I was happy to see that a reader noticed Dave Hotz’s name was missing from The Times-Independent’s annual list of departed folks in 2019.
I want to thank Back of Beyond Books for organizing the Books for Tots program over the holidays. What a special gift to come back from the break to a big box of beautiful, new books.
I hope everyone enjoyed the past holiday season as much as I did. It has taken me four years of retirement to finally get used to the idea that taking care of the traveling public in Grand County was no longer my responsibility.
In November of 2019, after nine years as Grand County Justice Court judge, I was required by state law to leave the bench as I had turned 75 years old.
The caller didn’t leave his name or phone number. He just wanted to vent and tell us how The Times-Independent is full of “hate-spreading liberals” all because we published a letter from local defense attorney Steve Russell, who – gasp! – harbors liberal views.
The average temperature for December was in line with our available average compilation, according to our official weather observer, Bob Russell. He said our December average high was 39.7 degrees compared with the 40.9 historical average. Our average low was 20.4 degrees compared with 22.6. He said our frigid last three days of single digits in December pulled us down a little. It was a different story with the snow. “We struggled to get a white Christmas with just a trace of snow but our 6.5 inches on the 28th brought our total to 7.6 inches, well above our historical 4.1 inches,” he observed.
According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, 2,000 adults surveyed said they believe having someone to account to who understands their financial goals would help them be more financially successful.
George Orwell, in his essay, “Politics and the English Language,” wrote, “All issues are political issues and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.” If Orwell is correct then I, as a news consumer, am in danger of poisoning my inner being with “lies, evasion, follies,” etc. Sounds bad. The impeachment hearings were especially toxic.
I believe these Grand County Council members should be removed immediately from office now for not knowing how to manage our money and the misuse of funds they don’t have!
I mentioned in this column a couple of weeks ago that after all of the Christmas merriment that occurred the previous couple of weeks there was still one more party to attend before Christmas.
When I was a youngster, quite a few of the adult men in my life flew airplanes and some of them owned one. My Dad got his pilot license in 1946 while working as a line boy at an FBO over Denver way.
I participated in the Jeep Jamboree in October. On one of the trails near Kane Creek, I lost my college ring. Ms. Tibbetts found it weeks later while on a cattle drive. She reached out to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University who in turn contacted me. She refused a finders fee or paid shipping from me and simply offered me a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.