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I recently wrote a column about systems, explaining how I think the systems we operate now are too complicated to manage. Part of the problem, I opined, was that systems involve a lot of moving parts, and too few people these days think in ways that … more
Our Colorado Open Records Act, in effect since 1969, ensures our government remains transparent and accountable to those who pay for it by declaring “all public records shall be open for inspection by any person.” However, in 2012, the Colorado … more
Colorado’s economy is outpacing much of the nation in economic growth and job creation. Today, after the worst recession since the Great Depression, Colorado’s unemployment rate is 4.2 percent, and the state has created jobs in 42 of the last 44 … more
In early October, schools across Colorado and nationwide are holding events for Walk and Bike to School Day. As a retired general and a medical doctor, I can tell you that increasing physical activity is vitally important for our children’s health … more
Debbie Bergamo, Jason Blanckaert and I wish to thank Bill Christopher for his 9/9/15 Cross Current column: “An Early Warning in Council Race.” His article gives us the chance to clearly differentiate ourselves from the other seven candidates … more
Open letter to a Younger Me (magically mailed 20 years into the past): Hi. Me, again. Er . . . you, again. I’m writing to explain something to you, maybe to impart a little wisdom, in the hopes that you approach life smarter.  First of all, … more
In this political campaign season (which I use to call the “Silly Season” when I was city manager), it is all too easy for voters to be seduced by promises made by the candidates or their respective “pedigrees”/resume’s or their … more
When you think about exercise, what part of the body do you think about? Most people might think of their waistline, arms, legs or back. What about the brain? That might be the last part of the body that many people associate with exercise — but … more
My birthday is this week, and a year ago I promised that I would report in on the three questions I asked then: What happened last year that I want to happen again? What happened that I wish to avoid in the coming year? What didn’t happen that … more
“You will make a lousy anybody else, but you will be the best ‘you’ in existence.” — Zig Ziglar One of the things I have heard from other people throughout my life is that they wish they could be like someone else. I have heard things … more
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