• Michael: All right. This one time I’ll let you ask me about my affairs.
  • Kay Adams: Is it true? Is it?
  • Michael: No.
  • Kay smiles and walks into his arms
  • Kay Adams: I guess we both need a drink, huh?
  • Kay goes to the kitchen to fix a drink, but sees Peter Clemenza, Rocco Lampone and Al Neri enter Michael’s office.
  • Clemenza: Don Corleone…
  • Clemenza kisses Michael’s hand and Neri shuts the door in her face…

In the June 10th Colorado Springs Business Journal I was branded as lazy, irresponsible or both. By the way, those of you who know me know, I’m neither. The report was an example of horrible reporting. And by the way, back in the old days when the CSBJ had street cred, they voted me as the Business Person of the Year. Go figure. At a minimum, they should send me yellow roses (preferably from Texas), an apology and buy lunch – it wouldn’t even have to be an expensive lunch – and we could have a good laugh at the gaff.

The issue was that the CSBJ was fishing around for something fishy where there was nothing but open water and empty net. The question was something like, “What’s your opinion about CSVB’s unwillingness to disclose details on their budget?” The answer was something like, “I trust the people in power (at the CSVB) to do their jobs . . . and apparently they’re operating within their predetermined budget metrics and guidelines and as long as they are I don’t see a problem and therefore, I’m not willing to commit any of my 84,000 (daily) seconds to chase down an irrelevancy.”

Ouch! And then I made the critical mistake of asking the reporter why they would do so. Bam! Biff! Sock! In fact, if they had simply checked with Colorado Springs Budget Director, Lisa Bigelow’s office, they could likely have gotten any or all of the information they wanted. (I’m told that the CSVB submits a budget update monthly to the Budget Director who ensures their compliance.) Look the CSVB does their job professionally and with great credit to our city and does not need to be scrutinized to the minutiae.

Now, I don’t care how the CSBJ casts my character if it deserves casting – in fact, I’m somewhat entertained by the Tomfoolery. I just wish they’d be a little more thorough with their hard-hitting investigative journalism. So, just this once, I’ll let them ask me about my affairs.

  • CSBJ: Is it true? Is it? Are they hiding anything?
  • Councilman Leigh: No.
  • [And then Councilman Leigh is stood up for lunch, and as everybody adjourns for a good laugh he offers his shoe to the publisher]

Keep it real. . .