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At the beginning of the week, Bloomberg’s website featured two stories. One noted the continuing fall of Facebook shares since the company’s initial public offering, when the investing public snapped up 421 million shares of the 8-year-old firm at $38 a share. At that price, the company was valued at 107 times trailing earnings, a… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Facebook finding its place in history of investments

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It’s exciting to be back at CSBJ! I’ve missed writing about business during the past 18 months. In Colorado Springs, the biggest stories are at the nexus of politics, business and belief — religious or secular. Take the strange and scarcely believable saga of the Banning Lewis Ranch, which in 25 years has gone from… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Prepare for future pitches of progress and prosperity

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Enough complaining! Rather than focus on everything that’s wrong about our city, it’s time we focus on what’s right. Let’s forget about the wretched economy, the fumbling politicians and the crazy Republicans/Democrats (pick either or both) who are cheerfully destroying our great city/state/nation. Here’s my top picks. Pikes Peak! Let’s hear it for our mountain,… Continue Reading It’s time to focus on what’s right about Colorado Springs

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A piece I wrote in last week’s Business Journal, in which both mayoral candidates and political operatives agreed that an effective campaign would cost as much as $500,000, left one question unanswered: Where would the money come from? In past years, candidates vied for endorsements from four powerful business groups: the Pikes Peak Association of… Continue Reading Who’ll put up all that money for mayoral campaigns?

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Mayor must create and preserve to be remembered

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A couple of years ago, the Business Journal ran a story about the hundreds of well-meaning, carefully drafted plans that were gathering dust in a forgotten city archive. Many were produced in-house, while others were created by expensive consultants. Most were ignored, while some were incorporated into city policies. Maybe the plans were too ambitious,… Continue Reading Mayor must create and preserve to be remembered

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Who’s going to be the first “strong mayor” of Colorado Springs? With 101 days until the April 5 election, and 80 days until voters receive mail ballots, it’s likely that the next mayor is among those who have already declared their intention to run. It’s a little late for any new candidates to surface, particularly… Continue Reading Campaign advice for city’s strong-mayor candidates

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History, as Henry Ford so memorably said, is bunk. Or, as the inscription carved above the entrance to the National Archives Building in Washington reads, “What’s past is prologue.” Those were once very American ways of looking at the world. We were a country unbound by a tortured past, unafraid of the future, anxious for… Continue Reading Once upon a time, when we alone determined our fate

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On Nov. 22 Create Denver released an 80-page study titled, “We Create Denver: Positioning Denver as the Creative Capital of the Rocky Mountain West.” A product of the 2010 leadership class of the Downtown Denver Partnership, it’s thorough and professional. It’s the kind of study that, in palmier days, the city of Colorado Springs would… Continue Reading Finding the creative capital of the Rocky Mountain West

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People change jobs all the time, so you have to wonder why Bettina Swigger’s decision to leave her job as executive director of COPPeR earlier this week caused such a stir. We featured the news on our website, as did the Gazette. Facebook exploded with sadly congratulatory posts, such as these two. “We were fortunate… Continue Reading Arts sector rich in diversity, lacking in opportunities

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For those of us who delight in the political theater of the absurd, Nov. 2 was an unmitigated delight. Dan Maes! Tom Tancredo! The Ugly Three! Dick “it’s not my fault” Wadhams! Strong Mayor to be named later! And most of all, the bamboozled voters of El Paso County, who loosened term limits when they… Continue Reading To feel better about local government, lower their pay

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