Vail Daily columnist Richard Carnes: Potential headlines for 2011 |

Vail Daily columnist Richard Carnes: Potential headlines for 2011

Headlines are basically media billboards observed while traveling along the highway of life. They are quick, short and hopefully to the point, but it is up to the individual whether or not to stop and read the details.

Some of these are hopeful, others not so much; some belong in the “duh” category, and a few are completely delusional. Either way, I’ll leave it up to you to decide which is which, but I do hope we actually see a few over the next 12 months.

“Local real estate sales double!”

“Affordable housing once again major issue”

“Walking Erzinger struck by sleep-riding bicyclist”

“Leadville bib-switchers face death penalty”

“Hurlbert resigns, cites shame”

“Seasonal parking an issue in Vail”

“Anonymous online commenters stop personal attacks”

“Pigs spotted above Vail skies”

“Meteorologist admits to fabricating snow forecasts for tourists”

“Smart-phone makers sued for improper adjective use”

“Palin cites quantum electrodynamics as source”

“Tea party admits enjoying Kool-Aid”

“TARP repaid in full, plus interest”

“Extended tax cuts having opposite effect”

“Arizona illegal population reaches zero”

“California and New Mexico illegal population soars to more than 50 percent”

“Limbaugh marries for fifth time, says he means it this time”

“Glenn Beck admits twisting facts to sway opinions”

“Jon Stewart signs contract with FOX”

“Tancredo joins Tijuana Habitat for Humanity”

“U.S. troops out of Iran for real this time”

“U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, sooner or later”

“U.S. troops invade Pakistan; India rejoices”

“More gay soldiers than previously thought”

“Scientology changes name to Fantasology”

“Pope claims ability to un-invent ideas”

“Tebow converts to Judaism”

“Vonn makes it four in a row!”

“LeBron James goes to Nuggets”

“Tiger wins golf tourney”

“Broncos make the playoffs”

Come on, some of it could actually happen. Either way, as long as we work hard, play hard, relax often, chase dreams, follow logic, use common sense and go out of our collective way to be nice to one another, the headlines of the day won’t have any real long-lasting effects for 2011. They’ll just be little blips on our daily radar, sort of like this column.

Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at Comment on

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