NOREEN: Santa's wish list grows long

November 23, 2012
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How big is that sack, Santa?

We have a lot of requests for some pretty big items this year, and most of these folks are too big to sit on your lap. First off, from the farmers in the lower Arkansas River Valley to the river outfitters upstream to the drought-stricken ski industry — we need ‘leventy jillioncq tons of snow.

Last week it was reported that at some ski areas’ snowmaking efforts have been hurt because stream flows are so low. Another season like last winter and Colorado Springs ratepayers are bound to feel it too, perhaps in the form of rationing — this week reservoirs were reported to be 49 percent full when usually at this time of year they are 76 percent full.

Santa, do you have anything for attention deficit disorder?

It was impressive the City Council could focus on a panhandling ordinance for seven hours, and that law won’t involve any taxpayer money. But it was perplexing they could only manage 90 minutes when discussing the $1 billion 2013 budget for Colorado Springs Utilities — more than $11 million a minute.

You’ve probably already heard City Council members asking for a muzzle so they can quiet the mayor, and the mayor asking that the council be provided with ears. We won’t interfere with anyone else’s wish list.

Rummage around in there and see if you can find some help for the Pikes Peak region economy, Santa. In September, 107 business owners took out new licenses — not an unusual number for the city, where it’s harder to keep track of how many small businesses die on the vine. A few hundred more people with jobs would help a lot.

Here are some reader requests, Santa:

Sheila Anderson’s partial list: “Trader Joe’s downtown... less cookie cutter homes (at least paint them different colors, sheesh)... trees... snow... an east-west route... third lane on I-25 to Monument... train from Santa Fe to Boulder... a new mayor... ”

All Patricia C. Mulkey wants for Christmas is “a massive dose of common sense and compassion for others in our community.”

Liz Rosenbaum asked for “one big massive city clean up day! And a gift to ourselves if we ALL install CFL lights into our homes.”

Speaking of homes, we’d like the Mountain Shadows neighborhood to be fully restored.

But Santa, we know you’ve had a lot of requests like that from the East Coast, and we think our community can do it.

There are a lot of sports fans here, Santa. We’d like pitching arms for the Rockies, a Lombardi Trophy for the Broncos.

And then there’s that world peace thing.

Listen to Barry Noreen on KRDO NewsRadio 105.5 FM and 1240 AN at 6:35 a.m. on fridays and follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Contact him at 719-636-0363 or


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