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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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Preparing to write yet another piece about local politics, I allowed myself to drift a little bit. Suppose that I didn’t have to write about politics? Suppose I could write about sports? Couldn’t we just apply sports metrics to the City Council’s performance? Everyone on board? OK, good, let’s look back at the 2009-2010 season.… Continue Reading Are you ready for some politics?: Inside City Hall Stadium

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Attending a family wedding in Albuquerque over Labor Day weekend, I was again struck by the transformation of that once-grim city into an economic and cultural powerhouse, dominating northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Santa Fe gets the ink, the tourists, the international reputation, and a few B-level movie stars. Albuquerque gets the diversified business… Continue Reading Taxophobia got us here, we know where it will take us

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Shortly after the Colorado Springs was platted by Gen. William Palmer, our city’s original developer, he began to improve the then-desolate town site. Contemporary photographs show a barren stretch of plain, its monotony relieved only by a few wooden shacks. Palmer, so the story goes, sent boys down to the banks of Monument Creek, where… Continue Reading Too many parking lots, too few cottonwoods in downtown

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Que sera, sera Whatever will be, will be The future’s not ours to see Que sera, sera — Doris Day, 1956 This is not a city that has ever taken Doris Day’s advice, so poignantly expressed in the saccharine little song that cluttered the airwaves half a century ago. We see ourselves as captains of… Continue Reading Too many leaders and meetings in Colorado Springs

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You’re a well-paid professional with a stable job. You have deep roots in your community. Three years ago, you bought your dream house. It’s a five-bedroom, three-bath home in a new development with nearly an acre of ground. You paid a little more than $550,000 for the home, putting down $120,000 to avoid paying the… Continue Reading Here’s an idea: Let’s flood the economy with liquidity

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Remember when you got your first credit card? OMG — plastic money! Pretty soon, you reached the card’s credit limit. No problem — you just got another credit card, and another, and another … and all of a sudden, you owed Visa, Master Card, American Express and a host of department stores more than 10… Continue Reading Mutual fund’s forecast calls for ‘half-sized’ asset returns

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There are few spectacles in nature as beautiful as that of a herd of pronghorn antelope in full flight. Here’s an account of a day spent with pronghorns by Arthur Einarsen, a wildlife biologist who studied Oregon pronghorns 60 years ago. “On August 14, 1936, I was with a group that paced many pronghorns (while… Continue Reading Separating illusory threats from those that are real

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Many years ago, in a moment of youthful weakness, I decided to run for city council. I asked my friend Tom Fischer for help. Fischer, a conservative Republican stalwart who had once run for Congress, was brief and to the point. “John,” he said “you come across as a Saks Fifth Avenue guy, and this… Continue Reading Springs folks aren’t the Saks Fifth Avenue types

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“Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are already heading.” — Bradley Rotter We had finally reached the engine room floor of the Jeremiah O’Brien, after descending three steep metal companionways, and inching our way along spidery catwalks surrounded by steam lines, ventilators and machinery. The boilers were making steam, and… Continue Reading On Liberty Ships, U.S. currency and other fading icons

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