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...
To those of us covering it, the 24-candidate City Council race may seem like the biggest show on earth, but it may scarcely register on the radar screens of most Colorado Springs residents. Our neighbor Susan was surprised to note that Jim Bensberg was running for office. “I didn’t even know there was an election,” […]
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Yesterday upon the stair I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today Oh, how I wish he’d go away — William Hughes Mearns, 1899   At Monday’s meeting of the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force, “the man who wasn’t there” dominated the meeting. City Councilmembers Jan Martin, Val Snider and […]
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Two years ago, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill that slashed that state’s top income tax rate by 24 percent and made smaller reductions for low-income filers. As the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities pointed out, the measure “fully exempted business profits that are ‘passed through’ from the firm to individual owners. No […]
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One of the strangest — and for me, one of the most endearing — characteristics of our confusing time is our affection for antique forms of transportation such as trains and bicycles. In pre-bust California, the giddy voters authorized the state to issue nearly $10 billion in transportation bonds to...
In May 2011, Mike Kazmierski resigned as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation. Kazmierski, a blunt-talking former Army colonel, had been at odds with many of the EDC’s supporters and board members. The Great Recession hadn’t made it any easier to persuade businesses to move to Colorado Springs, and city […]
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It’s just days to the election, so it’s time to make a few predictions. As political insiders know, these thoughtfully researched gems have historically been so inaccurate that they’re a kind of reverse guide to the actual results. As always, I encourage comments and predictions from readers — and I’d...
"When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."-Dr. Samuel Johnson Last Monday, the New York Post reported that the Ochs/Sulzberger family, which has controlled the New York Times for more than a century, might be forced to sell. Noting that the Times...
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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OK, what kind of city are we? Our goal, according to several iterations of our city&rsquo;s nonsensical and ever-changing mission statement, is to be a &ldquo;world-class city.&rdquo;<br> But, as University of Colorado at Colorado Springs economics professor Tom Zwirlein pointed out the other day, that might not be a realistic goal.<br>
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This year might well be remembered as a watershed moment in Colorado Springs politics — a time when voters and elected officials alike abandoned the deadlock and dysfunction that plagued the city ever since the 2011 voter-mandated switch to a strong-mayor form of government. In retrospect, the thaw began on...
With an eloquence foreign to modern Americans, poetic, inspirational and deeply moving, MacArthur recalls the sacrifices of generations past, and calls upon his listeners to live by the noble principles for which so many had given their lives.
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