It was a spirited and amiable crowd that assembled on April 16 to hear John Suthers, Bill Murray, Tom Strand and Wayne Williams take the oath of office on the south steps of the Pioneers Museum. About 500 people were there to enjoy the show, which included prayers, music,...
When former Gov. John Hickenlooper attended the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame’s groundbreaking in June 2017, he was quoted as saying “Topophilia is the love of place. All of Colorado has it, but it is particularly evident in Colorado Springs.” Those who live here often extol the amenities...
Let’s see — how many reasonably qualified Democrats are running for president? So many that President Trump hasn’t even bothered to give most of them derogatory nicknames, a particularly irritating (and effective!) campaign strategy in 2016. Once the frontrunners manage to sort themselves out, they can expect to be honored...
How much would you be willing to pay to use something you’ve already bought? It’s a strange question, but Colorado Springs and El Paso County officials are betting the answer is, “not much.” The Business Journal believes in the importance of open records, that goes without saying. People need to know...
Now that the municipal elections are history we can turn our attention elsewhere and consider tangible achievements rather than empty words, futile campaigns and frustrated dreams. Let’s start with the long-frustrated dream of building the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame somewhere in Colorado Springs. First proposed almost 40...
With elections on the horizon, let’s think for a bit about how we get this done. Most everyone would agree that making it as easy and safe to vote as reasonably possible should be very high on the list of things we expect of our government. So why, in the...
In 2021, Colorado Springs will turn 150. Seems like a long time, but that may depend upon your perspective. My grandmother, who lived most of her long life in Colorado Springs, was born in Boston in 1871. I was born here in 1940 and am now more than half...
Last year was one of affirmation for Colorado Springs. After decades of living in the shadows of bustling and seemingly “cooler” northern Colorado cities such as Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver, General Palmer’s burg discovered in 2018 that the only shadow we should be living in is the one...
Eleven hopeful candidates, three seats. Everything else being equal, that gives each of them better than 4-to-1 odds of success in the April 2 Colorado Springs City Council elections. Those odds are pretty good, at least compared to those of winning a sheaf of $100 bills in Cripple Creek. Dream...
Colorado Springs is on the verge of “something great.” That’s what you hear all over the city, and not just from politicians and developers. Everyone seems to feel the new energy engulfing the city as we grow and diversify our business base. Well, almost everyone. There’s a part of the city...
Colorado Springs voters will have another opportunity to elect representatives to Colorado Springs City Council April 2. With the job of mayor and three at-large council seats up for grabs, this is an opportunity for voters to choose candidates who are prepared to make decisions about the role of...
When Colorado’s ballot initiative process was first being debated in the early 20th century, former President Teddy Roosevelt weighed in, saying, “I believe in the right of the people to rule. I believe that a majority of the plain people of the United States will, day in and day...