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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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Ours is the most conservative city in Colorado, and one of the half-dozen most conservative cities in America. When Republicans win, whether by taking control of the legislature, occupying the governor’s mansion, or winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, we help put them there. A generic Republican candidate can expect at least a 65-35… Continue Reading An El Paso County solution to the Colorado GOP’s problems

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Gold built and shaped Colorado Springs a century ago. The Mining Exchange Building, now on its way to becoming a luxury boutique hotel, was built to house what became the nation’s busiest stock exchange, eclipsing (for a time) New York in both share and dollar volume. More than 500 companies, most involved in gold mining,… Continue Reading City, family and American history intertwined with gold

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Election Day is around the corner, so what’s the worst thing you can call a candidate for office? Continue Reading Call politicians anything you’d like, just not professional

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It’s just days to the election, so it’s time to make a few predictions. As political insiders know, these thoughtfully researched gems have historically been so inaccurate that they’re a kind of reverse guide to the actual results. As always, I encourage comments and predictions from readers — and I’d love to offer a magnum… Continue Reading A few predictions about what November might bring

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“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” So began “Anna Karenina,” Leo Tolstoy’s great masterpiece. It’s a truth that, if applied to real estate deals, could be expressed only slightly differently. “Perfect real estate deals create universal happiness; every imperfect real estate deal creates unhappiness in its own… Continue Reading Fired up by CSU’s bid for Front Range Power Plant

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Do you remember a time when no one in Colorado Springs worried about our national image? Neither can I. In the 1970s we agonized over being perceived as an economically stressed city utterly dependent on military spending. Then we worried about being a city where unfettered growth would despoil and defile our city’s pristine beauty.… Continue Reading A few ideas on how to ratchet up the Springs’ ‘cool’

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Late last month, the USOC released a report titled,” The Economic Impact of the United States Olympic Committee and Related Sports Organizations on the Pikes Peak Region.” Continue Reading Olympic Committee’s economic study left out a lot

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A look at China is like a look at our American past

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Ma Le, one of a delegation of young Chinese movers and shakers participating in a trip sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders, posed the following question to a media panel sponsored by El Pomar earlier this week. “Why are Americans so misinformed about China?” she asked. “In China, we study America, we… Continue Reading A look at China is like a look at our American past

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