EDITORíS DESK: People to be thankful for

       It's always nice, coming into Thanksgiving, to have stories reflecting the wealth and potential of the human spirit. Such qualities can be found in abundance in two articles this issue.
       Certainly, there is no denying the strength and courage in Mary Kai Tuggle, who not only has fought off three breast cancer attacks but continues to fundraise for the shining goal of finding a cure that eliminates the disease altogether. And any who question the fortitude in the young can take heart in 13-year-old ArtSports gymnast Sam Chiacchia, whose response to his fifth in the world in double-mini trampoline last week was to recognize that to win he needs to learn skills that scare him, yet he plans to learn them nonetheless...
       The impacts of the city budget cuts continue to make themselves felt, and I have a feeling we're nowhere near the end of it. As Ron Wright lays out in his guest column on Page 3, Rock Ledge Ranch will need a lot of help if it's going to stay open after March. An article on Page 1 discusses the Highway 24/21st Street safety project that's been put on hold because of planned City Engineering staff layoffs. And, as we go to press, it remains uncertain what will finally happen with the Stormwater Enterprise. However, there's no question that the multimillion-dollar rebuilds the enterprise had planned on the Westside - most notably, the Camp Creek ditch through Pleasant Valley and the Douglas Creek channel west of Holland Park - are off the charts, maybe for years.
       Got some feedback to last issue's coverage of the continuing Old Colorado City business-owner schism - some supportive, some not. But I liked an e-mail from one business owner, who urged that all voices be heard and that the truth be respected, "no matter who gets called out." Sounds good to me.

- K.J.