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Blog trolling just one of my many jobs

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All politics, all the time! At least, that’s how it feels if, like me, you’re a political junkie blundering through the blogosphere.
It’s as if you’ve wandered into a huge, geeky party where everyone is articulate, analytical, argumentative and obsessively political. It’s as addictive as daytime television, or supermarket tabloids, or golf, or fly-fishing or … well, let’s not go there. Continue Reading Blog trolling just one of my many jobs

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City Auditorium a testament to years of nothing

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If ever you wanted an example of multi-generational governmental dysfunction, here it is.
In a report recently presented to City Council, which included cost estimates for renovating City Auditorium, this little gem stood out:
“In 1922, the City Auditorium was completed for city ownership and operation…. From records available, it does not appear that any major repair or renovation has been performed since its opening.” Continue Reading City Auditorium a testament to years of nothing

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Premature for full-fledged back-slapping

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For cinema buffs, there are no bad scenes in “Pulp Fiction,” just as there is no bad dialogue in “Casablanca.”
Remember the memorable exchange between the lawyer, Mr. Wolf (played by Harvey Keitel), and the two hit men, Vincent and Jules (John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson)? The Wolf, taking charge of an, er, extremely messy situation, reminds the feckless hit men that there’s still work to do. Continue Reading Premature for full-fledged back-slapping

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One little bill, but so much controversy

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Could there be anything more fun than the uproar over HB 1072, the recently-passed bill that amends the so-called “Labor Peace Act” of 1963?
If political junkies were film buffs, it’s like seeing the original cut of “Casablanca.” Labor dinosaurs do battle with business troglodytes! Sinister labor barons threaten the free enterprise system! Democratic pols, flush with labor dollars, crush the GOP defenders of truth, justice and the American way! The fearless advocates of working Americans fight the evil minions of millionaire monopolists! Continue Reading One little bill, but so much controversy

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I’m non-partisan — as far as politics goes

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I have no defense. They’re right — I did indeed publicly (and privately, in the voting booth) support those devil-spawned Democrat candidates. I’ll take my punishment like a man — no more Republican caucuses for me! Continue Reading I’m non-partisan — as far as politics goes

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A few humble suggestions for utilities

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In common with every other homeowner in Colorado Springs, I got the usual nasty little January surprise in the mail a few days ago — my utility bill.
It was bad. Really bad. So bad that I thought briefly about relocating to a place with a mild, equable climate, where the temperature year-round ranges between, say, 65 and 80 degrees — neither too hot nor too cold. Goodbye furnace, goodbye air conditioner, goodbye utility bills. Continue Reading A few humble suggestions for utilities

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Springs doesn’t have bubble to burst

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And if foreclosures continue to mount, we may see a repeat of the disasters of the late 1980s — a local economic slowdown combined with a glut of housing inventory — which, if history’s any guide, means a Wal-Mart moment … Watch for Falling Prices! Continue Reading Springs doesn’t have bubble to burst

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It’s time to get in on the ground floor

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But if you own an average house in Aspen — just a rickety old miner’s shack, updated with electric lights, a space heater and running water — it’ll be worth a cool $57 million come 2016. Continue Reading It’s time to get in on the ground floor

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Some preconception-shatterers to start

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… It’s always interesting to have your worldview turned upside down or your most treasured preconceptions shattered by cold, hard facts. Continue Reading Some preconception-shatterers to start

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Looking into the crystal ball for next year

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Another year gone, and what do we have to show for it? An optimist would say that he/she has grown, learned and flourished; a pessimist might note that he/she is just that much closer to dusty death.
But since none of us are dead yet, let’s be optimistic. Continue Reading Looking into the crystal ball for next year

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