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What a year

Dear Editor:My Christmas letter (to all of the contacts in our network):Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, Happy Holidays, etc., for none of the above. Hopefully, that just about covers all of our friends, associates, acquaintances, adversaries and Christmas card exchange folks.It has been another wonderful year living here in Utopia. While we worried about the Isis, Explore Booksellers and the future of the Red Onion, the rest of the United States dealt with the real problems for us. We learned that immigration will be an issue in all future elections (excuse me, would you mind shoveling the snow in more equal piles); we learned that Nancy Pelosi’s promise of bipartisanship needs to be practiced by uniting her own party first before she spreads the wealth; we learned that Keith Ellison, a newly elected Minnesota Congressmen and converted Muslim wants to be sworn in using the Koran (he obviously missed the memo that this country was founded by elected officials swearing an oath on the Bible); we learned that Britney Spears could almost make you like K-Fed (sorry, I take that back); we learned that the quickest and surest way to become an expert in foreign policy is to join the Actor’s Guild or make an album, no matter how bad; and finally, we learned that we sometimes wait until its too late to truly appreciate one of the really good guys, Ed Bradley.Oh yeah, the two kids, the two dogs and the two guinea pigs are all doing great. So, whatever your social, religious or political leaning is, make sure you take the time to recognize our most special of holidays. You don’t need to put up a manger scene, display eight lamps in your window or even protest your neighbor’s celebration. All you really need to do to get into the Christmas feeling is to whip out your plastic and over extend a little bit. After all, it only comes once a year.Rod McClainAspen

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