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Reader: Neat trick, Mr. Anschutz




There is a quick and easy solution to the threatened termination of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Certainly the attraction is one of the finest, not only in this region but in the world. Now it is said to be worn out and needs a complete overhaul. Threats of its extinction circulate, promising to end it forever.

Philip Anschutz, owner of the Broadmoor and the Gazette, could decide overnight to save the day, funding the refurbishment into a brand-new railway. And damn the cost, full speed ahead!

Mr. Anschutz is listed as having a net worth of $13 billion. He could buy and renovate the cog with an amount which, for him, would be "chump change." He would have lots of billions left over.

Keep in mind he is not a measly millionaire. Nor is he a third-rate multimillionaire. He's not one of those mere billionaires. He is a multi-billionaire. He already owns a piece of Colorado Springs. Why not save the Cog?

If he decides to do this, he will be a hero to this city, in the tradition of city founder William Palmer, who deeded parks and much more to us. It's up to Anschutz.

One suspects that this idea is already floating around, and threats of the Cog's utter demise are being used to try to get the public to pay for it all, via local governments. Neat trick.

— Larimore Nicholl, Colorado Springs

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