Dispirited Democrats! Delighted Republicans! It was 2008 all over again, except this time the winners had an “R” after their names. A few dazed survivors were left to pick through the wreckage Tuesday night, including Michael Merrifield, Pete Lee and then, much later, Gov. John Hickenlooper, who somehow managed to come back from the dead […]
In an interview published last week in New York Times Magazine, author/screenwriter Nora Ephron was asked whether there are any advantages to growing older. “This insistence on the joy of aging — this is all garbage,.” said the 66 year-old Ephron. Well, I dunno. As it happens, I’m exactly her age, and I’m eagerly anticipating an event which, absent the steady accrual of years, I could never imagine attending. Yup, it’s a reunion — my 45th college reunion.
In a mostly sensible column in the New York Times a few days ago, David Brooks talked about education: “If there is one thing we have learned over the bitter experience of the past 30 years, it is that per-pupil expenditures and days in the classroom are not sufficient to produce superb information-economy workers. They emerge from intact families, quality neighborhoods and healthy moral cultures.”
Those of us who attended Tuesday’s City Council meeting, or watched it on TV, learned one thing: Council is mad, mad, mad! In fact, they’re MAD AS HELL, and they’re not going to take it anymore! Who are they mad at? Our honorable Mayor Steve Bach, whom they characterize as contemptuous, dismissive and unyielding when […]
If you ever spent much time with UCCS economics professor Daphne Greenwood, one point should’ve been abundantly clear. She’s usually the smartest person in the room. That’s why we should pay attention to her newly released study of the business of local government, “The Decision to Contract Out: Understanding the Full Economic and Social Impacts.” […]
Go to The Gazette’s website. Click the local news link on the top left of the home page. Scroll down to Colorado Government News, and this is what you get. I added the datelines – all four stories came from the Associated Press. Colorado Government News • In D.C., a call for rebirth amid claims […]
Here’s a recent email to longtime environmental activist Lee Milner from George Luke, Colorado Springs Utilities’ interim chief energy services officer: “This is in response to your recent question in regard to the ability to use insurance proceeds from the Drake 5 fire to fund DSM or renewables in lieu of repairing or replacing Drake […]
The periodic skirmishes between City Council, the Board of County Commissioners and the mayor erupted into open, bitter warfare on Wednesday, as elected officials from the city and the county replied to Mayor Steve Bach’s criticism of the proposed stormwater initative. Earlier in the day, Mayor Bach had criticized the initiative at a press coinference, […]
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.
Midterm elections have a deservedly bad name. Absent the draw of a presidential contest, they often feature mediocre candidates, quirky ballot issues and public apathy. It’s hard to get excited, especially when your mailbox, your inbox, your TV and your social media sites are fatally infected with campaign trash. It makes you long for the […]
In a Monday press release, The United States Olympic Committee announced that Boston will withdraw its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The widely anticipated withdrawal came after strong community opposition to the Games surfaced in Boston. I wrote about the USOC’s travails in the Independent in April of this year. “Boston isn’t like L.A., […]
So who won the election? Barack Obama became president-elect and John McCain got the consolation prize — a seat in the U.S. Senate! And thousands of other pols and wannabe-pols spent Tuesday night celebrating or mourning. But there were other winners and losers, non-politicians who either profited mightily or slunk away broke and disgraced. And here are some of them — shining examples of American entrepreneurship, and equally shining examples of “what were they thinking?”