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Dysfunctional: Immigration bill debacle

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Solving the problems associated with large-scale illegal immigration is important to every segment of the community — especially to business. It should not be the job of businesses to police their work forces, and workers who are here illegally need a path out of the shadows. Continue Reading Dysfunctional: Immigration bill debacle

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Like most such hearings, it was a kind of political Kabuki theater, where the participants ritually posture and preen, and the actual content of the show is a mystery to those unversed in the rituals of the genre. Continue Reading Water buffs still can’t agree on anything

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During the past several years, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Pueblo have attempted to transform their downtowns into vibrant community centers.
Their goals were similar: to revitalize businesses, to encourage people to live downtown and to make the city centers fun and inviting for workers, residents and visitors. Continue Reading Three cities, three downtowns — two different directions

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Beauty, bucks in eye of beholder

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Two weeks ago, contemporary art sales in New York at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips de Pury totaled $837 million. More than 120 artists recorded all-time high prices.
The prices achieved were staggering, as were the returns on investment that they represented.
A 1962 Andy Warhol, “Green Car Crash,” sold at Christie’s for $71.8 million. The painting was acquired by the consignor in 1978 for $71,000. His return on investment, before auction fees, was 100,000 percent. Continue Reading Beauty, bucks in eye of beholder

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Leadership all that’s needed for change

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And now these issues, and the long-forgotten passions of long-forgotten politicians, are figuratively preserved in amber like long-dead mosquitoes. Continue Reading Leadership all that’s needed for change

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I’m not the only one breaking the law

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C’mon, fess up, did you pay your bill from the Stormwater Enterprise? It’s OK, neither did I.
Oh, I got the bill in the mail some time ago, and I put it aside to pay, and then I just didn’t.
I guess I had a Doug Bruce moment.
As you may know, ol’ Mr. Antitax, the Dougster himself, claims that the so-called stormwater fee isn’t a fee, but a tax; and as such, should have been authorized by a vote of the people. Continue Reading I’m not the only one breaking the law

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1962: We were brothers, we were young

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In an interview published last week in New York Times Magazine, author/screenwriter Nora Ephron was asked whether there are any advantages to growing older.
“This insistence on the joy of aging — this is all garbage,.” said the 66 year-old Ephron.
Well, I dunno. As it happens, I’m exactly her age, and I’m eagerly anticipating an event which, absent the steady accrual of years, I could never imagine attending.
Yup, it’s a reunion — my 45th college reunion. Continue Reading 1962: We were brothers, we were young

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Stalled developments, a slowing economy and interstate construction projects limiting access have put downtown Colorado Springs in limbo, suspended it appears between a resplendent past and an uncertain future.
Less than a year ago, three substantial developers seemed poised to launch major projects. Ray O’Sullivan and Sam Guadagnoli had put together a partnership to build the Cooper Tower, a 24-story hotel/retail/loft project on the southeast corner of Kiowa and Nevada.
Just next door, Chris Jenkins planned an office/retail project at Pikes Peak and Nevada avenues. The multi-story building was to be called Pikes Peak Place. Continue Reading City’s central core at crossroads (10607)

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“It just doesn’t make sense to poke the Army in the eye with a stick, before they’ve even begun to study it. … What’s the legislature going to do if Carson is on the BRAC list in a few years, vote for a resolution begging the Army not to close it?”<br>-Sen. John Morse Continue Reading Both sides of aisle had plenty of wins, losses

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Kramer … not Lionel Rivera, has been the real mayor of this city, the man who took on Doug Bruce and beat him, the man who gave credence and legitimacy to major community endeavors like the Regional Transportation Authority. Continue Reading Glad the creatives haven’t ruined the city

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