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Say you’re a pilot. You’re not flying the plane — you’re sitting in the back of the bus, row 27, seat E, squeezed between oversized fliers. You’re mad at the airline, at the airline industry and at the overpaid incompetents who have run the company into the ground. You’re mad that your once amply funded… Continue Reading Not the time to stand on principle, and crash and burn

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The city is touting its success in selling $32.48 million in certificates of participation that will fund the U.S. Olympic Committee deal, which it claims is a price considerably below original estimates. But as with any complex financial deal, the devil is in the details — and the deal might not be as sweet as the city is spinning. “The… Continue Reading USOC deal financing might not be as good as touted

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We’ve written a lot about the health care system — how it’s funded, administered and structured; how it becomes more expensive every year; and how unsustainable it might be. We’ve opined, reported and analyzed, but like any complex system it’s hard to understand. You can draw upon your own experience, but few of us would… Continue Reading A health care analogy that just about anyone should understand

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City Council this afternoon chose Sean Paige, former editorial page editor of The Gazette, to replace District 3 Councilman Jerry Heimlicher.

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Preble’s mouse might get bigger digs

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The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to revise the amount of critical habitat designated for the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse in Colorado, where it is listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The Preble’s meadow jumping mouse was listed as a threatened species during May 1998. Critical habitat was designated during June 2003.… Continue Reading Preble’s mouse might get bigger digs

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The Board of Directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee announced this morning that interim CEO Stephanie Streeter will not be a candidate for the CEO position. The announcement comes days after Chicago lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympics. A statement from the USOC says Streeter told officials she did not wish to be… Continue Reading USOC to begin search for CEO, Streeter won’t be considered

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Is there a better way of looking at the country than through the centuries-old lenses that have guided politicians for more than 200 years — or, in Colorado’s case, since 1876? Ours is a nation of 50 states. Remember those maps that used to hang in fourth-grade classrooms? Remember memorizing, or trying to remember, the… Continue Reading Could we really survive with a stateless union?

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Are our local property and sales taxes too high, too low or just about right? Are Colorado Springs residents, as proponents of November’s proposed property tax increase claim, starving the city of needed revenue by enjoying unsustainably low tax rates? Or are the opponents of the tax hike correct in saying that the city has… Continue Reading Just how low are Springs property taxes?

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The “great man” theory of history has few adherents nowadays, except perhaps among men who think they qualify as “great men.” But forgetting for the moment uber-deconstructionist Jacques Derrida, who once said, “Thinking is what we already know that we have not yet begun,” let us now praise two not-so-famous men. Each had long rich… Continue Reading We have daily reminders of the ‘best and the brightest’

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Attorney Lindsay Fischer said this morning that he intends to appeal District Court Judge Scott Sells’ decision to dismiss his suit against the city. “I suppose if someone came into the office and held a gun to my head and said ‘don’t appeal,’ I wouldn’t,” Fischer said, “but otherwise I’m going ahead.” Fischer sued to… Continue Reading Fischer to appeal USOC decision

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