Being a registered Republican who often votes for Democrats, I’m particularly exasperated with this year’s bizarre presidential campaign spectacle. And no, it’s not because there are 25 candidates competing for the nomination, or because so many of them have moved to the farthest shores of the American left, or...
The issue: The federal government is loosening environmental regulations. What we think: Colorado is right to maintain high standards. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. Almost lost amid the recent national hubbub surrounding Iran, immigration and the already-volatile 2020 presidential race, two contradictory stories erupted from opposite...
Is it fair or appropriate for governments to play favorites, using laws and regulations to benefit certain industries and disadvantage others? Most of us would instinctively oppose such measures, arguing that the iron realities of the market should determine winners and losers. During the last session, Gov. Jared Polis and...
The issue: El Paso County isn’t great when it comes to mental health. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: Mental health impacts business too, and employers play a role in healing. While El Paso County and Colorado Springs have made national headlines for great...
Twenty years ago I moved from a big house near downtown to a smaller spread on the Westside. It was still a good-sized place, an 1899 Victorian on a big lot. I loved its turn-of-the-century charm, never suspecting that underneath that elegant exterior was an extortionist constantly in need...
The issue: Government is not always transparent. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: A free press holds powerful entities accountable. On May 29, the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s sister publication, the Colorado Springs Independent — along with the Gazette, KOAA, KKTV, Fox21 and Denver’s...
Last week Marc Murphy, the founder, former owner and general manager of Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek officially retired. He’s the last of the OGs (original gangsters), the bold, underfunded entrepreneurs who launched casino gambling in Cripple Creek in 1991. And Murphy not only survived, but also thrived. He...
The issue: Many incarcerated lack skills to stay out of prison. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: Educational initiatives reduce recidivism. There’s a powerful change coming. It’s one that will change lives, if it hasn’t already. And it’s not coming from the White House...
Growing up in midcentury America, it seemed clear to me and my buddies that anything American was superior to everything foreign. American cars were the best, perfectly suited to our spacious, optimistic land. We pitied those poor, benighted foreigners who couldn’t afford them or didn’t want to buy them....
The issue: City council is debating a zoning change that would loosen restrictions on accessory dwelling units. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: Let’s see what ADUs can do. Colorado Springs has a housing crisis on its hands. It’s the lack of affordable housing —...
Somehow our once-forlorn little city has become America’s beau ideal, one at or near the top of every dreary metric created to sort and classify urban areas. We’re bike-friendly, dog-friendly, veteran-friendly, reasonably affordable and blessed with an equable climate. Our economy is booming, our schools are good, our politicians are...
The issue: A work visa program may end, putting the jobs of thousands at risk. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: Our elected officials should fight to allow H-4 EAD visa holders the right to work. Imagine your car has broken down and all...