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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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“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”-Dr. Samuel Johnson Last Monday, the New York Post reported that the Ochs/Sulzberger family, which has controlled the New York Times for more than a century, might be forced to sell. Noting that the Times Co. had recently borrowed… Continue Reading No more monopolies: news and information — they’re everywhere

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It’ll be interesting to watch the forthcoming dustup between The Independent and The Gazette’s new four-day-a-week free publication, which will distribute 10,000 copies of each issue in the city’s core areas. Somewhat to its embarrassment, The Gazette has had to abandon its original name, “Ink” (turns out that name’s taken), and replaced it with FreshInk.… Continue Reading No early line on who’ll win Indy vs. G battle royal

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For those of us who work for the 99.99 percent of American newspapers that are not The New York Times, The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal, it’s always a source of delight and pride when reporters from small, unheralded papers win a Pulitzer Prize. The big dogs always get their share – this… Continue Reading Decline, debt and the demise of the daily newspapers

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As roads go, Academy Boulevard is a newcomer. As recently as the early 1960s, there was no Academy Boulevard — just a dirt road running through the unpopulated prairie east of the city limits. Growth changed all that, and brought with it the unplanned, unanticipated and eminently unworkable suburban model that would characterize many Sunbelt… Continue Reading It’s not too late to save Academy Boulevard from a slow, linear death

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