EDITOR’S DESK: On Santa and simmering subjects

       No boiling editorial issue this week. More like a pot-pourri of topics simmering...
       Have you seen the Santa in Bancroft Cabin? This gentleman is so comfortable in the role - looks so naturally authentic - that he doesn't even bother to wear the traditional cap (as can be seen in his picture in the “What do you do?” column on this page)...
       Kudos to the many volunteers who have been helping make successes of events/activities on the Westside this Christmas season. Without these people, who steadfastly disdain cozy homes, television and any number of personal pursuits, there would be no Rock Ledge Ranch, no Silver Key, no Beidleman Center, no schools (at least as we know them).
       In a similar sense, the generosity of the human spirit can be seen in the individual donations that will allow a cremation for the late, well-loved "flower lady," Judy Blue...
       Thank you also to Col. Randy Fritz, whose unswerving determination wells up from every word in his report from Iraq on Page 3...
       This issue of the Pioneer brings out the undeniable reality of the large Gold Hill Mesa residential/commercial development. In the coming year, barring unforeseen complications, the old gold-milling property will undergo some major changes, as land is leveled for the first houses and the area near Fountain Creek is reworked to control the drainage that has scarred it for so many years. For what it's worth, I think we could do a lot worse than have the project led by Robert Willard. It's no accident that an infill development of that size sailed through City Council without citizen outcry. He worked hard to gain the trust of the surrounding neighbors, and continues to do so...
       Now, about those Westside school marquees and how some seem neglected at times. Here's what they should do... Aw, forget it. It's too close to Christmas.

- K.J.