In the second week of August 1998, Colorado Springs was back on the national stage — with Bill Maher of Politically Incorrect talking about the city's ban on profanity in parks.
From "Butt of the Joke Once More," a Public Eye column by Cara DeGette:
Guest Naomi Judd, formerly of the mom-and-daughter country duo The Judds, suggested the ban is an example of government out of control. Free-speech violations also were mentioned.
Another guest, comic George Wallace, wondered, "Who the hell came up with a silly-ass law like that?" Later, Wallace noted that people will swear in public parks just as long as they keep stepping in "squishy stuff."
Never mind that, thanks to intervention by the Colorado American Civil Liberties Union, city cops have stopped issuing tickets to people who cuss in the parks. The damage clearly has been done.
Maybe for an encore to our growing nationwide reputation as a city full of goobers and miscreants, the Economic Development Corporation could offer Monica Lewinsky a sweet tax-incentive package to relocate herself and her mom to Colorado Springs.
Brennen Florey visited Barney's Diner and came away enraptured.
From "Barney's American Dream," Pot Luck:
Barney's is the kind of trailer where you write the lyrics to your first hit song on a napkin. It's where you take last night's date for a well-rounded breakfast and tell her she's the one, baby. It's where to go when you're hungry as sin and poor as a peasant for the simple, American menu boasts nothing more expensive than $4.20 (that's the pork chop with salad, potato, vegetable and roll). Simply put, it's one of the little gem's [sic] that make this city's diner culture so diverse and fulfilling.
And in the Indy's "Datemaker" section, dozens of people were looking for love ... in their own ways.
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