I went to Bayfields July Fourth parade and was disappointed that there was no medical marijuana float entry. Maybe there will be one in the Snowdown Parade. Instead of tossing candy or beads, the float would throw baggies of healing hemp to the crowds. However, the Califoradans, after removing the contents of the baggie, would probably complain about all the plastic in the streets. Dave B.
The Snowdown Parade is the regions largest and most popular promenade, so its not likely to fool with its formula for success.
Instead, maybe planners of less-attended parades could encourage medical marijuana floats and thereby boost attendance and attract new blood into community shebangs.
For instance, at Durango Fiesta Days and at the Cowboy Gathering, there could be an appearance of The Ganja Kid, the worlds only Rastafarian rustler, whose long dreadlocks flow from beneath a wide-brimmed Stetson.
He and his faithful horse, Doobie, would lead a posse of young adults wearing sandals instead of cowboy boots and saying irie, mon to the spectators instead of howdy, pardner.
Horses and dope together. Now that could be the breakthrough combination to attract the largest possible La Plata County-wide audience!
Meanwhile, for the annual Christmas caroling procession, medical marijuana would eliminate the need for candles or flashlights as frequently sparked Bic lighters would illuminate the way down Main Avenue from Buckley Park.
Instead of singing Frosty the Snowman and traditional carols, participants could belt out Jamming and other popular Bob Marley reggae tunes.
And what about homecoming parades?
OK, thats enough, interjected Mrs. Action Line, who is the voice of reason.
Cowboys and carolers are fair game, but dont drag the schools into this, she cautioned, even if you are being your usual sarcastic, curmudgeonly self.
Mrs. Action Line is right. When it comes to good taste and good judgment, Mrs. Action Line knows where to draw the line.
Anyway, there is one important limitation to the scandalous suggestion of hurling hemp.
According to section 17-91 of the city code, it is unlawful for any parade participant to throw any type of item to any parade observer or bystander.
And, of course, theres the little matter that anyone receiving healing herbals must have a doctors prescription and state ID card plus marijuana still is against federal law.
Action Line will make a bold prediction: There will be no sensimilla sampling at any local parade any time soon.
Revelers will just have to make do with cheap trinkets and leftover Halloween candy.
Work on the Bridge to Nowhere seems to have come to a stop. All the equipment has been removed, and there is no activity at the site. Has CDOT given up on the project due to all the criticism? Bob Deitz, Bayfield
If the Colorado Department of Transportation let public opinion determine its workload, it would have closed shop decades ago.
But dont worry. The recent lull is scheduled and not out of the ordinary.
Work is done for the season, and were bidding out for the final phase to be started next spring, said our friend Nancy Shanks, spokeswoman for the department.
Which makes sense. Temperatures are dropping to below freezing, the days are shorter, and snow already is falling in the high country.
Well have to look at the bright side.
Here we have a bridge thats not complete, served by a still-theoretical highway that doesnt have its right of way secured.
Just think of all the money the state is saving by not having to plow.
And if ballot measures 60, 61 and 101 pass, there wont be any money for snow removal anyway.
No funds to plow roads that dont exist. Now thats the way to balance a budget.
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