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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column living in the most cohesive county in America.

Think about it: Summit County, the Summit, Colorado’s Playground – is there another county in the country with a stronger identity? Does anyone else in America answer the question, “Where do you live?” with the name of their county?

Nope. Only here in “The Playground.”

You never hear someone from Durango respond with “La Plata” when asked where he or she resides. Even in Summit County, Ohio, the name of the county takes a back seat.

Counties are barely given a second thought in most of America. People think of towns, cities and states as the hierarchy of governmental entities. Counties are like the silent partner.

But not here.

Summit County, Colorado, is perhaps the most visible, talked about county in the country. It’s probably because Summit residents can and do relocate from town to town, and as long as they stay within Summit’s borders, they feel like they haven’t left home.

That’s no small thing. It’s like having a home within a home. No wonder our community is so tight-knit.

Take that, Summit County, Utah!


This talk of government and community makes us wonder what the Founding Fathers were really thinking. We bet they figured that by now, more than 200 years after the U.S. Constitution was penned, we’d have the whole self-governing thing figured out. That the framework they set up would have already answered all the lingering questions about who’s right and who’s wrong.

The democratic/capitalistic template is based on the best ideas bubbling to the top over time. Well, hasn’t it been enough time – 200-plus years? Shouldn’t the best ideas have already bubbled to the top and stayed?

You’d think. We sure do, and we bet Ben Franklin and Johnny Hancock are amazed in the afterlife at the problems we still have and the divisiveness that still pervades American society.

Fortunately, the framework they provided allows for divisiveness. We can and should fight, and maybe in another 200 years, the bad ideas and idiotic suggestions will have been stricken from history, leaving us with only the best of humanity.


It’s Monday, and that can only mean one thing: Yom Kippur.

Breaking out of the secular calendar for a moment, today is the 10th day of the Hebrew month, Tishri, in the year 5763.

It is the Jewish day of atonement, the most solemn day of the year.

There will be no eating for the Heebs today. A 24-hour fast is in order. So when you are mowing that ham and cheese grinder today, just be thankful you’re a gentile.

Indeed, for most of Summit Up Land, it’s just another manic Monday. And like most Mondays (and most of the days that end in “Y”) we cordially invite you to e-mail us at, or you can just sing the Horah into the voicemail at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237. In fact, even if you get a live person, go ahead and sing the Horah anyway. It’s just that kind of a day.

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