The issue: Colorado Springs School District 11’s buildings are aging and it must compete with wealthier districts for talent and students. What we think: The proposed mill levy override will help close the gap and aid students preparing for 21st century jobs. Tell us what you think: Send us an email...
Space travel has become fairly routine. Astronauts regularly blast off into space, tinker around on the International Space Station and do a bit of research — and most of us are generally unaware of any of it. That wasn’t always the case. Americans were at one time singularly gripped by the notion...
Try as you will, you won’t find a single mayor/council candidate in this election who’s business-unfriendly. They’re all reading from the same script: more jobs, more manufacturers, more young professionals, more entrepreneurs and mo’ money. And they’re all against the same things: flood, fire, potholes, high utility bills and … did I mention potholes? They’re […]
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It appears that Colorado Springs will soon have its own poet laureate. Now that’s a harmless, feel-good idea. After all, isn’t it better to have our very own poet laureate than to have, say, our own nuclear arsenal?
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Governor Bill Ritter’s decision to discontinue his 2010 campaign, and leave the Governor’s office after two years, stunned Democrats and Republicans alike. After a relatively easy victory during 2006, Ritter was thought to be the very model of a ‘Blue Dog’ Democrat, uniquely well-suited to Colorado’s independent-minded voters. Fiscally moderate,...
In a notable display of uber-conservative lunacy, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed bills last month that set aside $3 million to fund lawsuits aimed at taking over Utah lands owned by the wicked federal guv’mint. The Feds own more than 60 percent of Utah, which many Utahans resent. Reasoning that...
It might be the season of giving, but that doesn’t mean taking is in any way, shape or form acceptable — especially at the office. And I’m not talking about pilfering a pencil or two or a ream of paper here and there. This is much more cerebral. It seems that taking...
As tax time comes around, and as the president keeps bringing up minimum wage, let’s consider our attitudes toward income, wealth and inequality. One of the basic tenets of the capitalist marketplace (Adam Smith) was that a moral code binds the community within which markets operate. Our moral sentiments provide the framework for fairness and […]
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For homeland security professionals to be successful in their field, it is critical to stay ahead of prevailing tendencies within the industry. Colorado Technical University recently sponsored a mock exercise, hosted by the Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership (CEPP), and attended by personnel from private and public sector institutions to...
Since we will probably have to turn off a bunch of street lights because of our horribly under-funded budget, I suppose people won’t be able to see the area very well driving through it at night. There is at least one good thing about not having enough money for basic city needs, I guess.
Dropped by the bank this morning, and picked up a little cash for the weekend. Since I’m planning a trip to Cripple Creek, I withdrew several hundred bucks, which will, I hope, not be too seriously diminished by the one-armed bandits. There’s something about having a few crisp hundred-dollar bills in your wallet, isn’t there? It’s real, it’s tangible, it’s actual money. If I lose it, I’ll be acutely conscious of the loss; if I add a few more hundreds to my stash, I’ll be happy.
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About six months ago, just after last Thanksgiving, a jolt of reality pushed me to make a difficult decision. For years, I’ve watched as others in the newspaper world, and all other kinds of business, couldn’t deal with the same circumstances in a graceful way. They had done so many things...