As Tolstoy might have written, “Functional political parties are alike, but dysfunctional parties are dysfunctional in their own way.” Democrats have problems with economic reality, while Republicans are strangely devoted to junk science. Say “free medical care” or “free college tuition” to a Democratic elected official, and he/she will salivate like on of Pavlov’s dogs. […]
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What do we want for our city? Do we want to build, as Mayor John Suthers suggests, a city and a society worthy of our setting? Or do we just want to muddle through, do things on the cheap and discourage small businesses and entrepreneurs? Take, for example, the long process of determining a new […]
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The Colorado Springs City Council has a long history of use (and sometimes misuse) of so-called executive sessions. Such meetings within meetings can be held only during regular or special meetings. According to the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, Colorado open records laws require that “the topic must be announced to the public with as […]
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Mayor John Suthers announced yesterday that Colorado Springs Airport Aviation Director Dan Gallagher will leave the position in early October. Gallagher has taken a job as director of aviation business and finance with the Massachusetts Port Authority. Current Assistant Aviation Director Troy Stover will serve as interim director while a national search is conducted for Gallagher’s […]
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This little ad in the classified section of Wednesday’s Independent caught my eye. Investment Properties 7 Income Properties. Good condition. East. West. Central. Owner carry. 20 percent down. The phone number listed was a familiar one. It belongs to Douglas Bruce. Is the Dougster finally pulling up stakes and taking his act on the road? […]
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Back in 1988, the city negotiated a special deal with the people who then owned Banning Lewis Ranch. Ever since then, new owners have tried to undo the agreement — which requires developers to pay for all infrastructure costs associated with the 17,760-acre property. The cost: $12,000 an acre. Secret negotiations to undo the agreement […]
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Here’s a suggestion for a new City Council motto: Opacity is Us! And no, I’m not talking about Council’s stumbling attempts to delegitimize/criminalize/effectively ban the demon weed from Colorado Springs. Nor am I fuming over the sit/lie/Po’ People Get Out Of Town ordinance. Instead, let’s consider Council’s decision at yesterday’s meeting to give a fat […]
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You might be forgiven for supposing that Councilmember Don Knight has been solely focused on efforts to expand Council’s powers (or reclaim them from Mayor Bach!), while valiantly fighting against any local public funding for the “City for Champions” proposal. Not so! The Knight of Sorrowful Mien has been busy at work behind the scenes, […]
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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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In politics there’s one simple rule: Never make enemies that you don’t have to make. Clever politicians refrain from engaging potential foes who might otherwise stay neutral, or from staking out policy positions that will unnecessarily energize your opponents. It’s hard to understand why Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush took up the issue of federal […]
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“We can so do this!” said Amanda Miller last Saturday as we waited to start the Copper Triangle, a 78-mile bike ride through the mountains. We’d be riding from Copper Mountain resort up Fremont Pass and down to Leadville on Colorado 91, up U.S. 24 to Tennessee Pass, Battle Mountain and Minturn, then the long […]
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(Editor’s note: This is a revised version of a story that was posted Monday with updated information. The proposal at the end is unchanged.) “Colorado Springs Forward” is a relative newcomer to a long list of action-oriented community nonpartisan groups, but it may become a formidable player nonetheless. During the past several months, it has […]
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