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As real estate investment heats up and the El Paso County Public Trustee’s foreclosure auctions overflow with anxious bidders, ethics have become a bigger issue. Those closest to the action say there are regular stories of investors breaking into houses to check them out before the sale, trashing houses after lien holders redeem them, banks… Continue Reading Burglary? Investors seize houses before they officially own them

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Framing the campaign for Obama and Romney

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Having listened to both national conventions in consecutive weeks, you’d think these two characters, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, were demons from a bygone era. Not only are they probably nice people you’d like to have dinner with, they probably don’t mean most of what they say, and don’t say what they really mean. We… Continue Reading Framing the campaign for Obama and Romney

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Springs has a different image now

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Recently, on a quick driving trip into the mountains, we made a conscious decision to inject Colorado Springs into every conversation with strangers, just to see what the reaction would be. It’s usually worth the effort anyway, even without an ulterior motive. But this time the intent was simply to gauge whether the response would… Continue Reading Springs has a different image now

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Regarding Amendment 64 on the November ballot, the arguments for passing a constitutional amendment that would forever alter the state’s fabric have significant holes that the public must understand. First, we continue to hear that marijuana is not addictive. This argument is often combined with the term “harmless.” But the quality of marijuana has changed… Continue Reading 64: It’s not the answer

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It’s been a tough week for Colorado Springs Utilities. Continue Reading Utilities faces new hurdles

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State moves toward new insurance standards

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Health insurance plans will soon have more benefits — coverage for pediatric dental and vision care, mental health care and rehabilitative services. Continue Reading State moves toward new insurance standards

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Manitou Springs small-business owner Safron Neusaenger took a call this week from a vendor who said her debit card only covered half of what she owed. Continue Reading Small businesses’ injuries hard to treat

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Back in 2000, the rural intersection where Woodmen Road ran into U.S. Highway 24 felt like a good start toward Kansas. Continue Reading Houses ‘selling like hotcakes’ in Meridian Ranch

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Just how big is the city’s backlog of unfunded capital improvement projects? According to the city’s 2012 final budget document, it’s $2.8 billion. Continue Reading Infrastructure needs grow into the billions

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CST seeks businesses to participate in card program

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The nonprofit fire-victim assistance organization, Colorado Springs Together, is asking businesses to participate in a discount shopping-card program that will aid 1,700 families affected by the fire. CST, a partnership among the city, community organizations and business owners, aims to aid victims while bolstering local business, said spokesman John Henry. He said the number of… Continue Reading CST seeks businesses to participate in card program

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