The next time someone asks me why I spend so much time at the office I’m going to have a really good answer: It’s safer there. According to the National Safety Council, workplace death rates have fallen 17 percent since 1992, while fatalities occurring off the job are up 14 percent. (Considering some of the neighborhoods I’ve lived in during my not-so-illustrious journalism career, I really should have known this without having to read a fax.)
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...
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...
Affordable housing advocates in Colorado Springs are worried. We’ve all seen what gentrification has done to neighborhoods in Denver, where housing prices are so high, workers there are seeking affordable options in other cities, losing the culture and character of neighborhoods in favor of expensive McMansions and luxury apartments. Gone are...
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...
In PlanCOS, the city’s comprehensive plan that received final approval from city council in January, Mayor John Suthers states in the introduction, “The PlanCOS Comprehensive Plan positions Colorado Springs to take full advantage of its economic opportunities to create and maintain the very best places to live, do business...
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...
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...
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...
Do geezers rule national politics? Let’s see — on Nov. 3, 2020, Donald Trump will be 74, Bernie Sanders 79, Joe Biden 78, Chuck Schumer 70 and Nancy Pelosi 80. Then there are the young upstarts; Kamala Harris 56, Beto O’Rourke 48, and Cory Booker 51. And last are...
What do New Guinea, Suriname and the United States have in common? They are among the few countries, out of nearly 200 recognized globally, that do not offer federally mandated paid family leave. The U.S. is the only industrialized country on the planet that doesn’t guarantee paid time off...
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...