Thanks to the candidates |

Thanks to the candidates

Don Rogers

Lest we forget in hubbub of Election Night and this morning while reflecting on the results, let’s not forget to thank the candidates for putting themselves through this gantlet.

The experience of running for office is at time exhilarating and exhausting. The candidates put themselves out there, their ideas debated and criticized and no doubt misinterpreted.

If they are lucky, they win themselves two to four or more years of life in a fishbowl, depending on the office. At the least, they’ll never quite look at a ballot the same again.

There are rewards in public service, and some pain, too. Bless them, for this is a big part of how we keep our government open and free, with citizens willing to step up and serve.

Snow at last

Rain and snow came just in time to the Front Range last weekend to stop wildfires in their tracks. Well, a little earlier and there wouldn’t have been fires. But then, folks might not have appreciated Mother Nature’s damp turn quite as much.

Up here, a prolonged Indian summer is giving way grudgingly to the inevitable turn toward winter, favorite season for those among us who still thrill to long days on the slopes. This is the rare place plummeting temperatures and blizzards are cheered.

In that cursed state California, home of major debt, recalls and an inexperienced new governor who can’t pronounce his state’s name properly, of course 700,000 acres of wildland went up in smoke, along with 2,500 homes and, tragically, 22 lives before drizzle and even rare snow slowed the blazes – too late.

Those poor folks can’t catch a break these days. Even the surfing stinks during Santa Ana season.

What rubbish

Someone needs to send the Postal Service a message, maybe in the form of a strong letter.

You’d think the long beleaguered agency would have learned to be more about service to customers than rigidly bureaucratic.

But apparently, junk mail companies are more important than the ordinary folks who come to the post office to check their boxes. Apparently, it takes federal legislation to get regional managers and such moved to exercise common sense.

The big problem? Having recycling bins in the lobby at post offices anywhere but Vail and a couple in Summit County.

It’s OK to throw the junk in the trash right away, but recycling requires a thorough study of Postal Service policy.

Oh, brother.

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