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Dropped by the bank this morning, and picked up a little cash for the weekend. Since I’m planning a trip to Cripple Creek, I withdrew several hundred bucks, which will, I hope, not be too seriously diminished by the one-armed bandits.
There’s something about having a few crisp hundred-dollar bills in your wallet, isn’t there? It’s real, it’s tangible, it’s actual money. If I lose it, I’ll be acutely conscious of the loss; if I add a few more hundreds to my stash, I’ll be happy. Continue Reading Maybe being the leader of the free world isn’t the best investment

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You’ve gotta hand it to the Democrats — they sure know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And, conversely, you’ve gotta hand it to the Republicans — they’ve managed to nominate the one candidate who can reach out to independents and Democrats, and win in November.
For months to come, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be locked in a real-time celebrity death match, a fight that will grow in passion and nastiness every week, until a winner finally emerges. Continue Reading Dems making fine theater, but final result could be tragic

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Colorado, as Ed Quillen noted recently, has two state songs, a state bird, a state fossil, a state butterfly, a state mineral and a state fish. And, despite Douglas Bruce’s callous and unreasoning opposition, we might soon have a state reptile, the Western Painted Turtle.
Now, all of those designations are fine, I suppose, but they share one characteristic: no one much cares. Continue Reading Colorado legislature is long overdue for selecting a state dog

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In a mostly sensible column in the New York Times a few days ago, David Brooks talked about education:
“If there is one thing we have learned over the bitter experience of the past 30 years, it is that per-pupil expenditures and days in the classroom are not sufficient to produce superb information-economy workers. They emerge from intact families, quality neighborhoods and healthy moral cultures.” Continue Reading It’s about time we actually started teaching the children well

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The news is the news, right? Something as significant as, say, the earnings of one of the world’s largest industrial corporations, should be fairly uniformly reported in every credible news source, shouldn’t it?
Maybe so, but that wasn’t the case on Tuesday, as news organizations throughout the world sought to interpret General Motors Corp.’s quarterly and yearly results. Continue Reading GM’s outlook depends on the source of your information

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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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