Watching the Broncos stumble haplessly around during last week’s preseason game against the ’Boys was, unless you are a Cowboys fan, a painful experience. The Donksters, who just last week were anointed as Super Bowl contenders by the Denver media, looked more like pretenders, destined to finish at or near the bottom of the AFC.
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Talking with a prominent local developer at last week’s “Best of” party at the Garden of the Gods Club, the discussion turned (surprise!) to the rules and regulations which govern the creation of new developments, be they 10 acres or 10,000. The developer — let’s call him Mr. Smith —...
Kermit the Frog might have said “it’s not easy being green,” but these days it’s easy to be green, not so easy to be Republican. Consider recent developments. Fred Thompson, long touted as the GOPster’s dream candidate, made his debut as an announced candidate for the presidency, and was practically booed off the stage.
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The endorsement wars are heating up, as City Council candidates vie for money, legitimacy, and support. In something of a surprise, the Regional Business Alliance declined to endorse any of the five candidates in District 1, including highly visible council incumbent (and Bach ally) Tim Leigh. That may have been because of Leigh’s ongoing battle […]
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Should we pay the Colorado Springs City Council, or continue to give them a miserly annual stipend of $6,250? Given that El Paso County commissioners make a fat $113,490 annually, 18 times as much as our much-maligned councilmembers, it’s hard to understand why Colorado Springs voters have been so...
It’s almost the middle of July in an election year — time for prognostication. Who will win? Who will lose? Given my past record, you probably won’t find out here, but who knows? Even a blind hog sometimes finds an acorn, so here are my picks. Hillary’s running mate: Colorado Gov. John...
As I write these words, it’s a brilliantly sunny December day, with a predicted high of 60 degrees, the Broncos finally won a game and our local economy is as strong as it has been since the long-vanished tech boom of the late 1990s. How long will our present...
The news that The Mining Exchange developer/owner Perry Sanders is buying the Antlers Hilton rumbled across downtown Colorado Springs on the Friday afternoon of Aug. 14 like an unexpected earthquake. It dramatically altered the business landscape, rearranged the pecking order and promised to reshape downtown in ways that few would...
So, next time you read a breathless account of mis-or-malfeasance in local government, take it with a small grain of salt. What you may be seeing, rather than the laziness and incompetence of government, is the natural inclination of journalists to take their shots at the easiest targets available.
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Let us consider the following press release from state Treasurer Cary Kennedy concerning the Public Employees Retirement Association, the state pension plan. “It is wrong for PERA to pay out bonuses to employees on the one hand, and on the other, ask retirees to give up cost of living increases...
So, when I consider what Eric Christen (who says he will resign from the D-11 Board prior to the recall election) says, I think that he’s right — even though he’s a jerk. Public education is in crisis, and educators need to make major changes.
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Wasn’t it Edmund Burke, the great English conservative, who said, “If it is not necessary to change, then it is necessary not to change.” I thought about that maxim while casting my ballot on Election Day at West Middle School. The turnout was heavy, but the volunteer election officials, mostly long-time veterans, dealt easily with the crowds.
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