The Colorado Municipal League is issuing a challenge to the state's seventh-graders: Write an essay explaining how to lead a city government.
Word on the street is that Mayor Lionel Rivera is closely watching the contest, to see what advice our city's 13-year-olds will issue. Will they challenge his "leadership style"? Point out his failings with the USOC? Criticize the big salaries of some city employees?
Can the Rivera administration stand another written attack from uppity intellectuals after barely surviving Broadmoor CEO Steve Bartolin's spanking e-mail? And what if the brats put down their cell phones long enough to demand a response to their ideas for reform? Can seventh-graders be safely herded into a task force whose findings can be buried and ignored?
Time will tell. Time...will...tell.
For now, the mood is tense at City Hall.