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When the EL Paso County Trustee’s office released its November foreclosure numbers, the month-over-month increase of 10.5-percent was not the only troubling statistic. The data also showed that 2010 will likely be the second worst year for foreclosures on record, and County Trustee Thomas Mowle doesn’t expect enough job growth in 2011 to offset the… Continue Reading With job market slow, forecast is for more foreclosures

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Time has arrived to make hard choices

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By Craig Carnick If you want to watch something alarming, look at the U.S. Debt Clock at www.usdebtclock.org. It calculates, second-by-second, America’s rising debt (approaching $14 trillion), federal spending (nearly $3.5 trillion a year) and budget deficit (roughly $1.3 trillion). Second-by-second the numbers increase, and you can also watch (more slowly) the inexorable rise in… Continue Reading Time has arrived to make hard choices

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Local cash-strapped school districts have shown more than a bit of business savvy in their operations lately. Word came this week that Falcon District 49 struck a deal with a private company to mount advertisements on the sides of its school buses. It’s a good idea. Finding money is a dilemma for most publicly funded… Continue Reading Falcon district scores an ‘A’ with school bus ads

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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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