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Zen and the Art of Website Maintenance

31. January 2013

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Go to The Gazette’s website. Click the local news link on the top left of the home page. Scroll down to Colorado Government News, and this is what you get. I added the datelines – all four stories came from the Associated Press. Colorado Government News • In D.C., a call for rebirth amid claims […]

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Candidates, formidable or not, get a jump on incumbents

31. January 2013

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Too bad, Angela Dougan! My condolences, Tim Leigh! Life is cruel, Bernie Herpin and Brandy Williams! You may all have hoped for the unalloyed happiness that comes with an uncontested City Council race. But the fates have decreed otherwise, and it looks as if voters in all six districts will be able to choose among […]

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The arithmetically challenged Tim Leigh

30. January 2013

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Tim Leigh’s pithy, well-written weekly market reports always make interesting reading. This week’s was even more interesting than usual, because of two glaring howlers. Here’s an excerpt, with the howlers in bold. “The CSU leadership, including the previous board, has made several questionable policy decisions:   1. The disastrous Neumann Scrubber policy where CSU became […]

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Council: Diary of a day filled with angst, not actions

24. January 2013

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On Tuesday afternoon, our quarrelsome and divided City Council took the stage once more. It’s been a short and strange trip, one which will end in April when as many as six current members may be replaced in the biennial city elections. That there will be changes is a certainty — and that the changes […]

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Udall, Bennet working to designate buffalo as ‘national mammal’

22. January 2013

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“There’s somethin’ happenin’ here/what it is ain’t exactly clear…” – Buffalo Springfield, 1967 I know, I know – you think we in the media just make things up. Or you think that we’re so obsessed with bad news we ignore the good news. And you probably think that our two distinguished U.S. senators, Mark Udall […]

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Inauguration: Obama, Lincoln and William Henry Harrison

21. January 2013

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Giving a second inaugural address is an inherently thankless task to which every first-term president aspires. Your speech, however graceful and appropriate, will pale in comparison to Abraham Lincoln’s dark and masterful speech of March 4, 1865. Lincoln needed only 699 words to deliver the second-greatest speech in American history (the first being, of course, […]

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HBA selects its City Council picks

17. January 2013

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On Jan. 15, the Housing and Building Association announced their picks for council. It’s an interesting list, to say the least, and one which underscores a simple fact: times are a’changin’! The HBA has always been noted for a certain canny parochialism. They want an industry-friendly council, and they tend to support candidates who, if […]

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What jerks Bach’s chain? Let’s count the ways

17. January 2013

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If I were Mayor Steve Bach, I’d be mad, mad, mad! And here’s who I’d be mad at: I’m mad at the media! I have a contentious meeting with a few community leaders who volunteered their time to work on a stormwater task force. After the meeting, all hell breaks loose. It appears that I’ve […]

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Humane Society does its job, but is that really enough?

17. January 2013

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What do you do when unforeseen circumstances force you to give up a beloved pet? Maybe you or your spouse are about to be deployed, or you’re moving to an apartment complex that doesn’t allow dogs, or you have a new baby on the way, or your new significant other is severely allergic to cats. […]

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Bill Murray to run for District 2 council seat

16. January 2013

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Incumbent Colorado Springs Councilwoman Angela Dougan has an opponent in the District 2 council race. Army veteran and former firefighter Bill Murray announced his candidacy this morning, stressing his military experience, community involvement and familiarity with city issues. The perhaps overconfident Dougan, who has already raised more than $10,000 for her campaign, told Murray not […]

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