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We're obsessed with winning: Who won the most Olympic medals? What movie grossed the most last weekend? Who's No. 1 in the latest college football rankings? And lest us never forget, America is "No. 1!" For more winners, see our annual Best Of Colorado Springs package beginning on page 27.
click to enlarge Matthew Crawford  -  - Jeweler -  - 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.
  • Matthew Crawford

    Jeweler

    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.

click to enlarge Bland Rooker  -  - Internet marketing consultant -  - Hillside -  -  -  - 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? 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? 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.
  • Bland Rooker

    Internet marketing consultant

    Hillside

    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? 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? 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.

click to enlarge Karen Lakes   -  - Waitress and college student -  - North End -  -  -  - 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.
  • Karen Lakes

    Waitress and college student

    North End

    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.

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