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Here are two views of the future of Colorado Springs, and of America. In a Facebook thread, Robert Nemanich opined that my predictions of continued growth and prosperity for Colorado Springs might be off the mark. “John,” Robert wrote, “conditions can and will change. One could say that Detroit’s growth was precipitous until the 1980s,… Continue Reading A view of our future: NORAD as a tourist destination

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If you’re a 55-year-old retiree who receives a pension from the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association, you may be a resident of geezer heaven. That’s because assuming you started working for the city of Colorado Springs, or as a public school teacher 30 years ago at age 25, you could retire today and collect 75… Continue Reading Public pension fixes might require further tweaking

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In a notable display of uber-conservative lunacy, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed bills last month that set aside $3 million to fund lawsuits aimed at taking over Utah lands owned by the wicked federal guv’mint. The Feds own more than 60 percent of Utah, which many Utahans resent. Reasoning that proximity to these lands should… Continue Reading Each American has an undivided right to federal lands

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Confession: I watch a lot of TV sports. Observation: calm, cheerful, unworried coaches are about as common as short, fat models. Coaches spend their time in stressful contemplation of the future, especially on game day. Pass complete or incomplete? We gave up a short-handed goal? We’re losing at home to the Chiefs? But what coaches… Continue Reading City has one powerful weapon to enforce growth policy

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Remember multiple-choice questions? Here’s one. Our city’s fiscal difficulties are a result of: 1. Feckless, improvident decisions by city council, such as mortgaging the Police Operations Center to pay off their jock pals at the USOC! 2. Feckless, improvident decisions by local voters, who have been consistently led down the primrose path of tax reductions… Continue Reading Blame for city’s money issues doesn’t belong to Council

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Hazlehurst makes predictions for the new year

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I’m tired of gloom and doom-so here are my foolishly optimistic predictions for the year to come. A quiet boom will re-ignite our local economy, driven by government spending and renewed consumer /business confidence. New businesses will form and thrive, and existing enterprises will grow, modestly prosper, and even hire new employees. And here are… Continue Reading Hazlehurst makes predictions for the new year

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Say you’re a pilot. You’re not flying the plane — you’re sitting in the back of the bus, row 27, seat E, squeezed between oversized fliers. You’re mad at the airline, at the airline industry and at the overpaid incompetents who have run the company into the ground. You’re mad that your once amply funded… Continue Reading Not the time to stand on principle, and crash and burn

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Lots of taking but not a whole lot of giving back

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Monday was, in case you hadn’t noticed, one of the most glorious Labor Days in years. Start with perfect weather, balloons galore in the morning, the American Discovery Trail Marathon a little later and ending, as thousands of us did, with beer, wine, backyard cookouts and kids throwing glowsticks in the moonlight. I went for… Continue Reading Lots of taking but not a whole lot of giving back

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On May 29, 2007, Citigroup stock ended the day at $50.28, little changed from the day before. One hundred and three weeks later, on May 22, 2009, Citigroup closed at $3.67, up slightly from its last close. The story of Citigroup’s long fall from international behemoth to beached whale has been told often enough. But… Continue Reading Time to play hard ball, not beg and grovel at altar of the USOC

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For those of us who work for the 99.99 percent of American newspapers that are not The New York Times, The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal, it’s always a source of delight and pride when reporters from small, unheralded papers win a Pulitzer Prize. The big dogs always get their share – this… Continue Reading Decline, debt and the demise of the daily newspapers

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