EDITOR'S DESK: Has it really been 15 years?
Jan. 17, 2018
Happy 15 years ago! It's hard to believe it's been that long (January 5, 2004) since we published the first issue of the Westside Pioneer.
Everyone was looking forward to Old Colorado City's St. Patrick's Day Parade (not yet relocated downtown). The city had only just purchased Red Rock Canyon. Buena Vista was where the Westside Community Center is now, its Montessori program as yet unstarted. Whittier, Washington and Pike elementaries still existed as small neighborhood schools. And the ground lay fallow where Gold Hill Mesa houses would come; also where the Centennial Boulevard extension is routed today.
Is it the same Westside as when we started the paper? In some ways yes, in other ways no. Through the years, I've had the chance to meet various people (including Ron Wright, Bob Edgar, Neil Luehring, Don Ellis, Mel McFarland and Skip Sherbak) who lived here when the Westside was wide open, with acres of land for youngsters to explore. Much of it wasn't “official” - such as the gold mill tailings pond or where cattle grazed on the Mesa - but parents hovered less back then, and just try to stop the kids from busting out of their boring
What's intriguing to me, from times I've met with such folks, is that although they had less, they seemed happier. Life was simpler, achievement was valued, and it was easier for individuals to figure out how they fit in.
Nowadays, what we see via our newspaper is people increasingly “connected” technologically yet less so personally. Maybe that's why socialism - wearing modern clothes for the 21st century - has reawakened. If you look at the city's “plan” to fix homelessness, it's all about government solutions (homeless tax, anyone?) with minimal accountability for the vagrants who cause the real problems. (I have a recent, longer column on that subject at this link.) Another kind of example is the Westside Community Center garden, where you can't buy an individual plot anymore. You can only be part of a cooperative that makes decisions for the good of all. Really? I thought we'd learned about the folly of such ideas long ago... or at least before 2004.
(Opinion: Editor's Desk)
Kenyon Jordan is the editor of the Westside Pioneer.