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Looking at the real Mitt Romney

31. October 2012

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His foes describe him as cold, robotic, inauthentic and entirely lacking in empathy for the less fortunate. His supporters say that he’s cool, calm, unflappable and focused. His family clearly adores him. His close associates say that he’s a man of sterling character, a man who looks and is presidential. Other acquaintances say that he’s […]

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Clarity rules in the devious world of business language

25. October 2012

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Business communications should be … well, businesslike. They should be clear, concise, and convey an understandable message. They should be crisp and clean, brief and to the point. For guidance, look to the past. Henry Ford: “History is bunk.” W. Edwards Deming: “The aim of management should be to help people to do a better […]

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City redistricting might not solve biggest problems

22. October 2012

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About 70 Colorado Springs residents attended a public hearing Saturday morning at the Hillside Community Center. The subject: City Clerk Sarah Johnson’s preliminary redistricting plan. In November 2010, city voters approved a charter amendment that increased the number of district Council representatives from four to six, with a corresponding reduction in at-large representatives from five […]

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Mayor Bach pens letters to Utilities board about budget

15. October 2012

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Mayor Steve Bach opened another front in the ongoing war between his administration and Colorado Springs Utilities this morning, releasing a pair of letters sent to City Council President Scott Hente on Friday. The letters, one addressed to Hente in his capacity as Council president and the other to him as Utility Board Chair, are […]

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My son’s perspective on the Obama/Romney debate

15. October 2012

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After the first Obama/Romney debate I wrote a piece for CSBJ arguing that Obama lost the debate big time, and that his sorry performance might cost him the presidency. My son Sam, an organic farmer in central Maine, didn’t agree. Here are some excerpts from our email exchange. If after reading them you think that […]

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TV’s treasure: Such is life in an election swing state

12. October 2012

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“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” — Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado How many political TV spots are too many? Most of us would say one, especially if they’re takedowns aimed at the guy you’re supporting. What about […]

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Rates go up, bills go down

9. October 2012

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At today’s city council meeting Colorado Springs Utilities filed a proposal to increase residential, commercial and industrial gas and electric rates, beginning Jan 1, 2013. Base residential electric rates will increase by 3.5 percent, but the impact on customer bills will be negligible, utilities officials said. That’s because lower prices for coal and natural gas […]

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Should Springs grow downtown or into the plains?

4. October 2012

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What do we want? We want a lively downtown, full of job-creating young entrepreneurs hiring ambitious young professionals who will live and work in or near the city’s core. No more power plants and parking lots for us — it’ll be all boutiques, craft beers and a baseball stadium. Getting there from here may be […]

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Romney scores during debate, while Obama looks bewildered

4. October 2012

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John Elway, who appeared on stage at a Mitt Romney rally earlier this week, knows how to pick a winner. He bet the Bronco’s season on a sore-armed, stiff-necked 36 year old quarterback, who looked as if he might take the donkeys all the way on Sunday afternoon. He risked infuriating Democratic-leaning Bronco fans with […]

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The debate, the debacle and the disaster

4. October 2012

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John Elway, who appeared on stage at a Mitt Romney rally earlier this week, knows how to pick a winner. He bet the Broncos season on a sore-armed, stiff-necked 36-year-old quarterback, who looked as if he might take the donkeys all the way on Sunday afternoon. He risked infuriating Democratic-leaning Bronco fans with his public […]

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