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Some years are hard to let go of, for whatever reason it could be as simple as a permanent, emotional experience, uplifting or not.

Other years, even before Dec. 31, we can sweep away like the dirt on the kitchen floor.

For most people with any particular attachment to Colorado Springs, that latter option would apply to 2007. Sure, the year had its moments, but far too many were more forgettable than memorable.

So, as the door closed on '07, most of the looking-back duties felt like a requirement, not a pleasure.

Spinning forward into 2008 brings a completely different outlook. The new calendar is filled with events and stories certain to command our attention. From the economy to politics and the arts, the coming year already is bulging with uncertainty and expectations.

Our idea was simply to outline just a little bit of what lies ahead (starting with Public Eye). Starting with the February caucuses, the run-up to elections will provide a lengthy soap opera from now to November, but as you'll see, the Springs has far more than candidates and campaigning on its plate in '08.

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