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Dithering, indecisive – say it ain’t so!!

30. March 2009

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In a stunning example of City Council’s apparent inability to decide upon anything, councilmembers first voted to open this afternoon’s meeting, and then voted to have a closed session after all. City Attorney Pat Kelly prefaced the meeting with a recital of routine legalese, citing the Colorado statutes which permit closed meetings (“to receive advice […]

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Are you ready for some football??!!

27. March 2009

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Not if you’re the lofty academics who run Colorado College, who unceremoniously jettisoned the football program, announcing the decision to the world in a curt little memo three days ago. The Colorado College football program has been in existence since 1882 -or, for 127 years. C.C. played its first game 11 years after the founding […]

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The USOC/City/LandCo tragicomedy

26. March 2009

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It’d be pretty funny if the potential consequences to this particular brouhaha weren’t so serious to the city, and to all of us who live here. In one corner, developer Ray Marshall and his company LandCo. Marshall’s not an easy guy to reach – at least if you’re a reporter for the Business Journal. He […]

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No Pulitzer Prize parties?

23. March 2009

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No, no, no-I didn’t win this year…of course, no one entered me so I could hardly expect such an honor.  But getting a Pulitzer is a very big deal for an author, a journalist, a dramatist or poet. It’s kind of like an Oscar, or a Grammie, or an Emmy, or a Golden Globe. If […]

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We love daily newspapers (sort of)

20. March 2009

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If you want one good reason why daily newspapers are important to our Democracy, check out this story, published this morning in the Greeley Tribune. “GREELEY – Greeley Mayor Ed Clark told Greeley radio station KFKA Thursday morning that he hopes the Greeley Tribune closes. Clark made his comments during an interview on the Amy […]

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Oil and water don’t mix

19. March 2009

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How much water, in the form of both absolute and conditional rights in the Colorado River basin, have companies such as Shell and Exxon claimed during recent years to support the so-far nonexistent shale oil industry? According to a study by Western Resource Advocates, nearly 7.2 million acre feet. That figure is incomprehensibly large.  In fact, if all […]

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Rawlings bows to inevitable

18. March 2009

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Pueblo Chieftain Publisher Bob Rawlings has opposed Colorado Springs’ Southern Delivery System water pipeline project since it was first proposed a decade ago. He’s written, or approved, scores of editorials excoriating the Springs as a treacherous partner and attacking Colorado Springs Utilities as a bunch of double-dealing, stream-polluting, sewage-dumping, reservoir-draining scoundrels who care little for the […]

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Downtown, or just down?

18. March 2009

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For almost half a century, local businesses, elected officials, nonprofits, and concerned citizens have conceived, pushed, and sometimes implemented a variety of schemes to improve downtown-to make it what it once was, the vibrant center of our community, an exciting, fun place to be, full of lively shops, restaurants, residents, defined by broad boulevards and […]

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Don’t trust …

16. March 2009

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… your first take on anything. Saw that Hugh Hefner sold his Holmby Hills mansion for $27 million, and I immediately thought “The end of an era! At last, the 1950′s are over!” Turns out it was the mansion next to the Playboy Mansion, where Hef’s estranged wife Kimberley lives with their teenage sons. Thank […]

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The horror! The horror!

16. March 2009

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“Mistah Kurtz – he dead.”  It was a “Heart of Darkness” moment for Republican elected officials in Denver, as they bemoaned the Colorado Supreme Court’s 6-1 decision upholding the legality of Gov. Bill Ritter’s property tax “freeze,” which the legislature enacted last year. Oh, the poor taxpayer!  Oh, the ruthless, tax-lovin’ libruls on the Supreme Court!  […]

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