To the Editor: For more than 15 years (1987-2003) in my capacity as a city official, I oversaw the operation and maintenance of your city’s 1,400 miles of streets. During those years, our citizens, taxpayers and voters funded our street resurfacing and preventative maintenance programs through a variety...
This year’s city council elections have been epically nasty. Scorched-earth political tacticians have targeted Richard Skorman, Jill Gaebler and Yolanda Avila. It seems that Richard, Jill and Yolanda are weak-minded, sanctuary-cities loving, Sierra Club-supporting, big-spending, city-bankrupting liberals who deserve to go down to defeat! Fun accusations for sure — does it matter if they’re false? […]
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TRS-80? Commodore? Altair? To the aging techies who first acquired a home computer in the 1970s, those names are familiar. By today’s standards, they were awful little bundles of nastiness, ready to crash for any reason. If you were smart, patient and tech-savvy, you could master their mysteries, and do...
Three weeks ago,  I received a letter from Experian, the credit bureau. It seems their system was compromised and cyber thieves took my personal information — driver’s license number, Social Security number, bank accounts, address — pretty much everything they needed to steal my identity and wreck my credit. Experian was very apologetic and offered […]
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60,000.  That’s how many cars travel between Colorado Springs and Denver every day on Interstate 25. $1.35 billion. And that’s the cost of delays and wasted fuel sitting in traffic jams across the state. In Colorado Springs, it costs $460 for every licensed driver. And the biggest culprit for locals is the 26-mile...
There’s not much to like about gravel quarries, essential as they are to regional economies throughout America. We need construction aggregate to build and maintain highways and railroad beds and to construct commercial and residential buildings. Quarries must be ready to supply scores, even hundreds of customers on a daily...
How should Colorado Springs Utilities be governed? That’s a good question, especially since there’s no definitive answer. Until the mid-1990s, CSU was just another city department, albeit a large, resentful and unwieldy one. The CEO reported to the city manager, who oversaw all city departments. Although tight-lipped and clannish, CSU managers...
Around the Front Range region this summer — Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Pueblo and Denver — one topic seems to dominate conversations: the increasing number of young, apparently jobless, possibly homeless, vagrants behaving aggressively on the streets in all four cities. These young men and women aren’t the same as...
Prison escapees and ingenious scam artists often draw our admiration. Break out of prison or make a run for freedom and most of us will be secretly sympathetic. After all, if you were stuck in some godforsaken hole in upstate New York for the rest of your life, wouldn’t you...
A few years ago, the O’Neil Group was quietly successful. It owned Braxton Technologies, a satellite control and maintenance firm, a staffing company, an engineering firm, a real estate business and a property management firm, among others. Then CEO Kevin O’Neil made the first announcement that surprised the local business community: He’d purchased the U.S. […]
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Every year without fail, no matter which party might be in power or sharing it, the Colorado Legislature sneaks up on us all. Those of us who understand the need to keep up with state politics enter the holiday season realizing it’s time to pay closer attention to what issues...
It’s already July, and reporters obliged to cover City Hall don’t have much to do. Mayor John Suthers and City Council President Richard Skorman have yet to get into a public fight; City Councilor Bill Murray hasn’t found any new targets for his wrath; real estate prices continue to...