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No consensus for how to make roads safer

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Despite the fact that 43,300 people were killed and 2.5 million others were injured during motor vehicle accidents in the United States during 2006, there has been no concerted effort to bring fatality rates down.
In Colorado, and nationally, efforts to reduce motor vehicle fatalities are concentrated in three areas — seat belt use, speeding and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Continue Reading No consensus for how to make roads safer

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Here’s an infallible rule of modern politics: it’s nobody’s fault.
If bad things happen, the passive voice rules. Mistakes were made. Past statements are now inoperative. There might have been irrational exuberance. The weapons of mass destruction might not have been found.
And when things move from great to not-so-hot to utterly disastrous, what happens to the architects of disaster? Continue Reading How is it we all missed it when Greenspan shrugged?

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Accident toll: More than $230 billion annually

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Automobile crashes in the United States cause nearly half a million deaths every decade, leave 2 million people permanently disabled and cost about $2.3 trillion.
During 2006, 43,300 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Another 2.5 million were injured. As of Dec. 27, 543 people had died in Colorado motor vehicle accidents last year. Of those, 38 died in El Paso County, including 23 in Colorado Springs. Continue Reading Accident toll: More than $230 billion annually

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It appears that Colorado Springs will soon have its own poet laureate.
Now that’s a harmless, feel-good idea. After all, isn’t it better to have our very own poet laureate than to have, say, our own nuclear arsenal? Continue Reading No better muse for budding poet than Kickin’ Dougie Bruce

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On a sunny Saturday afternoon, a steady stream of cars flowed down Tenderfoot Hill toward Cripple Creek. After 18 miles of sometimes testy driving on Highway 67, the twisting, two-lane road that links Cripple Creek to the rest of the world, most drivers ignored the Pikes Peak Heritage center, perched on a ridge overlooking the town. Continue Reading Historic Center latest gamble undertaken by Cripple Creek

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Got a slick little publication in the mail last week, courtesy of the University of Denver. Grandly titled “Foundation of a Great State — The Future of Colorado’s Constitution,” it’s the product of heavy liftin’ and deep thinkin’ by a — you guessed it! — blue ribbon panel of distinguished Coloradoans. Continue Reading Sadly, you can’t fix political problems without politicians

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Ross: Finding new owners for old stuff

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Ross Auction is one of the city’s oldest continually operated businesses. Founded by Jack Ross during 1921, the company has held weekly auctions for the last 87 years.
Ross’ current owners, Bill and Paula Neal, purchased the privately held company during 1998 from Jack Ross’ daughter in-law Marie, who had run the business since her husband died in 1957. Continue Reading Ross: Finding new owners for old stuff

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“Maybe we should have turned down (the bequest),” he said. “But hindsight is always 100 percent.”
Park and Recreation director Paul Butcher remembers the Michelson bequest well.
“I called up (redevelopment director) Valorie Jordan, and asked her if she could use the houses,” Butcher said. “She said yes, so we just turned over the project to her.” Continue Reading Path to the city’s cottages paved with good intentions

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I’ve heard that line of reasoning from other Dems — but, strangely enough, not from Republicans. To a man — or a woman — they think that Obama can, and probably will, win. They don’t think that race is much of a factor in American politics, especially in national races. Continue Reading Doesn’t make sense for the Dems not to embrace Obama

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“A strike by state employees in certain areas — in regulatory agencies, in transportation for example — could be very damaging to the state’s economy,” Barry said. Continue Reading Lots of legislative wishes, limited amount of money

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