How can the city be rescued from its current funding crisis, which will almost certainly worsen during the coming months and years? In considering the problem, city residents seem to fall into several, sometimes overlapping, categories. There is no problem - the city is run by sleepy, incompetent bureaucrats who throw...
For most of the four decades since first moving to Colorado Springs in 1977, my strategy for dealing with summer tourism has been simple: Stay away from crowds and busy areas as much as possible. In particular, avoid the crush of Manitou Springs at all costs. The reasoning was easy to...
Here’s the scenario:  Out there  somewhere, someone is trolling your social media pages, finding out how you talk to your family, to your friends, to your employees. After gaining enough information online, the person creates a fake email address — within a few characters of your business email — and...
A phrase that has found its way into our daily lexicon this year is “fiscal cliff.” It refers to a combination of federal government spending cuts and expiring tax cuts that many fear could be a serious drag on the U.S. economy beginning at the start of 2013. These scheduled...
Former President George W. Bush, reflecting upon his years in the White House during his last weeks in office, acknowledged that many of his decisions had been controversial, but affirmed his belief that history would vindicate his administration. We leave any such judgment to future historians, whose assessments will be...
By some measures, the Downtown Partnership’s progress report last week to the local business community might have come across as lacking in immediate news value. Granted, there were no blockbuster headlines created by the periodic event known as the “Downtown Lowdown,” happening this time at Centennial Hall and taking full...
When the news came this week, not many residents of Colorado Springs heard about it or comprehended its meaning. They had no way of knowing how much Omer “Bud” Shepard, who passed away in Arizona at the age of 82, influenced this city’s evolution from a small, sleepy town...
State Rep. Bob Gardner, himself a veteran of many political wars, doesn’t mind sharing his view of the battle going on now inside the Colorado Springs city government. “The mayor has fought with two successive Councils,” Gardner said of Steve Bach, “so the responsibility for fighting is the mayor’s.” The four-term state legislator was an […]
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You’d think we’d be drowning in lavishly funded projects of dubious national benefit, wouldn’t you? After all, we’re a staunchly Republican city, represented for more than 20 years by a Republican congressman, with at least one, and often two, Republican senators from Colorado.
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For those of us who work for the 99.99 percent of American newspapers that are not The New York Times, The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal, it's always a source of delight and pride when reporters from small, unheralded papers win a Pulitzer Prize. The big dogs always...
A thank you to John Hazlehurst for explaining both sides of the HB 1365 debate (CSU takes contrarian view on gas, April 2). I would like to provide additional information critical to the issue. While low-cost, low-sulfur coal provides the majority of the power for our community, Colorado Springs Utilities...
Operation 6035, the fledgling economic development group, announced this week that its first project would be to try to attract a University of Colorado School of Medicine campus at UCCS. Sounds like a great first step. Though the deal is far from complete and no one knows where the private funding...