BARBWIRE BOB 10-6-22

It’s going to be a long Bronco season if our new coach doesn’t learn how to call plays.  He’s got a strong-arm quarterback and some fast receivers, but he likes to run the ball through the middle of the line with some mediocre backs.  Maybe the quarterback should call the plays.  When Wilson starts to move and run the ball the plays come alive.   Hope springs eternal and on-the-job training doesn’t work very well in the NFL.

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My longtime newspaper friend Dean Singleton used some of his newspaper acumen to be the moderator at a political forum last week featuring Gov. Polis and GOP contender Heidi Ganahl.  If you own and operate around 165 newspapers, like Singleton, you learn how to ask tough questions. According to our award-winning reporter Freda Miklin, covering the event, Dean lived up to his reputation as a hard-hitting journalist along with being Colorado’s greatest all-time newspaper publisher.

Dean suffers from chronic MS that is only slowing him down, slightly. I wish he was back at the helm of The Denver Post.  He sold his newspaper empire several years ago.  He continues to ranch in North Park and stays busy.

Freda covered the forum this past week and remotely followed the debate in Pueblo several weeks ago.  We covered both, with the most recent joust this week, and the Pueblo event coming soon.

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We’ll publish the constitutional amendments in the Oct. 15 issue. We’ll be making some recommendations on what makes sense, and what is senseless.  We’ll also feature what  other pundit sources believe the state must have in new laws.  My believe is that whenever we put a new law on the books, we need to take one off.  Letters are welcome about what you readers like, or dislike.

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Gerri and I attended a political forum at Heather Gardens in Aurora Sept 27 that featured most of the Arapahoe County candidate’s.  The event was presented by the Heather Gardens Democatic Club.  Martha Karnopp organized and moderated the event that was very well done and presented the large group of both Democrat and Republican incumbents and challengers.  Arapahoe County is well run, our five county commissioners do the heavy lifting without the assistance of a county manager.  This saves taxpayers considerable money and makes the commissioners work really hard.  We’re losing Nancy Sharpe through term limits and that will be a major loss to our county.  She has done an  excellent job and we should plan some special honors to thank her for her service as a commissioner and former mayor of Greenwood Village.

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Another fallacy that is occurring is term limits on county office holders.  The sheriff, county clerk and recorder, treasurer, assessor, and coroner, should not be term limited, but stand for election every four years.  It is absolutely absurd to take these public servants and boot them out of office after 12 years.  Where do they go, and what do they do after leaving their offices?  They are forced to make a complete career change. If all goes well, vote them into office every four years.  Let them stand for election on the efficiency of their operation of their offices.  We lose too many really good public servants by basing time served, rather than experience and quality of performance. Let voters decide how long they serve in office.

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Democratic candidates appearing at the Forum were: County Assessor, PK Kaiser; County Clerk and Recorder, Joan Lopez; County Coroner candidate,  Kelly Lear MD; County Sheriff, Tyler Brown; County Treasurer candidate Michael Westerberg; County Commissioner candidate, District 4, Leslie Summey; State Rep. HD 41, Iman Jodeh; State Board of Education CD-6, Rebecca McClelian; State Board of Education at Large, Kathy Plomer.

Republican candidates appearing at the Forum were:  Bob Andrews, candidate for County Assessor; candidate for County Coroner, Ron Bouchard; candidate for County Sheriff, Kevin Edling; County Commissioner candidate District 4, Bob Roth; State Rep. HD 41, Stephanie Hancock; and State Board of Education CD-6, Molly Lamar.