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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column switching seamlessly between the scummy and angelic.’Tis the season right …We hate to start off on the negativity side of the spectrum, but we have a distinctly scummy holiday version of a Scum Alert! Scum Alert! to report. It seems Dave in Summit Cove is doing his part this year to bring some elaborate decorative cheer to the Snowberry neighborhood – he’s again lighting up his house Griswold-style.But, he reports that some scummy vandals have defaced his decorative touches twice in the last week and a half!! The first time, these modern-day Scrooges pushed a bunch of stuff over. The second time, a number of heavy items were thrown down a steep bank.What’s with you people? As Dave said, “It’s a lot of work to put up,” but it probably takes little more than some puny beer muscles to knock it all down. For shame!***Let’s switch gears … here’s a quick Angel Alert!! to the mystery gift giver of a sweet Japanese monster movie double feature DVD. Jeez, we write one, small item like two weeks ago about said movie genre, and – bingo! – free schwag. We literally have the best, most loyal readers around … mucho karma points headed your way.***And now, to a Scum Alert!! temporarily denied:We recently received a request from a Breckenridge reader to issue a Scum Alert!! with regard to the Breckenridge Post Office, or to perhaps even dedicate some of our journalistic resources to figuring out if there are some operational problems at that facility. Our initial response was fairly low-key, but as we thought about this, a big old purple cloud of indignation began to swirl around our head.We started wondering – what kind of person would complain about long lines and slow service at a post office just a few days before Christmas, at a time when postal workers are totally slammed, risking slipped discs, hernias, ruptured spleens, and yes, even paper cuts in their quest to make sure that everybody’s holiday mail gets to where it needs to go on time?Wow! We’ve always thought that standing in line at the P.O. and swapping Christmas cookie recipes with friends and neighbors was part of the holiday tradition. We’d like to urge our readers to keep things in perspective.Sure, things can get a little frustrating and edgy during that last-minute rush, but let’s keep in mind that there are people out there who are having a hard time scraping together enough cash to buy a square meal for themselves or their kids, much less worry about buying and shipping some decorative knick-knack or doo-dad. There are people out there who are going to spend Christmas living in a cardboard box on the street, people who have had their arms or legs blown off by landmines, people who are ravaged by disease, people who have to deal with the emotional trauma of a shattered family. Seen in that light, a parking crunch and a little extra wait at the Post Office might not seem so bad, at least to our way of thinking.***WE out, standing in line with everybody else.

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