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As the election approaches, it seems more and more likely that Barack Obama will become the 44th president of the United States.
He will assume the office during a time of social and economic upheaval that has few parallels in American history. While the nation is not in grave peril, its future depends, more than at any time since 1932, upon wise, thoughtful and courageous leadership. Continue Reading We could be on the precipice of a new political reality

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The world crisis, which has seen the arcane financial system that underpinned a globalized economy disintegrate, is far from over. Think of the Panic of 1907, the Depression of the 1930s and the economic “dead zone” of the 1970s — events with repercussions that eventually affected all businesses, not just Wall Street. Continue Reading Hindsight: perhaps we really did live too well too long

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A few years back, unwinding a real estate deal gone bad, I called up my then-partner to give him the bad news: to get rid of the junk property we’d foolishly bought, we’d have to bring several thousand bucks to the closing table.
There was a long silence.
Then he said: “You know, John, sometimes you pay tuition and you didn’t even know you were going to school.”
Last month, I paid one of those “tuition” bills. Continue Reading We could use a little more protecting and serving

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Here are some lessons from last week’s epochal financial meltdown/bailout.
On the good side, we learned that the federal government can be powerful and decisive at a time of real crisis. Whatever you might think about the rescue plan drafted on the fly by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, it almost certainly will forestall an economic disaster of unparalleled scale. Continue Reading Hopefully we’ve learned something from staring into the abyss

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Remember Sarah Connor?
In the first “Terminator,” she was the apparently simple-minded young woman who found herself at the center of history, with the fate of all mankind hanging on her courage, intelligence and resourcefulness.
And, as all of us who loved the movie know, Sarah came through. Continue Reading While Obama slept, McCain was producing a blockbuster sequel

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Detroit: fading and moribund, plagued by crime, with a decaying central city, a public school system in crisis, a disgraced mayor, plummeting property values and chronically high unemployment.
Colorado Springs: vibrant and growing, located in a setting of unparalleled beauty, with good schools, abundant employment opportunities, low taxes, honest government and business-friendly policies. Continue Reading Are we driving down the same dead-end road as Detroit?

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It’s easy to be cynical about politics. And after spending last week in Denver, covering the Democratic National Convention, surrounded by preening, narcissistic pols, listening to endless speechifying, ears and eyes assaulted by protestors, special interests and subgroups of every description, it was even easier. Continue Reading This year’s presidential politics really are personal

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Attack ads! They’re everywhere, inescapable unless you’ve managed to leave the 21st century and dwell in an idyllic, undefiled wilderness, without TV, Internet access, cell phones, newspapers or mail.
Otherwise, you have to put up with various screamers telling you all about Bob Schaeffer, Mark Udall, Barack Obama, and John McCain. Continue Reading It’s time to roll up the sleeves and let the mud fly

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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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