I’ve heard that line of reasoning from other Dems — but, strangely enough, not from Republicans. To a man — or a woman — they think that Obama can, and probably will, win. They don’t think that race is much of a factor in American politics, especially in national races.
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Like Rodney Dangerfield, Colorado Springs architects get no respect. It must be galling to be shut out, to see the most nationally significant regional architectural commission since the Air Force Academy go to an out-of-town firm. Earlier this week, we learned that the U.S. Olympic Museum organizers had chosen Colorado Springs-based contractor GE Johnson Construction […]
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Let’s imagine that you bought a big house on a quiet street in an idyllic western city a few decades ago. You soon figured out that you could make a few bucks by renting out the basement apartment. That went well, so you started an in-house event business, hosting...
Are city elected officials being outmaneuvered, outsmarted and scammed by Nor’wood Development Group as the extensively reworked Banning Lewis Ranch annexation agreement moves briskly along to almost certain council approval? I don’t think so, and I’ve been involved with this issue for 30 years. In writing this column, I’ve...
Got an email on Monday from a reader who shall remain anonymous. Here’s the text: “John, Perhaps with your exposure to matters of a civic nature you can explain the relationship between: DreamCity 2020 — Project 6035 — Leadership Pikes Peak — Center for Creative Leadership. I have about 4 terabytes of...
When Colorado Springs voters go to the polls to elect a new mayor next April — only about 140 days from now — there will be at least three well-qualified candidates to choose from, four if incumbent Mayor Steve Bach chooses to run for a second four-year term. Bach, Amy Lathen, Mary Lou Makepeace, John […]
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Remember “Always Buy Colorado?” I thought not. To refresh your memory, in 1986 State Sen. Ray Powers, R-Colorado Springs, introduced an “Always Buy Colorado” resolution, urging all patriotic residents of the Centennial State to patronize local businesses. A nonprofit was formed to promote it, a dreary logo was created,...
In common with every other homeowner in Colorado Springs, I got the usual nasty little January surprise in the mail a few days ago — my utility bill. It was bad. Really bad. So bad that I thought briefly about relocating to a place with a mild, equable climate, where the temperature year-round ranges between, say, 65 and 80 degrees — neither too hot nor too cold. Goodbye furnace, goodbye air conditioner, goodbye utility bills.
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City Councilors Jan Martin and Val Snider reached the end of the political trail Tuesday afternoon when they sat through their last, mercifully brief Council meeting. Term limits forced Martin to leave the dais, while Snider declined to run for a second term, choosing to run ultra marathons instead. Martin and Snider will be missed. […]
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During Monday’s “budget markup session,” City Council members couldn’t stop using three apparently interchangeable phrases. They promised to concentrate upon providing “essential city services,” “vital city functions” and “core city services.” In the view of every one of our nine elected officials, public safety comes first. And after public safety comes...
How can we solve our affordable-housing problem? The current crisis has been brewing for many years, and has intensified as the city has become a real estate boomtown, with escalating prices and low vacancies. Result: couch surfers, car sleepers, creekside campers and chronically homeless individuals. Many of us live...
Well, that was quick, wasn’t it? Blue frame, we hardly knew ye — but, like Argentina, we won’t cry for you. According to Colorado Springs City Communications Director Jamie Fabos, we haven’t seen the last of the big blue rectangle, a marketing ploy erected in the Garden of the...