Is it just a coincidence or is it on purpose that the La Plata County Democratic Party has its 2010 campaign headquarters located next to a bong shop? – Cheech N. Chong
It’s an intentional move. But not for the reasons you might be thinking. Or implying.
The newly opened HQ for local Democrats is located at 1101 Main Ave., with the Downtown Smoke Shop as its immediate neighbor.
The shop sells water pipes, hookahs and paraphernalia for, uh, well, all kinds of smoking, perhaps even, ahem, tobacco.
But the Democrats chose the Main Avenue venue not for the neighbors but for the location. “It was the only available place we could find that close to downtown,” said Jean Walter, party chairwoman of the La Plata Democrats.
It’s a convenient spot with ample parking in the heart of business district.
And let’s be fair. Next door to Democratic headquarters are a respected builder and a successful real estate office.
Meanwhile, the local Republican Party established its campaign office away from hedonist, liberal, urban Durango.
The local GOP headquarters is across the highway from the Walmart Supercenter, on the west side of the insurance building at 25852 U.S. Highway 160.
So the Democrats are next to a head shop and the Republicans are out by Walmart. At this point, you can make up your own joke.
Local GOP co-chairman Tom Crabb found the Democratic Party location “intriguing” and said it proves his theory “that you have to be high to vote a straight Democratic ticket.”
He rejected Action Line’s suggestion that Republican headquarters be moved next to a liquor store or a pharmacy – just for balance. Or convenience.
After all, you never know when Rush Limbaugh may blow through town and need supplies.
In a letter to the editor two Mondays ago, Vi McCoy reported on a group of people who “anointed” Rotary Park with oil to protect non-Christians from Satan. Is that why BP “anointed” the Gulf? I guess it’s not working there, or they wouldn’t be trying to clean it up. But what about the anointing oil’s effect here? Have more people been going to church lately, or can we just expect the oil to wash into the Animas River and kill fish? Thanks for answering the tough questions. – Steve Doob
Yikes. First politics and now religion. The postmaster of the Mea Culpa Mailbag has been forewarned of a possible overload. Thank goodness no one is asking about immigration.
So here goes. When reached for her comment and reaction, Vi McCoy assured that there are no environmental concerns or petroleum slicks resulting from the freelance anointing.
“The oil is only dangerous to those who aren’t Christian,” she said with a chuckle.
“The holy oil is very powerful, and only tiny amounts are needed – just a drop,” she said.
The fluid is available from Trinity Broadcasting Network, the country’s largest Christian broadcaster, McCoy added.
She pulled out the bottle and read the list of ingredients: virgin olive oil, frankincense, myrrh, cassia and cinnamon.
Hmm. All natural ingredients. How could Durangoans object? If only the aromatic spices were certified organic and delivered by hybrid car featuring an unleashed dog in the back seat.
Anyway, anointing the park was performed before the 4 Corners Pride Festival, a gathering of friends, family and supporters of the region’s gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual residents.
McCoy said she and several evangelical activists put a drop of anointing oil on each fingertip, “and we walked around the park seven times touching everything we could.”
She said a blessing was placed on the space and that everyone who goes there will come under the ceremony’s influence from now until such time as the anointers revoke the blessing.
“It’s all good,” she said.
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