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...
For financially challenged homeowners on the west side, April is the kindest month. Winter is for gas bills, summer is for water bills. April, May, September and October give brief respite from the unrelenting demands of Colorado Springs Utilities. Last winter was expensive. Ours is a drafty 1898 Victorian house,...
A couple of decades ago, no one would have put Duluth on a list of America’s best towns, let alone at the top of the list. Located 150 miles north of Minneapolis, on the shores of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota, Duluth was a dying Rust Belt city with a collapsing economic base and an […]
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Next Monday, Colorado Springs Sister Cities International will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St. According to the event press release, “Anyone interested in global citizen diplomacy, international relations or who simply wants to experience...
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again. Because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, he who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt
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“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” So began “Anna Karenina,” Leo Tolstoy’s great masterpiece. It’s a truth that, if applied to real estate deals, could be expressed only slightly differently. “Perfect real estate deals create universal happiness; every imperfect real estate deal creates...
The periodic skirmishes between City Council, the Board of County Commissioners and the mayor erupted into open, bitter warfare on Wednesday, as elected officials from the city and the county replied to Mayor Steve Bach’s criticism of the proposed stormwater initative. Earlier in the day, Mayor Bach had criticized the initiative at a press coinference, […]
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So who won the election? Barack Obama became president-elect and John McCain got the consolation prize — a seat in the U.S. Senate! And thousands of other pols and wannabe-pols spent Tuesday night celebrating or mourning. But there were other winners and losers, non-politicians who either profited mightily or slunk away broke and disgraced. And here are some of them — shining examples of American entrepreneurship, and equally shining examples of “what were they thinking?”
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(Published 2:40 p.m., April 4) Colorado Springs voters — don’t we love ’em??!! They’re as dazzlingly unpredictable as Lady Gaga, as infuriating as a dog that won’t stop barking, and as exciting as a Tim Tebow touchdown run with three seconds left in the fourth quarter. So, in the immediate assessment of the 2013 city […]
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“Breakin’ rocks in the hot sun/I fought the law — and the law won.” — written by Sonny Curtis, performed by the Crickets, the Bobby Fuller Four, and the Clash. Ah, the good old days! When laws were laws, criminals were caught, and punishment was certain. Do we still fight...
Item 18 of Tuesday’s City Council agenda seemed routine. “An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 12-108 (2013 Appropriation Ordinance) for $2,000,000 and the Grants Fund in the amount of $10,000,000 for the response and repairs required after the September 2013 flooding. (Finance – Kara Skinner).” Skinner, the city’s chief finance officer, gave a crisp summary. Explaining […]
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“The General Assembly shall, as soon as practicable, provide for the establishment and maintenance of a thorough and uniform system of free public schools throughout the state, wherein all residents of the state, between the ages of 6 and 21 years, may be educated gratuitously.” — Article IX, Section 2, Constitution of the State of Colorado. The Constitution’s authors sought to build, in the clear Colorado air, a new and better society — educated, humane, fair and free.
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