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Talking with a prominent local developer at last week’s “Best of” party at the Garden of the Gods Club, the discussion turned (surprise!) to the rules and regulations which govern the creation of new developments, be they 10 acres or 10,000. The developer — let’s call him Mr. Smith — shook his head in amused… Continue Reading Maybe it’s time to loose the chains that bind development

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“I wonder about you sometimes, Henry. You may fold under questioning.” — Joe Pesci to Ray Liotta in “Goodfellas,” 1990. Enduring myth: by consolidating city/county governments, we’ll get cheaper, more efficient service delivery.  As taxpayers, we’ll save — as residents, we’ll gain!  Everyone wins, except the greedy, dog-in-the-manger politicians and bureaucrats who have stalled such… Continue Reading Merging city and county might not be the brightest idea

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In a lengthy article in the New Yorker earlier this month, Dr. Atul Gawande pondered a single, simple health care question. Why, he wondered, is McAllen, Texas, one of the most expensive health-care markets in the country? “Only Miami — which has much higher labor and living costs — spends more per person on health… Continue Reading Firefighter model worth considering in health care debate

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Historically, local recessions have been times of ferment and change in Colorado Springs. During the 1970s, business and political leaders focused on economic development and created the Economic Development Council. One of the first such organizations in the United States, the EDC was amazingly successful in recruiting companies and creating primary jobs. The EDC’s success… Continue Reading Time for some serious Springs re-branding efforts

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July 1 marks the 146th anniversary of one of the most significant battles in American history, one which dominated our national consciousness for many decades. Yet the anniversary will pass unmarked, and many remember the battle only for the speech that it inspired. The Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought July 1-3, 1863, marked the… Continue Reading As generations change, so does historical relevance

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We seem to be in the midst of one of our periodic funks — when we worry about our so-called leadership class. “Alas and alack!” we complain. “We have no leadership!! Where are the great, visionary leaders who will lift us from the slough of despond to the shining heights of optimism — and how… Continue Reading Our so-called city leaders aren’t even faking it that well

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How can the city be rescued from its current funding crisis, which will almost certainly worsen during the coming months and years? In considering the problem, city residents seem to fall into several, sometimes overlapping, categories. There is no problem – the city is run by sleepy, incompetent bureaucrats who throw money around with obscene… Continue Reading City likely can’t fix economic troubles by relying on kindness of voters

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Congratulations to us! We were no fools – instead of saving our money and putting aside $500 a month to buy shares in the bluest of blue chips, the Dow’s anchor and Detroit’s pride, we spent the money on gambling, carousing and riotous living, hoping that everything would work out for the best. And did… Continue Reading Government’s record of salvaging industry not that promising

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On May 29, 2007, Citigroup stock ended the day at $50.28, little changed from the day before. One hundred and three weeks later, on May 22, 2009, Citigroup closed at $3.67, up slightly from its last close. The story of Citigroup’s long fall from international behemoth to beached whale has been told often enough. But… Continue Reading Time to play hard ball, not beg and grovel at altar of the USOC

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Gov. Bill Ritter’s decision to sign a bill forbidding the state to sell land to the Army for the purpose of expanding the Pinon Canon maneuver site was, despite the howls of protest from Springs politicians, utterly predictable. To us in El Paso County, the expansion seems reasonable, even mandatory. This nation is at war… Continue Reading We can all learn something from the battle over Piñon Cañon

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