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Tomorrow, Feb. 9, is the 152nd anniversary of the birth of George Ade, an American author, humorist and newspaperman. Journalists — and newspaper readers — everywhere ought to remember and honor him.
During 1890, Ade joined the staff of the Chicago Morning News. After a few years as a reporter, Ade began a column, “Stories of the Streets and of the Town.” Continue Reading Hope George won’t mind me taking page from his book

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Here’s an infallible rule of modern politics: it’s nobody’s fault.
If bad things happen, the passive voice rules. Mistakes were made. Past statements are now inoperative. There might have been irrational exuberance. The weapons of mass destruction might not have been found.
And when things move from great to not-so-hot to utterly disastrous, what happens to the architects of disaster? Continue Reading How is it we all missed it when Greenspan shrugged?

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It appears that Colorado Springs will soon have its own poet laureate.
Now that’s a harmless, feel-good idea. After all, isn’t it better to have our very own poet laureate than to have, say, our own nuclear arsenal? Continue Reading No better muse for budding poet than Kickin’ Dougie Bruce

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Got a slick little publication in the mail last week, courtesy of the University of Denver. Grandly titled “Foundation of a Great State — The Future of Colorado’s Constitution,” it’s the product of heavy liftin’ and deep thinkin’ by a — you guessed it! — blue ribbon panel of distinguished Coloradoans. Continue Reading Sadly, you can’t fix political problems without politicians

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I’ve heard that line of reasoning from other Dems — but, strangely enough, not from Republicans. To a man — or a woman — they think that Obama can, and probably will, win. They don’t think that race is much of a factor in American politics, especially in national races. Continue Reading Doesn’t make sense for the Dems not to embrace Obama

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“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows …”
And who knows what will come to pass during 2008? Not me, but I’m ready with my annual predictions, proven to have a level of accuracy slightly above that of a random number generator.
This is the year of the big one — the presidential election. With the Republican nomination essentially up for grabs and the Democrats still in flux, predicting the nominees, much less the eventual winner, is problematical. Continue Reading My money’s on Obama, Crank and the Rockies this year

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“And as all politicians know instinctively, blue-ribboning is a flawless way to avoid dealing with issues while appearing to do something.”
You’ll have to wait until next week to see my early prognostications for 2008. Continue Reading A few hits, a few misses, but mostly solid predictions

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ldquo;… Colorado Springs always tried to take credit for things that happened in Colorado City long before the Springs existed. In fact, Colorado Avenue was laid out on the Fosdick Plat of Colorado City on Nov. 1, 1859 … Colorado Springs when it was founded in 1871 named its joining Street ‘Huerfano’ right to the western city limit of Colorado Springs. Same road, different names. Continue Reading Novel concept: grow economically but not physically

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A question: have you watched any of the presidential debates? And if so, have you watched more than one? And if so, are you not either related to or working for one of the candidates?
The debates seem designed to bring out the least attractive features of all the candidates — and, alas, the candidates have no shortage of unattractive features. Continue Reading The two best presidential candidates aren’t running

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In mid-November, Colorado Springs Utilities released the final draft of the 2008-2012 water conservation plan.
It’s a worthy, well-conceived, eminently practical document, which lists 23 steps that utilities intends to take to reduce water use.
Colorado Springs, as the plan points out, at 112 gallons per day, already has one of the lowest per capita rates of residential water use in Colorado and the Southwest. Continue Reading Time to admit that solving water woes won’t be painless

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