Some years ago, I listened to Terry Gross interview a successful Las Vegas businessman on National Public Radio.
Terry asked what it was like to be a resident of Vegas, working and living as one would in any American city. Was it strange, difficult or disorienting?
“Well,” the businessman replied “Las Vegas is the best place in the world to start a business, not really work very hard, be successful, and live the good life” — he paused for a moment — “if you have no weaknesses. But if you do, this town will find them, and destroy you.” Continue Reading Las Vegas proves to be the shining star of capitalism
Kermit the Frog might have said “it’s not easy being green,” but these days it’s easy to be green, not so easy to be Republican.
Consider recent developments.
Fred Thompson, long touted as the GOPster’s dream candidate, made his debut as an announced candidate for the presidency, and was practically booed off the stage. Continue Reading Maybe all the problems with the GOP are actually good
It’s hard not to feel sorry for our hapless congressman, Doug Lamborn.
Abandoning his usual agenda (God, guns and Bush: good — abortion, gays and taxes: bad), Lamborn seized on what he must have thought would have been a feel-good item: make Pikes Peak a National Monument! Continue Reading Ol’ Doug might just be right about national monument
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again. Because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, he who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt Continue Reading Here’s to hoping we haven’t been too timid or too coldContinue reading …
The men and women who serve as the eyes and ears of our leaders should be informed, dispassionate, smart and thoroughly familiar with both Iraq and the Middle East. Continue Reading Finding the right info is not that toughContinue reading …
Crass? Clueless? Just plain dumb? All of the above? Yup, all of ’em are good descriptors of the Fine Arts Center’s midnight teardown of the historic Carpenter mansion last week.
And why did they tear it down? For a parking lot!
According to FAC public relations flack Charlie Snyder, the decision had been made years before, but they just now got around to doing it. Continue Reading FAC joins the growing list of vandals
Watching the Broncos stumble haplessly around during last week’s preseason game against the ’Boys was, unless you are a Cowboys fan, a painful experience.
The Donksters, who just last week were anointed as Super Bowl contenders by the Denver media, looked more like pretenders, destined to finish at or near the bottom of the AFC. Continue Reading Let’s admit we’re licked on the water front
Made yet another pilgrimage up the pass to Cripple Creek a couple of weekends ago accompanied by a friend who, like me, enjoys playing the quarter slots.
After several hours of hopeful play, we were down a few bucks and decided to get a meal in the casino’s steakhouse. Continue Reading The cost of free lunches sure adds up
So here it is at last, the grand opening of the resplendent new addition to the Fine Arts Center. It’s a triumph for and a tribute to our community. We all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the foundations, businesses and individuals whose generous contributions made this day possible.
But it’s obvious that we owe much to one man, FAC President and CEO Michael De Marsche. Without his leadership, it’s reasonable to assume that the arts community would still be mired in pointless infighting, that no plan would have been conceived, that no project would have been launched. Continue Reading Do whatever it takes for our arts superstar
If you want an easy visual lesson about the economic impact of historic preservation, I’d suggest three Saturday afternoon strolls.
Stroll No. 1: Start at Bancroft Park, in historic Old Colorado City. Walk west on the north side of the street to 27th Street, cross Colorado Avenue and walk back on the south side of the street. Continue Reading Parking lots stark reminder of lost history