In the first week of October 1994, letter-writer Cyndy Kulp had some pointed words for a local who had written a letter the previous week, defending business owners who close their restrooms to the public.
From "Hold it":
J.S. Fuller, who writes in defense of bathrooms closed to the public, has obviously never raised young children or he would recognize the hollowness of his own words, "Go now before we leave or hold it." J.S., it's not as if we mothers wait to get into stores to let our kids use the bathroom! I'm glad you can get through the day without peeing [in] your pants, but that doesn't mean a 4-year-old has the same capacity or that all parents wish to follow your draconian advice.
More than this, J.S.'s letter represents to me everything that is wrong in El Paso County: a narrow, judgmental, blaming, even hostile attitude eagerly applied to others in whose situation the speaker has never had any experience and makes no attempt to understand. It's this nasty attitude that stinks up the community, not the dirty bathrooms.
It was, of course, a political season. And in Colorado, one Republican was under the microscope.
From "Benson's Past a Moot Point":
El Paso County Republican Party chair Bob Gardner said he has fielded only a handful of calls generated by gubernatorial candidate Bruce Benson's nasty divorce records and admission of two drunken driving arrests in the 1980s.
"When things really are major issues to Republicans, they don't hesitate in calling in to express their opinion," Gardner said.
Earlier this year, when Congress passed its controversial crime bill, the county GOP office was flooded with callers who wanted to know what could be done about Republicans who voted for it, Gardner said. But with regard to Benson, the phones have stood virtually silent.
"Mostly what I hear from people is they think it's unfortunate that this happened to anyone, that anyone could have these kinds of problems," Gardner said.
The Independent chose the judges for its first-ever homebrew contest, which was to be held in collaboration with Phantom Canyon Brewing Company.
From "Talking heads":
The entrants showed no lack of imagination, ingenuity or determination ...
Danielle Smith, First Place/Best of Show Judge: Danielle wrote an ode to beer drinking that should go down in history, or at least make you want to have a beer with this woman:
"... I sing better when I drink beer. I speak foreign languages when I drink beer. I misplace my underwear when I drink beer. I smile a lot when I drink beer. I never drive when I drink beer. I dance better when I drink beer. I look great when I drink beer. Please let me drink beer ..."
James Cashin, First Runner Up: James bowled us over with his lifelong credentials.
"1965 — Born into an Irish Catholic family. Need I say more? ...
1983-1987 — Went to the Air Force Academy — forced to imbibe in large quantities ...
1992 — Sponsored first annual World Beer Tour at my house.
1993 — I don't remember."
And Eric Bosse reviewed the new R.E.M. album, Monster, and gave it 4½ buffalo heads (that week's tweak of the typical star system).
R.E.M. doesn't so much return to their earlier stadium rock era as reinvent themselves. Thick, muscular electric guitar replaces the delicate acoustic parts and mandolins of recent albums. And [Michael] Stipe has gone lurking around his subconsciousness to return with some wild characters. (Singing through personas rather than from the heart: one of the unfortunate side effects of megastardom.)
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