On Nov. 22 Create Denver released an 80-page study titled, “We Create Denver: Positioning Denver as the Creative Capital of the Rocky Mountain West.” A product of the 2010 leadership class of the Downtown Denver Partnership, it’s thorough and professional. It’s the kind of study that, in palmier days, the...
“Don’t tax me, don’t tax thee. Tax that fellow behind the tree!” Thus spoke Louisiana Sen. Russell Long decades ago, neatly summarizing the dilemma that legislators face when trying to increase revenue. The lowliest elected official soon learns to his or her dismay that voters want services, but have little interest...
Helen Collins is not the first City Councilor to be accused of violating the city’s ethics code, and she’s unlikely to be the last. Since 1994, four members of City Council and one incumbent mayor have been formally accused of unethical and/or criminal conduct. Bill Guman, Tom Gallagher, Tim Leigh and Mayor Lionel Rivera were […]
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On June 2, Mayor Steve Bach will perform his last official function, introducing John Suthers to be sworn in as Colorado Springs’ next mayor. For Bach, and the city, it has been a long, strange trip. Elected in 2011 by a 57-43 margin over Richard Skorman, Bach led the city through four singularly tumultuous years. […]
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City Council agendas are at best boring, often disturbing and sometimes infuriating. They’re never fun to read — the best you can hope for is that Council and the administration have taken to heart the ancient admonition to physicians: Above all, do no harm. Item 8i on Monday’s work session agenda, innocently titled “Cumbres and […]
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On July 11, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado will dedicate its building on West Colorado Avenue, naming it the Karl & Mary Flemke Center for Free Enterprise. The name couldn’t be more appropriate. Karl and Mary were key Colorado Springs community leaders in the last quarter of the 20th century,...
It’s usually an easy, pleasant drive to work from my house on the west side. Right on Bijou, down 21st to Colorado, thence to Cascade, turn north and I’m there — wait a minute! Not anymore. There are now small potholes, there are big potholes, and then there are the...
Growing up in Colorado Springs in the 1950s, I dated a girl named Nancy Shoup. Nancy’s dad, Merrill Shoup, the son of Gov. Oliver Shoup, was one of our small city’s leading businessmen. CEO and chairman of the Holly Sugar Corp., he served on half-a-dozen boards and was an ardent conservative, at a time when “conservative wasn’t cool.” Mr. Shoup, who was fond of my parents and grandparents, took it upon himself to teach me about business, fearing that I’d become dangerously liberal.
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The Denver Art Museum will open “Claude Monet: the Truth of Nature” on Oct. 21. Co-created by the DAM and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, Denver will be only American museum to host the show. It will be, according to the DAM, “The most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two […]
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Shortly after the Colorado Springs was platted by Gen. William Palmer, our city’s original developer, he began to improve the then-desolate town site. Contemporary photographs show a barren stretch of plain, its monotony relieved only by a few wooden shacks. Palmer, so the story goes, sent boys down to the banks...
Nov. 3, 2020 – Election Day! A year ago, I was sure that Democrats would be entirely focused on beating President Donald Trump. I naïvely believed that policy divisions within the party would be subsumed by that single shared goal, and that the party would by now have united...
Detroit: fading and moribund, plagued by crime, with a decaying central city, a public school system in crisis, a disgraced mayor, plummeting property values and chronically high unemployment. Colorado Springs: vibrant and growing, located in a setting of unparalleled beauty, with good schools, abundant employment opportunities, low taxes, honest government and business-friendly policies.
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