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Looking back to see where we might be able to go

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The ballots are in the mail — but the check isn’t. Less than two weeks from today, we’ll know whether Colorado Springs voters have approved a cumulative 10 mill increase in city property taxes. For supporters of issue 2C, the prospects are not encouraging. Private polling shows that Springs residents regard the proposal with skepticism.… Continue Reading Looking back to see where we might be able to go

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POC, fire station transfer complete

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El Paso County property transaction records show the transfer of the Police Operations Center and Fire Station 8 from the City of Colorado Springs to the City of Colorado Springs Public Facilities Authority. Continue Reading POC, fire station transfer complete

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Both as an editorialist, and as the founder of a policy-oriented nonprofit, Paige has advocated free enterprise, privatization wherever feasible and a slimmed-down local government.

Continue Reading City’s newest councilman goes one-on-one with CSBJ

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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.

Continue Reading Council taps Paige to replace 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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