BARBWIRE BOB – Ramblin’ around the corral with Bob Sweeney

Sunday afternoon I could hardly turn off the television watching hurricane Ida ascending upon New Orleans and Louisiana.  I have some newspaper friends in the Livingston Parish area.  They have already had their newspaper flooded several times prior to this storm.  Mother Nature is a powerful force.  One can see by looking at the coastline that these powerful storms have been hitting the Southeastern land mass for millions of years, slowly eating away the coastlines.

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Attended a strawberry party at the home of a good friend Sat. night and heard the Cicadas chirping in the spacious back yard.  Dianne explained that they have arrived two weeks early this year and that means we’re going to have an early Fall.  These insects only emerge every 17 years and make noise for mating purposes.  They apparently live on tree sap and have long lives.  Strange insects.

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Longtime friend and Sigma Chi fraternity brother Gary Oakley sent me a clipping on the visit in 1810 of Alexis de Tocqueville to the United States.  According to Gary here’s what the Frenchman had to say about America many years ago…

In the year 1812 Alexis de Tocqueville came to America for a visit. He made three  prognostications based on what he observed. The first was that he saw America becoming the greatest nation in the world, he saw a work ethic and strength coupled with a strong faith that led him to this conclusion.  This however was followed up with a problem.  His second prediction stated, “I see that you Americans are a very compassionate people, this is a problem because there are going to be politicians who will be very ambitious and use your compassion to strengthen their personal political quests.”  Now for the third and last prediction he made on his visit: “There will be those who will gain power by giving away resources and food and not requiring anyone to work for what they have been given.”  He went on to say, “As a result people’s skills will eventually deteriorate, they will become dependent and be of no value to anyone.”  Gary concludes with a question, does that sound familiar?

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There are a number of candidates running for city council, county commissioner positions and also school board candidates.  All supposedly non-partisan races.  We’re running announcements as we receive them.  The Villager, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters will hold a “Meet The Candidate Event” for Greenwood Village candidates on Monday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at The Dome at AMG bank. Working out the details presently but that appears to be the place, date and time, subject to change.  Watch for an official announcement.  We’re also monitoring the Aurora city council  and Centennial elections and will feature candidates in those elections as they announce their candidacy.

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After 40 years at our present location we’re moving our newspaper office to the Streets at SouthGlenn. Our new address is 6972 S. Vine St., Suite 363, Centennial, Co. 80122. Phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.  The Chamber is celebrating their 100th anniversary and The Villager is assisting in that September 24 event to be held at The Wings Over The Rockies facility.  Tickets and sponsorships on sale now.  

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Cherry Hills commemorated their 75th anniversary Saturday  with a time capsule ceremony,  placing the City/Villager newspaper anniversary edition in a time capsule to be opened years from now. 

Cherry Hills is a lasting example of what good planning and zoning over 75 years can achieve.  Once upon a time it was just farmland.

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An exciting announcement… The Villager has a sister newspaper in the mountains with the purchase recently of one of my very favorite newspapers, The Weekly Register-Call, the oldest weekly newspaper at 159 years in Colorado.  The oldest daily newspaper by several months is the Pueblo  Chieftain.  I often quote historic items from the pioneer newspaper published uninterruptedly since 1862.  We intend to continue the proud tradition of this Gilpin County newspaper.  You will be reading more gold mining stories in the future.  We have one of the best historical files on Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek in existence from publishing The Colorado Gambler for 25 years, with mining history the major theme of the newspaper, along with casino advertising.   The Register-Call is a very unique newspaper and we’re proud to continue its very long historic tradition with their family of excellent reporters and columnists.  Wonders never cease.