On Easter Sunday, I knew that Grace and St. Stephen’s would be crowded with worshippers, that parking would be a problem, that the pews would be uncomfortable, that my knees would be creaky and that I couldn’t check my phone during the sermon. So I wafted kind thoughts to...
It was a spirited and amiable crowd that assembled on April 16 to hear John Suthers, Bill Murray, Tom Strand and Wayne Williams take the oath of office on the south steps of the Pioneers Museum. About 500 people were there to enjoy the show, which included prayers, music,...
Let’s see — how many reasonably qualified Democrats are running for president? So many that President Trump hasn’t even bothered to give most of them derogatory nicknames, a particularly irritating (and effective!) campaign strategy in 2016. Once the frontrunners manage to sort themselves out, they can expect to be honored...
Now that the municipal elections are history we can turn our attention elsewhere and consider tangible achievements rather than empty words, futile campaigns and frustrated dreams. Let’s start with the long-frustrated dream of building the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame somewhere in Colorado Springs. First proposed almost 40...
In 2021, Colorado Springs will turn 150. Seems like a long time, but that may depend upon your perspective. My grandmother, who lived most of her long life in Colorado Springs, was born in Boston in 1871. I was born here in 1940 and am now more than half...
Eleven hopeful candidates, three seats. Everything else being equal, that gives each of them better than 4-to-1 odds of success in the April 2 Colorado Springs City Council elections. Those odds are pretty good, at least compared to those of winning a sheaf of $100 bills in Cripple Creek. Dream...
Do geezers rule national politics? Let’s see — on Nov. 3, 2020, Donald Trump will be 74, Bernie Sanders 79, Joe Biden 78, Chuck Schumer 70 and Nancy Pelosi 80. Then there are the young upstarts; Kamala Harris 56, Beto O’Rourke 48, and Cory Booker 51. And last are...
“One line is too much,” a Florida friend told me 40 years ago, “and one kilo is not enough.” He was warning me about the dangers of cocaine (which I more or less avoided), but he didn’t touch on other expensive, life-altering, career-endangering, mind-destroying addictive behaviors. Consider running for elected office,...
Last week’s sale of Colorado Springs-based Transit Mix Concrete to Aggregate Industries, a subsidiary of Swiss-based LaFargeHolcim, raises a lot of interesting questions. Why did Continental Materials, TM’s former parent company, spin off TM’s ready-mix concrete operations and an associated sand pit while retaining the Pikeview quarry and the “potential...
2019 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Broadmoor Art Academy, from which descended the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The FAC, now a part of Colorado College, opened its doors in 1936. In 1919, Colorado Springs had a population of about 30,000. By 1936, it had increased...
On April 2 residents of Colorado Springs will go to the polls to elect a mayor and three at-large city councilors … wait a minute, there are no polls! Actual elections are so dreary, old-fashioned and inconvenient. Instead, we’ll cast our votes by snail mail, yet another dreary, old-fashioned...
One of my favorite Facebook groups is “Old Pics of Colorado Springs,” a nostalgic site where longtime residents and natives mourn and celebrate our city’s resplendent past. Where did it go, that sweet little city of 40,000 souls? Where are its quiet days, peaceful streets and deep silences? Where...