Old Colorado City
Who is the best politician around? The one who defeats George Bush. The U.S. is in an enormous mess. I'd take anybody over Bush. I'd take the Easter Bunny over Bush.
What's the best reason for living in Colorado Springs? The absolutely gorgeous natural surroundings -- the mountains, all the parkland in the city.
What's the best reason for leaving Colorado Springs? The narrow-minded local conservatism -- not only in the political arena, but in the arts. I moved here from the Bible Belt South expecting a more liberal place, but it's really no more liberal here than it was there.
What's the best thing that's happened to you this year? My business has done well and my wife and I are about to celebrate our third anniversary.
Internet marketing consultant
Who's the best politician? John Kerry, simply because he has the best solutions to the predicaments this administration's decisions have put us in.
What's the best reason for living in Colorado Springs? b> Its family values and strong spirituality. I'm a Buddhist with family values. The nuclear family is the basis of society, but it should be tempered with tolerance and understanding for all types of families.
What's the best reason for leaving Colorado Springs? b> Its focus on family values and its spirituality when it's not tempered with tolerance and understanding. I'm a strong supporter of gay marriage, but we have to tolerate traditional families as well. It's a two-way street.
What's the best thing to happen to you this year? I got a job. I'm in the technical field in this moribund economy. I feel quite fortunate having found a job that hasn't been outsourced.
What's the best joke you've heard all year? What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor? Make me one with everything.
Waitress and college student
Who is the best politician around? Ken Salazar. He's much more in touch with the rural community.
What's the best reason for living here? We have over 300 days a year of beautiful blue skies and sunshine. Who couldn't be happy here?
What's the best reason for moving away? The only reason would be getting a good-paying teaching job somewhere else.
What's the best thing that's happened to you this year? I have no family, and I found and met a half brother I didn't know I had. He found me through a genealogy Web site. He flew here and we met last Sunday. He looks just like our father. I finally have some family.
What's the best joke you've heard this year? It's from my 9-year old son. Knock-knock. Who's there? Olive. Olive who? I love you.