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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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Barry Bonds is, by all accounts, a singularly unpleasant man-sullen, arrogant, and nasty to opponents, teammates, and fans alike. In all likelyhood, he owes his home run record both to his own remarkable athleticism and to the relentless use of performance-enhancing drugs in the latter years of his career. So that puts baseball fans in… Continue Reading Baseball, Bonds, and a number

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News from North Korea-On the Campaign Trail

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Here’s a little news item from the so-called Korean News Agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. “New Ice Physical Acrobatics Created Pyongyang, August 4 (KCNA) — The Pyongyang Circus has recently created the ice physical acrobatic suite “Young People on the Ice”. The suite consists of more than 10 items, including Plastic… Continue Reading News from North Korea-On the Campaign Trail

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Do whatever it takes for our arts superstar

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So here it is at last, the grand opening of the resplendent new addition to the Fine Arts Center. It’s a triumph for and a tribute to our community. We all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the foundations, businesses and individuals whose generous contributions made this day possible.
But it’s obvious that we owe much to one man, FAC President and CEO Michael De Marsche. Without his leadership, it’s reasonable to assume that the arts community would still be mired in pointless infighting, that no plan would have been conceived, that no project would have been launched. Continue Reading Do whatever it takes for our arts superstar

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