Saturday, July 10, 2004

The Notebook Official Movie Trailer Site Ryan Gosling Pictures, Rachel McAdams Pictures, Love and Romance, Nicholas Sparks Books What was your inspiration for The Notebook? Nicholas Sparks: In many ways, the story paralleled my wife's grandparents story. They fell in love as teens, they were separated, she went off and got engaged, and, on the verge of her own marriage, she came back to find her one true love and they got married.


Outstanding artists.

This years Denver Black Arts Festival...

Delicious food...

Interesting wood carvings.

Thought provoking paintings.

Hand made arts and crafts.

Mi Casa holds a networking meeting for entrepreneurs the 2nd Saturday of each month in their offices, 360 Acoma Street here in Denver from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Men are invited to attend. Today's topic was goal setting. Today's topic was Goal Setting. After setting a goal (measurable, achievable, deadlined, specific, creates a gap) plan backwards from the gap to today. What are the specific tasks that need to be accomplished. After reviewing the plan with someone else, finalize it and then put the tasks on your calendar.

Cheryl Lucero-Torres and Agnes Talamantez-Carroll thank Jeannette Seibly (center) for her excellent Goal Setting workshop.

Jeannette Seibly shared powerful techniques for setting and accomplishing goals. She has worked with entrepreneurs in her consulting practice after 25 years of corporate experience. She recently helped a client go from being in debt to being worth over $1 million in 14 months. For more information about Jeanette see her website at www.seibco.com.

Muezetta Cromer, who recently graduated from the University of Denver GSIS program, is now coordinating Mi Casa's mentoring program .

Joyce Iriarte, Mi Casa; Greg Goettsch, Team BTS; Agnes Talamantez-Carroll, Mi Casa; Jeanette De Herrera, U.S. Small Business Administration; Cheryl Lucero-Torres, Mi Casa; Muezetta Cromer, Mi Casa.

Ballpark Market, Denver's origianal urban flea market, is the antidote for the Mall. Lots of vendors show their wares the 2nd Saturday of each month thru October 9th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Larimer St. between 21st and 22nd, just East of the Rockies stadium a couple of blocks. Admission is free.

Brother and sister Amy and Todd Sabus own and operate Ballpark Market. For more information see www.ballparkmarket.com.
Plame's Input Is Cited on Niger Mission (washingtonpost.com): "Yesterday's report said that whether Iraq sought to buy lightly enriched 'yellowcake' uranium from Niger is one of the few bits of prewar intelligence that remains an open question. Much of the rest of the intelligence suggesting a buildup of weapons of mass destruction was unfounded, the report said. "

Is this just Bush grasping at straws or a real strengthening of his position that the Iraq War really was a just war from the beginning?
Rocky Mountain News: Opinion: "The problem with the brochure is that it appears to violate state law preventing government agencies from spending public money to oppose or support ballot measures. In its zealousness to play advocate, RTD has thrown legal caution to the wind.
The state's Fair Campaign Practices Act doesn't address the issue of government officials campaigning for a ballot measure. FasTracks' most public boosters such as RTD Chairman Bill Elfenbein and Joe Blake, chairman of the Colorado Transportation Commission, to name but a few, have the right to sing FasTracks' virtues, separately or in unison, to their hearts' content.
But the law does prohibit the use of public money, staff time or property for political campaign purposes. Insofar as materials on a ballot issue may be distributed, they must be factual, include arguments both for and against the proposal, and refrain from any conclusion or opinion in favor or in opposition. "

Why isn't this same criticism leveled at the SCFD (Scientific Cultural and Facilities District) that is campaigning for the renewal of it's tax authority this fall on the same ballot with the RTD tax increase.
Rocky Mountain News: Entertainment: "our selection for the top spot - the trio charged with getting the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District 'culture tax' reapproved - is a reminder that issues can take precedence over individuals.
1. Floyd Ciruli, Harry Lewis and Mary Ellen Williams, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District reauthorization campaign: Nothing's more important to the arts locally than keeping SCFD funding alive. "

Is the average person in metro-Denver better off than when the SCFD was started decades ago? Why is there no organized opposition to the powerful group behind the polar-bear. Does it have anything to do with what Fuller calls "rankism"? (See more about "rankism" below.)
The New York Times > Arts > Tilting at Windbags: A Crusade Against Rank: "'The theory has the potential to explain many things we just ignore as a given,' said Camilo Azcarate, Princeton University's ombudsman, who recently attended one of Mr. Fuller's lectures and bought several copies of his book to give to friends. Democracy and education should concentrate on creating virtuous citizens. This is exactly the kind of discussion we need to have.'
Mr. Fuller began postulating these theories on the Internet several years ago, and then brought them together last year in a book called 'Somebodies and Nobodies' (New Society Publishers), published recently in paperback. He can't answer how, exactly, his lofty ideas might translate into political or legal action. 'I don't see the form the movement will take,' he confessed in an interview at his home in Berkeley. 'But I don't feel too bad about it because Betty Friedan told me she didn't have any idea there would be a women's movement when she wrote `The Feminine Mystique.' You need five years of consciousness-raising before you find the handle.'
Ms. Friedan provided a blurb for his book. Other supporting blurbers include Bill Moyers, the political scientist Frances Fukuyama and the author Studs Terkel. So far the book has sold 33,000 copies (including bulk sales); and his Web site totals 2,000 to 3,000 visitors a week, his Web master, Melanie Hart, said.
Mr. Fuller's appeal nonetheless eludes some critics. In one of the few reviews of 'Somebodies and Nobodies,' Clay Evans, books editor of The Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, Colo., was dismissive. Mr. Fuller's concepts, he wrote, 'were old when Jesus was making fishers of men.' "
Breaking Ranks - Home Is pulling rank human nature? Sure it is. But history shows us, through changing attitudes toward racism and sexism, that opposing rank-based discrimination is not hopeless. If anything is human nature, it is the will to democracy, that is, the will to curtail abuses of rank by acting together to create systems of governance that circumscribe authority.

The first step is to become aware of rank as an excuse for abuse. As we become adept at distinguishing between the legitimate and illegitimate uses of rank, collective opposition to rank’s abuses becomes possible.
Amazon.com: Books: The True Believer : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics)A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Eric Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises in his spare time while livingin the railroad yards. The True Believer-- the first and most famous of his books-- was made into a bestseller when President Eisenhower cited it during one of the earliest television press conferences.

Completely relevant and essential for understanding the world today, The True Believer is a visionary, highly provocative look into the mind of the fanatic and a penetrating study of how the individual becomes one.
(From the book cover)
The New York Times > Opinion > The Senate Report: "The committee said the analysts who had produced that false apocalyptic vision had fallen into a 'collective groupthink' in which evidence was hammered into a preconceived pattern. "

Collective groupthink is a danger for us all. Eric Hoffer in his book "The True Believer" (see Amazon posting above) gave us an insight into groupthink and its root causes. I hope Pres. W gives Hoffer a read and makes an immediate amend with America. Being honest, open and willing is his only hope for reelection.
BW Online | February 11, 2004 | Selling Tactics for Startups: "No matter how innovative the design of your product -- and we feel that our play panels are a model of innovation that surely have a place in a mature business -- no matter how solid your financing or sound your planning, you need to sell.

And selling as a startup is tough. However, if my experience is any indication, it can be done. What it comes down to is leverage, being prepared, and a lot of hand-holding with customers. In short, you must use all of the creativity you mustered to design your product or service to get the sales ball rolling -- and then keep it rolling. What follows is a look at how these tactics work -- and how they work together."

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Theology on Tap: July 9, 2004, Thomas Smith, "Salt Lake City to Rome:
What is the New Evangelization?"
SCFD News: Meetings: "July 15, 2004 Board Meeting 12:30 P.M. Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe " I hope people will attend this meeting, post here what you think of the SCFD after the experience.
Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, Inc.: "Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET)
Start:11:00 AM
Saturday, July 10, 2004End:1:00 PM
Saturday, July 10, 2004
Location:Community Hall - Mi Casa
360 Acoma Street
Denver, CO 80223"
10th Annual Black Arts Festival: "July 9th, 10th and 11th at Sonny Lawson Park
in the Historic Five Points Cultural District"
The Ballpark Market - Denver's Original Urban Flea Market: "The Ballpark Market is an outdoor, open-air flea market with European style and urban flair, presenting a remarkable shopping alternative. Among other cool and unique items, merchants & artisans offer an eclectic array of antique & vintage furnishings, primitives, collectables, art, garden accessories, jewelry, & clothing. Shop this extraordinary, warm weather venue, located in Denver�s Historic Ballpark Neighborhood, for FUN and one-of-a-kind finds!!"
The Colorado Irish Festival - 2004: "The 2004 Colorado Irish Festival will be held at Clement Park in west Littleton, Colorado on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11, 2004. Some of the headline acts include Ireland's balladeer, Paddy Reilly, Celtic fiddler Alasdair Fraser, along with The Elders, The Young Dubliners, Timmy 'the Brit' McCarthy and Colcannon.
MLive.com - NewsFlash: "If you're an information junkie, you've probably discovered the appeal of reading weblogs, those online journals that mix commentary with links to related sites. Obsessive blog creators scour the Internet for interesting tidbits in news stories, announcements and even other blogs, culling the best and posting links. A good blog is like the friend who always points out the best stories in the newspaper...

"The best way to find great blogs is to follow your curiosity, tracking back links on blogs you visit. Here are a few to get you started:
GENERAL INTEREST: Boing Boing (www.boingboing.net) is one of the Web's most established blogs, and one of its most popular, too. By 'general interest,' I mean of general interest to your average Internet-obsessed technophile. The focus isn't explicitly on technology, but expect it to skew in that direction -- over a recent week, posting topics included robots, comic books and a cool-looking electric plug.
ECONOMICS: EconLog (econlog.econlib.org) offers a thoughtful and eclectic diary of economics, tackling both newsy developments (the real-estate market, taxes) and theory. It also includes a list of other good economics blogs -- there are more than you might think.
GADGETS: Engadget (www.engadget.com) can be counted on for a good half-dozen or more news morsels each day on digital cameras, MP3 players, cellphones and more. When it isn't the first to stumble across something good, it isn't shy about linking to another blog with an interesting post, so it's usually pretty up to date.
POLITICS: WatchBlog (www.watchblog.com) has stuck with an interesting concept for more than a year now. It's actually three blogs in one: separate side-by-side journals tracking news on the 2004 elections from the perspective of Democrats, Republicans and independents.
TECHNOLOGY: Lessig Blog (www.lessig.org/blog). OK, this one's about politics too. More specifically, it covers the intersection between regulation and technology. Its author, Stanford law professor and author Lawrence Lessig, weighs in on copyright, privacy a"
How Good Are the New Jobs?: "Not everyone needs a Ph.D. to do well in the future. Physical therapists, personal tutors, and gardeners are examples of growing occupations that are high-skill but not necessarily high-education. It is easy to imagine an America where all senior citizens are well-cared for, all workers are coached to succeed, and all children are nurtured by personalized educators. Personal attention is a key trend in the future, and therefore in the workforce."
The New York Times > Books > Fewer Noses Stuck in Books in America, Survey Finds Somewhere I read that most people have not read a book since leaving high school. This study would seem to confirm that as fact.


My son John passed his Professional Aptitude Test at Park Hill Golf Course to become a member of the Professional Golfers Association. John (on the left) was very glad to have his friend Matt Clark as his caddy.

Scores were posted on the wall. To pass required a score of 152 or better for 36 holes. John shot 151.

Steve Meyer, author of Rationally Right, Bob Lowdermilk and I talked about starting Robin Hood Republican groups to help teach active Republicans how to win voters over to the conservative paradigm. See http://www.robinhoodrepublican.com

Roland Chicas at Denver GOP 1st Wednesday breakfast meeting. After his talk about health care, he shared about the progress being made in his campaign and encouraged people to attend the new Denver Pachyderm Club each Friday, 7 to 8 a.m. at Panera Bread, 1350 Grant.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Grove City College_Throckmorton_The NEA and the Educator Sexual Abuse Report: Time for a Parent-Teacher Conference: "The report on sexual abuse was required as a part of the No Child Left Behind law championed by President Bush."
DenverPost.com - Pius Kamau: "I remember watching Mercy Medical Center, a progressive institution near City Park run by nuns, wither and die.
For decades, Mercy served the poor of Capitol Hill, Park Hill and Five Points. As it drowned from insurmountable debts, many attempts were made to infuse funds from various sources, including a failed marriage to St. Anthony. Denver's rich and poor watched Mercy close its doors, with little public expression of support or sorrow from those it served. The lesson is quite simple: To survive in America, you must be profitable."
On Mike Rosen's radio show Dick Lamm told me he believes we have created a giant ponzi scheme with medical insurance. The very poor get medical care, but those with any assets loose them. What is the solution? As the writer of this Post editorial concludes:

Despite it all, people like George Ferguson (subject of article, has no medical insurance, in lawsuit with hospital that provided care at higher cost than charged for similar services to HMOs) remain burdened with debt and poor health. I'd like to think these lawsuits serve to clarify issues, but they don't. And as sad as Ferguson's travails are, greater tragedies live with us. Scruggs' lawsuits won't help the uninsured; to the contrary, they'll diminish funds available for the sick poor.
They will, however, keep the plight of the uninsured in the public's eye.

DenverPost.com - National Politics: "In Colorado - one of the first states to pass laws limiting damages in civil lawsuits - Republicans blame trial lawyers such as Edwards for increasing the cost of health care and otherwise crippling businesses.
'That particular group has added huge hidden taxes to the price of everything that Americans buy by turning the civil justice system into a big lottery,' said Colorado Senate President John Andrews, R-Centennial, who has fought for tort reform.
'I think as Americans come to understand this better, Edwards is going to become a drag on the Democratic ticket.'"

Tuesday, July 06, 2004


Townhall meeting tonight had spirited debate of Schaffer/Coors primary race. As I've said before, I just don't think Pete Coors can get elected. If he does, he will not represent as well as Bob Schaffer. In football, size makes a difference. In the U.S. Senate, political experience makes a big difference. Pete Coors has no political experience, and he's trying to pass that off as a virtue. It's not. Look at the difficult time John Hickenlooper is now having. Click on townhall meet up logo to the right, sign up for our meeting next month!
Robin Hood Republican Voters Liberals and conservatives wish for the same political outcomes-- plentiful housing, good education opportunities for our youth, and a generally healthy, wealthy, happy and safe populace. Why then is there such animosity between these two groups working for the same common goals? There are two political mindsets. or in the modern verbiage, two political paradigms. This difference in paradigms leads to misunderstandings, mistrust, and rancor between these two political factions.

Stephen Meyer has created this website to promote his book Rationally Right, a explanation of the conservative paradigm. He and I are looking at ways to get this message to as many voters as possible between now and the elections this fall.
Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Inspiring future social entrepreneurs: "Social entrepreneurs are change agents who, like their counterparts in the private sector, bring new ideas, techniques, systems and solutions to the civic and social sectors. As the Ashoka Institute describes, 'The job of a social entrepreneur is to recognize when a part of society is stuck and to provide new ways to get it unstuck.'"

When is a non-profit or government solution necessary? When direct creation of a for-profit business wouldn't solve the problem. Example: snow removal. Direct payment from those who benefit from the service just is not possible.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Zell Miller
I love my party but hate what it has become
: "As the Republican chairman and the Democratic co-chairman of the 9/11 commission said countless times, ties between al-Qaida and Iraq definitely existed. What we're not sure about is whether Saddam had anything to do with the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. And guess what? That's exactly what Bush said last year: 'We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with Sept. 11.' So much for deception."
East of Eden "Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of a man. It happens to nearly everyone. You can feel it growing or preparing like a fuse burning toward dynamite...

"Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miricle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anthying. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.

"And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man. By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free, roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged. It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken.

"An this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for that is one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost." Chap 13.

John Steinbeck knew this creative inspiration, what some call the Logos, is how businesses really get started.
Rocky Mountain News: Election: "The effort involves gay and gay friendly organizations working independently but collaboratively through the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado.
Volunteers are hitting the streets, taking a simple message to family, friends and strangers: 'Vote like your civil rights depend on it.'
They're posting campaign fliers in gay bars, coffee shops, lounges and restaurants urging people to back gay-friendly candidates. Voter registration tables are being set up at popular gay night spots."
The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry Criticizes Bush's Definition of Values: "At a barbecue here, (Kerry) argued that there was 'nothing conservative' about values that produced growing deficits, stagnating wages and a middle class squeezed by rising costs for health, education and child care, all of which he tied to Mr. Bush.
Moreover, Mr. Kerry, a Roman Catholic, added: 'I'm a person of faith, and I know I'm surrounded by people of faith. But there's nothing conservative about allowing your administration to cross that beautiful line drawn by the founding fathers that separates affairs of church and state in the United States of America.'
Mr. Kerry also dealt with the issue so often cited by Republicans as evidence that he is outside the mainstream on abortion. Mr. Kerry has a 100 percent voting record with Naral Pro-Choice America, and has often spoken about his commitment to abortion rights and the appointment of judges who will uphold them.
But in an interview with The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, published Sunday, Mr. Kerry emphasized his personal opposition to abortion. He also tried to counter the criticism from within his church hierarchy that an elected official could not advocate the right to abortion and be a good Catholic. Mr. Kerry said he was abiding by both his conscience and the line between church and state in America.
'I oppose abortion, personally,' he told the newspaper. 'I don't like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception. But I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist ...who doesn't share it. We have separation of church and state in the United States of America.'

The New York Times > Technology > An Investor's 'Gong Show' for Billion-Dollar Dreamers: "'We've been approached by one of the major networks to turn this into a TV show,' Ms. Langley said. 'It could be like 'The Apprentice,' but it might be more of a panel show, like 'American Idol,' where Tim is one of the judges.'
Ms. Langley added, 'Tim's attitude is, if a network says this is a good idea and they want it, he'll do it.' "

Is this how successful businesses really start?
DFJ: "7. Get a customer. That should have been earlier. A customer is absolutely critical to your success because you need the feedback.
8. Now, go get another customer so that the first one doesn't own you."

According to Amar Bhide (info posted yesterday) DFJ's #7 step is usually step #1 for the successful startup.

Is the venture capital approach practiced by DFJ and preached by the Small Business Administration and nearly every business school in the country killing the true entrepreneur?
The New York Times > Opinion > A First Stone for Ground Zero: "They need to figure out how to pay for the memorial and the cultural complex. They need to figure out how to provide more housing downtown, a priority for Mayor Bloomberg. And finally, the most difficult part of the equation: Mr. Pataki and his supporters need to do some harder thinking about future transportation needs for Lower Manhattan."

Can New York City rebuild only through the natural operations of the free market, or is this type of government intervention necessary. When is the government necessary, and when is the unfettered operation of the free market best? How can the free market solve big problems like rebuilding NYC (or Denver), or little problems like snow removal after big storms? What do you think?
Keep It Simple: "Most inventors don't have the time or experience to market their product, so they hope to find a marketing firm to take over sales. How do you find a firm that will work for you?
The best approach is to attend one or two key trade shows in your target industry. You can find shows at www.tsnn.com or www.tradegroup.com. When you get to the show, you'll find booths selling products from many companies. They are either distributors or marketing agents, and you can talk to them about carrying your product.
If you can't attend, call the show's promoter, and request a directory that lists the exhibitors. Contact the firms with 'marketing' or 'distribution' in their names, and call those that carry products sold to the kind of retailers or distributors that might carry your product."

Or attend an IDEA Cafe meeting, each Friday, 3 p.m. at Panera Bread, 1350 Grant St. here in Denver. We always have entrepreneurs who share their startup experience and we do brainstorming.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

DenverPost.com - John Moore: "One group working to save the Lowenstein has been headed by City Councilman Carol Boigon. She envisioned a public-private partnership among the city, Denver Public Schools and private investors. The idea was for the Lowenstein to reopen as a performing-arts center in partnership with DPS, which is spending $15 million to renovate the grounds around East High School. The Bonfils originally was designed as part of the entrance to the Esplanade, which is the gateway to City Park and includes East High.
She imagined street retail, shared parking with East and housing above the theater that would create additional cash flow. None of her imagined scenarios envisioned demolition.
'Not in my fantasy,' she said. 'If you ask the nine of us on the City Council who are working on the revitalization of East Colfax, all of us want to see the theater sustained.'
Ward said he has been working with the Boigon proposal for months but that it has no financing plan in place, and time is running out."

Here is a good test of the SCFD. Why hasn't it been able to help save this wonderful Denver theatre?
DenverPost.com - Sunday Style: "'We didn't have a business plan, we did it for fun. ... We took them down to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in October (2002), and they just exploded,' Boedecker recalls. 'We sold more in two days than we projected for two months.'"

Amar Bhide has found that successful businesses almost never had a formal written business plan before their first sale. That has certainly been my experience listening to entrepreneurs tell their startup stories at the IDEA Cafe each week since 1994 and in my consulting practice.


My friend Dr. Amar Bhide, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Harvard and now at Columbia, may know more than anyone in the world about how successful new businesses actually start.
Home Page of Amar Bhid�: "My book appeared at the height of the Internet bubble. Internet startups provided a fortuitous natural experiment for my theories: either I was looking at the world through a rear view mirror, or Internet startups represented an aberrant phenomenon. Naturally I took the latter position "
Inc.com | The Origin of the Entrepreneurial Species: "Finally, an answer to the question, What's the secret of start-up success?
I can't even begin to calculate how often people who are thinking about starting new businesses have asked me to name the one book that illuminates, more than any other, what it's essential to understand in order to create a successful start-up. For close to 20 years now, I've had to answer that there is no such animal. Don't get me wrong -- there are lots of perfectly acceptable books about almost every imaginable aspect of starting and running a new venture, from writing a business plan to raising capital. The limitation of such books is that, important though those tasks may be, you can get them right and still fall flat on your entrepreneurial face. But with the recent publication of The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses, by Amar V. Bhid� (Oxford University Press), there is now a book I can recommend to anyone starting a business."

Since Bhide is recognized as one of the leading experts in the world on startup, why is he almost never quoted in the business press? Is it because what he says flies in the face of SBA propoganda about the importance of market research and strategic planning for startups?
The New York Times > Fashion & Style > Cutting Edge in the Arts Now Is Joining a PAC: "the group's research indicates about 85 percent of its contributors have never given to any candidate or party before.
'It backs up our suspicions that you have this huge class of people who work in culture and information industries that are driving our economy, who are liberal culturally, but they really weren't doing very much,' Mr. Stowers said. 'A lot of people have worked on the environment or gay rights, and those things are important. But unlike the Christian right, which tends to focus on winning elections, liberals have tended to place their energies into issue advocacy and have not directly engaged in elections. It's a famous quote that `the left won the culture wars, the right won the elections.' '"

As artists become more directly politically active, will the funding structure of the SCFD still work? How will the $37 million be spent each year? How has it been spend over the last 20 years? Why hasn't one of our daily newspapers taken a look at this? What we know for sure is that symphony concerts are still half full in one of the best markets for good music in the country.
The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > 'Politics': Pundit's Progress: "Delegates to political conventions ''wear funnier hats than they do in the Supreme Soviet, but their scope for discretionary decision making is more limited,'' and the ''only remaining function'' of conventions ''is to be the pretext for a gigantic press Woodstock.'' "

Do we want to really increase Colorado's influence at the two National Conventions? In four years let's send uncommitted delegates and let the make a final choice based on full and complete information and personal conversation with all candidates. Then we can set the date of our neighborhood caucuses based on what is good for Coloradoans, not what is good for NBC and CBS. If other states do the same, we can return real meaning to the conventions.

Conventions were first held because of communication problems. Long distances made it necessary to send delegates to make a final decision. Today, we need to return the right of decision to delegates for the same reason. Today we have communication problems caused not by too little information but the clutter of too much.