The issue: City council is debating a zoning change that would loosen restrictions on accessory dwelling units. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: Let’s see what ADUs can do. Colorado Springs has a housing crisis on its hands. It’s the lack of affordable housing —...
Somehow our once-forlorn little city has become America’s beau ideal, one at or near the top of every dreary metric created to sort and classify urban areas. We’re bike-friendly, dog-friendly, veteran-friendly, reasonably affordable and blessed with an equable climate. Our economy is booming, our schools are good, our politicians are...
The issue: A work visa program may end, putting the jobs of thousands at risk. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: Our elected officials should fight to allow H-4 EAD visa holders the right to work. Imagine your car has broken down and all...
Spring! A time for renewal, optimism, sunny skies and an even more burgeoning local economy. According to the El Paso County Assessor, almost every homeowner in El Paso County has made a pile of money as homes magically appreciate. So go ahead and plant an ambitious garden, because even...
The issue: TABOR, as is, damages Colorado’s finances. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: Vote in November to end revenue caps. In November, voters will have the chance to undo the most damaging provision of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which hurts the state’s...
The issue: Colorado’s governor is coming to the Springs for a free town hall. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: Like him or not, Gov. Polis has had a dramatic impact on state politics. Here’s your headline: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to...
What do businesses want? Conversely, what do we want from businesses? Businesses want a neutral, sensibly regulated playing field that encourages entrepreneurship, growth, innovation and creative change. Disruptive technologies may threaten stagnant legacy companies, but that’s OK. The great Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter identified such “creative destruction” as the basic...
On Easter Sunday, I knew that Grace and St. Stephen’s would be crowded with worshippers, that parking would be a problem, that the pews would be uncomfortable, that my knees would be creaky and that I couldn’t check my phone during the sermon. So I wafted kind thoughts to...
The issue: While efforts are underway to clean up our environment, we need to do more. What we think: Colorado Springs should borrow best practices from other communities, and citizens need to step up. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. As we bid adieu to yet another...
Earlier this month, the nation marked another pitiful Equal Pay Day. This year, it was April 2, which calculated (confetti and drum roll, please) how far into 2019 women had to work to earn what the average male got paid in 2018. It’s a painful reminder of a ridiculous system:...
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...