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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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A few minutes before two last Thursday afternoon, the city council chambers were almost vacant. A graying, portly middle-aged man sat alone at a desk facing the council dais, surrounded by stacks of legal documents. It was Douglas Bruce, waiting patiently for the title-setting board to rule on his latest proposed charter amendment. Shuffling his… Continue Reading Love him or hate him, it’s his constitutional right

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“Messieurs, Mesdames, faites vos jeux. Les Jeux sont faits. Rien ne va plus.” — Croupier in Monte Carlo, c. 1907 It’s difficult to imagine that any sane person would sit down and read the recently-released Powers Corridor Environmental Assessment for pleasure. It’s a quintessential government document; prepared by planners, engineers and bureaucrats to be read… Continue Reading The $720 million question: Is a Powers freeway needed?

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Let us consider the following press release from state Treasurer Cary Kennedy concerning the Public Employees Retirement Association, the state pension plan. “It is wrong for PERA to pay out bonuses to employees on the one hand, and on the other, ask retirees to give up cost of living increases in years when the market… Continue Reading Someone’s going to have to pay in the PERA scenario

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It was hard not to feel sorry for the politicians, former politicians, wannabe politicians and hopeful candidates sweltering in the sun’s merciless glare last Thursday. There they were on the lawn of the county courthouse, uncomfortably besuited, declaring their fealty to GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis. Speeches were made and applauded, endorsements were announced, press… Continue Reading Time to take the partisanship out of law enforcement

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Let’s see whether I understand this. We have a city-owned municipal utility which has invested billions of in the construction of systems which divert, store, transport and distribute water from many sources to Colorado Springs. We have one of the greatest park systems of any city in America, including landscaped medians, neighborhood parks, major parks,… Continue Reading Greater accountability needed at Colo. Sprgs. Utilities

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