• Legend has it February is the shortest month of the year due to it being shorn a day to assuage the ego of Augustus Caesar, who felt 31 days in his month was necessary for him to be on a par with Uncle Julius.

    Historical evidence, however, suggests it got shortchanged for other reasons as the Romans bumbled through the task of creating a calendar that accurately kept track of the earth’s revolution around the sun as well as the moon’s treks around the earth.

  • What is the nature and purpose of government in our society? I believe the purpose is limited to providing those non-divisible services we cannot provide for ourselves — public roads, public fire protection and law enforcement, official public record keeping and a national currency. I used to think mail fell in that category, but it is increasingly apparent that others might provide it more efficiently.

  • We have just witnessed the peaceful transition of power from one president to another. As a representative democracy, we have also witnessed the transfer of political power from one party to another, bringing some balance to our system of government and representation to a variety of voices. For the first time a black man, Barack Hussein Obama, is the president of this country and promises to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution” on behalf of the American people.

  • A few commentators have opined that when it comes to assaults on the Constitution and American civil liberties, Richard M. Nixon was small potatoes compared to George W. Bush.

    However that might be true, to put Bush in the same league as Nixon is to accord Bush a stature that is most undeserving.

  • I have been thankful every day for the past eight years that George W. Bush has been president of this country. President Bush came to office in January 2001 with optimism and hope in his heart, change on his agenda and ideas about how things should work in Washington. Critical events intervened shortly after he took office, and September 2001 saw our citizens attacked by radical Islamic terrorists on our own soil. His priorities changed to protecting our nation and its citizens from those who would do us harm.  

  • “Sacked!”  

    That was the Denver Post super-bold headline proclaiming the firing of Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan. After a 14-year tenure, Shanny finds himself among the unemployed, at least for the moment.

    There are several ways to look at his dismissal aside from the pap emanating from sports writers and the blogosphere.

    One is looking at Shanahan’s success rate in terms of wins and losses.

  • With the sort of frantic determination born of that unique fear of flying off the side of a cliff, I reached out and grabbed at my frozen windshield wiper to break off an assortment of icicles.

    It worked for a moment, just as a semi dangerously cut in front of me, sending road grime and slush onto my windshield that immediately froze into place.

  • In his column last week “I don’t trust you people,” Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi takes to task those who believe in what he calls “conspiracy theories, peculiar beliefs, and harebrained philosophies.”  This he does while admitting to believing in his own mythological constructs.

    Now, I am not talking about myths right wingers like Harsanyi promulgate like our so-called free enterprise system and the munificence of limited government.

    I am talking about esoteric matters such as extraterrestrial life, the occult and astrology.

  • Wishing you a “Merry Christmas” is not politically correct these days. However, the holiday we celebrate on Dec. 25 each year is the birth of Christ, and Americans have created many traditions around it.  I am a Christian who believes in the message of this holy season and the goodwill that accompanies it.

  • This past February I wrote about the looming conversion from analog to digital of TV signals and the implications it has for us in terms of our old sets.

    The conversion takes place two months from today: Feb. 17, 2009.

    In terms of the impact the conversion will have on the environment, the time is not only nigh but critical: TV sets along with computers, monitors, cell phones and other electrical devices contain highly toxic materials including lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, phosphorous, lithium and polycarbons.

  • The county school district is faced with the problem of too many buildings and too few students. In several recent articles in the Courant, it was noted that student numbers are decreasing, the school district budget is stretched to breaking, there is a successful charter school in Georgetown, and a task force was appointed to look at whether or not we should consolidate our students into fewer buildings.

  • “Adapt, migrate or die.” That is a line one AP biology teacher delivers to her students to give them a firm understanding of the upcoming challenges they will face in her class.

    A Clear Creek School District version of that directive is that, given so many have migrated, we are facing the choice of adapting, with the potential of evolving into something greater, or descending into mediocrity for years to come — the equivalent of academic suicide.

  • Open space not interested in acquiring lake property


  • All I need to know about journalism, I learned in Clear Creek County.

    Robert Fulghum said in his famous book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” that “wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile ...”

    As journalists, there is only so much we can learn in school; our field is much more a trade than an art. For me, it wasn’t until Clear Creek that I learned the true power of this medium, and for that, I am forever grateful.

    I learned:

  • OK, I have to admit I have had a hidden agenda in working to get Barack Obama elected president: the restoration of pointy-headed intellectuals to a status of respect.

    Based on his performance and acumen, Obama can be ranked among the most intellectually brilliant individuals elected to our highest office. With all due respect to Bill Clinton, he is arguably the brainiest in the last generation or two.

    Now that doesn’t mean the other presidents were dummies, for one does not get to that level by being a dolt.

  • Thanks to our veterans


    Idaho Springs City Park … 11 a.m … a small group gathers near the flagpole … U.S., Colorado and the black MIA flags fly … beautiful day in the park … and a handful to say thanks … a few more than a handful.

  • Today begins the final days of the George W. Bush presidency and perhaps the beginning of the end of eight years of political hell.

    The image of the arrogant boors in Florida taunting Gore supporters in December 2000 shouting, “Get over it! You lost!” as if it what was being decided were an athletic contest, has been seared into my consciousness.

    That boorish mentality, reflective of fans who curse refs and opponents and spill beer on fans in front of them, is what guided Bush from the get-go. You’re with us or against us.

  • “Conservative,” I suggested.

    “I know that,” smiled Joe Soccer Dad. “I find it ironic, however, that the term is still often defined in bland terms.

    “Barry Goldwater laid out in Conscience of a Conservative the bedrock principles of conservatism as he saw them. Then two years ago, John Dean, Nixon’s Watergate lawyer and a good friend of Goldwater, came out with Conservatives Without Conscience, which he was co-writing with Goldwater before the senator died. In it he encapsulates the failure of conservatism.”