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Additional revenue might not make a difference

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The city is seeking $1 million annually from a new Pikes Peak concessionaire, but will the increased revenue make a difference?
Past performance suggests that it will not.
During 2007, the city projected operating revenue from tolls and concessions of $2,708,069 — and estimated operating expenses at exactly the same number. Continue Reading Additional revenue might not make a difference

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America’s Mountain looks more like a junk yard

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Built in 1964, the Pikes Peak Summit House is too small to handle the half million visitors it receives each summer.
In addition, improper thermodynamic engineering during construction has triggered a melting of the permafrost, resulting in an uneven and unpredictable sinking of the building. By 1992, its foundation was so compromised that the structure had to be supported by dozens of heavy-duty jacks. Continue Reading America’s Mountain looks more like a junk yard

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All over the length and breadth of our great nation, lefty blogs such as Dailykos and Huffington Post have found a new target/victim: rookie Congressman Doug Lamborn. For those of you with actual lives who don’t follow petty political spats, here’s some background. A Monument couple, Jonathan and Anna Bartha, one of whom had worked… Continue Reading Swiftboating the Congressman

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FAC joins the growing list of vandals

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Crass? Clueless? Just plain dumb? All of the above? Yup, all of ’em are good descriptors of the Fine Arts Center’s midnight teardown of the historic Carpenter mansion last week.
And why did they tear it down? For a parking lot!
According to FAC public relations flack Charlie Snyder, the decision had been made years before, but they just now got around to doing it. Continue Reading FAC joins the growing list of vandals

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Here’s an email from Senator Salazar’s office that was forwarded to me a couple of days ago. From: Richard Skorman, Regional Director and Angela Joslyn, Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Ken Salazar Re: Invitation to Forum for Military Issues in the Pikes Peak Region When: Wednesday, August 29th 10:00 A.M.-11:30 Where: City Council Chambers, 107… Continue Reading Managing Community Input

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Watching the Broncos stumble haplessly around during last week’s preseason game against the ’Boys was, unless you are a Cowboys fan, a painful experience.
The Donksters, who just last week were anointed as Super Bowl contenders by the Denver media, looked more like pretenders, destined to finish at or near the bottom of the AFC. Continue Reading Let’s admit we’re licked on the water front

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As a native of our fair city, I appreciate both its extraordinarily beautiful setting and its enduring quirkiness. General Palmer, poised gracefully in the saddle of his noble bronze steed at the intersection of Nevada and Platte, is part of that quirkiness. The statue, which was funded by citizen contributions, was placed in its present… Continue Reading Leave the General Alone!

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The cost of free lunches sure adds up

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Made yet another pilgrimage up the pass to Cripple Creek a couple of weekends ago accompanied by a friend who, like me, enjoys playing the quarter slots.
After several hours of hopeful play, we were down a few bucks and decided to get a meal in the casino’s steakhouse. Continue Reading The cost of free lunches sure adds up

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My favorite columnist

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Having written a newspaper column for more than 10 years, I’ve become something of a connoisseur of the genre. I suppose that I read a dozen columnists regularly. Some I admire, some I abhor, but one stands out – and he’s not really a columnist. He’s Bill Gross, an investment advisor who runs PIMCO, the… Continue Reading My favorite columnist

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Michael We Hardly Knew Ye…

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Nope, I didn’t have advance notice of Michael De Marsche’s impending exit – even though, in retrospect, last week’s column seems eerily prescient. I just remembered the wise words of the favorite author of my youth, A. Conan Doyle, whose most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes, once said : “When you have eliminated the impossible, then… Continue Reading Michael We Hardly Knew Ye…

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