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Hands up, and drop the IPOD!

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With the onset of digital services in our country comes a plethora of policy and legal issues that we have never faced before in the arena of copyright and intellectual property rights. For a long time, copyright holders of music, movies and photos have suffered extensive illegal duplication of their works. But the new digital… Continue Reading Hands up, and drop the IPOD!

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Retailers go political

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Conventional wisdom dictates that elections are decided at the polls. This year’s presidential race, however, might just be a mandate on who emerges as top dog in the warehouse-club retail battle. Judging by the coverage on cable television and in business wire services and publications, Sen. John Kerry’s vision of the future would appear to… Continue Reading Retailers go political

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Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor, I read with interest the article entitled “Lessons from the success of downtown Springs.” As one who lived in Portland, Ore., I can attest to the importance of mixed use in a successful downtown. When I arrived last year to live and work in Colorado Springs, I thought of living closer to downtown.… Continue Reading Letter to the Editor

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Not long ago, Americans with near unanimity echoed Voltaire’s commitment to freedom of speech: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” While other liberties may be even more indispensable to a free society, freedom of speech is the most universally embraced of our constitutional… Continue Reading A universally embraced constitutional freedom

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Small businesses help protect the environment by being active in their communities. These businesses know their neighbors hold them accountable for keeping the community clean and healthy. A small business that harms the local environment is not likely to be successful in the long run. Increasingly, small firms are being recognized as good environmental stewards.… Continue Reading Small Business – Benefiting our environment

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A note of thanks; changes on the horizon

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Politics is in general a thankless job. No matter what an elected official does, chances are that about half of his or her constituents are not going to be happy. In that vein, I’d like to thank the El Paso County Board of Commissioners for doing what I think was the right thing and unanimously… Continue Reading A note of thanks; changes on the horizon

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Safety critical for work zones

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Infrastructure maintenance vital to city Public safety is a core function of local government, but it encompasses much more than the services provided by our Police and Fire Departments. Repairing our city roads, bridges and drainage systems is vital for the safety of the traveling public. Without regular maintenance, bridges collapse, roads deteriorate and drainage… Continue Reading Safety critical for work zones

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Airline magazines often have stories written by frequent fliers, “road warriors,” they call them. The stories related tales of travel snafus that just about anyone who flies on even a semi-regular basis can relate to. Last week, Lon Matejczyk and I were in Baltimore for three days for a conference for the editors and publishers… Continue Reading Air travel will make road warrior out of anyone

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Dear Editor, I live in High Meadows at Fox Run subdivision about 2 miles from the proposed Wal-Mart on Baptist Road. There are so many reasons that the proposed location should be voted down at the July 15th county commissioner meeting. I’ve listed just a few below: 1) Traffic – I drive Baptist Road several… Continue Reading More than enough reasons not to want Wal-Mart

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Dear Lon, I prefer that Wal-Mart locate in the Jackson Creek area rather than on Baptist Road. Frankly, I prefer to not have them here at all. I think their addition to our community will destroy many of our local business venues and slowly, these unique local gems will drop from sight, just as small… Continue Reading Wal-Mart much like temper tantrum throwing child

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