I've noticed that several of the Durango police cars now have a mountain outline logo, which makes me wonder the following: Has the city made a corporate sponsorship deal with Coors Light? Will the cars turn blue when the temperature drops to 36 degrees? If I'm stopped for a traffic violation, will I find the experience to be refreshing, or frosty cold? Do the cars attract buxom young ladies? Have the officers switched to silver bullets? And why do I have the sudden urge for a cold one? Thanks. - Thirsty
You don't have to have beer goggles on to see the uncanny resemblance between logos of the Golden-based brewery and the local police department.
UnCANny. Beer. Get it?
Any similarity is purely coincidental, especially here in Colorado, where it's practically a state law for organizations to incorporate mountains into their logos.
Take the Colorado Rockies, for example. Think of that blue mountain silhouette.
But does looking at the Rockies' logo make you thirsty for beer?
Well, pretty much yes, especially considering their ballpark is named Coors Field.
Hmm. That was a really bad example.
Anyway, the police department's new mountainscape logo is part of a law-enforcement makeover in which new cruisers will sport traditional black-and-white colors.
The department also is adding some SUVs and a couple of Harley patrol motorcycles.
When the new look was unveiled last month, Police Chief David Felice said the color scheme and door design "came from the officers."
So Action Line called the department last Friday to check into the Coors Light angle.
Seems that Fridays are busy days at the cop shop, because no one was available to comment.
"They're all out working protecting the community," said an administrator.
Which is a good thing. The police are here to serve and protect.
And by "serve," we don't mean another round of frost-brewed Coors Lights.
As for the silver bullets, Durango doesn't have a problem with werewolves - at least not yet. So there's no need for ammunition to fight the supernatural.
But that doesn't mean silver bullets aren't in Durango. This Saturday, the Lone Ranger and his faithful companion, Tonto, will be in town to save the day on the narrow gauge railroad.
The Lone Ranger carries silver bullets, in case you didn't know because you're younger than 65.
Be that as it may. It might be a good thing that police cars sort of resemble a beer label.
Rather than seeing the mountain logo as a subliminal advertising campaign, this could be an effective way to remind folks to not drink and drive.
The Mea Culpa Mailbag has an interesting item regarding last week's confidential response about the "ugly fence."
A curious reader asked: "I'd like to know whether the 'he' you referred to as the fence builder isn't actually a 'she' - or do we have more than one unsightly fence being built?"
Alas, there are several fences of dubious taste being erected hither and yon.
As they say, good fences make great neighbors. Problem is, no one can agree on what "good" means.
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