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Rio’s win shows we’ve fallen behind

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Now that the dust has settled, and Rio de Janeiro has won the perhaps-dubious honor of hosting the 2016 Olympic Games, the blame game has begun in earnest. Was it Oprah’s fault? President Barack Obama’s fault? Stephanie Streeter’s fault? Or was it the fault of the self-interested members of the International Olympic Committee, who have… Continue Reading Rio’s win shows we’ve fallen behind

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The ballots for the November election have been mailed. During the next few weeks, city residents will decide the fate of two ballot issues which are the subject of much controversy. Issue 200, an initiated ordinance written, circulated and supported by Douglas Bruce, calls for Colorado Springs Utilities to phase out the “payments in lieu… Continue Reading 2 issues: 1 easy, 1 not so much

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Nothing wrong with a primary dust up

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We were a little surprised, and a little bemused, by the news that President Barack Obama has already endorsed a Colorado candidate for the U.S. Senate. The election won’t be contested until November of next year, but that didn’t stop our decisive, even impetuous president from making his choice known: Michael Bennet. Bennet, who has… Continue Reading Nothing wrong with a primary dust up

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Will the sorry saga of the U.S. Olympic Committee deal ever end? The city’s plan to mortgage the Police Operations Center and Fire Station 8, and then hand over the proceeds as part of the deal was at best a dubious scheme. Apparently dazzled by the grandeur of their plans, city officials and their legal… Continue Reading Relying on blind faith instead of hard data no way to run city

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The bankruptcy of Freedom Communications, The Gazette’s parent company, closes one long-running story and, we hope, opens a new page. Freedom, then a tiny chain wholly owned by company founder R.C. Hoiles, acquired the Gazette-Telegraph from local owners during 1946. As the Pikes Peak region grew and prospered, so did the newspaper, despite (or perhaps… Continue Reading Hoping the competition continues

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Life is unfair. And it’s probably unfair that, as the city announces a projected budget shortfall of more than $37 million, many of us are questioning the city’s basic competence. How did they get themselves in such a fix? What’s to be done? Are they just trying to scare us? Decades ago, whenever the National… Continue Reading Opportunity to redefine city

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A continuing debate in Colorado Springs, throughout the state and indeed throughout the country concerns public education. How should it be funded, structured and delivered? Who should call the shots — local school boards, state legislators, or federal agencies? Should state and federal money be sent to local schools and school districts according to simple,… Continue Reading Education system doesn’t need more strings attached

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In common with most residents of Colorado Springs, we’re glad that the U.S. Olympic Committee will be staying in town. We’re pleased that they’ll be occupying the building at 27 S. Tejon within a few months, and bringing yet more vitality and activity to a renascent downtown. But we continue to be dismayed by the… Continue Reading Residents paying high price for city leaders to save face

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Absolute surrender — without firing a shot

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Late last month, Lehman Brothers, the bankrupt investment banking firm, held a virtual garage sale on eBay. For sale: promotional items of all kinds, including umbrellas, ties and even silver-plated baby rattles, handsomely engraved with the Lehman logo. Great stuff, if you’re looking for gag gifts, or perhaps for a visible reminder of the overblown… Continue Reading Absolute surrender — without firing a shot

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It’s about time. It’s about time for Mayor Lionel Rivera, the City Council and the city administration to come clean and tell us the facts. Nearly a year and a half ago, this newspaper reported that the U.S. Olympic Committee was actively considering moving its headquarters from Colorado Springs. The organization had asked the city… Continue Reading Answers are long overdue

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