• Vox

    Thank you to all those who participated in our statewide exercise.

    On June 15-17, Clear Creek Public Health participated in the Statewide Full Scale Exercise to test dispensing of medication in a pandemic scenario. The Public Health department and many other agencies throughout the county spent many months designing Clear Creek’s part in the exercise.

  • For working adults, there is probably no closer and direct connection to the federal government than the automatic process of withholding taxes. While most of us are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s insight regarding the inevitability of death and taxes, what many do not fully appreciate is the recent history of U.S. taxation and our current status with its implications.

  • There’s head-scratching irony to the he-man machoism pervading American culture. It’s become a rite of passage to prove one’s toughness for the sole purpose of proving one’s toughness. It’s the reason we keep seeing more extreme sports, which our hunter-gatherer ancestors called “hunting mammoth.” Perhaps it’s residue in participants’ DNA. Maybe from the Neanderthal side of their family.

  • Sometimes the most productive reflection about an event occurs some time after the official ceremonial activities have passed. Such is the case for me regarding Independence Day.

  • “The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous.”
    H.L. Mencken

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  • A cab driver in Washington, D.C., perfectly summed up recently the dysfunction that is our current governmental state of affairs. “It is an investigation for obstruction of justice for a crime that never was committed.” What was up is now down, what was down in now up, and in the meantime, the folks we elected to lead this country are providing glowing examples of just what leadership is not.

  • Satire is art, serious and complex. As it pokes fun at powerful people, institutions and movements, it serves as commentary as important and powerful, when done well, as the best op-eds.

    I define satire as the art of seeing through hypocrisies of bloviating egotists, pompous blowhards and righteous moralists, and producing pithy lines that incisively cut through their flimflam. In short, it’s humorous invective.

  • It can be very challenging trying to intellectually discuss something with someone who, despite a personal claim to the contrary, actually knows very little concerning the subject matter. When encountering such a situation, it is sometimes helpful to present two contrasting extremes. The hope is that by presenting extremes, a more educated insight will be the result.

  • I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing. – H.L. Mencken

    Okay, fellow libs, get a grip and get out of your funk. Yes, I know. Donald Trump is hawking the good ol’ USA to the Russians, Jon Ossoff got whomped in the Georgia special election, making that zero for five in steal attempts of those insanely red seats, and the ACA might be toast.

  • Thanks for lesson on critical thinking
    Thank you, John Riddell, for your excellent column on critical thinking and its absence in much of today’s education system. 

  • If there were any doubts, they no longer exist. The term currently being bantered about is “silent coup,” and it refers to the virtual nonstop assault on the Trump administration aimed at obstructing any and all policies. The leaders of this are none other than the inhabitants of the deep state, those Obama appointed, still employed government operatives ably assisted by the Democratic Party and the media elites and their organizations. One political pundit described it as a political street fight. So far, this street fight has definitely been one sided.

  • Once again, a too-common modern American tale. Something deranged Americans have in common with global terrorists: violence to the point of death as the way to address one’s anger. One wonders whether such proclivity results from one snapping or a slow-brewing process fueled by an inner, brooding, deep-seated anger. Does it matter? The outcome is the same.

  • “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”
    — Henry II of England

    By quoting Henry during his riveting testimony about Donald Trump attempting to influence the FBI investigation of his friend, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former FBI Director James Comey made an historical allusion. The analogy is apt. As an exasperated Henry desired to remove the individual he considered an irritant, the source of his woes, so did Trump.

  • You might recall that last week we touched on the subject of critical thinking skills being included on college syllabi with the underlying and false assumption that this important skill was being taught to college students.  

  • Our entertainment-driven news cycle has figured out the magic word for success. Simply using the word “alleged” is a virtual guarantee of a fountainhead of speculative and editorial dialogue masquerading as factual news.

    As you undoubtedly know, according to the English/Oxford dictionary, “alleged” means “said without proof to have taken place or said without proof to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality.”

  • Those pesky reporters. Delving, digging and snooping. Asking embarrassingly tough questions politicos spend time and exert considerable energy avoiding. What’s a Trump-fearing/loving, all-guy politician to do? Why, body slam the reporter, that’s what.

  • It seems that supporters of President Trump share a consistent and emotional concern. They question the whereabouts of the Republican Party’s leadership. The knee-jerk response to this inquiry is usually, “There is no leadership.” I contend, however, that there is leadership but, with apologies to Larry, Moe and Curly, it is the wrong kind and definitely not funny.

  • Touring the Argo Mine during its grand reopening — having been closed to the public since 1943 — was a telling experience. There, of course, are the historicity of the event, the excitement for Mary Jane Loevlie and Bob Bowland who are dedicating so much to the project, and its meaning for the town’s economic development. Then, there are the stories of those who worked, laboring under brutal conditions and treatment, and even died there. If their ghosts could talk, I thought.

  • Cutting taxes on the rich doesn’t help