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As a state, Colorado residents are thinner than the rest of the nation, but binge drink more often and many don’t get their children immunized. That’s the news from Health Rankings America, a national nonprofit that has compared the health of the nation for more than 20 years. Colorado’s always ranked high on the list… Continue Reading United in combating Colorado decline in health rankings

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History, as Henry Ford so memorably said, is bunk. Or, as the inscription carved above the entrance to the National Archives Building in Washington reads, “What’s past is prologue.” Those were once very American ways of looking at the world. We were a country unbound by a tortured past, unafraid of the future, anxious for… Continue Reading Once upon a time, when we alone determined our fate

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So it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving and my sister, who has been in town with her husband and kids for the holiday, is flying home. Her visit was way too short but what’s really aggravating at the moment is the prospect of driving everyone to Denver International. The flight departs at 2 p.m., so we… Continue Reading Train line: A quality of life question for the Springs

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On Nov. 22 Create Denver released an 80-page study titled, “We Create Denver: Positioning Denver as the Creative Capital of the Rocky Mountain West.” A product of the 2010 leadership class of the Downtown Denver Partnership, it’s thorough and professional. It’s the kind of study that, in palmier days, the city of Colorado Springs would… Continue Reading Finding the creative capital of the Rocky Mountain West

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‘American Dream’

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By Scott Smith and Doug Quimby Editor’s note: The writers, both executives at La Plata Communities, crafted the following parody of Don McLean’s hit song “American Pie” with hopes that he would forgive their trespasses. A long, long time ago, I can still remember, How that market used to make me smile. And I knew… Continue Reading ‘American Dream’

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Devlin Donaldson moved to Colorado Springs in 1981 to work at Compassion International, where he spent 18 years. Since 2001, he has been president of The Elevation Group, a consulting firm that advises Christian nonprofits. A published author, Donaldson’s newest venture is NOVO Ink, a digital publisher of religious materials. Tell us about the company.… Continue Reading Donaldson spreading the word in digital publishing

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The 3-D leader

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What makes a well-rounded leader? I’m not talking about a leader’s physique, but a person’s ability to address a fuller range of the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of followers. In “The Leadership Challenge,” James Kouzes and Barry Posner define leadership as mobilizing others to want to get extraordinary things done. People will not… Continue Reading The 3-D leader

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Harloff Co. rolling into international markets

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When a medical supply company with Latin American customers stopped making its hospital carts three years ago, Colorado Springs’ Harloff Company rolled in to take the account. It was a move that opened doors to a new area of growth for the 60-year-old company, allowing it to break into an international market. “Frankly, our growth… Continue Reading Harloff Co. rolling into international markets

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Calculating the cost of the Memorial Commission

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The Memorial Commission’s proposal about the future of Memorial Health System is in the hands of city council now. So what did it cost to get there? At least $331,479.31, according to Memorial’s accounting. The bulk of that went to the Bachman Group for public relations work and to Larry Singer, a Chicago-based health care… Continue Reading Calculating the cost of the Memorial Commission

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The Obama administration has been responding to questions about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the $787 billion stimulus program since the president signed the bill at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science back in early 2009. But the wheels of the government grind slowly, and perhaps the administration’s response should have been: just… Continue Reading Government-sponsored green programs keep sprouting up

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