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Some of the best things about Colorado Springs just can't fit into a survey. Everyone has his or her own best-kept secrets. And everyone, whether they admit it or not, has a vice.

--Adam Krefting

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Jeff DeMers
Downtown
Gazette printer

Where's the best place for a lonely walk? Downtown Manitou Springs, walking through the arcade.

Where's the best place to indulge your vice? My vice right now is getting tattoos, so I'd say Art With A Pulse.

What's the most outrageous claim by a politician in recent history? That Bill Owens is good for education. With the CSAP testing, instead of giving money to schools that need it, that are struggling, they are taking it away. I don't understand how that could work.

What's Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? The Highlife House. It's a house venue where bands play regularly. Punk rock, hardcore, indie.

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Ute Kelly
West Side
Artist

Where's the best place for a lonely walk? Gold Camp Road. I love the view over Colorado Springs.

Where's the best place to indulge your vice? Vice? I don't indulge in most vices, except at the Smoker's Friendly.

What's the most outrageous claim by a politician in recent history? That we need more taxes. We're already taxed so high here. There is enough done for schools. We need better educators, not higher wages and more project money for schools.

What's Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? There are a lot of poor people here that are oppressed because of minimum wages. They can hardly make a living and real-estate prices are sky high, even for a slum apartment.

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Darren Stone
South Side
Engineering Supervisor

Where's the best place for a lonely walk? I'd have to say Garden of the Gods. It's gorgeous ... in the morning, before 8:00.

Where's the best place to indulge your vice? The casinos in Cripple Creek.

What's the most outrageous claim by a politician in recent history? [Bush said] that attacking Iraq is going to help our national security. The most pertinent danger to our national security right now is terrorism, and it's going to increase support for terrorists.

What's Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? La Casita, I love that place. Taco Bell prices, but for good Mexican.

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Kim Vernon
North End
Mother

Where's the best place for a lonely walk? Memorial Park in Manitou. It's quiet, there are streams there, and not lots of people.

Where's the best place to indulge your vice? Under a tree in the park, reading.

What's the most outrageous claim by a politician in recent history? Allard [said that] investing in the stock market versus social security is a better option.

What's Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? The beauty of the city. It's not really a secret, but it is if you don't look around.

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