But if you own an average house in Aspen — just a rickety old miner’s shack, updated with electric lights, a space heater and running water — it’ll be worth a cool $57 million come 2016.
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… It’s always interesting to have your worldview turned upside down or your most treasured preconceptions shattered by cold, hard facts.
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Another year gone, and what do we have to show for it? An optimist would say that he/she has grown, learned and flourished; a pessimist might note that he/she is just that much closer to dusty death. But since none of us are dead yet, let’s be optimistic.
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Tom should recuse himself from all SDS-related votes, and not participate in closed council sessions when council discusses such matters. Failing that, he ought to be removed from council.
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C’mon, guys, dare to dream! Where’s the Chrysler Building or the Empire State Building? And what, exactly, would be an “urban lifestyle appealing to younger people and baby boomers”?
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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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So, next time you read a breathless account of mis-or-malfeasance in local government, take it with a small grain of salt. What you may be seeing, rather than the laziness and incompetence of government, is the natural inclination of journalists to take their shots at the easiest targets available.
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Wasn’t it Edmund Burke, the great English conservative, who said, “If it is not necessary to change, then it is necessary not to change.” I thought about that maxim while casting my ballot on Election Day at West Middle School. The turnout was heavy, but the volunteer election officials, mostly long-time veterans, dealt easily with the crowds.
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The Democrats control the legislature, they executive mansion, a seat in the Senate and, with Ed Perlmutter’s easy victory in Congressional District 7, four of seven seats in the House of Representatives.
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Only three days to go, and then, blessedly, it’s election day. No more sleazy attack ads. No more syrupy brochures in the mail. No more pictures of the candidates and their cloyingly cute little families. It’s over. And if there really is a national Democratic tide flowing, we’ll see it right here in Colorado.
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In Hungary, as in the Czech Republic and Poland, the idealistic, sometimes impractical, reform governments of a decade ago have been replaced by governments which would seem familiar to any Louisiana resident.
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The American West. What do those words evoke? The last frontier? Wide open spaces (with “room to make big mistakes,” as the Dixie Chicks so memorably put it)? Outdoors in the mountains, skiing, fishing, hiking, climbing, trail running? Or maybe opportunity? New subdivisions sprouting on barren tracts of prairie? Jobs, businesses, entrepreneurs? A great place to work, play, raise your kids, enjoy the good life?
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