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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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On Oct. 7, the Hamilton Wing of the Denver Art Museum opens to the public.
Designed by Daniel Liebeskind, the 146,000 square foot addition more than doubles the museum’s size.
The building is an angular, titanium-clad structure. Denver taxpayers contributed $62.5 million of the $100 million-plus cost, with the remainder coming from private sources, including the Colorado Springs-based El Pomar Foundation. Continue Reading Hamilton Wing launches new era for art in Denver

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Seem like we’re getting our ‘fair’ share?

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You’d think we’d be drowning in lavishly funded projects of dubious national benefit, wouldn’t you? After all, we’re a staunchly Republican city, represented for more than 20 years by a Republican congressman, with at least one, and often two, Republican senators from Colorado. Continue Reading Seem like we’re getting our ‘fair’ share?

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Tone of Powell’s letter: just the right tint

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With an eloquence foreign to modern Americans, poetic, inspirational and deeply moving, MacArthur recalls the sacrifices of generations past, and calls upon his listeners to live by the noble principles for which so many had given their lives. Continue Reading Tone of Powell’s letter: just the right tint

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The Fab Five

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Five Colorado Springs charitable foundations have moved into the historic Burgess house.
Located at 730 N. Nevada Ave., the building was recently purchased by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and will also house the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, the Colorado Springs Community Foundation, the Pikes Peak Real Estate Foundation and the Pikes Peak Educational Foundation.
The three-story Victorian structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1884 by William Burgess, a prominent local merchant, and was home to the Burgess family for nearly 100 years. Continue Reading The Fab Five

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Common sense from an uncommon man

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Growing up in Colorado Springs in the 1950s, I dated a girl named Nancy Shoup.
Nancy’s dad, Merrill Shoup, the son of Gov. Oliver Shoup, was one of our small city’s leading businessmen. CEO and chairman of the Holly Sugar Corp., he served on half-a-dozen boards and was an ardent conservative, at a time when “conservative wasn’t cool.”
Mr. Shoup, who was fond of my parents and grandparents, took it upon himself to teach me about business, fearing that I’d become dangerously liberal. Continue Reading Common sense from an uncommon man

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Gambling: State only real winner

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In Colorado, gambling is big business.
During fiscal year 2006, which ended on June 30, Colorado casinos paid $106.1 million in state taxes on a record $765.4 million in adjusted gross proceeds, total revenue less player winnings.
Powerball, Lotto and scratch games generated $113.7 million last year. Continue Reading Gambling: State only real winner

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Watching politics apparently gone awry

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For sheer weirdness, it’s hard to imagine a Colorado political season as wacky as this one.
Consider the following:
The GOP nominated a respected, amiable two-term congressman, Bob Beauprez, as their gubernatorial candidate. Nothing in Beauprez’ history suggested that he’d be anything other than a competent contender. In fact, just a few months ago, the Democrats were in despair because popular Denver mayor, John Hickenlooper, had declined to run, ceding the nomination by default to the little-known Denver district attorney, Bill Ritter. Continue Reading Watching politics apparently gone awry

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Does downtown economy hinge on big crowds?

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Twenty-five years ago, as one downtown businessman pointed out recently, “you could have rolled a bowling ball down Tejon Street at 10 o’clock on Saturday night, and not hit a thing.”
But, as any downtown visitor can attest, things have changed.
Downtown is no longer just a place for specialty retail outlets and government offices, it’s the epicenter of Colorado Springs nightlife — which has recently sprung to the forefront because of an assault at one of the area’s trendiest nightclubs. Continue Reading Does downtown economy hinge on big crowds?

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