This February, instead of celebrating black history and black accomplishments, instead of recognizing the lasting effects of slavery and segregation, we were all treated to news of politicians in Virginiawho wore blackface in their pre-politics youth and a new Gucci sweater that gives new meaning to racist and tacky. How...
“One line is too much,” a Florida friend told me 40 years ago, “and one kilo is not enough.” He was warning me about the dangers of cocaine (which I more or less avoided), but he didn’t touch on other expensive, life-altering, career-endangering, mind-destroying addictive behaviors. Consider running for elected office,...
Last week’s sale of Colorado Springs-based Transit Mix Concrete to Aggregate Industries, a subsidiary of Swiss-based LaFargeHolcim, raises a lot of interesting questions. Why did Continental Materials, TM’s former parent company, spin off TM’s ready-mix concrete operations and an associated sand pit while retaining the Pikeview quarry and the “potential...
2019 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Broadmoor Art Academy, from which descended the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The FAC, now a part of Colorado College, opened its doors in 1936. In 1919, Colorado Springs had a population of about 30,000. By 1936, it had increased...
On April 2 residents of Colorado Springs will go to the polls to elect a mayor and three at-large city councilors … wait a minute, there are no polls! Actual elections are so dreary, old-fashioned and inconvenient. Instead, we’ll cast our votes by snail mail, yet another dreary, old-fashioned...
What a long strange trip it’s been. Thirty years ago, Colorado Springs was a different city. It was smaller, for one thing. For another, it was reeling from a dual economic punch: the national savings and loan scandal and the local collapse of Frank Aries’ plans for Banning-Lewis Ranch. The year...
Here’s our message to Congress and President Donald Trump: Stop the shutdown.
One of my favorite Facebook groups is “Old Pics of Colorado Springs,” a nostalgic site where longtime residents and natives mourn and celebrate our city’s resplendent past. Where did it go, that sweet little city of 40,000 souls? Where are its quiet days, peaceful streets and deep silences? Where...
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...
What parent doesn’t want the best for their children? As a mother of two daughters myself, I want to give them the chance to learn, grow, achieve their hopes and dreams, and live a better future than I could ever imagine. This National School Choice Week provides us the...
Even though our economy is ranked No. 1 in the nation, too many Coloradans are being left behind. I believe that, as a state, we should be judged not on how the people at the top are doing, but on how much opportunity the least fortunate have access to....
It should be an interesting year in local politics, particularly at the multiple intersections of business and politics. I’ve learned from sad experience not to make specific predictions, unless you make so many of ’em that no one remembers the bad ones! So here are some guesses about 2019,...