The blue tsunami swept through Colorado on Election Day, leaving a few forlorn red islands in its wake. Voters forcibly retired three of our state’s nationally prominent moderate Republicans, replacing them with Democrats. Veteran congressman Mike Coffman lost to Jason Crow, former state treasurer Walker Stapleton lost to Jared...
Despite a few setbacks in recent years (kneeling active players protesting racial injustice, dying former players afflicted by brain damage), the National Football League rolls on. It’s the unstoppable behemoth of professional sports, one that was hardly a blip on the screen in the 1950s. But then came the...
Warning: This is a somewhat personal column. That said, proceed at your own risk. In the summer of 1962, I set sail for the South Seas and beyond. My goal was to circumnavigate, to follow the wake of countless sailors before me, have amazing adventures and see the world. I...
Every owner of a traditional detached single-family home in Colorado Springs knows that great landscaping improves both one’s property and the surrounding neighborhood. That’s abundantly clear in neighborhoods such as the North End and Briargate, where private and publicly maintained landscapes create green, leafy inviting spaces. When Gen. William Palmer’s...
Last Saturday evening I attended the El Paso County Democratic Party’s “Everybody Welcome” bash. My spouse and I networked for an hour or so, greeting old friends and former colleagues, business associates, people without nametags whose names escaped me (as the old saying goes, I can never remember a...
What makes a great city? Is it up-to-date infrastructure, filled potholes, robust economy, safe streets, plenty of well-paid cops and firefighters and a vibrant cultural scene? Such outcomes may characterize a functional city, but not a great one. Great cities have character, identity, history, pride, resilience and aspiration. Their citizens...
Is it all puppies and rainbows for the Colorado Springs economy? It sure seems to be. South Nevada is no longer blighted, downtown is booming, the unemployment rate has never been lower, the local real estate market is absurdly healthy, wages are up and most businesses are solvent and profitable. Even...
It now seems all but certain (to use a favorite cliché of political journalists) that two-term Colorado governor John Hickenlooper will run for president. It’ll be a crowded field, overflowing with prominent Democrats who each believe that they’re the chosen one. Can Hick prevail against a group that will likely include...
On Nov. 6 Colorado voters will have the dubious privilege of voting on 13 statewide initiatives, not to mention a host of local measures. We can rage and tut-tut all we want about such cumbersome, special-interest-driven governance — but let’s not go there. Instead, let’s focus on a pair...
On Nov. 6 Colorado voters will have the dubious privilege of voting on two dueling transit initiatives. Both purport to solve our state’s decades-long transportation underfunding crisis. One is a serious and credible effort to do just that, while the other is a cynical, politically motivated attempt to force...
July 31, 8:30 a.m. I’m at the tail end of my usual morning bike ride, heading down 26th Street after having ridden to the end of the pavement on Gold Camp Road. It’s a beautiful day, the road ahead is clear and I’m reveling in the fast, sunny descent. That’s...
Full confession: I went to see “Mamma Mia: Here we go again!” and I loved it. I wept, I laughed and I wanted to sing along. I remembered when I was young, lean and sailing through the Greek islands — surely I had anchored in that azure bay, swum...