For financially challenged homeowners on the west side, April is the kindest month. Winter is for gas bills, summer is for water bills. April, May, September and October give brief respite from the unrelenting demands of Colorado Springs Utilities. Last winter was expensive. Ours is a drafty 1898 Victorian house,...
“You can observe a lot just by watching.” — Yogi Berra Cognitive dissonance is, like “cellar door,” a lovely linguistic dyad. The words trip sweetly off the tongue, yet lose a lot in translation. To open the cellar door (particularly if you live in a dilapidated Westside Victorian) is to descend into a dark and […]
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Douglas Bruce is our own Don Quixote, brandishing a rusty sword, and still spoiling for a fight. Good for him — but bad for our city. 
At the beginning of the week, Bloomberg’s website featured two stories. One noted the continuing fall of Facebook shares since the company’s initial public offering, when the investing public snapped up 421 million shares of the 8-year-old firm at $38 a share. At that price, the company was valued at...
It’s hard not to feel sorry for our hapless congressman, Doug Lamborn. Abandoning his usual agenda (God, guns and Bush: good — abortion, gays and taxes: bad), Lamborn seized on what he must have thought would have been a feel-good item: make Pikes Peak a National Monument!
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“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” — Dr. Samuel Johnson The corollary to Dr. Johnson’s oft-quoted maxim may be that, absent such knowledge, one’s mind is regrettably dispersed — so here’s a week’s worth of...
Which Colorado Springs mayor should history hold responsible for the tradition of annual “State of the City” speeches? “De mortuis nihil nisi bonum” — of the dead speak only good, so let’s leave it alone. Suffice it to say that our dreary ritual, pretentiously borrowed from the president’s constitutionally mandated State of the Union speech, […]
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Judging from the emails piling up in my inbox, the two worst people in Colorado are U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who will oppose each other in the Senate race this November as Udall seeks a second term. Did you know that “Shutdown Cory” single-handedly engineered the Tea Party shutdown of […]
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Enough complaining! Rather than focus on everything that’s wrong about our city, it’s time we focus on what’s right. Let’s forget about the wretched economy, the fumbling politicians and the crazy Republicans/Democrats (pick either or both) who are cheerfully destroying our great city/state/nation. Here’s my top picks. Pikes Peak! Let’s hear...
Say you’re a pilot. You’re not flying the plane — you’re sitting in the back of the bus, row 27, seat E, squeezed between oversized fliers. You’re mad at the airline, at the airline industry and at the overpaid incompetents who have run the company into the ground. You’re mad...
It’s almost the middle of July in an election year — time for prognostication. Who will win? Who will lose? Given my past record, you probably won’t find out here, but who knows? Even a blind hog sometimes finds an acorn, so here are my picks. Hillary’s running mate: Colorado Gov. John...
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...