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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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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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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 Mr. Matejczyk, I strongly oppose Wal-Mart’s new store at Baptist and I-25 for the same reasons you do. I live about seven miles to the east of the proposed location and the addition of yet another big box in a pristine area is too much, not to mention the added traffic, killing of competition… Continue Reading Wal-Mart might win, but retailer will lose at least one shopper

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Would Sam be making the same decision?

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Dear Mr. Matejczk, Just a short note to thank you for your editorial regarding the placement of a Wal-Mart store on Baptist Road. I don’t believe that the late Mr. Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, would want to force a Wal-Mart on the Monument community after hearing all the opposition. One need look no further then… Continue Reading Would Sam be making the same decision?

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Lon, As a resident that will be affected by the subject rezoning proposal I want to express my disapproval with the proposal. This proposal is inconsistent with long-range planning for this area and is incompatible with the neighboring community. Furthermore a perfectly suitable and correctly zoned location exists for Wal-Mart just north at the Monument… Continue Reading Wal-Mart would be fine … at Monument Marketplace

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Lon, It has recently come to my attention that an opportunity exists to voice my opinion on the matter of Wal-Mart taking residence off Baptist road. Currently, I am the original homeowner of my house in Fox Run which is a development with a section that backs up to Baptist Road. This development is east… Continue Reading Property values reason enough to oppose supercenter

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