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Returning to our historical roots downtown

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Colorado Springs traces its roots to the glory days of the railroad industry. As I’m sure most of you know, our city was founded by a railroad tycoon by the name of Gen. William Palmer.
In October 1871, the first passenger train rolled into his newly formed city at what would eventually become the depot station on South Sierra Madre Street. For 100 years, the depot on Sierra Madre saw countless passengers pass through its scenic backdrop until the last passenger train departed in 1971. Continue Reading Returning to our historical roots downtown

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Having lunch, taking a tour of Marian House

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Last week, Kurt Bartley, the executive director of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs, invited me over for lunch at the soup kitchen. I think this is a tour many of you should go on to better understand what is happening at the facility and with Catholic Charities overall.
They serve an average of 450 people a day with 25 to 30 volunteers. Kudos to the companies that have sent volunteers, such as Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Ent Federal Credit Union, the El Pomar Fellows, The Broadmoor, Fleet Co. and all the military installations, for helping out. Continue Reading Having lunch, taking a tour of Marian House

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On hold, help wanted and year-round trees

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I spent Monday morning at the office.
I know it was technically a holiday, but I wanted to try to clean off my desk and start the New Year without being buried under the stack of papers that I had accumulated in 2005.
And I wasn’t the only person working in our building. Tom Hoff, who has the office across the hall, was also wrapping up a couple of loose ends. Tom does polygraphs and investigations – it means he’s always got an interesting story or two to tell. Continue Reading On hold, help wanted and year-round trees

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Now I don’t want to brag, but, when it comes to investing, I’ve been around the block.
I honestly felt I had looked at every version of every financial product out there. No way could I ever fall in love with some “fly-by-night” hot stock or fund. In fact, I foolishly thought there was no way I could ever be seduced again. Continue Reading Art of financial seduction – New Age investing

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2006: Here’s hoping for a blunder-free year

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My New Year’s resolution: try to avoid any unnecessary embarrassing moments at the office.
Apparently, that’s going to be a bit easier said than done.
Office Team polled 150 senior executives at the nation’s 1,000 largest companies and asked them to share their most embarrassing moments at work. The responses were quite interesting. Take the following for example: Continue Reading 2006: Here’s hoping for a blunder-free year

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Earlier this month, the Denver Post reported that the new 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center has been completed. Now this isn’t really anything new; hotels are built all the time.
What is new is that the “37-story hotel (was) built by the city after private developers failed to do so,” according to the Post article. Would Colorado Springs ever get so daring as to build a hotel? Highly doubtful. Remember the fuss raised by The Antlers and The Broadmoor during the debate about a downtown convention center and hotel? Continue Reading It’s time for everyone to pay for economic development

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Outlook ’06: Economy will see solid growth

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Quarterly U.S. economic growth has been at a 3 percent or higher real (after inflation) annual rate during each of the past 10 quarters, an occurrence not seen in 20 years.
Estimates for 2006 suggest real annualized growth near 3 percent to 3.5 percent, versus perhaps 3.7 percent in 2005 and 4.2 percent in 2004. The economy’s ability to offset the headwinds of rising short-term interest rates and high energy prices has been impressive. Continue Reading Outlook ’06: Economy will see solid growth

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Retirement: missiles, muscles, a few tears

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My co-commander at Peterson Air Force base had his retirement ceremony last week. Lt. Col. Robert Orwig Jr. spent 22 years serving our country in the Air Force.
Bob’s first assignment was deputy missile combat crew commander with the 373rd Strategic Missile Wing in Little Rock, Ark., where he worked with Titan 11 intercontinental ballistic missiles. His last assignment was deputy commander of the 21st Maintenance Group 21st Space Wing. Continue Reading Retirement: missiles, muscles, a few tears

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Israelis know all about the terrorism struggle

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Since most Americans’ closest encounter with a terrorist comes from a newspaper headline or the evening news, it’s no wonder our collective resolve to confront Islamo-fascist killers halfway around the world is waning.
In Israel, where terrorists have killed or wounded more than 7,500 people in five years, the very real prospect of a nuclear weapon possessed by those bent on your annihilation can focus the mind with amazing clarity. Continue Reading Israelis know all about the terrorism struggle

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I’m probably going to be let down on Xmas

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All I want for Christmas is … public relations professionals who “get it.”
I’ve devoted several columns this year to offering my cousins in the PR field a bit of friendly advice. I’ve also received my share of e-mails from those same cousins offering me advice about how to run a newspaper. Continue Reading I’m probably going to be let down on Xmas

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