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There is little in the news these days aside from the Coronavirus pandemic. Let’s look at what’s new since my last column two weeks ago on this subject.
Schools, businesses, travel, and social gatherings are kaput, with new restrictions announced each day. Colorado, at the time of this writing, has 277 test positive cases and seven deaths. Douglas county has a dashboard to track cases, locations, and other statistics.
The two Colorado deaths were individuals in their 70s and 80s. It is unknown whether they had underlying medical problems making them more susceptible.
For perspective, more than 99 percent of coronavirus deaths in Italy were in individuals with previous underlying medical conditions. Also keep in mind that Colorado has had 16 ski deaths this season, and 25 deaths last season. Again, keep things in perspective.
Since the media has tried to make the viral pandemic political, let’s take a look at the politics of this. What was happening in January when the first cases of Coronavirus appeared in China?
Nancy Pelosi was handing out impeachment pens and the Senate, instead of looking ahead at an impending viral outbreak, was holding an impeachment trial. President Trump, on the other hand, instituted a travel ban against China in late January, significantly blunting the number of infected individuals entering the US.
Speaking of travel bans and restrictions, early in his presidency, Trump instituted travel bans against countries known to harbor terrorists and who couldn’t adequately screen and vet those traveling to the US. These bans were called racist and xenophobic at the time.
Such bans were to prevent or slow Islamic terrorism. World leaders criticized such bans, which were imposed to protect America from terrorism. Travel bans today are to protect against a different form of terrorism, namely a virus.
Terrorism deliberately creates a climate of fear within a population to bring about a political objective, exactly what the virus is doing now.
When Trump recently banned travel from Europe to the US, European leaders, Democrats and the media predictably accused Trump of racism and xenophobia. Yet a week later, these same countries instituted their own travel bans for the same reasons as Trump, to protect their countries. What a difference a week made.
New Zealand and Australia have closed their borders completely to non-citizens. Are they racist and xenophobic?
Lastly the media has been focusing, not on the economic and social disruption occurring in America, but on President Trump calling it the Chinese virus, rather than COVID-19 as the scientists and media sophisticates refer to it as.
There is a long tradition of naming infectious diseases based on where they were first identified. The Ebola virus was discovered near the Ebola River in Africa. Marburg virus was first recognized in Marburg, Germany. The Zika virus was discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda.
Lyme disease was first seen in Lyme, Connecticut. They there is Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Rift Valley fever, and West Nile virus.
Somehow Trump calling the Coronavirus the “Wuhan virus” or the “China virus” is suddenly racist. That’s where the virus originated, and Chinese mismanagement and secrecy unleashed it on the rest of the world. Why not call it what it is?
Fortunately, China is not seeing new cases of the virus, and hopefully the rest of the world is not far behind. Meanwhile life in America has been disrupted beyond our wildest imaginations.
Hunker down, stay safe and realize this will eventually pass. America is resilient and will bounce back from this just as she has from wars and a great depression.
That was a nasty snowstorm that blew through the area last Thursday/Friday. The heavy wet snow was full of moisture and so great for our lawns, shrubs, and trees. Haven’t heard about much tree damage, but the snow very quickly turned into an icy mixture.
Heading outside to shovel the driveway and sidewalk mid-morning I found the walks and my driveway and sidewalks were already shoveled by my two neighbors Mark and Debi. He is an active United Airline pilot and Deb is recently retired from business. She has taken up golf and has a new “Peloton.” They are great neighbors, along with many others nearby.
Since I didn’t have to shovel snow, I decided to walk the neighborhood and put a Villager newspaper on every doorstep. One good turn deserves another. Some subscribe, some don’t, but in the aftermath of the blizzard, the U.S. mail delivery can be questionable at times.
Arriving at Don’s home, he came to the door and I handed him a fresh newspaper. Saying, “Here’s a fresh delivery of newsprint if you need any paper products. Slyly implying that the newspaper could have many usages. We do use soy based non-irritating ink. Don immediately laughed and said, “Boy, is that old school.” He took his newspaper and we both got a laugh.” Not bad for a snowy day and the market down another 700 points.
American humor is terrific, and I’ve been receiving numerous email jokes surrounding the shortage and sudden value of toilet paper. I would never have thought that in an emergency situation that toilet paper would be in short supply and be hoarded by many consumers.
The emails are really funny. One photo shows a woman sitting in front of at least 1000 rolls of paper all stacked up in a pile. Some sources report the paper going for $10 a roll. Another has a hooded vendor selling a single roll of paper and some hand cleaner for a stack of cash. Other emails show customers at food service counters using sheets of toilet paper as currency. Only in America!
I even heard about an encounter out in the Castle Pines area where two customers got in a physical altercation over the last package of toilet paper in the store and the police had to be called. This shortage in time will pass but it is amazing what shortages occur in emergencies.
Last week I related that a real shortage would occur if we lost electricity that would literally shut down water, computers, deliveries, phones, just about everything. When the smoke clears from this virus hurricane our leaders need to think about how to protect our nation’s power grid system. Yes, roof solar panels would work for some home applications, but gas pumps won’t work water plants might be curtailed, and internet service and media outlets fail.
Bottom line, we’re now going to be living in a different world and we may never get back to normal again. These are life changing times for almost every business, professional, schools, medicine and health care.
We’ll be diligently publishing this weekly newspaper as long as the presses have paper and electricity. Newspapers historically have always been pillars of information and advertising in hard times.
I’m really bored without my luncheon meetings and my favorites restaurants are shut down except for take-out meals and I’m glad that Gov. Polis has allowed take out beverages to assist the restaurant industry.
Looks like the best places to still go are liquor and grocery stores which remain open for business. Sports betting was to start May 1, 2020 at seven casino locations, but that won’t happen with all of the sporting events canceled and casinos closed temporarily. Television is running old sporting events and “March Madness” has a new meaning. I’m catching up on old movies.
Reading the historic Central City Register-Call from the last century, the newspaper had to strip wallpaper off of houses to print the newspaper because of Indian attacks on the supply wagons bringing paper and products to the early mining community. Wonder what those miners used for toilet paper?
I see my old friend Marvin Wolf passed away last week. He and wife Judi have been decade old friends and were once neighbors.
When they first moved into our neighborhood, I had a meaningful encounter with Marvin. A beautiful setter dog came to our door and was lost. I looked at his collar and it had a phone number that I called. Yep, it was Marvin’s dog and he was so grateful that the dog was safe. He came over to our house and we became good friends thereafter. For many years we would discuss politics, in particular Senator Gary Hart, who was one of our favorite topics. One of the best things he ever did was to marry Judi. Marvin was a man who made a difference in this world. The couple have been community leaders and have given so much love and generosity to others.
With this virus threat we can’t even attend funerals or hold memorial services. Hard to grasp the seriousness of this crisis that will pass but leaves a lot of wreckage in the hurricane’s aftermath.
The wreckage may be worse and outlast the virus.
Our lives, and livelihoods, are changing dramatically right before our eyes. We’re all in this together as we experience the greatest threat to America since World War ll.
President Trump tells us that we’re at war against a hidden enemy. The nation is mobilizing to fight this virus as a war and the fight is underway. Thanks to the President for stopping the influx of Chinese to our shores early in this threat. He has always been criticized for protecting our borders and this action was no exception.
Protecting sovereign borders is one of the duties of our federal government. This has been very controversial during recent years.
It appears that progress is being made with existing medicines and emergency medical research into new vaccines. American genius and the entrepreneurial spirit of free enterprise will rise to the challenge. Early this week some iconic American companies stepped up to manufacture emergency health items such as masks, gowns, and ventilators; Hanes underwear for masks, General Motors and Tesla for ventilators, and many more. Kind of funny that the leading making of men’s underwear is now making face masks. America is just a special place for all people and ingenuity. The freedom to think and be creative is one of our nation’s greatest strength. Jokes are swirling about the internet about toilet paper. Who would have guessed that this would be in short supply?
We’re not a socialist country, and free enterprise, if not curtailed by too much government control and intervention, will quickly move us out of this national disaster.
Watching the daily news, the political bias still abounds from those who like, or dislike, the president. I think that he is doing an admirable job of leading the nation and speaking daily at the media briefings. He has a great team standing behind him who are rising to the occasion. It appears that they have a great deal of respect for President Trump. Has he done everything perfect? Of course not, but he’s in charge of this crisis, and if ever anyone knows about crisis management it is our president.
Give him a break. America will survive and we’ll get through this crisis. It is very concerning about how fast, if ever, we will return to near normal. Remember what happened to air travel after 9/11. After those attacks, we began an entire new chapter in air travel and security. We will no doubt experience some changes in our lives that will be challenging.
Here at the newspaper we thank all of our advertisers and subscribers for your faith in us as we continue to print accurate local news and support our community governments and schools.
The truth will keep us free, and it starts right here at home.
It is appropriate that I share with you why my column has been absent the last several weeks. Debi and I flew to Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Counties (NACo). It was a conference filled with information and learning, along with an opportunity to talk with our US Senators and Representatives. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. In addition to the conference, there were evening opportunities to explore the sites (I never tire of the monuments) and taste incredible seafood. Yet, we were ready to get back home.
We flew back on a Thursday, Uber’d home and were anxiously awaiting our comfy beds. This is where our vacation abruptly ended. I found myself falling, fracturing several ribs and extending my vacation in the MedCenter of Aurora. I am currently at Spaulding, waiting to be released to home. I am healing, recovering and ready to be back at work. There has been little time to focus on my column.
While in the hospital, the COVID-19 crisis hit in Arapahoe County. Practicing social distancing, Arapahoe County commissioners and staff, Tri-County Health and state officials and staff met to assess options. It became clear that this virus needed our immediate attention to minimize health risks and potential deaths. As this virus exponentially increases, Arapahoe County residents will continue to be at risk.
Our first action was to work with the Governor to approve a declaration for Arapahoe County. This declaration will allow access to much needed funding for medical supplies and other services during this crisis.
We then closed Arapahoe County programs that would allow a reduction of the number of residents exposed to potential carriers. We began to “flatten the curve.”
We will continue to monitor and readjust our decisions throughout these unsettling times. The keys to our success will be with our residents following these guidelines from Tri-County Health:
Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or if you use a tissue then discard the tissue and promptly wash your hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if hands are not visibly soiled.
I wish to thank all the county employees, first responders, the sheriff’s department and Tri-County Health for the collaborative efforts in stemming the spread. It is through this collaboration and continued work with state health organizations and the Governor that allows Arapahoe County to be poised to aggressively attack this virus.
On a personal note, I want to thank Aurora’s first responders, MedCenter of Aurora staff, and Spaulding Rehabilitation staff for their commitment in providing exceptional care. I am most grateful.
I would remind all of our readers that this newspaper is printed on newsprint with non- irritating soy-based ink. There are many uses for newspapers and with the shortage and hoarding of toilet paper there is nothing like have a fresh newspaper delivered every week.
Just for fun, and my journalistic curiosity, I made a quest to the local King Sooper store on Saturday afternoon. Gerri had already been there mid-week and managed to buy two packages of toilet paper. ( Yes, we do have an abundance of newspapers around the house).
She was able to buy the majority of our weekly supplies but related that it was an adventure. I wanted to share my experience on Saturday. Many of you have already shared this journey.
The parking lot was not as crowded as I would have guessed, especially for a weekend afternoon. Entering the store there were fewer carts than normal. I noticed quite a few out in the parking lot pushed up on the gravel between lanes.
Grabbing a smaller sized one I thought about all the germs that live on those grocery carts. We’re advised to clean them, but this was an adventure.
Entering the store, the first cooler was full of fresh fruit in those little plastic containers. Seeing an abundance of fresh pineapple, I opted for a large one, feeling that eating more citrus this time of year is good for one’s health. The large fruit and vegetable areas were busy and pretty well stocked. A very tired looking lady was on her knees restocking the salad section. I picked up a large Dole brand package of Caesar salad romaine lettuce. The potato bins were almost empty but there were still some large Russet spuds available. I noticed the gourmet cheese counter was loaded with the expensive cheeses, no shortage of exotic cheeses.
Turning the corner, I headed for the bread section and it was empty, a few scattered loaves of specialty breads resting lonely on the empty shelves.
Moving on to the meat counter, it was well stocked with fresh meat. I opted to buy two attractive sirloin steaks on sale. The packaged meat section had taken a hit with all of the kids’ home from school. Moms are making lots of sandwiches. Going down the main aisle most food bins were practically empty.
Reaching the juice and milk coolers they were empty. I noticed the pasta shelves were stripped. So were the water shelves, except for the flavored exotic waters selling for two bottle for $10. One lonely gallon of distilled water remained on the shelf.
There were large displays of soda, plenty of Pepsi and Coke. Over- all, I was impressed by the fact that there were food items available.
Check-out lines were surprisingly short and checker “Kim” was almost in a daze when I asked her, “Are you having fun yet?” She came to life and said, ‘This has been crazy,” and related that earlier in the week she had processed customers with $500 to $800 in grocery items. My bill was $78 that included some Spanish peanuts, grapes, pineapple, sirloin steaks, six Mars candy bars at 69 cents each, one small bottle of coke, and two boxes of Jimmy Dean breakfast sausages, eggs and biscuits.
Overall, I had to admire the hard-working King Sooper’s staff, almost entirely women who had their heads down attending to restocking and moving carts loaded with items. No doubt many doing double shifts to meet the public demands. A fresh shipment of eggs was arriving, the chickens were hard at work.
We owe a huge “thank you” to our grocery chains and food supply distributors. We owe gratitude to our ranchers, farmers, butchers and bakers. We don’t thank these people enough for the abundant food items that we all enjoy and take for granted.
A few final thoughts about shortages. Food is vital for our survival. No matter what happens on Wall Street people will need to eat for survival. Most of us grew up being told, “clean your plate, there are starving people in China.”
We read and hear every day about “Green” this and that, and that the coal plants are being closed down. Let me issue a warning that the largest threat we face going forward is the supply of electricity and what happens when the lights go out because of dependence on wind and sunshine. Without abundant electrical energy largely supplied by fossil fuels we have a total disaster far worse than Covid 19. The gasoline pumps won’t run. Water plants have emergency power, but only for so long, and then the pumping stations shut down. The refrigerators and deep freezes don’t work and food spoils. There is no power for computers, TVs, lights, and charging cell phones. The furnace and air conditioning motors stop. We are all in one hell of a mess. We need to protect and preserve our supply of abundant electricity by all means, methods, and safeguards.
We’re learning that our medicines are made in China, bring this production back to America. We should be doing research on all types of flu vaccines, not just this one that has panicked the entire world.
We’re now improving our health services, with better communication and cooperation throughout the medical community and state and federal governments.
Lastly, we’ve actually had some cooperation between Democrats and Republicans.
That is good for America.
BY STEVE HAYNESPUBLISHER THE OBERLIN HERALD
Every few decades, going back nearly a century and a half, socialism makes another run at popularity in America.
That is a question that baffles, because our system has produced for us a life that is better, more prosperous, more free and more rewarding than most any other.
Someone will scream that our system is unfair and uneven, that the poor and minorities are left behind. Life itself is not fair, of course. Some, rich or poor, live long, healthy lives and others are stricken by disease.
But even the poor in this country, by government definition, have cars, homes and cellular telephones, things the poor in many third-world countries cannot even dream of.
Our nation’s wealth is immense. We are awash in material goods that often only complicate our lives. And we have made real, successful efforts to eliminate prejudice and advance women and minorities. The job is not done, but we continue to work at it.
The rich live better than the rest of us, it’s true. Many of them earned their place with superior talent in music and the arts, sports, business or some other field. The rest of us may be envious, but we can’t sing or throw a football or lead a multinational corporation.
But amidst all that we have, still socialism in all is guises has an appeal, and each generation has to discover why it is a system that does not work.
Socialism has failed whenever and wherever it’s been tried. It is a system that produces not mass wealth, but mass poverty, where the means of production belong to the state and no one takes responsibility for success.
Socialism failed the Soviet Union, it failed utterly in Cuba, it failed in Europe wherever it has been tried. It failed, in part, because the state cannot create wealth, it can only consume it.
Why, then, does socialism keep coming back? Why is the leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination an avowed socialist millionaire?
The columnist Cal Thomas writes that socialism makes itself sound good.
“Socialism is a false doctrine,” he says. “It sells itself to new generations who know little about it. They promote it by promising ‘free stuff,’ along with envy of the successful.…
“Its adherents claim it is fairer than capitalism. It isn’t fair, socialists say, that some people make more money than others.”
Socialists excuse the failure of their programs by saying we haven’t done enough. Great Society government programs failed to eradicate poverty in this country, but they continue to exist. Socialists want more of the same, though most of these programs only enable people to exist in poverty, not to escape it.
We should pray that socialism does not take root in America, for that would mean the end of our extraordinary prosperity – for all of us.
But won’t a socialist system be more fair?
Fair, as in Cuba, or the Soviet Union, or China? Where everyone is equally poor except government officials, military leaders and party members who somehow become wealthy and live well in a society supposedly based on equality.
This is not a good future for our country, no matter what some say. It would bring us only failure, decline and decay.
Let us hope the American people can recognize socialism for what it is, a failure, and turn back this tide.
Coronavirus has been in the news constantly this past month. Big media, following the axiom, “If it bleeds, it leads,” has been discussing the virus outbreak nonstop, only taking a day off for Super Tuesday.
Much of the reporting, in my opinion, has been more fear mongering than science. With a presidential election coming up, Democrats and their media allies are desperate to derail President Trump’s ride to reelection against a clown show of dwindling Democrat candidates.
Stoking fear about quarantines and supply chain disruptions sent the stock market on a roller coaster ride, mostly down, these past few weeks. What better way to influence an election than by talking down the economy?
Monday morning quarterbacks are criticizing the Trump administration’s response, not offering any better approaches other than to say they could have prevented a virus outbreak originating in rural China. Let’s put coronavirus into perspective with some statistics from the Centers for Disease Control along with data from the Johns Hopkins coronavirus dashboard.
At the time of this writing, there are 98,047 cases worldwide, 3,354 deaths, and 54,021 recoveries. 10 of those deaths occurred in the US. The odds of recovering are far higher than the odds of dying. There are now two reported cases in Colorado.
Anthony Fauci, MD, of the National Institutes of Health and member of the Trump administration’s task force gave some perspective in a New England Journal of Medicine editorial,
The median age of the patients was 59 years, with higher morbidity and mortality among the elderly and among those with coexisting conditions (similar to the situation with influenza).
The overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza.
In other words, Coronavirus may be a nastier version of the seasonal flu, potentially fatal for the elderly and infirm. How many Americans die from the flu each day? Let’s ask the CDC.
Influenza and pneumonia caused 55,672 deaths in the US in 2017, or 153 persons per day. As a reminder, only 10 have died from Coronavirus to date.
For additional perspective, heart disease kills 1774 persons a day, cancer 1641, accidents 466, and strokes 401 per day.
A recent tornado in Tennessee claimed 24 lives, more than twice times the number who died from coronavirus.
Over the past decade influenza flu has affected between 9.3 and 45 million persons each year, depending on the flu severity. Hospitalizations for the flu have ranged from 140,000 to 800,000 persons per year and deaths varied between 12,000 and 61,000 each year.
These numbers, in America only, far eclipse the number of coronavirus fatalities worldwide, about 3,400 thus far. This could and will likely change, but are the numbers worthy of the hair-on-fire reaction from cable news anchors and Democrat politicians?
Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, a Democrat, stoked fear by endorsing the idea of a coronavirus infected individual attending a Trump rally, deliberately spreading a potentially fatal virus to her political opponents.
President Franklin D Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” If you watch the evening news or read the daily newspaper, you will be inundated with fear. Take it all with a grain of salt and keep things in perspective.
At least last week we had some hints of spring. Easter is early this year on April 12. I have fond memories of the many services attended with Pastor Jim Dixon at Fiddler’s Green. He could quote long scriptures by memory. He impacted many lives with his wisdom and started Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church that has been successful from humble beginnings in Littleton on Orchard Road, then Cherry Hills Village, and today the huge campus in Highland’s Ranch. The church has been successful in so many ways and Jim is now with his lord and savior.
Staying alive is a constant challenge whether young, or old. Now we have the coronavirus threatening the entire world. It too will pass, and medical science will soon find a vaccine that will slow this virus. I heard on the news that Israeli doctors are close to a vaccine.
With all the medical research we still can’t eliminate the common cold and influenza that kills thousands of people every year. This new brand draws attention to just how many people die from the flu.
The grocery stores have empty shelves and a shortage of sanitary wipes and even toilet paper; not sure why people are hoarding that product.
Many of us have reached an age where we are on Medicare. I have found it to be quite efficient, along with a United Health Care advantage supplement that backs up the health care program.
This is the second year that I have received a call from my care provider informing me of my complimentary annual physical provided with my new doctor. My old doctor of a dozen years, Dr. Carmel, retired at the Denver facility. He would relate to me how “lucky” I was with my good health. I attribute my good health to those early years on that ranch drinking fresh milk and eating fresh garden vegetables along with plenty of hard physical work doing ranch chores. My parents were healthy, genes play a large part in our longevity along with lifestyle habits. My rancher father died of lung cancer from his daily Lucky Strike cigarettes along with cold weather, ranch chemicals and dust. His father lived to be 100 and he would have made it there without the smoking. (I don’t smoke)
My new doctor is young and very attentive. He performed the usual tasks with his light in my eyes, listening to my heart, checking my blood pressure, and oxygen level. What I really liked about this doctor is that he isn’t a pill pusher. He would like to see me lose a little weight and continue to exercise moderately. He listened to me rant carefully. He also said, “I don’t want to kill you with pills.”
He ordered some blood tests and one week later I get a call at 7:30 a.m. and he reviewed my blood samples with me. Nothing to worry about but he recommended taking some B12 that is just an over the counter vitamin. So, I’m following his advice and am very happy to have an attentive new doctor. There will come a time when I will need him more than now and thank God for all of our good doctors and nurses who provide health care for us all. We need them now more than ever and the system seems to work pretty darn well.
Midweek I ended up at Glenmoor Country Club for a meeting of the Legacy stock club. A dozen friends, who I’ve known for many years, meeting for lunch monthly and have a small portfolio of stocks. This particular meeting came in a week where the market has been plunging up and down like a yoyo, mainly down. We discussed the age-old method of “buy and hold” which we follow but did sell several stocks that included Las Vegas Sands because of the virus and their holdings in Macau and Las Vegas.
The stock had risen quite a bit but had fallen back to our purchase price. This coronavirus has impacted so many segments of the world economy, especially travel and tourism. My own view is that everyone will still have to eat; the Chinese will need our food sources more than ever including all of the grains, chicken, pork and beef. Delivering it will be the challenge. Our grocery stores are very busy, and the demand will drive prices higher for many food items. Clorox is one of the few stocks that has risen during the month. My advice to investors is to just stays calm and this storm will pass. Remember that we have to dance in the rain.
Thursday evening, we ventured down to the historic University Club for a surprise 60th birthday party for Stephanie Doss, hosted by her significant other, Mark Johnson, CEO of Johnson United. Johnson Moving and Storage is one of the pioneer moving companies in the Metro area and Mark has carried on the mantle of his father Don Johnson who passed away leaving his wife Arlene who is one very kind and caring lady.
Jan Hammond and her friends put this party together on short notice and did their best to round up at least 125 friends of Mark and Stephanie.
The venue was at the historic University Club, home to a multitude of professional members in the once masculine only den. The event was tucked into the second floor and Stephanie was taken to the club for the lobster night special dinner. When the couple arrived, the door was closed and when opened 125 friends greeted her with cameras and birthday wishes. Tony David and his Wilde Fire band played for hours and the buffet dinner was exceptional. Mark is a member of the Roundup Riders of the Rockies and some of his pals were present for the party. It was really quiet an event and well done by Jan and her pals. Stephanie is one of Denver’s most beautiful women and Mark is a very lucky man. (Wait until he gets the bill for that party.)
Saturday I attended my Republican precinct caucus that is the grassroot event for both Democrats and Republicans. This starts the elective process with delegates to the county assemblies and eventually all the way to the national conventions for both Democrats and Republicans and the nomination of the president. Talk is cheap, and participation takes some effort. My congratulations to all party members and new voters who attended these caucuses. This is where we go forward to find good candidates for office and start the election process. If you didn’t attend, at least financially support the candidates and the party of your choice.
The historic Central City Register Call had this reprint last week from March 14, 1869. “The first panel of lady grand jurors in the world was sworn in at Laramie City, Wyoming Territory on March 7th. None asked to be excused, and a lady bailiff was appointed.”
“The citizens of the county were requested to meet in Washington Hall on Saturday evening for the purpose of taking into consideration the location of a United States mint at Central City, for the coinage of gold and silver coins.”
The Mint ended up in Denver and actually had to order rifles in order to protect the facility from Indian threats and uprisings along the frontier.
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