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If you’re a 55-year-old retiree who receives a pension from the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association, you may be a resident of geezer heaven. That’s because assuming you started working for the city of Colorado Springs, or as a public school teacher 30 years ago at age 25, you could retire today and collect 75… Continue Reading Public pension fixes might require further tweaking

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In a notable display of uber-conservative lunacy, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed bills last month that set aside $3 million to fund lawsuits aimed at taking over Utah lands owned by the wicked federal guv’mint. The Feds own more than 60 percent of Utah, which many Utahans resent. Reasoning that proximity to these lands should… Continue Reading Each American has an undivided right to federal lands

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Confession: I watch a lot of TV sports. Observation: calm, cheerful, unworried coaches are about as common as short, fat models. Coaches spend their time in stressful contemplation of the future, especially on game day. Pass complete or incomplete? We gave up a short-handed goal? We’re losing at home to the Chiefs? But what coaches… Continue Reading City has one powerful weapon to enforce growth policy

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Remember multiple-choice questions? Here’s one. Our city’s fiscal difficulties are a result of: 1. Feckless, improvident decisions by city council, such as mortgaging the Police Operations Center to pay off their jock pals at the USOC! 2. Feckless, improvident decisions by local voters, who have been consistently led down the primrose path of tax reductions… Continue Reading Blame for city’s money issues doesn’t belong to Council

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One of the most memorable political images of the past year has to be that of a man in his late 60s at one of the Tea Party rallies holding a sign which read, “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!” Proponents of health care reform seized upon the sentiments thereby expressed as evidence of… Continue Reading Geezers of Colorado Springs unite — save our city

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It’s usually an easy, pleasant drive to work from my house on the west side. Right on Bijou, down 21st to Colorado, thence to Cascade, turn north and I’m there — wait a minute! Not anymore. There are now small potholes, there are big potholes, and then there are the two potholes that almost entirely… Continue Reading Colorado Springs’ potholes and Denver’s success

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Me, Mr. Madoff and the Code of the Reporter

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Since the days of Damon Runyon, Gene Fowler and George Ade, journalists have carefully adhered to the unwritten Code of the Reporter. It’s simple, as it has to be — we’re not mental giants. Here it is: Learn to type well enough to produce an 800 word story in 20 minutes. Only begin writing 25… Continue Reading Me, Mr. Madoff and the Code of the Reporter

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During 1967, Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, a French journalist, published an influential book, Le Defi Americain (The American Challenge). In it he argued that France and Europe were losing a “silent economic war” with the United States. The book sold more than half a million copies in France alone, and provoked both serious policy changes and a… Continue Reading Hey, if China wants to be the world’s leader, let ‘em

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“Do you cut yourself with knives, razor blades, broken glass, needles, nails, paper clips, pins, scissors, tacks, anything you can get your hands on? Do you bang your head against walls? Punch walls till your hand goes all bruised and bloody? Do you throw yourself through panes of glass? Expose your body to extreme weather… Continue Reading Cutting, even mutilation, won’t alleviate city’s pain

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Is Colorado Springs drowning in red ink because of overcompensated city employees and the city’s failure to privatize governmental functions when appropriate? Can Rock Ledge Ranch, the Pioneers Museum, the city community centers and even city parks be sustained by some combination of volunteer labor and private funding? Colorado Springs is not the only city… Continue Reading Voters got the city into this budget mess – 19 years ago

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