In the final week of October 2010, hints started to emerge that one ballot question written by the El Paso County Attorney's Office was going to cause trouble.
From "Wording is everything on this ballot":
At issue are the county's questions — 1B, 1C and 1D — dealing with whether to extend term limits for the district attorney, county commissioners and other county officeholders. ...
Each ballot issue asks if the officials in question should be "limited to serving three consecutive terms, a modification of the current limits permitted by Article XVIII, Section 11 of the Colorado constitution." Note the question doesn't mention the measures would add a four-year term to the two-term limit already in place for state and local elected officials.
Four years ago, the wording was different on county term-limits measures that sought to add a term for the clerk and recorder, treasurer and sheriff. Those measures asked whether voters should "have the right" to elect those officials "to a third consecutive term beyond the current limitation of two consecutive terms" pursuant to the Colorado constitution. (Emphasis added.)
The difference is no accident.
"The 2006 questions were not successful," County Attorney Bill Louis unabashedly explains in an e-mail.
(He's wrong, of course. The 2006 sheriff's measure was successful, and Sheriff Terry Maketa is seeking a third term this election cycle.)
And Rich Tosches witnessed the neutering of an 840-pound grizzly bear at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
From "Grin and bear it":
At 10:15 a.m., the vet got to work with heavy-duty electric barber shears in a part of the procedure known in Latin as shavum bearus nutus (literally, "shaving the bear's things"). Great piles of crotch fur fell to the floor and were set aside to make another toupee for movie star Burt Reynolds.
A moment later, the scalpel was in Dr. Dadone's right hand. ... As the first cut was made, the room fell silent as everyone had the same thought: Too bad this wasn't Tiger Woods.