en Your future’s so bright <p> By Nicole Byerley</p> <p> 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.</p> Teacher compensation not what it should be <p> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: This is first of a three-part series</em></p> <p> 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.</p> <p> The endeavor is a testimonial to the kindness and generosity of the volunteers. It reminds one of the pioneers&rsquo; barn-raising practice for their neighbors. So, kudos, a high-five and much gratitude volunteers.</p> True freedom means allowing drug use <p> <strong>Alisha Hill</strong></p> An R.F.K. retrospective <p> Fifty years ago today, Robert Francis Kennedy was gunned down. Students of history are aware of the historical context, but I prefer focusing on what I call the education of Robert Kennedy and the implications of his death.<br /> The 1968 Kennedy was far different than the one who worked with Sen. Joseph McCarthy during the red-under-every-bed McCarthyism Era. Nor was he the 36-year-old who stepped up to be his brother&rsquo;s attorney general.<br /> Vox Pop <p> <strong>A wrap-up of the legislative session</strong><br /> Editor:<br /> The 2018 legislative session ended a couple weeks ago, and I am extremely proud of what we this year for a variety of things.<br /> The session started out with a heavy focus on workplace harassment. I was in charge of the investigation against Rep. Lebsock and brought the resolution to expel him. This investigation took nearly all my time for the first six weeks of the legislative session.<br /> Pragmatism vs. principal <p> In my recent columns, I&rsquo;ve taken the Colorado Democratic Party to task for &ldquo;being full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.&rdquo; Under the wet-noodle lead of Gov. John Hickenlooper, it has become that which actress Tallulah Bankhead wryly commented about a farcical drama: &ldquo;Less in it than meets the eye.&rdquo;<br /> In past columns, I&rsquo;ve referenced Teddy Roosevelt&rsquo;s &ldquo;man in the arena&rdquo; speech he delivered at the Sorbonne on April 23, 1910. It deserves repeating as a reminder about authentic political courage.<br /> Living outside the echo chamber <p> <strong>Nicole Byerley<br /> </strong></p> Community voice: Idaho Springs Elks Lodge celebrates long history <p> <strong>Mary Ragsdale<br /> </strong></p>