What do businesses want? Conversely, what do we want from businesses? Businesses want a neutral, sensibly regulated playing field that encourages entrepreneurship, growth, innovation and creative change. Disruptive technologies may threaten stagnant legacy companies, but that’s OK. The great Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter identified such “creative destruction” as the basic...
On Easter Sunday, I knew that Grace and St. Stephen’s would be crowded with worshippers, that parking would be a problem, that the pews would be uncomfortable, that my knees would be creaky and that I couldn’t check my phone during the sermon. So I wafted kind thoughts to...
The issue: While efforts are underway to clean up our environment, we need to do more. What we think: Colorado Springs should borrow best practices from other communities, and citizens need to step up. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. As we bid adieu to yet another...
Earlier this month, the nation marked another pitiful Equal Pay Day. This year, it was April 2, which calculated (confetti and drum roll, please) how far into 2019 women had to work to earn what the average male got paid in 2018. It’s a painful reminder of a ridiculous system:...
It was a spirited and amiable crowd that assembled on April 16 to hear John Suthers, Bill Murray, Tom Strand and Wayne Williams take the oath of office on the south steps of the Pioneers Museum. About 500 people were there to enjoy the show, which included prayers, music,...
When former Gov. John Hickenlooper attended the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame’s groundbreaking in June 2017, he was quoted as saying “Topophilia is the love of place. All of Colorado has it, but it is particularly evident in Colorado Springs.” Those who live here often extol the amenities...
Let’s see — how many reasonably qualified Democrats are running for president? So many that President Trump hasn’t even bothered to give most of them derogatory nicknames, a particularly irritating (and effective!) campaign strategy in 2016. Once the frontrunners manage to sort themselves out, they can expect to be honored...
How much would you be willing to pay to use something you’ve already bought? It’s a strange question, but Colorado Springs and El Paso County officials are betting the answer is, “not much.” The Business Journal believes in the importance of open records, that goes without saying. People need to know...
Now that the municipal elections are history we can turn our attention elsewhere and consider tangible achievements rather than empty words, futile campaigns and frustrated dreams. Let’s start with the long-frustrated dream of building the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame somewhere in Colorado Springs. First proposed almost 40...
With elections on the horizon, let’s think for a bit about how we get this done. Most everyone would agree that making it as easy and safe to vote as reasonably possible should be very high on the list of things we expect of our government. So why, in the...
In 2021, Colorado Springs will turn 150. Seems like a long time, but that may depend upon your perspective. My grandmother, who lived most of her long life in Colorado Springs, was born in Boston in 1871. I was born here in 1940 and am now more than half...
Last year was one of affirmation for Colorado Springs. After decades of living in the shadows of bustling and seemingly “cooler” northern Colorado cities such as Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver, General Palmer’s burg discovered in 2018 that the only shadow we should be living in is the one...