Had a breakfast meeting Tuesday morning with county commissioner Bill Holen at our favorite McDonald’s on I-25 and Belleview where we first met four years ago. It was at that meeting that we became instant friends, although of opposite political parties. We both are veterans of the Vietnam War era, and Bill has a newspaper background in Jefferson and Gilpin Counties where he worked on The Front Range Journal and The Golden Transcript. He still has some ink in his veins and likes newspapers and relishes writing his weekly column. Sometimes I just have to grin and bear it, but he’s entitled to his opinion and that’s the beauty of American politics and freedom of the press. Bill is a moderate Democrat and doesn’t fall into the new progressive socialist category. He’s my favorite Aurora Democrat and will be addressing more topics as we enter a new year with many new elected officials.
Conversely, had a brief visit with county commissioner Jeff Baker at the South Metro Economic Development Partnership luncheon at the Denver Marriott South in Park Meadows. Jeff and I both expressed sadness and shock at the loss of our major county office holders. He expressed his interest and constructive efforts to assist the new office holders in being successful and maintaining the high standards set by the departing department heads.
The Denver South annual luncheon was a sellout and every seat taken in the large Lone Tree Marriott ballroom. Peter Culshaw, Shea Homes executive vice president served as master-of-ceremonies and thanked the major sponsors of the event. Fidelity was the event platinum sponsor.
George F. Will was the featured speaker and did not disappoint the audience as he walked through largely economic issues and the menacing trillion dollars of debt facing the American economy. (Freda Miklin took notes and photos that are elsewhere in this newspaper)
I remember meeting George Will in Craig decades ago when he was a youthful press secretary working for Sen. Gordon Allott and was touring the state together visiting local newspapers.
One of his comments struck me when he stated that in this past election people did not vote their pocketbooks because in this election they were full of money because of the good economy. He related that there were other issues such as the president, health care and immigration. He was much more philosophical than political, and I appreciated his positive demeanor and conservative fiscal nature.
Regarding the Colorado economy, The Denver Post had a story this week on the state economy growing at the highest pace since 2017. Our economy has grown at a 4.9 percent pace in the second quarter, the best since the third quarter of 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Colorado growth rate ranked us fifth in the nation. These figures gave credence to Will’s purse voting theory.
I had lunch at Poppies with a Fulbright scholar, Ph.D. Marwa Elkady, who is an Egyptian guest professor at The University of Denver. The luncheon was organized by Anna Lee Frohlich who wanted me to meet this noted Colorado guest. Marwa is a native of Alexandria, Egypt where she teaches history and attained her education.
She is one of Egypt’s growing number of intellectual women in education and government service. She will be in Colorado for about one more month before returning to Egypt.
We talked a lot about the new world-class library that has recently opened in Alexandria along the Mediterranean coast. In ancient history, the old library was the best in the world.
Thursday Scottie Iverson hosted a Metro Club event at the Palas Verdi building with Epicurean catering. The event is part of a new Metro Club effort to attain members for monthly social events and the eventual prospect of having a facility like the old John Madden designed Metropolitan Club, enjoyed for years by over 1,000 members, only to lose the building lease that leads to the demise of the very successful club.
The Thursday buffet featured Floyd Ciruli, political pundit and speaker who has an excellent roundup of the recent election. His major point is the huge influx of unaffiliated voters who have impacted Colorado politics. He related that the registrations have shifted from a GOP majority of 160,000 in 2000 to a 40,000 lead by Democrats in 2018. Also, that $60 million was spent on Colorado Initiatives with most being defeated. Metro Club membership info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday morning attended the funeral service of a Colorado newspaper icon Edward Lehman who for decades published The Longmont Times-Call and The Loveland Reporter-Herald along with other Colorado newspapers that included The Canon City Daily Record.
Ed died at age 93 after a very successful and exciting life.
The St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church was overflowing in Ed’s fellow Rotarians, church members, and many lifelong friends in the community and newspaper industry to bid farewell.
Following the service, guests were treated to a brunch and also a complimentary book was written by Edward and Suzanne Barrett entitled, “Rolling with The Press, a Publisher’s Journey. I will share my copy with historian Robert Pulcipher.
We print The Villager at Ed’s former printing plant in Berthoud every week now owned by The Denver Post.
Winding up the week Publisher Gerri, who has not written her book quite yet, and I attended the Central City L Esprit De Noel home tour reception for patrons at 701 S. Jackson St. held in a $5 million-plus home that is on the market. The home is of ultramodern design with over 10,000 square ft. and is listed by Sotheby’s. Sponsors featured Spanish Valor wine enjoyed by many Central City Opera fans, supporters, and patrons who were present at the annual patron party. (See photos)
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