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One dumb idea that isn’t dead forever

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Unlike mere mortals, states don’t die. Colorado will be here 10, 20, a hundred years from now — and future Coloradoans will still be gambling away the rent money. Continue Reading One dumb idea that isn’t dead forever

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Primary politics no place for indifference

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Here’s a question for you: Which city raised more for Republican presidential candidates during the first quarter of this year, Boulder or Colorado Springs?
You already know the answer, don’t you? I wouldn’t bother to ask the question if the answer were obvious. Continue Reading Primary politics no place for indifference

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Separate and nowhere close to equal

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The arts are a major economic driver in Colorado, but not every city is benefiting equally.
The gains flow disproportionately to the seven-county Denver Metropolitan area. In 2005, Denver-area cultural facilities were responsible for more than10,000 direct jobs, and $1.4 billion of economic activity.
In Colorado Springs, a 2004 study about the impact of the 10 largest nonprofit arts and cultural organizations attributed 754 direct and indirect jobs and $85 million in economic activity. Continue Reading Separate and nowhere close to equal

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Lawrence Leighton Smith and Thomas Wilson, the music director and associate conductor, respectively, for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, are being honored by ABE for their “Ongoing Support for Arts Education.”
As the citation says: “Knowledgeable, appreciative audiences, as well as instrumentalists and conductors, are being fostered by Messrs. Smith and Wilson’s commitment to the Philharmonic’s ‘Conductor in the Classroom’ and ‘Young People’s Concerts’ programs, the former bringing personal and musical exposure to working musician/conductors into the classroom, the latter bringing live professional symphonic performances to 7,000 children each year. Continue Reading Smith, Wilson committed to broadening orchestra’s outreach

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Springs used to lead way in tolerance

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What Radford was saying, of course, is that gays and lesbians are second-class citizens, eligible to pay taxes, but not eligible for the “special rights” that majority-approved groups qualify for by reason of their majority status. Continue Reading Springs used to lead way in tolerance

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In most industries, new market entrants are signs of a healthy business climate and an expanding economy.
In Colorado Springs, politicians and business owners actively recruit companies and roll out the welcome mat to newcomers.
Asked whether he could imagine a scenario in which Colorado Springs would not welcome a new business that planned to employ scores of people and invest $50 million in a new facility, Mike Kazmierski, president of the Economic Development Corp., had a quick, one word answer.
“No!” Continue Reading Leaders fear new casino will put them up Cripple Creek

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There’s trouble ahead, trouble behind

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To recapitulate: State Rep. Larry Liston gets caught sending a foolishly inflammatory e-mail, and then his Democratic counterpart Mike Merrifield gets tripped up by one as well.
And before them there was Rep. Jim Welker, who made a habit of forwarding right-wing, faintly racist screeds to fellow legislators, lobbyists and members of the public. Continue Reading There’s trouble ahead, trouble behind

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Eighteen years ago, Marc Murphy and Mike Chaput were living in California, when a friend contacted them with an unusual proposition.
Colorado had just legalized limited-stakes casino gambling in three mountain towns. How would they like to pull up stakes, move to Cripple Creek and open a casino? Continue Reading Successfully rolling dice on a gambling business

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Changes in attitudes, and in platitudes

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Now that the municipal election is history, it’s time to pay attention to 2008. We could, I suppose, do the usual — write columns, pontificate, complain, praise, blame and generally do the impotent journalist thing … but it’s time for a change!
What about really mixing it up — being part of the process, participating fully in our precious American democracy? Elected office? Been there, done that. But how about trying to become a delegate to the national convention and help choose the woman or man who will lead our country for the next four years? Continue Reading Changes in attitudes, and in platitudes

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Is crusaders’ castle key to holy land?

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“When a fellow says, it hain’t the money but the principle o’ the thing, it’s th’ money.”<br><em>Kin Hubbard (F. [Frank] Mckinney Hubbard) (1868–1930), U.S. humorist, journalist. “Hoss Sense and Nonsense” (1926).</em> Continue Reading Is crusaders’ castle key to holy land?

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