The issue: Unpaid family leave is costing businesses and their employees. What we think: It’s time for a statewide push for paid leave for families. Last spring, the Colorado General Assembly opted not to approve a proposal for paid family leave — and businesses missed a golden opportunity. Paid family leave — for the birth...
Full confession: I went to see “Mamma Mia: Here we go again!” and I loved it. I wept, I laughed and I wanted to sing along. I remembered when I was young, lean and sailing through the Greek islands — surely I had anchored in that azure bay, swum...
Open records and open meetings assure transparent governing. It’s that simple. Any argument for closing records should be met with both skepticism and alarm. Why? Because keeping records from the public keeps important — sometimes vital — information from the people  appointed and elected officials pledged to serve. In this case,...
Anne Gorsuch, the mother of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, was a controversial Colorado politician best remembered (by me, anyway), for coining the phrase “nothingburger.” I thought of Anne as I plowed through the dismal bureaucratese of PlanCOS, the newest iteration of the city’s comprehensive plan. Here’s a sample paragraph: “In...
“Everything’s up to date in Kansas City/They’ve gone about as fer as they can go.” That Richard Rodgers melody from the 1943 musical Oklahoma! was about that bustling Midwestern city as seen by a naïve cowboy in 1906. Not surprisingly, Kansas City residents quickly adopted it, and Oscar Hammerstein’s gently...
As our trade war deepens with countries around the world, Colorado stands to lose both jobs and income. The state is not as reliant on exports as California ($5.6 billion in exports) or Texas ($3.9 billion), but there are 733,900 jobs and $276.8 million in exports at stake under the...
It’s 7 a.m. on a sunny June day — time to head for the mountains. I want cool air, sparkling vistas, snowcapped peaks, wildflowers in bloom, a fun day and a temporary respite from the urban clamor of the Springs. I’m not the only one. Turning onto Highway 24 from...
Next month, businesses and residents of Colorado Springs will see an additional fee on their utility bills: the long-awaited — and much-needed — stormwater fee. Voters approved the monthly fee during the last round of municipal elections, and the city now has the infrastructure in place to start collecting the...
Who owns downtown’s streets? That’s a question that never will be definitively resolved and one that we’ve been fighting over for 147 years. According to Newport in the Rockies, Marshall Sprague’s definitive history of Colorado Springs, by late July 1871, Gen. William Palmer’s associate, Gen. Robert Cameron, had platted “1,000...
New construction for apartments downtown, a start on building the United States Olympic Museum, groundbreaking on the Pikes Peak Summit Complex. Record employment levels matched with new companies and entrepreneurs; a city government that’s responsive to business needs and growing industry sectors in cybersecurity. UCCS, Colorado College and Pikes Peak...
Here’s a suggestion: Head south on Interstate 25, get off at Bijou Street, go south on Cascade Avenue and eventually head west on Colorado Avenue to Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Where will you stop? What will attract your attention? What seems welcoming and fun, and what seems...
When President Donald Trump announced a 35 percent tariff on newsprint from Canada, one U.S. company immediately hired 50 people back to run its paper mill. But even as the North Pacific Paper Co. — the sole company complaining about Canadian imports — hired people for its plant in...