The always fun, always promotional and not always political correct Tim Leigh has begun to promote the idea that we have too many holidays. He has a Web site (National Speak Like a Pirate) that explains his idea.

National Speak Like a Pirate Day is a nonprofit political action committee whose mission is the eradication of all spurious holidays. The PAC’s purpose is to lobby the U.S. Congress to promote the removal of all spurious holidays from the national calendar. There would be no Martin Luther King Day, No Cesar Chavez Day, No Presidents Day, No Valentine’s Day, No Father’s Day, etc.

The only holidays that will actively be promoted are:

” Mother’s Day – because everybody loves their mother

” Christmas – because it is politically incorrect

” Columbus Day – because Columbus did discover America

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” Fourth of July – because we are all patriots

” National Speak Like a Pirate Day

National Speak Like a Pirate Day will be held on the antithesis of the 4th of July – the fourth of January. It is Leigh’s and his cohorts’ belief that there are too many holidays and that national productivity suffers as a result.

For example, in the old days, people would get the holiday off from work. Then, as time progressed, they took the holiday plus the weekend off. Then it was the holiday, the weekend and the day before the weekend. Then it was the holiday, the weekend, the before the weekend and now it includes the day before the day before the holiday plus the weekend.

They see no end in sight for our national slide down this slippery slope. But does the Pirate cause have a chance?

You never know. As Tim says: “We take ourselves too serious, business should be fun.”

I would have to agree with him on that one. Aargh matey, and for $35 (that goes to local charities) you get a certificate and a black eye patch. I know I say aargh whenever I miss a three-foot putt.

Salvation Army bringing former CIA Director to town

The Salvation Army’s annual gala will be held April 2 at the Broadmoor. You will be hearing a lot more from me about this event (probably because I have been asked to be the honorary chairman).

With William Webster, who headed the CIA from 1987-1991, being the keynote speaker, the theme will be cloak and dagger, so get it on your calendar since it promises to be a fun evening. The proceeds will go to our local Salvation Army to support the New Hope Center and all the other great things they do for our community.

“The season looks pretty bright for the Army based on the Kettle Campaign and the support that everybody has given the Salvation Army because of the Target fiasco,” said Craig Whitney, owner of Whitney Electric and chairman of the board of the Salvation Army. “Also, the Adopt-A-Family program seems to really be blossoming – where companies and people have adopted families for Christmas.”

If you want more information about the gala, call Rose Mertz at 884-1050.

On Bibles and newspapering

Recently, I spoke with the advertising staff here at Colorado Publishing Co. and I emphasized that if there was someone who wanted to place a “controversial” advertisement or insert in any of our papers, they should definitely run it past me first.

What made me think that this should be brought to their attention? The local daily allowed the Bible to be inserted last Sunday. This issue raised national attention making Fox News on Sunday morning.

I’m not anti-religion, or anti-advertising or anti-free speech, or whatever “anti” folks might be thinking. I am just looking at this decision from the business perspective (minus the fact that I am sure the Gazette got a good price for the insert). When businesses are looking to relocate or expand in our area, I would imagine they want a diverse work force. I don’t think inserting the Bible in the daily newspaper sends the message that Colorado Springs is an open or diverse community.

When I told my brother (who is a CU graduate) that I was thinking about taking this job, he said: “Pretty conservative area with too many monster trucks for me.” He also made a disparaging remark about one of the larger nonprofit groups headquartered in our area.

I’m not so bold as to tell other publishers how they should run their papers, but you won’t see the Bible (or any other book, pamphlet, CD, etc. that promotes a singular point of view) inserted into the CSBJ any time soon — even if the folks producing it want to pay me a ton of money to do it.

I want to see a diverse and open community that is accepting of others, and I think our region would benefit from a focus on inclusiveness. The only way we can all succeed is by working together. Doesn’t really seem like a hard concept to grasp.

Witnessing my first hole in one

I got this privilege a couple of months ago, golfing at Pine Creek with some CSBJ folks and Scott Augustine of Stewart Title. It was No. 7, you know that one that has water to the left and somewhat down the middle. Scott had been all over the course this day (as we all were) and with a Ping wedge he put his Titleist ball on the green and with one bounce it disappeared. I said, “I think that went in the hole.” Scott said, “No way.” I drove up to the green and sure enough there was the little white Titleist wedged between the pin and the side of the cup. Scott had to buy a couple of the other kind of rounds that Sunday morning.

The Local Business Economy

I am not a business analyst, just a business journal publisher, but people still often ask me what things look like from a local economic point of view. Well, all I can say is that if your local business journal is any reflection of what our local business economy is doing or what it is going to do, we are in good shape. Circulation and advertising revenue is screaming in double digit increases over the previous year here on the corner of Platte and Tejon. So, here’s to a prosperous 2005 for the Colorado Springs business community!