<em>“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana ,1905.</em> Haven’t I seen this movie before? The price of crude oil shoots up, gasoline prices soar, newspapers dust off ancient clich&eacute;s (“pain at the pump,” anyone?), motorists squawk, politicians posture and all of America unites in the search for scapegoats.
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Ours is a nation whose prosperity has many foundations. We’re a capitalist democracy with universal, free public primary and secondary education. We have the best system of higher education in the world. We enjoy freedoms that most countries do not — of the press, of assembly, of worship, of speech and of association.
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It should have been a routine matter on City Council’s agenda at Tuesday’s meeting. Mayor Steve Bach had nominated three Colorado Springs residents to serve on the Urban Renewal Authority. Under the charter, the mayor appoints qualified community members to the authority, subject to Council confirmation. As volunteer city boards go, it’s a powerful body. […]
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In January 2016, the CSBJ reported highly fluorinated toxic industrial chemicals called PFCs contaminated drinking water provided to more than 80,000 residents of Fountain, Security and Widefield. First synthesized in the 1950s by 3M, these perfluorinated substances have been used by manufacturers worldwide in products that include firefighting foam, nonstick...
With less than two weeks to go before the August primaries, it’s time for careful analysis, snarky remarks and (largely inaccurate) predictions. Here in El Paso County, we’ve tended to focus upon the mud-splattering, name-calling, take-no-prisoners race for the 5th Congressional District seat, featuring the beloved comedy team of Jeff Crank, Doug Lamborn and Bentley Rayburn, or upon Mark Waller’s attempt to pull state Rep. Doug Bruce’s snout out of the public trough.
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A few minutes before two last Thursday afternoon, the city council chambers were almost vacant. A graying, portly middle-aged man sat alone at a desk facing the council dais, surrounded by stacks of legal documents. It was Douglas Bruce, waiting patiently for the title-setting board to rule on his latest...
As this version of the Colorado Springs City Council approaches its one-year anniversary, it may be time for a quick performance assessment. It should be simple enough. At the mischievous suggestion of a prominent local businessman, we’ll use metrics generally accepted in the corporate world — those that the Council majority cited as they quizzed […]
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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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Four decades ago, long before Douglas Bruce and the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, the Colorado Springs City Council approved a 2 percent tax on hotel rooms and a 1 percent tax on car rentals. The proceeds of the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax were to be used to “attract...
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...
ldquo;&hellip; Colorado Springs always tried to take credit for things that happened in Colorado City long before the Springs existed. In fact, Colorado Avenue was laid out on the Fosdick Plat of Colorado City on Nov. 1, 1859 ... Colorado Springs when it was founded in 1871 named its joining Street &lsquo;Huerfano&rsquo; right to the western city limit of Colorado Springs. Same road, different names.
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“Breakin’ rocks in the hot sun/I fought the law — and the law won.” — written by Sonny Curtis, performed by the Crickets, the Bobby Fuller Four, and the Clash. Ah, the good old days! When laws were laws, criminals were caught, and punishment was certain. Do we still fight...