Anyone who has lived in the Colorado Springs area for a while might have sensed something different about the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. You just couldn’t put your finger on it.

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If you asked even the most astute aficionados to list the most special dates in Colorado Springs’ sports history, it’s a safe bet nobody would think to mention July 26, 1979.

You’ll have to pardon those of us who have invested much of our careers at the Colorado Springs Independent for the wistful feeling we share this week.

The concern among those who embrace the "live and let live" credo is that the 2G campaign could leave deep, nasty wounds in Manitou's collective psyche.

Our job was to choose a ballot measure for review, determine the 20-member panel who would meet and spend four intense days doing the actual dirty work, and then get out of the way.