As odd-year elections go, the 2013 vote in El Paso County certainly won’t stand out as earthshaking. Or, for that matter, even mildly surprising. Everybody who has been paying the slightest attention had to know the only issue of real interest to the Colorado Springs business community. That was Amendment 66, a sweeping measure that […]
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Ever since the city budget quietly allocated $1.5 million for “planning and design work” on a proposed new Pikes Peak Summit House, nothing much has happened — or so it seemed. In fact, it appears that the ice on the summit is beginning to melt (literally and figuratively!) and that the long-dreamed-of replacement to the […]
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The issue:  The Springs has the opportunity to join a nationwide network of smart, connected cities. What we think:  Business and community leaders should lend their time and talent to the effort. On Tuesday night, about 80 business leaders gathered for the kickoff of local efforts to become a “Smart Gigabit Community,” a...
Symbiosis is usually defined as “an interaction between organisms in which at least one organism benefits.” A common example of mutual symbiosis is the relationship between clownfish and sea anemones. The territorial fish protect the anemones from anemone-eating fish, and the stinging tentacles of the anemones protect the clownfish from predators.
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The Quality of Life Indicators report, the Dream City 2020 project and Operation 6035 are all significant, worthy projects meant to help Colorado Springs be all the city can be. But, it seems the three legs of the stool are without a solid plank at the top to unite...
<em>Dear Editor: </em>RE: “Why not ‘shift’ the focus to increasing the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax?”<br> The meeting and tourism industry has become a popular target for those hoping to raise funds to make up for budget shortfalls. It’s easy to think that it would be harmless to increase taxes and fees paid by visitors to our city and state.
Dear Editor: I have read with great interest Allan Roth’s articles that further the “gospel according to John Bogle,” the venerable founder of the Vanguard Group and proponent of index investing. That is, that investing is an either/or proposition and passive investing stands as the ruling victor of the debate. The argument goes something like this: either you invest passively via indexes and wait patiently for the day when you can count all your gold coins in safety, or you toss your money to the temperamental active management “gods” and pray for rain.
The check might no longer be in the mail - or for that matter in a truck or on an airplane. Thanks to new federal legislation and technology, checks are increasingly being scanned and sent electronically to banks for payment. The law, called Check 21, gives digital images of...

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Every 90 minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with ALS and, unfortunately, every 90 minutes someone in the United States dies from ALS. Commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's disease", ALS is a fatal neuromuscular disease that currently affects over 30,000 people living in the United States. 5,600...
On Tuesday, voters will gather for Colorado’s caucuses — but not as many as you’d think. In fact, only about 22 percent of Colorado’s registered voters participate in the caucuses, leaving major electoral decisions in the hands of a few party activists. The state did away with presidential primaries in 2003,...
Ian Askill, the CEO of Aspire Biotech, gave a talk recently at a Peak Venture Group breakfast about biotechnology. One of the questions he asked was, “Does it have life in the Springs?” There are 21 or so biotech companies in the area. Askill sent them a survey. The observations he compiled:
Remember multiple-choice questions? Here’s one. Our city’s fiscal difficulties are a result of: 1. Feckless, improvident decisions by city council, such as mortgaging the Police Operations Center to pay off their jock pals at the USOC! 2. Feckless, improvident decisions by local voters, who have been consistently led down the primrose path...