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A tale of two cities

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Instead of Charles Dickens’ famous novel about Paris and London during the French Revolution, we are talking about Colorado Springs Utilities and the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, representing two radically different “cities” or mindsets. Dickens’ opening paragraph still resonates: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the… Continue Reading A tale of two cities

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Our drug dilemma

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It’s easy to understand why former vice-president Dick Cheney claims that President Obama has been an “unmitigated disaster,” but it’s evident that even his progressive supporters are becoming disenchanted with him. In the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia regional presidents discussed the effects of drug traffic to the U.S. and the failed policies… Continue Reading Our drug dilemma

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Money and faith

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We have heard about Tim Tebow and the merging of faith and sports. Is he going too far? Did Jesus really help him win games for the Broncos? What will happen now in New York? We have heard about the religious views of politicians and the merging of faith and politics. Should we care if… Continue Reading Money and faith

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On the beauty of paying taxes

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Many years ago, when my sister and brother-in-law opened their training and consulting firm, I asked her what was their goal. “I hope to pay more than $1 million in taxes,” she answered. I thought it was the oddest answer. If the only things we can be sure of are death and taxes, why welcome… Continue Reading On the beauty of paying taxes

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On style and substance

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When logic was formalized in ancient Greece, it separated arguments from those who made them. Arguments should be tested as valid or not on their own merit, rather than on the credibility of those making them. At times, we forget this simple principle. The legal system doesn’t help, either. In case after case, lawyers and… Continue Reading On style and substance

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Sassower: Play nice, Council & Mayor

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Let’s assume that the strong mayor and the nine members of the Colorado Springs City Council are here to stay for a while. Let’s also assume that the city’s legal team cannot quite sort out their lines of authority. These assumptions do not warrant, in themselves, the kind of childish behavior we have been observing… Continue Reading Sassower: Play nice, Council & Mayor

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Utilities gamble might be community’s loss

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If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Chefs know that. Perhaps politicians and public officials should learn from them. In a news release about a new technology to sequester sulfur dioxide from coal-fired power plants, Scott Hente, chairman of the board of directors for Colorado Springs Utilities, said: “This is great… Continue Reading Utilities gamble might be community’s loss

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Warren Buffet and our Regional Building Dept.

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Warren Buffett is super-rich, one of our American billionaires who is ready to exit stage left. As he’s planning to depart, he has given the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the responsibility of disposing of his billions for good causes. Delegating is an art, not a science, and Buffett seems to be masterful at finding… Continue Reading Warren Buffet and our Regional Building Dept.

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CSU should follow Memorial’s fate

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Just as the recalcitrant Memorial CEO Larry McEvoy, thought his ideas were the only ones worth listening to and never expected his imperial visions to evaporate before his very eyes, so Colorado Springs Utilities CEO, Jerry Forte, may be dreaming that his empire is beyond reproach. Wake up and smell the coffee! With public scrutiny… Continue Reading CSU should follow Memorial’s fate

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The global economy and local stress

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There are those, like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, who want us to get over our economic gripes about outsourcing and realize that by the 21st century things are “Made in the World.” Forget about where something is made, and get used to the fact that the global economy is here to stay:… Continue Reading The global economy and local stress

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