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Nov. 7 is Election Day — at least theoretically. In fact the election has been in progress for weeks, as residents fill out, mail in or deliver their ballots. This now quaint and inconvenient process (who mails anything these days?) was eagerly embraced a couple of decades ago by...
The issue:  The ambiguous regulatory environment stagnates business growth and innovation. What we think:  Rules that govern businesses must be protected from shifting political winds and the uncertainty created by ever-changing policies. Businesses thrive on certainty — leaders need to know what rules and regulations are coming and which ones are steadfast in...
A top metro area to start a business. The second-most desirable place to live. One of the 10 hottest real estate markets to watch. Colorado Springs is taking its rightful place among the best cities in the country, as evidenced by these and other recent rankings. Unfortunately, we also lay claim to...
Is the purpose of ballot question 2A to fund the city’s stormwater program, or is it actually to provide an $18 million/year windfall for the Mayor and City Council to use however they wish to do so? The city and Colorado Springs Utilities are obligated by the Southern Delivery System...
Equal treatment is necessary for a strong, stable business environment.
Douglas Bruce is our own Don Quixote, brandishing a rusty sword, and still spoiling for a fight. Good for him — but bad for our city. 
The issue: Traffic congestion on Interstate 25 damages commerce and county roads. What we think: Approving question 1A and 5B are steps toward finding money to expand Interstate 25. Commuters to Denver are spending more time fuming in traffic jams than conducting business between Denver and Colorado Springs. Backups on Interstate...
When Environmental Protection Agency boss Scott Pruitt traveled to West Virginia to announce the official end of the “War on Coal” a couple of weeks ago, it was a nice piece of political gamesmanship, but otherwise content-free. Coal producers didn’t announce thousands of new hires; electric utilities didn’t reopen shuttered...
To the Editor: Next month, voters in Colorado Springs and El Paso County have an opportunity to set the stage for significant improvements in our transportation and storm drainage infrastructure. As a volunteer on boards dealing with our region’s vital infrastructure, I support both initiatives. Colorado Springs question 2A asks for...
Guided by a well-executed political strategy, Transit Mix has filed a new application with the State Mined Land Reclamation Board to open a rock aggregate quarry on the historic Hitch Rack Ranch, located south of Colorado Springs on Highway 115. Last year the MLRB unexpectedly denied the company’s original application...
The issue:  Uncertainty in health care policy creates unstable markets, higher health care costs and fewer benefits. What we think:  Congress should act cooperatively to compromise on health care policy to stabilize markets and create more certainty for providers. As the state’s insurance marketplace marks its fifth anniversary, the health care landscape in...
In a few weeks, voters in Colorado Springs will be asked to decide on two major issues that will set the course for the city’s future. One will ask voters to permit the city to collect a stormwater drainage fee that would allow us to not only develop a comprehensive...