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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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Tom, it’s high time to do the right thing

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Tom should recuse himself from all SDS-related votes, and not participate in closed council sessions when council discusses such matters. Failing that, he ought to be removed from council. Continue Reading Tom, it’s high time to do the right thing

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Another lofty plan for the downtown area

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C’mon, guys, dare to dream! Where’s the Chrysler Building or the Empire State Building? And what, exactly, would be an “urban lifestyle appealing to younger people and baby boomers”? Continue Reading Another lofty plan for the downtown area

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Dissecting the dilemma of District 11

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So, when I consider what Eric Christen (who says he will resign from the D-11 Board prior to the recall election) says, I think that he’s right — even though he’s a jerk. Public education is in crisis, and educators need to make major changes. Continue Reading Dissecting the dilemma of District 11

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Unlike gov’t, business not an easy target

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So, next time you read a breathless account of mis-or-malfeasance in local government, take it with a small grain of salt. What you may be seeing, rather than the laziness and incompetence of government, is the natural inclination of journalists to take their shots at the easiest targets available. Continue Reading Unlike gov’t, business not an easy target

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Latest technology not always the best

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Wasn’t it Edmund Burke, the great English conservative, who said, “If it is not necessary to change, then it is necessary not to change.”
I thought about that maxim while casting my ballot on Election Day at West Middle School. The turnout was heavy, but the volunteer election officials, mostly long-time veterans, dealt easily with the crowds. Continue Reading Latest technology not always the best

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