SMITH: REMEMBERING OUR PAST
HUDSON: SETTING SIGHTS ON 2016 ALREADY
Since the only suspense in Charlotte was whether the President’s acceptance speech would have to be moved indoors, the assembled punditocracy found it far more productive to speculate on the 2016 convention. In exchange for his nominating speech had Slick Willie extracted a promise from Barack Obama to support Hillary next time out (perhaps to the eventual disappointment of Joe Biden)? Was there anyone among the putative candidates, collectively known as the seven dwarfs, who could challenge Snow White? And, what of the party rank and file?
It’s only been in the last year or so that controversy has erupted over the practice of “fracking,” an energy industry term that’s shorthand for “hydraulic fracturing,” a technique used to disrupt underground formations and release the oil and gas captured in the geological strata.
TEEGARDEN: TIME TO REMEMBER OUR HISTORY
Because my birthday is September 1, I’ve always had a slightly skewed view of Labor Day — I thought it was in honor of my Mom. So forgive me for now suggesting that the most notable Labor Day occurrence in our history took place 150 years ago.
HUDSON: IT’S RELATIVELY CALM THIS YEAR…
I moved to Denver in October of 1972, too late to attend my Democratic caucus or even to cast a vote. I was therefore unaware that a McGovern juggernaut engineered by Gary Hart had swept an entire generation from party leadership in Colorado. My precinct committeeman in North Denver was one of the few holdovers who managed to survive. Joe Vinnola was the ‘starter’ at the dog track in Commerce City and a staunch supporter of Mike Pomponio’s Denver machine. Pomponio, the long time Democratic Captain on the north side and a master of proxy warfare, had been among the first to fall.
TEEGARDEN: NEVER BEEN TO GRACELAND, BUT…
Last week was Elvis Week. The Beatles may have had “Eight Days a Week,” but Elvis got 9! That’s right — Aug. 10 through Aug. 18 was Elvis Week, and the primary celebrations occurred in Memphis, Tennessee, at Graceland, and throughout the Memphis metropolitan area.
SMITH: SHOEMAKER’S LEGACY IS ONE OF RESPECT
It was 9:30 Monday night when the phone rang. I saw Jeff Shoemaker’s name on the panel and knew immediately why he was calling. Yes, Joe Shoemaker had been slipping fast but, to me, he had always seemed invincible. So to hear that he had passed was like a hammer blow.
HUDSON: COPPER, TIN AND BRASS ARE OUR POLITICAL CHOICES
The Colorado Statesman
If you have ever donated to a Colorado political campaign, Democratic or Republican, and you still have a landline telephone, then your enjoyment of the recently concluded London Olympics was almost surely interrupted by frequent calls from money-grubbing candidates. It’s useful that our elections and the Olympic games coincide every four years. They serve as a reminder of what can be achieved through sheer determination, commitment, hard work and nearly super-human effort.
SMITH: AN ADAMS COUNTY ANGEL HAS PASSED AWAY
Jean and Floyd Marks. What an odd couple! Yet they were both such good friends and so pivotal to the very special years that Julie and I spent in Adams County.
HUDSON: OBSERVING AURORA FROM A DISTANCE
It’s always a surreal experience when you are traveling far from home, and something bizarre or terrifying is reported to have occurred there in your absence. I learned twenty years ago that when the President of your Homeowner’s Association tracks you down in Seattle, it isn’t to deliver good news. A freak hailstorm had smashed all the windows along the north wall of my fourth floor condo in North Denver. My daughter was staying with me that summer and shouldered the responsibility of having them boarded up until I could return. The only good news was that, while other homeowners were cleaning up their damage, I was speaking to my insurance agent and ordering replacements before the entire Denver market ran out of glass.