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Clear the way for innovation

Not only is technology changing the way we live, work, play, learn and move around, we are also rapidly changing the way we use technology. For example, people are now using telephones not just for conversations with friends or family members but to link their home computers to the information superhighway where they transmit digital…

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McInnis draws curious crowd

ASPEN — It was a bright, sunny day with 60 inches of new powder on the surrounding ski slopes. Yet, despite ideal skiing conditions, both residents and tourists — some dressed for business and others for skiing — crowded into The Little Nell hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain to eat a Mexican buffet…

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Real question: Will DIA work?

Denver International Airport is suddenly national news. It’s late opening. At $3 billion and counting, it’s over budget. The high-tech baggage system isn’t working. Surface transportation to the new facility is inadequate. Questions are being raised about financial and project management. And with its progenitor sitting as US transpotation secretary, the land sharks are circling.…

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High tech drives lifestyle changes

The first week of 1994 was a big week. It was the 10th anniversary of the break-up of the AT&T telephone monopoly. Result: an explosion in new telephone services — including voice messaging, faxes, and mobile (cellular) communications. Last week was also the 10th anniversary of Apple’s announcement of the Macintosh computer. Result: the first…

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Reform first, tax hike later

Despite a decade of demonstration programs, mandates and reforms, Public school test scores keep declining, costs keep going up, and the education establishment absorbs all the money we give it while stonewalling reforms demanded by parents and taxpayers. Lesson: Until the public school monopoly is broken, there will be no change. That’s why we hear…

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Vouchers can fix the system

No issue on the Nov. 3 ballot is more important for Colorado’s future than Amendment 7 to create vouchers for school choice. Reason: Public schools are in trouble. They are not performing. Colorado Governor Roy Romer and the National Governor’s Association have been leaders nationally in documenting the extent to which public schools are failing…

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Diversity could begin at home

Colorado, long a bellwether state for public policy innovation, is again at center stage. This time it’s education: Colorado is the nation’s second state to permit its citizens to vote for educational choice. A “yes” vote for Amendment 7 on Nov. 3 will give families a voucher worth $2,100 for every school-age child to send…

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Librarians help Littleton grow

The times they are a’changing. The Berlin Wall comes down. Members of the Arab League support United States intervention in the Mideast. And – hold your hat – librarians have emerged as secret weapons in economic development. How’s that, you ask? Consider the following. Within the metropolitan spread of Denver lies the town of Littleton,…

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