You can always count upon Colorado Springs voters to be thoughtful yet unpredictable, eccentric but somehow centered, antic yet logical. What did we find out when City Clerk Sarah Johnson delivered preliminary city election results Tuesday evening? Quite a lot, actually — so here are the answers to a few questions. • Can a united […]
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What city project required 53 staffers, an 18-person steering committee, drew 9,000 participants and generated 24,508 social media posts? Such a vast effort in the private sector might signal the construction of a cluster of high-rise buildings or the creation of a soon-to-be billion-dollar company. But we’re talking city...
Remember the old song? “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town / the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down.” Physical geography is easy enough to learn, but what about economic geography? Is Colorado up, or is it down? Are we, as Gov. John Hickenlooper would have it, a state with a powerful, diversified […]
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Now that the municipal election is history, it’s time to pay attention to 2008. We could, I suppose, do the usual — write columns, pontificate, complain, praise, blame and generally do the impotent journalist thing … but it’s time for a change! What about really mixing it up — being part of the process, participating fully in our precious American democracy? Elected office? Been there, done that. But how about trying to become a delegate to the national convention and help choose the woman or man who will lead our country for the next four years?
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What’s history? The dull recital of dates, battles, kingdoms and presidents? The slow process through which societies grow, adapt and change? Or, is it what we experience ourselves — the events that define us, our family and our community? For most of us, history is shared experiences.
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So who won the election? Barack Obama became president-elect and John McCain got the consolation prize — a seat in the U.S. Senate! And thousands of other pols and wannabe-pols spent Tuesday night celebrating or mourning. But there were other winners and losers, non-politicians who either profited mightily or slunk away broke and disgraced. And here are some of them — shining examples of American entrepreneurship, and equally shining examples of “what were they thinking?”
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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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What do our proudly conservative city/county/Colorado Springs School District 11 elected officials want? Mo’ money! On the November ballot, Mayor John Suthers, with the support of a 6-3 supermajority of city council, will ask Colorado Springs voters to approve fee-based funding for a revamped stormwater enterprise. The annual tab? About $17...
How much will it cost to construct the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex? A few years ago, advocates (myself included) believed $25 million was the upper limit. The probable cost, if all went well: perhaps less than $20 million. Feasibility studies and funding analyses were structured thusly. It seemed easy...
True confession No. 1: I keep a lot of stuff that I should have thrown away. True confession  No. 2: I subscribe to three daily newspapers. So yeah, I’ve got a lot of old newspapers in the basement. For some reason, I saved the editorial section of the Sunday, Dec. 16,...
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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Local politicians, visitor industry spokespeople and media folks have long been entranced by best-of lists. Regardless of the source, our leaders will happily trumpet any list that ranks our fair city at or near the top. Best place for Millennials/retirees/to start a business/to buy a home/to find a job/to...