VETERANS: Ill Wind In Denver

Colorado's Land Board bought newspaper advertisements to admit that it planned to circumvent the law. It was scheming to sell five acres of state-owned land in Mountair, a Denver suburb, to a favored buyer at a fixed price—and it did not want the public to queer the deal by bidding. No one was outraged. For the customer was George Mitchell, 21, a veteran who had been blinded by a Normandy land mine explosion, now hoped to earn a living by building a group of court apartments in his home town. Mitchell could only afford $600 an acre.

When the auction began...

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