Mayor John Suthers wasn’t content merely to win the mayoral election in 2015 and ease into the job as Colorado Springs’ second strong mayor. Instead, he went with a very ambitious — and very risky — plan, asking Colorado Springs voters to increase sales taxes to fix the city’s crumbling...
As the old saw goes, there are three categories of falsehoods: lies, damned lies and statistics. We ought to add the fourth category — brightly colored political fliers that fill our mailboxes during election season. I don’t object to those that boost one candidate and denigrate the other. Politics would...
When the news broke on Black Friday about the “active shooter,” I wondered whether he was a quasi-rational actor targeting Planned Parenthood or just another deranged man with a gun? “I’ll bet he’s a white guy in his 50s,” I told my spouse, “someone with an angry history, failed relationships,...
Since the first Europeans ventured into the Pikes Peak region during the 19th century, eager entrepreneurs have sought to exploit the mountain. We’ve built a trail, a railroad and a highway to the summit, and we handed over the majestic summit plain to a souvenir shop, a doughnut bar, a...
The election results earlier this week made one point clear: People are tired of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and its stranglehold on progress. Not only did voters in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs agree to allow cities to keep revenue in excess of the TABOR limits, the entire state...
The Board of Directors for Colorado Springs Utilities recently took bold, decisive action: They agreed to shut down the Martin Drake Power Plant — in 2035. Hardly a resounding victory for advocates of closing the downtown power plant, and not exactly a high-risk decision. Even the Chinese are closing coal-fired...
Late Tuesday afternoon, a cryptic text from Perry Sanders popped up on my screen. “Hilton removed from the house Palmer built.” It was soon clear that Sanders and his partner, attorney John Goede of Florida, had closed their deal. The Hilton logo disappeared from the shabby downtown icon, and a bright...
Sometimes even the best ideas take longer to germinate than we expect, forcing us to adjust our plans accordingly. It happens regularly to businesses of all shapes and sizes. This week, it happened to us. For months we had planned for the Colorado Springs Business Journal to sponsor a Sports Lunch...
In May, spring storms caused more than $8 million in damage in Colorado Springs. Mudslides, sinkholes and failed water retention systems damaged homes and businesses throughout the city during the early summer. And that doesn’t include flash flooding in Manitou Springs in 2013 as a result of the 2012 Waldo...
What would Colorado Springs do without plans? I have no idea. Ours is a city of plans. Gen. William Palmer’s men drove the town’s first stake in 1871 at what is now the southeast corner of Pikes Peak and Cascade avenues, and proceeded from that zero point to lay out...
On Friday, when the rest of the nation was out shopping or relaxing after the Thanksgiving holiday, Colorado Springs was horrified by the city’s second mass shooting in a month. Even while the city mourned the three people who were killed in the senseless attack, and the police continued investigating...
The United States is uniquely able to fight the so-called Islamic State, says an outspoken Muslim, who is also a critic not only of current U.S. diplomatic policy but also demands more from members of his faith. Dr. M. Zudhi Jasser, a second-generation American who founded the American Islamic Forum...