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Say you’re a pilot. You’re not flying the plane — you’re sitting in the back of the bus, row 27, seat E, squeezed between oversized fliers. You’re mad at the airline, at the airline industry and at the overpaid incompetents who have run the company into the ground. You’re mad that your once amply funded… Continue Reading Not the time to stand on principle, and crash and burn

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We’ve written a lot about the health care system — how it’s funded, administered and structured; how it becomes more expensive every year; and how unsustainable it might be. We’ve opined, reported and analyzed, but like any complex system it’s hard to understand. You can draw upon your own experience, but few of us would… Continue Reading A health care analogy that just about anyone should understand

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Is there a better way of looking at the country than through the centuries-old lenses that have guided politicians for more than 200 years — or, in Colorado’s case, since 1876? Ours is a nation of 50 states. Remember those maps that used to hang in fourth-grade classrooms? Remember memorizing, or trying to remember, the… Continue Reading Could we really survive with a stateless union?

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The “great man” theory of history has few adherents nowadays, except perhaps among men who think they qualify as “great men.” But forgetting for the moment uber-deconstructionist Jacques Derrida, who once said, “Thinking is what we already know that we have not yet begun,” let us now praise two not-so-famous men. Each had long rich… Continue Reading We have daily reminders of the ‘best and the brightest’

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One of the strangest — and for me, one of the most endearing — characteristics of our confusing time is our affection for antique forms of transportation such as trains and bicycles. In pre-bust California, the giddy voters authorized the state to issue nearly $10 billion in transportation bonds to finance a proposed high-speed rail… Continue Reading Forget the rails, my bike really would have liked Ike

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Can they pull it off? Can two canny and accomplished women persuade the always skeptical voters of Colorado Springs to approve a property tax hike and rescue the city from the worst fiscal crisis it has experienced since the 1970s? Will Councilwoman Jan Martin and nonprofit leader Mary Ellen McNally enter the mythic pantheon of… Continue Reading Martin and McNally facing long odds with tax proposal

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Try to remember, last November … when, thanks in part to two unpopular wars and a world financial crisis, Barack Obama swept into office, along with lopsided Democratic congressional majorities. Let’s see, it’s been 10 months since the election, and Obama’s been in office since January, and we’re mad! Mad! Mad! And we’re tired of… Continue Reading GOP could learn a few things from those dreaded Dems

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Are we, in fact, the “Best City in America,” as Outside magazine recently claimed? I dunno — I live here, and haven’t lived anywhere else since 1981, so I’m obviously prejudiced. I agree with Outside, but for reasons other than those they cited. Just in case you missed it, here’s what they wrote. “There’s a… Continue Reading The crazy thing is that here, crazy seems to work

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The official celebration of the sesquicentennial of the founding of Colorado City during 1859 came and went without much fuss. Thanks to scores of neighborhood volunteers, a monument was erected, ice cream was eaten and the band played on. It was as homey and unpretentious as Colorado City itself, once the sort-of state capital, now… Continue Reading Perhaps it’s best we didn’t celebrate our barbaric past

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Got $300,000 sitting around to invest in downtown real estate? Like fine old historic properties? How about the long-vacant downtown Chicago post office, once the world’s largest such facility? As the New York Times reported on Tuesday, it’ll be going up for auction on Aug. 27, and the minimum bid is $300,000. The building, constructed… Continue Reading Nice to see a bit of optimism being thrown around

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