I wasn't the best kid growing up. I tended to run with the wrong crowd, got in some trouble from time to time but at least my parents stayed with me through my somewhat troublesome teen years and I always had a roof over my head in Downer Grove, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.
The Colorado Springs City Council (in its dual capacity as the Utility Board) met Wednesday and ignored Xcel Energy’s June 28 offer to enter into a non-disclosure agreement with Xcel subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado “with the specific intent of exploring over the next 60 days if there is a value proposition that would […]
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Everyone likes to get the most bang for their buck. A pleasant reality is the mileage we get out of a 72 cent investment every single day in Colorado Springs. Seventy-two cents… can you remember when gas was 72 cents a gallon or a loaf of bread was 72...
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. 
While there’s much to criticize in city council’s recent decision to forbid camping on public land, thereby outlawing the homeless tent cities which have sprung up along Fountain Creek, we believe that council response to the tent cities was reasonable and appropriate. Leaving aside the questions of litter, pollution, general...
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...
On March 1, the city’s mayoral candidates will gather before an audience of businessmen and women for the “Mayoral Candidate Forum for Business Leaders.” Here’s what we’d like to hear from the candidates. Your plans to help repeal or suspend the city’s TABOR amendment In April 1991, Colorado Springs voters enacted Amendment...
Every year, several dozen people from Colorado Springs take what’s well known as the Regional Leaders Trip, visiting cities to see what they have that we might replicate. Those trips have gone to Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Oklahoma City; Portland, Ore.; Omaha, Neb., and Salt Lake City. From each, the...
In the April city election, you will have the opportunity to vote on a proposal to amend the City Charter to prohibit the city from "planning, building, funding, or financing a convention center" unless a majority of voters gives prior approval to the complete project at a regular or...
<em>Dear Editor: </em>Douglas Bruce is purposely misleading your readers with his July 18 letter to the editor “Enterprise reform petitions will benefit residents.” His letter was full of inaccuracies and deception. In talking about a city budget of $360 million, he neglects to mention that number includes $122.5 million in funds not available for general fund spending.
Recently, we heard about an employer who is a forerunner of what we believe is to come. A 120-person advanced manufacturing organization in Browns Summit, North Carolina literally fired its biggest client - refusing additional work. Sales with this household name client had grown rapidly to the point where...
The Colorado Springs Leadership Institute had a full-day retreat last Friday at the Penrose House. The theme was creating a culture of “yes.” CSLI is made up of about 180 alumni who have a true passion for Colorado Springs and are proven leaders in our community. When do we celebrate what...