In a lengthy article in the New Yorker earlier this month, Dr. Atul Gawande pondered a single, simple health care question. Why, he wondered, is McAllen, Texas, one of the most expensive health-care markets in the country? “Only Miami — which has much higher labor and living costs — spends more...
“And as all politicians know instinctively, blue-ribboning is a flawless way to avoid dealing with issues while appearing to do something.” You’ll have to wait until next week to see my early prognostications for 2008.
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The official celebration of the sesquicentennial of the founding of Colorado City during 1859 came and went without much fuss. Thanks to scores of neighborhood volunteers, a monument was erected, ice cream was eaten and the band played on. It was as homey and unpretentious as Colorado City itself, once the...
So what do we do about our city’s continuing meltdown? It looks as if the Pioneers Museum will stay open, if the El Paso Board of County Commissioners agrees to fund a modest rescue package, but most of the other cuts will remain. As part of our duty to the community,...
The most important development for the future of Colorado Springs isn’t apparent just by going to the city’s website. The first thing you see is a link to PlanCOS, an invitation to get involved in the city’s planning process for its updated comprehensive plan — the first one in 15...
On Nov. 4, Democrats in Colorado Springs — and, I guess, everywhere in America — were partying as if it were 1964, leaving Republicans the dazed and demoralized denizens of a new political dystopia. Forty-four years after another Arizona Republican was crushed by his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama completed his unlikely ascent to the presidency. And how unlikely was it?
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Democrat Jariah Walker, who will oppose incumbent Republican County Commissioner Peggy Littleton in the race for District 5 released an updated list of supporters yesterday. One stood out: Suzi Bach, identified only as the “president, Ramsgate Management Services.” Does this mean that Mr. Bach, aka Mayor Steve Bach, is about to jump on the Democratic […]
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A couple of years ago, I briefly dated a woman who was recently divorced from a local orthopedic surgeon. One evening she complained mildly about her ex’s unwillingness to fund some kid-related expenditure. “After all,” she said, “It’s not as if he can’t afford it.”
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According to a recent analysis by The New York Times, Denver is the logical location for Amazon’s new headquarters. The Mile High City checks all the boxes — a metro area of more than 1 million with a diverse population, an international airport, superb public transportation, a vibrant tech...
“Everything’s up to date in Kansas City/They’ve gone about as fer as they can go.” That Richard Rodgers melody from the 1943 musical Oklahoma! was about that bustling Midwestern city as seen by a naïve cowboy in 1906. Not surprisingly, Kansas City residents quickly adopted it, and Oscar Hammerstein’s gently...
<em>Many years ago, there was a man in Bathsheba who went to market. Among the throng he saw Death, dressed in black and as pale as the moon that grows thin. Death made a gesture, and the man fled, and rode his horse to Samarra. Another man approached Death, whose dress was dark as the sea at night and his face was as pale as a grave on a frosty night.</em>
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   Flown anywhere lately? If so, has your experience been anything like that of Ryan Bingham, George Clooney’s character in “Up in the Air,” who’s on the road 300 days of the year? Bingham moves effortlessly through “air world,” as he calls it, scarcely inconvenienced by lines at security check-ins, cancelled...