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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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The Democratic National Convention!! Coming to Denver in August!! Aren’t we excited?
Not I.
I’m certainly glad that it’s not in Colorado Springs, and I feel sorry for friends and relatives in Denver. They’ll have dubious privilege of being part of a bizarre, inconvenient and largely meaningless spectacle. Continue Reading Dems might just get mired in their over-credentialed blog

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­­­­­We should, I guess, be flattered that Colorado has been designated by the national-political-pundits-who-know-everything as a “swing state.” And no, they’re not talking about rampant sexuality — they’re talking about the fall election.
We’re no longer an automatic Republican check-off.
For the first time since 1976, Coloradoans might give a majority of their votes to the Democratic nominee. Continue Reading Compelling arguments why anyone can win this November

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<em>“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana ,1905.</em>
Haven’t I seen this movie before? The price of crude oil shoots up, gasoline prices soar, newspapers dust off ancient clich&eacute;s (“pain at the pump,” anyone?), motorists squawk, politicians posture and all of America unites in the search for scapegoats. Continue Reading Ahem, another oil crisis – but the big news is Obama’s Webb

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Symbiosis is usually defined as “an interaction between organisms in which at least one organism benefits.”
A common example of mutual symbiosis is the relationship between clownfish and sea anemones. The territorial fish protect the anemones from anemone-eating fish, and the stinging tentacles of the anemones protect the clownfish from predators. Continue Reading Sometimes love-hate relationships really are about love and hate

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“A billion here, a billion there — and pretty soon you’re talking real money.”
That infamous remark, usually attributed to the late Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) has long symbolized the spendthrift ways of Washington politicians.
Alas, it’s as outdated as 1970s home prices in Aspen. Continue Reading Fixing the budget is easy, but nobody’s willing to do it

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The end of an era. The passing of a titan. A remarkable man who shaped the history of the city, for good or for ill.
All true, but none of it does justice to the man himself.
I had the privilege of serving on city council with Bob Isaac from 1991 until his unexpected resignation in early 1997. Bob was by turns inspiring, infuriating, cantankerous, loyal, Machiavellian, tough as nails and deeply compassionate — sometimes in a single council meeting. Continue Reading Springs’ Mayor Bob was everything, and also everyman

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<em>Many years ago, there was a man in Bathsheba who went to market. Among the throng he saw Death, dressed in black and as pale as the moon that grows thin. Death made a gesture, and the man fled, and rode his horse to Samarra. Another man approached Death, whose dress was dark as the sea at night and his face was as pale as a grave on a frosty night.</em> Continue Reading The real reason behind declining newspaper circulation numbers

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