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I’m non-partisan — as far as politics goes

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I have no defense. They’re right — I did indeed publicly (and privately, in the voting booth) support those devil-spawned Democrat candidates. I’ll take my punishment like a man — no more Republican caucuses for me! Continue Reading I’m non-partisan — as far as politics goes

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Growth takes root in boom-bust cycles

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By the late 1940s, the Colorado Springs economy was at a crossroads.
The establishment of Camp Carson had led to a brief spurt of prosperity during World War II, but much of the wartime military establishment had melted away. There were scarcely 600 soldiers stationed at Camp Carson, and local leaders feared that it might be closed. Continue Reading Growth takes root in boom-bust cycles

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A few humble suggestions for utilities

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In common with every other homeowner in Colorado Springs, I got the usual nasty little January surprise in the mail a few days ago — my utility bill.
It was bad. Really bad. So bad that I thought briefly about relocating to a place with a mild, equable climate, where the temperature year-round ranges between, say, 65 and 80 degrees — neither too hot nor too cold. Goodbye furnace, goodbye air conditioner, goodbye utility bills. Continue Reading A few humble suggestions for utilities

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Colorado Springs is, unlike Denver or Pueblo, an artificial city.
Pueblo began as a trading post, and, thanks to east-west rail and nearby deposits of coal and iron, became an industrial city — the Pittsburgh of the Rocky Mountains.
Denver, located at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the Platte River, was a natural site for settlement. Beginning in 1858, when the first settlers arrived, the city grew rapidly and haphazardly. Continue Reading After fast start, Springs’ growth took a breather

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Springs doesn’t have bubble to burst

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And if foreclosures continue to mount, we may see a repeat of the disasters of the late 1980s — a local economic slowdown combined with a glut of housing inventory — which, if history’s any guide, means a Wal-Mart moment … Watch for Falling Prices! Continue Reading Springs doesn’t have bubble to burst

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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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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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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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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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