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Cheers & Jeers

Editor’s note: Cheers and Jeers is a new feature that will appear occasionally on the Post Independent’s Opinion page. Readers may contribute to it by sending a cheer or jeer to with cheer or jeer in the subject line. Comments should be no longer than 100 words and need not be signed. As always, submissions are subject to editing.

Jeers: to Congress for the government shutdown. Spare us the blather about principles. What we are witnessing is the latest installment of grade B political drama, with about as much gravitas as the “Killer Tomatoes that Attacked Washington.” Irony of ironies: With all but “essential” services suspended, Congress continues to pay itself to work — odd definition of both “work” and “essential.” And now lawmakers are making noise about continuing the shutdown until the next debt ceiling extension and threatening to default on U.S. credit obligations. Earth to Congress: Get over yourselves before you do real harm.

Jeers: to the way the federal public land-management agencies reacted to the government shutdown. It couldn’t be more obvious that they targeted closures at the public’s most prized resources in order to maximize pain. They do themselves no favors. At the end of the day, all they have accomplished is making more people resent government. Does the government really need to be functioning for a hiker to use a trail? Besides, whose land is it?

Cheers: to the local third-grader who, cognizant of the government shutdown, is sufficiently well-informed about current events to hold Congress responsible. We don’t blame her for being unhappy that the shutdown will result in the cancellation of a class trip or for wondering why all this is necessary. Come to think of it, maybe we’d all be better off if the halls of our nation’s Capitol were populated by third-graders.

Cheers: to White River Recreation Co., the concessionaire that operates many U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in the Roaring Fork, Fryingpan and Crystal River valleys, for keeping some of the campgrounds open past Labor Day. Now, as the best season of the year unfolds, campers, hunters and others won’t find locked gates at all campgrounds.

Cheers: to the educators, parents, students and others who are participating in the Re-1 school district’s “visioning” process. Few things rise to the level of importance of public education, yet public participation in the process is often sorely lacking.

Jeers: to those people who pay lip service to caring about public education but can’t be bothered to participate in the Re-1 school district’s visioning process. It’s a little like voting in a democracy: If you don’t take the time to participate, you lose your standing to gripe about the outcome.

Cheers: to everyone helping flood victims on Colorado’s Front Range. The stories may have dropped off the front page, but the hard work is just beginning as the full extent of the devastation becomes apparent.

Jeers: to the lowlife scam artists trying to take advantage of Colorado flood victims. There’s a special hot seat in a deep circle of hell awaiting your arrival.

Cheers: to the Springs Theatre for delivering decades of cinema magic to downtown Glenwood Springs. It was a fine run. Sorry to see it end.

Cheers: to the Colorado Department of Transportation for considering the city of Glenwood Springs’ plan to use the Eighth Street connection as a detour during Grand Avenue Bridge construction. Makes more sense than diverting everyone to Midland Avenue.

Jeers: to stocking store shelves with Christmas before Halloween. Bad form. And, frankly, scarier than most of the stuff in the Halloween aisle.

Cheers: to prospects for a good snow year. The Old Farmer’s Almanac, among others, is forecasting a cold, wet winter for much of Colorado. Would be nice to arrive at next April not biting our collective nails about the water outlook for a change.

Jeers: to the early October snowstorm. In the high country? Absolutely. Down here? Good grief, the frost isn’t even on the pumpkin yet.

Cheers: just because.

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