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The prelims are over, and now it’s time for the main event.
Jeff who? Bentley who? Doug who? Gone. Swept away by the stolid Republican primary voters of Colorado Springs and the 5th Congressional District.
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, the only Doug left standing, reaffirmed his hard-earned status as the junkyard dog of local politics by launching a pre-emptive attack on his Democratic opponent Hal Bidlack, accusing him of dodging debates. Continue Reading After the dust settled, only one Doug emerged from political rubble

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A few years ago, the knees decided that running was no longer on the menu. Goodbye 10Ks, goodbye marathons, goodbye Pikes Peak Ascent.
So like most creaky old guys who still think they can stay in shape, I returned to biking.
Virtually every morning from April through October, I rise with the sun and ride for an hour or two, usually on one of two or three routes. Continue Reading Cyclists’ deaths a wakeup call to all of us who travel the open road

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It’s never easy to understand the collective mind of public bureaucracies, which often seem maddeningly obtuse.
Case in point: last weekend was the 150th anniversary of Julia Archibald Holmes’ ascent of Pikes Peak. Holmes, an adventurous 20-year-old, was the first European woman to climb the mountain. It took her and her companions five days to find their way to the then-pristine summit. Continue Reading Oh, but doesn’t the city know a swell way to celebrate a historic event

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With less than two weeks to go before the August primaries, it’s time for careful analysis, snarky remarks and (largely inaccurate) predictions.
Here in El Paso County, we’ve tended to focus upon the mud-splattering, name-calling, take-no-prisoners race for the 5th Congressional District seat, featuring the beloved comedy team of Jeff Crank, Doug Lamborn and Bentley Rayburn, or upon Mark Waller’s attempt to pull state Rep. Doug Bruce’s snout out of the public trough. Continue Reading Colorado Springs isn’t only place for down and dirty political primaries

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Under the aegis of the Gazette’s “Dream City” promotion, a fearsome foursome of local media titans took part in a “meet the press” event yesterday morning from 7:30 to 9 at the Gazette’s architecturally challenged headquarters on Prospect Street.
The members of the panel (which included, in the interests of full disclosure, CSBJ Publisher Lon Matejczyk) intended to “share their thoughts on the future of our community and their prospective industries.”
Prospective attendees were asked to ante up $10 at the door. Continue Reading Tough to get all this body mass moving for an early morning meeting

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Remember Capt. Renault’s famous line in “Casablanca?”
“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”
Given the hand-wringing about the stunning revelation that motorcycle cops have ticket-writing quotas, triggered by the revelation that a couple of low writers (bad pun intended) had been faking it, you’d think that Colorado Springs residents are as naïve as kindergartners. Continue Reading Where were the financial motorcycle cops when we needed them?

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Sixty years ago, during the late summer of 1948, my father announced that he had a treat for his 7-year-old son. He sat me down in the front seat of his 1940 Mercury four-door sedan and we drove downtown to the D&R G.W. Depot (now Giuseppe’s) to see President Harry Truman.
The president wasn’t here to cut ribbons — he was locked in a fierce battle for the presidency with New York Gov. Tom Dewey. Continue Reading Things sure seemed more real when Harry rode the train through town

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Last week at Christie’s in London, a magnificent painting by Claude Monet, “Le Bassin aux Nympheas,” sold for an equally magnificent price: $80.4 million.
The 6-foot by 3-foot painting, one of the artist’s celebrated water lilies series, belonged to Columbus, Ind., collectors J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller. Mr. Miller was the chairman of Cummins Engine Co., long headquartered in Columbus. Continue Reading We’re not making that much of an impression any more (20094)

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We should all be delighted/excited to note that our peerless governor, the honorable Bill Ritter (D-Colorado, in case you’d forgotten) has thrown out the Democratic playbook. No more of the watered-down socialism that Springs GOPsters so disdain — nope, from now on it’s capitalism with a capital “C”!
That’s why the Department of Corrections, long headquartered in our sleepy little burg, has put itself up for sale to the highest bidder. Continue Reading Capitalist leanings could make Springs ‘Capitol City’ USA

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What’s history?
The dull recital of dates, battles, kingdoms and presidents? The slow process through which societies grow, adapt and change?
Or, is it what we experience ourselves — the events that define us, our family and our community?
For most of us, history is shared experiences. Continue Reading Were you there when the general broke the cardinal rule of politics?

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