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Convention impact could trickle-down to Springs

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“I’d expect a lot (of impact), in spite of our reputation as a Republican stronghold,” he said. “We’re a beautiful city, with great outdoor activities. If it goes our way, as soon as the decision is announced, I think the chamber needs get to work and figure out how we can benefit.”<br>-State Rep. Michael Merrifield Continue Reading Convention impact could trickle-down to Springs

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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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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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Gov.-elect well aware of his role in Springs

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Easily defeating Republican Bob Beauprez, former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter became Colorado’s next governor on Tuesday.
Just before the election, Ritter was in Colorado Springs, where he discussed his plans for the future, and his views about issues important to the local business community.
He said that the most pressing problem facing Colorado is transportation. Continue Reading Gov.-elect well aware of his role in Springs

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Was this the nastiest political season?

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The Democrats control the legislature, they executive mansion, a seat in the Senate and, with Ed Perlmutter’s easy victory in Congressional District 7, four of seven seats in the House of Representatives. Continue Reading Was this the nastiest political season?

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Anointing the Dems; Dougster for mayor?

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Only three days to go, and then, blessedly, it’s election day.
No more sleazy attack ads. No more syrupy brochures in the mail. No more pictures of the candidates and their cloyingly cute little families. It’s over.
And if there really is a national Democratic tide flowing, we’ll see it right here in Colorado. Continue Reading Anointing the Dems; Dougster for mayor?

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On Nov. 7, Colorado voters will decide whether to legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by any person over 21.
Initiative 44, which is modeled after an ordinance that Denver voters approved in 2004, is seen by both supporters and opponents as a first step toward comprehensive legalization and regulation of marijuana.
Eliminate the legal, social and moral arguments, and one thing becomes very clear: even without Initiative 44, the marijuana trade in El Paso County is a major contributor to the local economy. Continue Reading Marijuana sales, distribution major part of local economy

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We could definitely use a youth infusion

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The American West.
What do those words evoke? The last frontier? Wide open spaces (with “room to make big mistakes,” as the Dixie Chicks so memorably put it)? Outdoors in the mountains, skiing, fishing, hiking, climbing, trail running?
Or maybe opportunity? New subdivisions sprouting on barren tracts of prairie? Jobs, businesses, entrepreneurs? A great place to work, play, raise your kids, enjoy the good life? Continue Reading We could definitely use a youth infusion

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Considering the monopoly of the Ivy elite

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These folks have ruled their markets for decades — for more than a century, by some accounts. The product they sell is in many ways indistinguishable from similar products marketed by hundreds, even thousands, of competitors. But, by restricting access to their products and by sophisticated pricing strategies, they’ve created an enormous demand reservoir. Continue Reading Considering the monopoly of the Ivy elite

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The days of locally owned long gone

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We all know this particular story — globalization, the world is flat, everything has changed, the new paradigm, fast-cycle technology — whatever you want to call it.
The details might be complex, but the story’s simple. If you have a job, own a business or participate in any way in the economy (this means everybody but a few Ted Kaczynskis out in the woods, as long as they don’t need supplies for letter bombs), you’d best be paying attention. Continue Reading The days of locally owned long gone

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