I was one of the millions cheering for the historic comeback of beleaguered professional golfer Tiger Woods in his winning of the 2019 Masters Golf Championship Sunday. This is one of the greatest comebacks in all of sport’s history and an inspiration for all to never give up, stay focused, do the hard work to climb back to the top of the mountain once more. The Tiger and fans can roar once again!
We spent two days attending the 141st Colorado Press Association Convention at the new Hyatt Hotel Convention Center in Aurora. This new facility opened last year and is within eyesight of the huge Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Hospital and the new VA Hospital. Newspapers from across Colorado meet annually to receive awards and honor to media members. The Villager picked up some awards and was especially pleased with two awards for business stories written by Peter Jones and Jan Wondra that appeared in the Villager Corridor business section.
Gov. Jared Polis honored the group at a noon luncheon and spoke about the importance of a free press in our society. Newspapers are still the best avenues for public transparency of local government to community citizens. As a standard practice, we have reporters covering our cities and reporting on actions and events.
I started last week attending a “Eggs and Economy” breakfast at the University Club sponsored by the Common-Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR). This is a nonprofit free-enterprise think tank dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. The mission of the group is to research and promote common sense solutions for economic issues facing Colorado. The roundtable covers topics from energy to education and examines the economic impact of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws by employing dynamic modeling that accurately measures the impact of each measure on the Colorado economy. The group is chaired by Earl Wright, CEO of AMG National Trust Bank, partners with Colorado Concern, Colorado Association of REALTORS, Colorado Banker’s Association and the Denver South Economic Development Partnership to develop fact-based analysis on broad economic impacts associated with governmental policy changes. The breakfast touched on Initiative 300 regarding homeless rights to public outdoor spaces and public parks and facilities. A second topic was a review of Senate Bill 181, allowing for new rules at both the state and local level that could impact the state’s oil and gas industry. The bill was passed later in the week by the legislature. These issues could have a negative impact on the state’s economy. For more information on issues and membership: www.common
Weather warnings struck in the middle of the week, but the snow wasn’t as bad as the last blizzard that blew thru several weeks ago. Already some folks are reporting flooding on roads down in the Durango area where the San Juan mountains have record snowfall.
The Rockies are off to a dreadful start after such great expectations. Usually, they start strong and then fade in midsummer. Not so this year, and while the pitching seems to be better now, we can seem to bat. The games have been painful to watch but the only way is up, Go Rockies!
Bob Cote founded Step 13 in downtown Denver in 1983. It gained national recognition as a substance abuse largely at that. It is a facility to assist men to attain sobriety and have a place to live and rehabilitate themselves. Still going strong today, even after the death of Cote. Steve Schuck, Mort Marks, Barb Card, Mike Rosen and many others have been instrumental in the success of what is now called Step Denver. A residential facility near Coors Field at 2020 Larimer St. As a nonprofit that operates entirely without any government funding and exist on individual donations, foundation grants and a successful car donation program. They repair and fix old cars and give them back to individuals who need transportation. The car gifts are tax deductible. Call 303-296-9020 if you have a car that you no longer need, www.StepDenver.org. Free towing provided.
I’m reading my hometown newspaper, The Craig Press and turned to the opinion page where editor Jim Patterson had a farewell column. He eloquently related why he had been missing town meetings and wanted to explain why. “There is really no way to cushion what I’m about to tell you, so I’ll just tell you: On March 15, I was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. He relates, “I won’t bore you with a lot of medical jargon, but my oncologist in Grand Junction thinks the disease, technically, it’s pancreatic adenocarcinoma that hasn’t been with me all that long, which leads her to believe it’s a pretty aggressive tumor. The prognosis as you may have imagined is not hopeful…So while I have no intention of going gently into that good night, the fact remains: This is probably going to kill me.”
Patterson concludes it’s been a good life, and the feeling I experience most as I ponder its inevitable end is just what I said: gratitude. I’m reminded of an old saying, can’t remember where it came from, but I always liked it: Don’t be sad it’s over; be happy it happened.”
He is leaving Craig and going home to Arkansas with a list of things that he wants to do with God’s granted time left.
This message sounds a warning to us all and we should be aware and support the all-volunteer Cancer League of Colorado. This year’s event will be held at the Hyatt Regency downtown convention hotel. Tickets for the May 11 event are on sale now at www.cancerleague.org/event/hope-ball-50th-anniversary. No offices and no paid staff and funds go to fight this dreadful disease that strikes so many people like Jim Patterson with no warning and no reason. firstname.lastname@example.org for words of encouragement.
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