EDITOR'S DESK: Where fun isnít far

       The days are getting shorter, so this might be a good time to write about short subjects...
       Looking forward to Saturday, Sept. 22 here on the jolly old Westside. Not only will there be the Coronado High Homecoming Parade and a slew of Old Colorado City Scarecrow Days happenings, but out at Rock Ledge Ranch a nationally respected blacksmith will be giving a demonstration. So take your pick. It's nice not to have to go far for a good time...
       Councilman Scott Hente raises an interesting issue with his public art proposal (midway through the code enforcement story that starts on Page 1). In a way, it makes sense. Why keep spending government money to cover up grafitti by spray-paint "artists"? Just point to some public spot and tell them to aim their cans that way. Win-win, right? There's just this nagging question about purpose. Is the goal to truly have artwork in places that are now either blank or regularly "tagged"? If so, then I know several bonafide, trained artists who would gladly take on the task, either for the opportunity or the name recognition. But if the goal is simply to placate a group of people whose main gifts are excess energy and proximity to paint stores, then I wonder if that's the way to go...
       Good work by City Streets on the Old Colorado City paving jobs. There wasn't space in the article, but Bob Syme, who oversaw the Colorado Avenue work, expressed gratitude to the Old Colorado City business people for helping with work schedules and spreading the word about what was going on. He even cited us in the latter regard. "Overnight, the phone calls stopped coming," he said. "Thank you." You're welcome...
       It may turn out to be nothing, but I am a little concerned about traffic when the Cimarron bridge closes. Count the lanes. Right now we have a combined three going east, two west between Cimarron and Colorado Avenue. When the Bijou bridge opens, possibly with just one lane each way at first, all it will really do for east-west travel is replace Cimarron, while being less direct. Oh, well. That new headache is still a few weeks away. All the better reason to enjoy Sept. 22!

- K.J.