Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous […]
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What Radford was saying, of course, is that gays and lesbians are second-class citizens, eligible to pay taxes, but not eligible for the “special rights” that majority-approved groups qualify for by reason of their majority status.
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Crass? Clueless? Just plain dumb? All of the above? Yup, all of ’em are good descriptors of the Fine Arts Center’s midnight teardown of the historic Carpenter mansion last week. And why did they tear it down? For a parking lot! According to FAC public relations flack Charlie Snyder, the decision had been made years before, but they just now got around to doing it.
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We won’t be talking about our pure Rocky Mountain water anymore. Instead, we’ll have a new motto — maybe “Colorado Springs! Where We Flush it in the Morning, and Drink it in the Evening!”
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On April 9, Colorado Springs City Council will meet in a 1 p.m. work session to consider the “Banning-Lewis Ranch annexation amendment and restatement presentation and proposed code amendments.” Members of the unwashed, uninformed and (let’s face it!) unwelcome public won’t be able to comment — they’ll have to hold...
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...

Geezers Rule!

After the newly seated City Council decided to install rookie Councilor Keith King as presiding officer and two-year incumbent Merv Bennett as deputy assistant presiding officer ( I know, I know, those aren’t the official titles), it seemed appropriate to utter the G-word. Asked whether the city ought to be led by a trio of […]
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That the U.S. Supreme Court refused to throw the American health care system into chaos by overturning the Affordable Care Act is a good thing. And it’s also a good thing that this “disruptive innovation,” as Alice Rivlin called it in Fortune, will survive. Rivlin, who has headed the White House Office of Management and […]
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“Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are already heading.” — Bradley Rotter We had finally reached the engine room floor of the Jeremiah O’Brien, after descending three steep metal companionways, and inching our way along spidery catwalks surrounded by steam lines, ventilators and machinery. The...
C’mon, fess up, did you pay your bill from the Stormwater Enterprise? It’s OK, neither did I. Oh, I got the bill in the mail some time ago, and I put it aside to pay, and then I just didn’t. I guess I had a Doug Bruce moment. As you may know, ol’ Mr. Antitax, the Dougster himself, claims that the so-called stormwater fee isn’t a fee, but a tax; and as such, should have been authorized by a vote of the people.
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If you’re a 55-year-old retiree who receives a pension from the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association, you may be a resident of geezer heaven. That’s because assuming you started working for the city of Colorado Springs, or as a public school teacher 30 years ago at age 25, you could...
In a telling display of futility, City Council refused Tuesday to put Mayor Steve Bach’s proposed $160 million infrastructure bond issue on the April 7 city election ballot. After a parade of city department heads and concerned citizens came forward to emphasize the gravity of the city’s capital improvement, stormwater, public safety, road maintenance and […]
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