EDITORíS DESK: Only questions blowing in this wind

       Short looks at long subjects...
       I've known Bob Willard, the Gold Hill Mesa developer, for several years now, and I respect him as a man of integrity (though I still wish all those houses weren't going in). But nonetheless, I hope he realizes what a mistake he just made. There are too many Westsiders who endured the fine sand that blew in the Golden Cycle years, too many who remain skeptical - no matter what the Colorado Health Department says - about the toxicity of the site. The last thing Willard needed was unwatered tailings in a high wind, but that's what he got Feb. 24. To his credit, despite problems with his lenders, he paid to bring a water truck back out there just three days later. The skeptics probably won't be impressed, but it's a start...
      
       As long-suffering readers of this column are fully aware, I was unhappy when a longstanding Westside tradition - the St. Patrick's Day Parade - was taken downtown last year. So it's only fair to honor people who restore a Westside tradition. I'm speaking about Barb Walker and Steve Wiley, who gave us back Thunder & Buttons three or so years ago and are now riding off into the sunset, so to speak. Purist historians may cringe at how the restaurant/tavern's name has come to stand for flying planes instead of the monickers Prairie Dog O'Byrne gave to the the two trained elk who pulled his wagon down a long-ago Colorado Avenue with Laura Belle McDaniel riding shotgun. But... so what. Thanks for the good times, Barb and Steve, and good luck to new owners Jeff Mielke and Hillary Habeeb...
      
       That was a sad thing, at Colorado Living Ponds. Driving by, it doesn't look like there'd been a fire. But inside, it's unmistakeable - a hard break for the owners. It's nice to hear they're getting support. Let's hope they can bring the business back.

- K.J.