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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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Salazar heats up SDS debate

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The posturing in the water war between Colorado Springs and Pueblo has been ratcheted up a notch, and the billion-dollar Southern Delivery System project appears to be farther from becoming a reality than it was only two short years ago.
Last week, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, who represents Pueblo and much of the Western Slope, announced that he will introduce legislation during the next congressional session that spells out the terms and conditions that Colorado Springs would have to comply with in order to expand Pueblo Reservoir. Continue Reading Salazar heats up SDS debate

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Unlike gov’t, business not an easy target

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So, next time you read a breathless account of mis-or-malfeasance in local government, take it with a small grain of salt. What you may be seeing, rather than the laziness and incompetence of government, is the natural inclination of journalists to take their shots at the easiest targets available. Continue Reading Unlike gov’t, business not an easy target

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Enterprises hold key to the city's businesses

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In common with many cities, Colorado Springs owns a variety of “enterprises” — entities that occupy a gray area between government and the private sector.
Some enterprises provide services that are clearly within the traditional scope of government, such as utilities, while others operate hospitals, golf courses and tourist attractions, competing against private business. Continue Reading Enterprises hold key to the city's businesses

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Latest technology not always the best

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Wasn’t it Edmund Burke, the great English conservative, who said, “If it is not necessary to change, then it is necessary not to change.”
I thought about that maxim while casting my ballot on Election Day at West Middle School. The turnout was heavy, but the volunteer election officials, mostly long-time veterans, dealt easily with the crowds. Continue Reading Latest technology not always the best

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