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Consider a paradigm shift

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When scientists discover their framework of assumptions and problem-solving methods no longer works, they must move to a new framework in which they do. It used to be called a paradigm shift. The shift occurs because the old paradigm no longer can accommodate new variables. It’s still a mystery exactly when such shifts take place.… Continue Reading Consider a paradigm shift

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Fires and human nature

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The great Waldo Canyon fire affecting Colorado Springs is different from other wildfires in the West because of its proximity to a large metropolitan area. This fact brings to light human generosity in the face of disasters. Western traditions have held to one of three competing views of human nature: We are either good by… Continue Reading Fires and human nature

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10 ideas that could change our city

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Cities are built by visionaries or they are born of economic necessity, the need for trade routes or sea ports. Our city has a history of great men, from General Palmer to Stratton and Penrose, who have labored to make our town a better place to live for future generations. We don’t need a gold… Continue Reading 10 ideas that could change our city

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Let’s use common sense

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Even the greatest logicians and scientists agree that the most sophisticated formulae can be explained in simple, common sense terms to anyone. If we agree that A is different from not A, or that if A leads to B, and B leads to C, that A therefore leads to C, we can communicate with each… Continue Reading Let’s use common sense

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Let’s talk about blue gold

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As the 2008 documentary “Blue Gold” suggests, there are bound to be world water wars in the next few decades, as the survival of our civilization will depend on water resources that are growing ever more scarce. Just as we are fighting over oil resources now, so will we declare war around the globe to… Continue Reading Let’s talk about blue gold

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Laying a business, and dreams, to rest

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Shakespeare’s famous line, “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him,” came to mind as I boarded my flight to New York to close my Spanish restaurant Mercat, which is on Bond Street in Manhattan. An authentic Catalan restaurant next to one of the best Italian restaurants in New York and on one of… Continue Reading Laying a business, and dreams, to rest

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Belief in marketplace

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One of the hallmarks of American capitalism is its faith in the efficiency of the marketplace. This means the setting of prices, the allocation of resources and the distribution of labor across different industries. Inefficiencies are ruthlessly punished. But how efficient is it when two companies producing the same product compete for market share? Isn’t… Continue Reading Belief in marketplace

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Perry Sanders and shrewd dealing

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The latest J.P. Morgan debacle concerns the loss of $2 billion thanks to ill-conceived trades that were intended to hedge risk. It’s the tip of an iceberg of similar activity that many consider to be shrewd entrepreneurial dealing — but it is not. Any kind of arbitrage, despite however Wall Street might justify it, ends… Continue Reading Perry Sanders and shrewd dealing

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Is college worth it?

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About 1,300 students will be graduating from UCCS today, so it seems like an opportune time to once again question whether higher education is worth the money? Let’s take a look at some statistics. A National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education study showed 57 percent of the 2,142 Americans surveyed claimed that the… Continue Reading Is college worth it?

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Earnings fairness

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Plenty of residents are angry about the decision to pay former Memorial Health System CEO Larry McEvoy more than $1.15 million in severance. But, who’s to blame? Is it McEvoy? The hospital board of trustees that approved the severance amount? Or is it City Council, the governing body that holds the board of trustees accountable?… Continue Reading Earnings fairness

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