate for a broader expanse of government until one comes back to the fact that the NRA is not a gun-ownership rights group as much as it is an ideological consortium led by political fanatics who will brook no deviation from its religious orthodoxy.

  • Vox

     Fabyanic’s column leads readers astray


  • Wow! I am tired. Are you tired? I have worked all year to pay my taxes, and guess what? So have you. Today, April 17, 2013, is Tax Freedom Day! Yay! Tax Freedom Day is the day in which we, as a country, have finally broke even and are now earning money for ourselves and not paying it to the Tax Man. 

  •  It is time to talk about the Twin Tunnels and the construction project along the east side of Idaho Springs. When I first heard of the Interstate 70 Twin Tunnels project, I cringed, as I am sure you did. 

    The project, beginning this month, detours traffic around the Twin Tunnels and onto the highway just west of the Hidden Valley exit. It began last year with the construction to the south of the highway and the amazing expansion to include a third lane. I watched with amazement as I saw the construction develop with each trip down the mountain. 

  • Essentially, there are two reasons advocates of capital punishment offer: deterrence, which is objective and measureable, and a fitting, appropriate consequence, which is quite subjective.

  • Vox

     Editor’s note:Because part of the Evergreen Fire Protection District lies in Clear Creek County, both sides of the current controversy over construction of a fire training building in Bergen Park have asked that opinions on the issue, and on the current effort to recall the district’s board members, appear in the Courant.


    There are limits …


  •  Beware, the Unintended Consequences. In a complex society, there are rules, laws and norms that most people follow. When you interact with fellow citizens, we generally understand how we are going to conduct business and personal interactions. When the rules change, the norms change, and thus the interactions are changed. Such is the tragic case of Senate Bill 176, signed into law in the 2011 session. Democrats Sen. Morgan Carroll and our Rep. Claire Levy introduced this bill.

  • Some years ago, having served on the VALE (victims’ assistance league) board, I became aware of CASA and the fine job it was doing advocating for our children in the 5th Judicial District.   

    Recently, when our daughter Genevieve became a CASA board member, she asked me to attend an informational meeting about the role of CASA in our area. 

  • Future historians and generations will likely look back at 2013, indeed to the years roughly correlated to President Obama’s tenure, as a defining moment and era in American history. Will it be on a par with the Progressive Period of the early 20th century, dominated by Teddy Roosevelt, that witnessed the creation of the Food and Drug Administration, enactment of child labor laws, and other social gains, and that of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal that saw the birth of Social Security?