During the 16 years between 1952 and 1968, the Dow Jones Industrial Average quadrupled. Standing at 250 during 1952, the Dow increased by 50 percent in less than 20 months, moving above 380.33 on Nov. 23, 1954. It was a significant milestone, marking the first time in 25 years that the Dow had reached its 1929 high.
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Attending a family wedding in Albuquerque over Labor Day weekend, I was again struck by the transformation of that once-grim city into an economic and cultural powerhouse, dominating northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Santa Fe gets the ink, the tourists, the international reputation, and a few B-level movie stars....
So what do we do about our city’s continuing meltdown? It looks as if the Pioneers Museum will stay open, if the El Paso Board of County Commissioners agrees to fund a modest rescue package, but most of the other cuts will remain. As part of our duty to the community,...
In 2017 we’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of TOPS, the city’s trails, open space and parks program. By any measure, it’s been an amazing success. Absent the 1/10th of a cent TOPS tax enacted in 1997, this would be a very different city. Red Rock Canyon Open Space wouldn’t be an...
Chuck Brown. John Cassiani. Chuck Wielgus. It was another week of loss in Colorado Springs, another week of mourning the deaths of community leaders past and present. When I turned 70 six years ago, my childhood friend Tim Collins gave me some advice. “Anything over 70 is ‘bonus time’,” he said,...
Coal-fired power plant, sewage treatment facility, concrete batch plant, rock quarry, gravel pit, slaughterhouse, airport, wind turbine farm or oil field — which one do you want as your next-door neighbor? Most of us would say “none of the above.” Yet all are essential to our advanced industrial society, and...
   Flown anywhere lately? If so, has your experience been anything like that of Ryan Bingham, George Clooney’s character in “Up in the Air,” who’s on the road 300 days of the year? Bingham moves effortlessly through “air world,” as he calls it, scarcely inconvenienced by lines at security check-ins, cancelled...
It’s always fun when the buzzing of media mosquitos so annoys the powerful that they react inappropriately – especially when you, as the mosquito in question, manage to avoid getting slapped. But it’s not so much fun when the official’s action may not be merely inappropriate, but possibly unethical. Last weekend I got wind of […]
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Harriet Nelson, who starred with her husband Ozzie and her sons David and Rick in the 1950s TV show “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” once explained why she always stayed at Holiday Inns. “They’re all exactly alike,” she said. Sixty years later, John Dicker expressed the same sentiment in his...
Urban renewal! It’s what we all want, isn’t it? Imagine new structures replacing blighted areas of southwest downtown, a gleaming new city arising from the abandoned buildings, potholed streets, cracked sidewalks and decaying warehouses of downtown’s forgotten zone. Aren’t you glad that the city, the state, the Colorado Springs Urban...
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s 1969 description of the five stages of grieving still resonates. Once again, we’ve seen our friends and neighbors stricken by sudden tragedy, and forced to negotiate all five stages in a few days. Imagine yourself in their place — could this be you? Denial. It can’t be happening again! Last year’s fire was […]
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“A billion here, a billion there — and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” That infamous remark, usually attributed to the late Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) has long symbolized the spendthrift ways of Washington politicians. Alas, it’s as outdated as 1970s home prices in Aspen.
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