BARBWIRE BOB – Ramblin’ around the corral with Bob Sweeney

I’m still relishing the fun and enjoyment from the South Metro Denver Chamber 100th anniversary gala.  We’ve been in the newspaper business in Arapahoe County for 40 years this November and during the gala program Tony Rossaci’s Meat Market was acknowledged for 43 years.   Founder Tony Rossaci related  to the audience how he had to mortgage his home to start his very successful grocery operation in 1978.  The stores today are family operated and very successful.

Businesspeople have had to scramble during COVID-19 and we note most of the family operations have struggled, but by hard work and effort they have kept their doors open.  Sometimes we have to realize that while it is the free enterprise system it is not always the “fair” enterprise system at work.  Competition is keen in the business world and it makes us jump higher, work longer, and try harder.  

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Halloween is approaching and I see that Greg Reinke has his haunted house marquee up hailing the opening of his haunted house tour at Reinke brothers unique store in downtown Littleton.  Visiting the store is an awesome treat with rows of costumes, unique spooky merchandise, and the haunted house tour is world class.  It’s every bit as good as a Disneyland trip and you can experience this right in downtown Littleton.  Take the tour and have dinner at one of the local restaurants.  Don’t miss the haunted house tour.  You can  park free in his large parking lot off Prince St.

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This is a busy week with candidate forums for city council races being held in Greenwood Village, Aurora, and Littleton.  You can review them via zoom and read a full report in The Villager on candidate remarks and visions.  School board elections are heating up with races in both Cherry Creek and Littleton school districts. Stay tuned as those races draw closer.  

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I was at a barbecue recently
where the attendees were completely in the dark about local elections.  There is a certain amount of apathy that seems to abound.  My advice is to turn off Netflix, CNN, and Fox news and attend a forum in your city.  Find out who the candidates are, what they stand for, and why they want to serve. Read a local newspaper that works hard to round up news on the candidates.  Write out a donation to a candidate and put a sign in your yard.   America is a free country and we need to keep our elections fair and square.  While we laud that these local city council and school elections are non-partisan, that is not entirely true.  You can find these candidates listed on political web sites by both parties and folks holding fund raisers for their party choices. Everything is political these days including your choice about vaccines.  At least the political motivated citizens spark interest and turn out voters. 

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The good news is the Broncos smoked the Jets and  we have our football team back winning.  We can all cheer together for this team regardless of political affiliation.  We really can come together on some things.