Most people think politicians are all the same, so instead of voting, why not flip a coin to determine who should win an election? Or better yet, have the candidates pick a card, and whoever picks the highest card gets to hold the office. Sound like a neat trick? Well, it worked in Telluride after town-council candidates Stu Fraser and Jenny Russell each garnered 410 votes in last November's election. Since state law mandates that election ties be broken by "lot," town clerk M.J. Schillaci had the two candidates pick cards. Amazingly, Fraser picked the ace of spades. Welcome to politics.


Best Political Comeback by an Ex-Senator

Gary Hart

Gary Hart's not afraid to say "I told you so," and he did just that, beginning with a Playboy interview in February in which the magazine called him the "former senator who predicted the attacks on America." In fact, Hart got lots of play because of a report he issued in 1999 when he was co-chairman of the U.S Commission on National Security/21st Century. The conclusion of that report read: "Americans will become increasingly vulnerable to hostile attack on our homeland, and our military superiority will not entirely protect us. Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers." Yikes! Will Hart's newfound popularity be enough to boost him into the national political spotlight or even compel him to run for office again? It sounds like Monkey Business to us.

Best Political Comeback by an Ex-Senator

Gary Hart

Gary Hart's not afraid to say "I told you so," and he did just that, beginning with a Playboy interview in February in which the magazine called him the "former senator who predicted the attacks on America." In fact, Hart got lots of play because of a report he issued in 1999 when he was co-chairman of the U.S Commission on National Security/21st Century. The conclusion of that report read: "Americans will become increasingly vulnerable to hostile attack on our homeland, and our military superiority will not entirely protect us. Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers." Yikes! Will Hart's newfound popularity be enough to boost him into the national political spotlight or even compel him to run for office again? It sounds like Monkey Business to us.


Best Political Comeback by an Ex-Governor

Roy Romer

After his twelve years as Colorado's leader, no one expected former governor and spry septuagenarian Roy Romer to move to a retirement community and break out the shuffleboard. But to take over as the superintendent of Los Angeles Unified Schools, one of the largest and most troubled school districts in the nation? Some guys just can't get enough. Yet after a number of hiccups involving students, teachers, politicians, unions and, well, just about everyone else, Romer, who started his new assignment in the fall of 2000, has generally received good grades; he's even scored some points for his periodic appearances on live radio. But that's not surprising, as Colorado's leather-jacket-wearing ambassador has always done the job with typical honesty and a touch of class.

Best Political Comeback by an Ex-Governor

Roy Romer

After his twelve years as Colorado's leader, no one expected former governor and spry septuagenarian Roy Romer to move to a retirement community and break out the shuffleboard. But to take over as the superintendent of Los Angeles Unified Schools, one of the largest and most troubled school districts in the nation? Some guys just can't get enough. Yet after a number of hiccups involving students, teachers, politicians, unions and, well, just about everyone else, Romer, who started his new assignment in the fall of 2000, has generally received good grades; he's even scored some points for his periodic appearances on live radio. But that's not surprising, as Colorado's leather-jacket-wearing ambassador has always done the job with typical honesty and a touch of class.

Best Place to Celebrate Independence/Veterans Day Every Day

VFW John S. Stewart Post No. 1

Founded in 1899, VFW John S. Stuart Post No. 1 was the first VFW post in the nation, and all 103 years of its history can be felt inside. But while the post's (dwindling) membership is limited to veterans of foreign wars, the restaurant and bar are open to anyone in the mood for a great burger, some good old-fashioned French fries and a couple of cold beers (the sevice may be a little slow, but it's service for your country). Sit yourself down amid flags, photographs of servicemen, military mementos and actual hardened veterans themselves, and soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era. Sidle up to the guys who served in Vietnam and Korea, or challenge a grizzled gadfly from WWII to a rousing game of billiards, and you'll know why this is the place to be when you're feeling warm, fuzzy thoughts about the U.S. of A. on holidays or any old day of the week.

Best Place to Celebrate Independence/Veterans Day Every Day

VFW John S. Stewart Post No. 1

Founded in 1899, VFW John S. Stuart Post No. 1 was the first VFW post in the nation, and all 103 years of its history can be felt inside. But while the post's (dwindling) membership is limited to veterans of foreign wars, the restaurant and bar are open to anyone in the mood for a great burger, some good old-fashioned French fries and a couple of cold beers (the sevice may be a little slow, but it's service for your country). Sit yourself down amid flags, photographs of servicemen, military mementos and actual hardened veterans themselves, and soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era. Sidle up to the guys who served in Vietnam and Korea, or challenge a grizzled gadfly from WWII to a rousing game of billiards, and you'll know why this is the place to be when you're feeling warm, fuzzy thoughts about the U.S. of A. on holidays or any old day of the week.

Best Place to Sing "America the Beautiful"

Pikes Peak

Maybe it was the cold. Maybe it was the lack of oxygen at 14,110 feet. Maybe it was the stunning view from the top of Colorado's most famous mountain. Whatever it was, something clicked in Katharine Lee Bates's brain on July 22, 1893. As she stood at the summit of Pikes Peak, and as a carriage carried her back to the bottom, she scribbled down the first lines of what would eventually become "America the Beautiful." Although not as well known as the national anthem, of course, the rousing song has made a major comeback since September 11; it's been sung since then at nearly every professional sporting event (in addition to the "Star-Spangled Banner") and other events of all kinds. But the best place to belt out the lyrics -- "O beautiful for spacious skies/For amber waves of grain/For purple mountain majesties/Above the fruited plain!/America! America!/God shed his grace on thee/And crown thy good with brotherhood/From sea to shining sea!" -- is amid the majesty of Pikes Peak itself, on the very spot that inspired those words.


Best Osama bin Laden Game and Puzzle Book

Where's Osama?

In an attempt to bring some humor to the topic of capturing the mother of all terrorists, Colorado entrepreneurs Mark Simmons and Dan Frazier have created Where's Osama?, a game in which players look for Osama bin Laden by traveling through the caves of Afghanistan as U.S or Afghani military personnel or as a "Geraldo-like" reporter. Available on the Internet, the game also features picture spreads in which you can try to find Osama in a crowd, and outfits -- a tutu, cowboy costume or burka -- that you can dress him in. Play, and make Osama pay.


Best Osama bin Laden Game and Puzzle Book

Where's Osama?

In an attempt to bring some humor to the topic of capturing the mother of all terrorists, Colorado entrepreneurs Mark Simmons and Dan Frazier have created Where's Osama?, a game in which players look for Osama bin Laden by traveling through the caves of Afghanistan as U.S or Afghani military personnel or as a "Geraldo-like" reporter. Available on the Internet, the game also features picture spreads in which you can try to find Osama in a crowd, and outfits -- a tutu, cowboy costume or burka -- that you can dress him in. Play, and make Osama pay.

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