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Can they pull it off? Can two canny and accomplished women persuade the always skeptical voters of Colorado Springs to approve a property tax hike and rescue the city from the worst fiscal crisis it has experienced since the 1970s? Will Councilwoman Jan Martin and nonprofit leader Mary Ellen McNally enter the mythic pantheon of… Continue Reading Martin and McNally facing long odds with tax proposal

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Correction

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Information in a blog posting by John Hazlehurst titled “Bruce rings bell, media salivates,” which was published on www.csbj.com on Aug. 19 was incorrect. The blog stated that, “It turned out that Mr. Bruce had been tossed off Costco’s property a year before, for the same reason.” Mr. Bruce was not removed from the property… Continue Reading Correction

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Try to remember, last November … when, thanks in part to two unpopular wars and a world financial crisis, Barack Obama swept into office, along with lopsided Democratic congressional majorities. Let’s see, it’s been 10 months since the election, and Obama’s been in office since January, and we’re mad! Mad! Mad! And we’re tired of… Continue Reading GOP could learn a few things from those dreaded Dems

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The official celebration of the sesquicentennial of the founding of Colorado City during 1859 came and went without much fuss. Thanks to scores of neighborhood volunteers, a monument was erected, ice cream was eaten and the band played on. It was as homey and unpretentious as Colorado City itself, once the sort-of state capital, now… Continue Reading Perhaps it’s best we didn’t celebrate our barbaric past

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Got $300,000 sitting around to invest in downtown real estate? Like fine old historic properties? How about the long-vacant downtown Chicago post office, once the world’s largest such facility? As the New York Times reported on Tuesday, it’ll be going up for auction on Aug. 27, and the minimum bid is $300,000. The building, constructed… Continue Reading Nice to see a bit of optimism being thrown around

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Who’s the smartest guy on the block? Not Bill Gates — Microsoft is the past, not the future. Not Warren Buffett — he managed to lose plenty during the world financial meltdown, even though he knew it was coming. Not Nobel laureate/New York Times columnist Paul Krugman — he writes eloquently and convincingly, but he’s… Continue Reading Better start practicing that ‘bouncing dead cats’ thing

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New orders usually take time

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“And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old… Continue Reading New orders usually take time

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“I wonder about you sometimes, Henry. You may fold under questioning.” — Joe Pesci to Ray Liotta in “Goodfellas,” 1990. Enduring myth: by consolidating city/county governments, we’ll get cheaper, more efficient service delivery.  As taxpayers, we’ll save — as residents, we’ll gain!  Everyone wins, except the greedy, dog-in-the-manger politicians and bureaucrats who have stalled such… Continue Reading Merging city and county might not be the brightest idea

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In a lengthy article in the New Yorker earlier this month, Dr. Atul Gawande pondered a single, simple health care question. Why, he wondered, is McAllen, Texas, one of the most expensive health-care markets in the country? “Only Miami — which has much higher labor and living costs — spends more per person on health… Continue Reading Firefighter model worth considering in health care debate

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Historically, local recessions have been times of ferment and change in Colorado Springs. During the 1970s, business and political leaders focused on economic development and created the Economic Development Council. One of the first such organizations in the United States, the EDC was amazingly successful in recruiting companies and creating primary jobs. The EDC’s success… Continue Reading Time for some serious Springs re-branding efforts

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