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It’s time to get in on the ground floor

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But if you own an average house in Aspen — just a rickety old miner’s shack, updated with electric lights, a space heater and running water — it’ll be worth a cool $57 million come 2016. Continue Reading It’s time to get in on the ground floor

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Some preconception-shatterers to start

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… It’s always interesting to have your worldview turned upside down or your most treasured preconceptions shattered by cold, hard facts. Continue Reading Some preconception-shatterers to start

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2006 Politics and water

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The maneuvering began as the New Year dawned. Colorado Democrats prayed, not for rain, not for forgiveness, but that wildly popular Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper would deign to run for governor.
None of the other contenders were thought to have a chance against the GOP’s anointed candidate, U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez. Continue Reading 2006 Politics and water

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Jerry Smith, 1940-2006

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“He had the soul of an artist — everything he did was done with such an artistic and wonderful flair — these wonderful gatherings, with his garden and the little divas from the opera. He was such a delightful friend — to me, to everyone, to the whole community.”<br>-Kathleen Collins Continue Reading Jerry Smith, 1940-2006

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Looking into the crystal ball for next year

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Another year gone, and what do we have to show for it? An optimist would say that he/she has grown, learned and flourished; a pessimist might note that he/she is just that much closer to dusty death.
But since none of us are dead yet, let’s be optimistic. Continue Reading Looking into the crystal ball for next year

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Tom, it’s high time to do the right thing

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Tom should recuse himself from all SDS-related votes, and not participate in closed council sessions when council discusses such matters. Failing that, he ought to be removed from council. Continue Reading Tom, it’s high time to do the right thing

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Sometimes there aren’t ‘right’ choices

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“No other national endeavor requires as much unshakable resolve as war. If the nation and the government lack that resolve, it is criminal to expect men in the field to carry it alone.”
Those sentences were written in 2001 by John McCain. They are from his foreword to a new edition of David Halberstam’s book “The Best and the Brightest.” Continue Reading Sometimes there aren’t ‘right’ choices

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No one said it would be easy

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At City Council’s Nov. 28 meeting, agenda item No. 20 drew little apparent interest. After a brief discussion, the item was approved on first reading.
Item No. 20 was the 2007 city budget, a complex document which spells out, in excruciating detail, the city’s anticipated revenue and scheduled expenditures for the next fiscal year. Continue Reading No one said it would be easy

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Another lofty plan for the downtown area

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C’mon, guys, dare to dream! Where’s the Chrysler Building or the Empire State Building? And what, exactly, would be an “urban lifestyle appealing to younger people and baby boomers”? Continue Reading Another lofty plan for the downtown area

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Dissecting the dilemma of District 11

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So, when I consider what Eric Christen (who says he will resign from the D-11 Board prior to the recall election) says, I think that he’s right — even though he’s a jerk. Public education is in crisis, and educators need to make major changes. Continue Reading Dissecting the dilemma of District 11

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