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There’s trouble ahead, trouble behind

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To recapitulate: State Rep. Larry Liston gets caught sending a foolishly inflammatory e-mail, and then his Democratic counterpart Mike Merrifield gets tripped up by one as well.
And before them there was Rep. Jim Welker, who made a habit of forwarding right-wing, faintly racist screeds to fellow legislators, lobbyists and members of the public. Continue Reading There’s trouble ahead, trouble behind

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Eighteen years ago, Marc Murphy and Mike Chaput were living in California, when a friend contacted them with an unusual proposition.
Colorado had just legalized limited-stakes casino gambling in three mountain towns. How would they like to pull up stakes, move to Cripple Creek and open a casino? Continue Reading Successfully rolling dice on a gambling business

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Changes in attitudes, and in platitudes

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Now that the municipal election is history, it’s time to pay attention to 2008. We could, I suppose, do the usual — write columns, pontificate, complain, praise, blame and generally do the impotent journalist thing … but it’s time for a change!
What about really mixing it up — being part of the process, participating fully in our precious American democracy? Elected office? Been there, done that. But how about trying to become a delegate to the national convention and help choose the woman or man who will lead our country for the next four years? Continue Reading Changes in attitudes, and in platitudes

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Is crusaders’ castle key to holy land?

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“When a fellow says, it hain’t the money but the principle o’ the thing, it’s th’ money.”<br><em>Kin Hubbard (F. [Frank] Mckinney Hubbard) (1868–1930), U.S. humorist, journalist. “Hoss Sense and Nonsense” (1926).</em> Continue Reading Is crusaders’ castle key to holy land?

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You thought stand-ups had tough crowds

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As Kermit the Frog used to say, “It’s not easy being green.” Substitute “a journalist” for green and that’s a fair description of those who toil in the Fourth Estate.
We’re too liberal, too biased, too ignorant, and/or obviously incompetent. We get stories wrong or we just make ’em up. We need to be replaced with folks who are more conservative, less biased and a lot smarter. Continue Reading You thought stand-ups had tough crowds

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Forget buzzwords, we need leadership

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It’s nice to know that all these candidates have nicely inflated egos. And you can bet that political consultants across our great nation have settled on ‘leadership’ as a positive buzzword, a content-less assertion that pleases voters. Continue Reading Forget buzzwords, we need leadership

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Finding your hidden gold mine

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“Most companies do not have a defined strategy for managing their intellectual property. … they really don’t understand the importance of protecting them …”<br>Jim Adams, chief technology officer of Taeus Continue Reading Finding your hidden gold mine

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Technology whose time has come

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More than 50 intellectual property patents are scheduled to be auctioned in Chicago on April 18.
Among them is Patent No. 6,697,032 for “A display device having an integral docking station to facilitate the display device to be used in conjunction with a palm sized computing device for applications executing on the palm sized computing device is disclosed.” Continue Reading Technology whose time has come

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It’s one of the city’s favorite themes: Colorado Springs, Sports Capital!
The Economic Development Corp. uses it to attract relocating companies, Experience Colorado Springs (formerly known as the Convention & Visitors Bureau) uses it to entice visitors, and most residents likely would agree that the Springs is, in fact, a community deeply involved in sports. Continue Reading Springs a sports capital without a major minor-league presence

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Pinon Canyon a no-win for all involved

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If there was ever an issue guaranteed to twist right-thinking conservatives into convoluted knots, the Army’s proposed Pinon Canyon expansion is it.
Here’s some background.
Twenty years ago, the Army acquired 230,000 acres in southeastern Colorado for use as a “maneuver area.” Colorado lawmakers trumpeted the acquisition as key to protecting Fort Carson from closure, pointing out that few, if any, Army posts would have such an asset. Continue Reading Pinon Canyon a no-win for all involved

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