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On style and substance

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When logic was formalized in ancient Greece, it separated arguments from those who made them. Arguments should be tested as valid or not on their own merit, rather than on the credibility of those making them. At times, we forget this simple principle. The legal system doesn’t help, either. In case after case, lawyers and… Continue Reading On style and substance

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Sassower: Play nice, Council & Mayor

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Let’s assume that the strong mayor and the nine members of the Colorado Springs City Council are here to stay for a while. Let’s also assume that the city’s legal team cannot quite sort out their lines of authority. These assumptions do not warrant, in themselves, the kind of childish behavior we have been observing… Continue Reading Sassower: Play nice, Council & Mayor

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Utilities gamble might be community’s loss

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If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Chefs know that. Perhaps politicians and public officials should learn from them. In a news release about a new technology to sequester sulfur dioxide from coal-fired power plants, Scott Hente, chairman of the board of directors for Colorado Springs Utilities, said: “This is great… Continue Reading Utilities gamble might be community’s loss

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Warren Buffet and our Regional Building Dept.

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Warren Buffett is super-rich, one of our American billionaires who is ready to exit stage left. As he’s planning to depart, he has given the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the responsibility of disposing of his billions for good causes. Delegating is an art, not a science, and Buffett seems to be masterful at finding… Continue Reading Warren Buffet and our Regional Building Dept.

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CSU should follow Memorial’s fate

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Just as the recalcitrant Memorial CEO Larry McEvoy, thought his ideas were the only ones worth listening to and never expected his imperial visions to evaporate before his very eyes, so Colorado Springs Utilities CEO, Jerry Forte, may be dreaming that his empire is beyond reproach. Wake up and smell the coffee! With public scrutiny… Continue Reading CSU should follow Memorial’s fate

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The global economy and local stress

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There are those, like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, who want us to get over our economic gripes about outsourcing and realize that by the 21st century things are “Made in the World.” Forget about where something is made, and get used to the fact that the global economy is here to stay:… Continue Reading The global economy and local stress

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Should the city be run like a business?

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On Valentine’s Day, of all days, I went to the mayor’s press briefing. Listening to the gripes of some journalists — do you really want the minute by minute calendar of the mayor? — I was struck by one participant who admonished the mayor that “the city is not a business.” It’s obvious that the… Continue Reading Should the city be run like a business?

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On Jan. 12, the following questions were e-mailed to Sharon L. Brown, chairwoman of the Board of Commissioners of the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. As of press time no answers had been received. “1. What is the role of the RBD’s board and why is it constituted in the way it is? 2. What… Continue Reading Who’s in charge at the Regional Building Department?

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Many Valentines, one day

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You don’t have to be a cynic to admit that Valentine’s Day is a big business opportunity for retailers, florists, jewelers, and restaurants. Once the New Year’s celebration is over, the shelves at most stores become red and pink. After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second -highest expenditure holiday, accounting for about $18 billion in… Continue Reading Many Valentines, one day

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Shouldn’t public servants face questioning?

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When I wanted to write about City of Colorado Springs’ police budget, former police chief Richard Myers refused to talk to me unless Steve Cox, who was the city’s chief of staff at the time, were present. I thought this would be a waste of taxpayer money, and wrote about the department’s budget without Myers’… Continue Reading Shouldn’t public servants face questioning?

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