BARBWIRE BOB – 11-24-22

I’m glad the election is history.  It appears to have run efficiently in Colorado. However, it would seem that the military votes have to be received by election day everywhere.  The military runs by the clock and there is no reason why the overseas votes can’t arrive by election day. 

BY BOB SWEENEY

The old rule of people voting their pocketbooks didn’t play out well for Republicans in this election.  In retrospect it could be because the economy here in Colorado is solid, especially in housing and recreation.  There is too much money in the system for an immediate recession.  One may occur at some future date when the government printing presses slow down or stop.  The new GOP Congress may control the flow of ink to the presses.

I don’t expect food prices to diminish very much while grain prices remain at record levels.  Chicken, pigs, beef, all consume grains.  The war in the Ukraine has put additional shortages of these products into world markets.  Labor and fuel prices have also risen so don’t expect food prices to drop;  some shortages may occur.  Coffee is one commodity that has fallen dramatically in recent weeks and the grocery prices will start to decrease.

If, and when Kroger, owner of King Soopers, absorbs Safeway prices could rise with less competition. Kroger might argue that Costco, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart and Trader Joe’s provide more than enough competition.  The $20 billion Albertsons buyout will probably occur, shutting down some of the neighborhood stores.

     The early snows are a boon to the ski industry that brings cash to Colorado mountain towns and Denver suppliers.  Today these ski towns are the economic engine for winter tourism.  

The holiday season appears bright, Christmas decorations are starting to glow, and catering firms and holiday venues sold out.

The only element of distress are the Denver Broncos that laid another fat egg this past Sunday, allowing the worst team in the conference to defeat our beloved team.  Where did the defense go in the last two minutes of play to lose the game in overtime, a heartbreaker.    

When making some holiday plans, don’t miss the Gaylord of The Rockies ice sculptures of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” now showing through January 3.  Two million pounds of ice carved by 40 artists displayed over 17,500 square foot of frosty 9-degree temperatures. Warm jackets are provided for patrons. Really a spectacular event at the impressive Gaylord resort.

The Denver Botanic Gardens is featuring their traditional “Blossoms of Light” that is open through January 7.

Denver Zoo lights up the sky with a stroll through the decorated world class zoo, lighted and decorated for the holidays.

Hudson Gardens features a “Lighted Forest of Towering Trees” with snowmen, holidays lights, and hot chocolate, open through December 31. 

These are great non-profit organizations that deserve support for their holiday programs and throughout the year.

Check out the Colorado Gives Day selections in this issue.