Another August, another Copper Triangle, and another couple of weeks of being broke. We left Colorado Springs last Friday afternoon for Copper Mountain, stayed in a pleasant studio at Copper Mountain Resort on Friday and Saturday nights, and came back Sunday afternoon. The bike ride was wonderful, as always. What’s not to like about an […]
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It was millionaire vs. billionaire in a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday – and it looks as if the billionaire body-slammed the millionaire and left him bleeding on the floor. Attorneys representing Katherine Jackson couldn’t persuade a California jury that AEG Live bore any liability for the death of Jackson’s son Michael (you may have heard […]
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There’s a wonderful, if likely apocryphal, anecdote describing Winston Churchill’s reaction to the post-World War II takeover of Yugoslavia by Marshall Tito’s communist “partizans.” As the story goes, a young intelligence officer burst into Churchill’s office to inform him, in agitated tones, that Yugoslavia was about to fall into communist hands.
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True confession No. 1: I keep a lot of stuff that I should have thrown away. True confession  No. 2: I subscribe to three daily newspapers. So yeah, I’ve got a lot of old newspapers in the basement. For some reason, I saved the editorial section of the Sunday, Dec. 16,...
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...
As Kermit the Frog used to say, “It’s not easy being green.” Substitute “a journalist” for green and that’s a fair description of those who toil in the Fourth Estate. We’re too liberal, too biased, too ignorant, and/or obviously incompetent. We get stories wrong or we just make ’em up. We need to be replaced with folks who are more conservative, less biased and a lot smarter.
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City budgets are interesting snapshots of a particular time — of the beliefs, assumptions and priorities of those who write and approve the documents. What’s emphasized, and what’s minimized? What inconvenient truths are ignored, and what accomplishments aren’t accomplishments at all? And why are city budgets so complex, so difficult to dissect and so infuriatingly […]
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Shortly after the Colorado Springs was platted by Gen. William Palmer, our city’s original developer, he began to improve the then-desolate town site. Contemporary photographs show a barren stretch of plain, its monotony relieved only by a few wooden shacks. Palmer, so the story goes, sent boys down to the banks...
So, when I consider what Eric Christen (who says he will resign from the D-11 Board prior to the recall election) says, I think that he’s right — even though he’s a jerk. Public education is in crisis, and educators need to make major changes.
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October 21, 1982. It was opening night at the brand-new Pikes Peak Center, our city’s just-finished, sparkling 2,000-seat theater-auditorium. I was there; in fact, my then-spouse and I walked into the auditorium arm-in-arm with the legendary Bee Vradenburg. Bee, Charles Ansbacher, Phil Kendall, Kathleen Collins and scores of other dedicated community leaders/activists had conceived the […]
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<em>“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana ,1905.</em> Haven’t I seen this movie before? The price of crude oil shoots up, gasoline prices soar, newspapers dust off ancient clich&eacute;s (“pain at the pump,” anyone?), motorists squawk, politicians posture and all of America unites in the search for scapegoats.
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Unlike most men of his generation, my father was an accomplished cook. He was particularly proud of his rice pudding, which contained many ingredients, and demanded extensive and careful preparation. On one occasion, long celebrated in family lore, he removed a perfect rice pudding from the oven only to discover that he had omitted a […]
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