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City Council agendas are at best boring, often disturbing and sometimes infuriating. They’re never fun to read — the best you can hope for is that Council and the administration have taken to heart the ancient admonition to physicians: Above all, do no harm. Item 8i on Monday’s work session agenda, innocently titled “Cumbres and… Continue Reading City shouldn’t give away relic from its past

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Colorado economy: Whom do we believe?

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Remember the old song? “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town / the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down.” Physical geography is easy enough to learn, but what about economic geography? Is Colorado up, or is it down? Are we, as Gov. John Hickenlooper would have it, a state with a powerful, diversified… Continue Reading Colorado economy: Whom do we believe?

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Election night party news

Want to go top an election night party, have a glass of wine, munch some light appetizers and schmooze with your favorite Republicans/Democrats? The Republicans will be whooping it up on Nov. 4 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Stargazers, while the Dems will open the doors of the Gold Room (just south of the Mining… Continue Reading Election night party news

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The politics of being Beauprez, Hickenlooper

Early spring, 2003. Newly elected Congressman Bob Beauprez was the guest of honor at a business-sponsored event in Aurora. Another familiar figure was present, a sandy-haired political newcomer who soon would become mayor of Denver. “I’m here to talk to Congressman Beauprez,” said John Hickenlooper. “If I’m elected, he’ll be one of the folks I’ll… Continue Reading The politics of being Beauprez, Hickenlooper

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While I was driving across the Colorado Avenue bridge into downtown the other day, a billboard caught my eye. “Less Government, More Freedom,” it proclaimed, touting the candidacy of a local political hopeful. That’s a common campaign theme for Republicans and Libertarians. It sounds plausible — who among us hasn’t railed at the inefficiencies, incompetence… Continue Reading Consider this: More government, more freedom

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Budget provides textbook on city operations

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This’ll make for many hours of interesting reading,” said a cheerful city employee in the print shop, located in the basement of the City Administration Building. “Yeah, right!” I retorted, “I can’t wait to sit down before the fireplace, faithful dogs at my feet, and begin reading.” That said, I plunked down $12 for a… Continue Reading Budget provides textbook on city operations

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Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

After months of dour predictions hinting that the 2015 city budget would incorporate as much as $6 million in cuts, Mayor Steve Bach unveiled his administration’s proposed budget Monday morning at the City Administration Building. There were no visible cuts. The 2015 general fund budget of $259 million is 3 percent higher than the 2014 budget.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

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There’s a certain slimy literary genre that newspaper employees have grown used to in the past decade — the pre-sale, pre-bankruptcy, pre-termination letter from the boss. Digital First Media CEO John Paton sent such a missive to DFM employees last week. It’s a classic of its kind, beginning with the fake-friendly, informal opening salutation (“Folks,”)… Continue Reading Best name for a newspaper? It’s now taken

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The headline in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said it all: “Brewers settle for Colorado Springs as AAA team’s host.” Neither Colorado Springs nor Milwaukee had a choice. There are 32 major league teams and 32 Triple-A cities – so when one team jumps ship, as did the Rockies (and others in recent weeks), it triggers a… Continue Reading Baseball lives on in Springs, so why not a new name?

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Midterm elections have a deservedly bad name. Absent the draw of a presidential contest, they often feature mediocre candidates, quirky ballot issues and public apathy. It’s hard to get excited, especially when your mailbox, your inbox, your TV and your social media sites are fatally infected with campaign trash. It makes you long for the… Continue Reading This off-year election still has much meaning

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