Fort Carson’s growth is on everyone’s radar. By some estimates, an impact of 52,000 people during the next several years will put stress on our infrastructure, health care and other aspects of our community. But, let us not forget our other bases as we work to support our military needs.
The news is the news, right? Something as significant as, say, the earnings of one of the world’s largest industrial corporations, should be fairly uniformly reported in every credible news source, shouldn’t it? Maybe so, but that wasn’t the case on Tuesday, as news organizations throughout the world sought to interpret General Motors Corp.’s quarterly and yearly results.
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Imagine that you are driving from Denver to Colorado Springs. It’s 3 p.m. on a weekday and somehow you dodged rush hour in Denver. You are smooth sailing down Interstate 25, with a podcast on the stereo and beginning to think about the evening ahead of you. You have just...
City budgets are interesting snapshots of a particular time — of the beliefs, assumptions and priorities of those who write and approve the documents. What’s emphasized, and what’s minimized? What inconvenient truths are ignored, and what accomplishments aren’t accomplishments at all? And why are city budgets so complex, so difficult to dissect and so infuriatingly […]
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“The arts inspire us, soothe us, provoke us, involve us and connect us. But they also create jobs and contribute to the economy.” — Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. Thanks to small nonprofit art galleries tucked away in the corners of the city, to...
The various versions of QuickBooks provide an effective solution for small-business owners to keep track of financial information without having a background in accounting. If information is input into the program correctly, QuickBooks can provide reports that are useful for evaluating performance and for making decisions that have day-to-day and long-term implications.
How do cities grow and change? That’s a question for which there’s no easy answer. We might begin by paraphrasing Leo Tolstoy’s opening sentences in the novel “Anna Karenina”: All happy cities are alike; each unhappy city is unhappy in its own way. Happy cities are well-governed and democratic, able to...
What is going on in our community? In the last week I have had three acquaintances who have been violated. One just had his car window smashed and some incidentals stolen. Another had his house cleaned out by robbers who backed a truck up to his door and another, most alarmingly, had an intruder in her house in the middle of the night.
Attack ads! They’re everywhere, inescapable unless you’ve managed to leave the 21st century and dwell in an idyllic, undefiled wilderness, without TV, Internet access, cell phones, newspapers or mail. Otherwise, you have to put up with various screamers telling you all about Bob Schaeffer, Mark Udall, Barack Obama, and John McCain.
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On Friday, when the rest of the nation was out shopping or relaxing after the Thanksgiving holiday, Colorado Springs was horrified by the city’s second mass shooting in a month. Even while the city mourned the three people who were killed in the senseless attack, and the police continued investigating...
Myths have a way of hiding what we don’t want to see.Americans, for example, are quick to charge third world dictators with abusive prison policies. But prison incarceration rates tell a different story. Reports show that 45 of the 50 democratically elected state governments in the United States, including...
Our community has faced a lot of destruction over the past 14 months as a result of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires. While these have been challenging times, the community response — especially from our firefighters, law enforcement personnel and the military — was commendable and makes...