John Hazlehurst: Increase salaries for diversity A few decades ago Elliott Roosevelt, then the Mayor of Miami Beach, was asked whether the Mob ran the city. It wasn’t an impertinent question, given the Mob’s power in south Florida and Cuba during the1950’s. “No,” Roosevelt responded, “The Mob doesn’t run the city — they own it.” Who […]
There’s a certain slimy literary genre that newspaper employees have grown used to in the past decade — the pre-sale, pre-bankruptcy, pre-termination letter from the boss. Digital First Media CEO John Paton sent such a missive to DFM employees last week. It’s a classic of its kind, beginning with the fake-friendly, informal opening salutation (“Folks,”) […]
On June 2, Mayor Steve Bach will perform his last official function, introducing John Suthers to be sworn in as Colorado Springs’ next mayor. For Bach, and the city, it has been a long, strange trip. Elected in 2011 by a 57-43 margin over Richard Skorman, Bach led the city through four singularly tumultuous years. […]
The long-awaited HDR Inc. “Study of Alternatives Related to the Potential Decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant” was released earlier this week. As I ploughed through most of its 160 pages, I felt for our hapless city councilors. They’ll have to read it, understand it, and base important decisions on the report’s content. Actually, […]
Sixty years ago, my father took me duck shooting for the first time. He had given me a 20-gauge single-barreled shotgun a few months before my 12th birthday, and had carefully instructed me in its use. We spent weekends trap shooting and skeet shooting. He taught me how to lead the clay pigeon, estimate range, […]
The Colorado Springs Utility Board ()AKA City Council will meet Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m., with the agenda and associated attachments already online. Here are the most significant items, including forecast electric and gas rate increases and the expected length of the Martin Drake Power Plant outage. In what is presumably a worst-case scenario, Utilities […]
Thirty miles into a long weekday ride on my road bike in (I think) 2004, I stopped at a downtown coffee shop for a quick break. I thought I looked pretty cool, even in a splashy spandex U.S. Postal jersey — and there was my friend Shannon, sitting a slender dark-haired woman who looked vaguely […]
Earlier this month, the Associated Press distributed a story about the last breeding pair of Yangtze giant soft-shell turtles. “She’s around 80 years old. He’s 100. Breathless scientists watched as the world’s most endangered turtles successfully mated. But the attempt to breed the species’ last known female with the last known male in China has failed because the eggs didn’t hatch .... The elderly pair can try again next year, part of a delicate attempt to keep the species alive.”
A few years ago, the knees decided that running was no longer on the menu. Goodbye 10Ks, goodbye marathons, goodbye Pikes Peak Ascent. So like most creaky old guys who still think they can stay in shape, I returned to biking. Virtually every morning from April through October, I rise with the sun and ride for an hour or two, usually on one of two or three routes.
On Monday, the National Federation of Independent Business sponsored a congressional candidate forum at the Broadmoor Golf Club. Six of the seven candidates seeking to represent Congressional District 5 were present. Republican John Anderson was the only absentee, having been called away to Washington on business.
“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. … In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, […]
A group that might be kindly characterized as a “liberal watchdog,” the Colorado Ethics Watch, has released a list of “Colorado’s most corrupt public officials in 2008.” And who do you suppose was at the top of the list? You guessed it — the oft-maligned former county commissioner and current state Rep. Douglas Bruce. And why, you might ask, did the Dougster receive this dubious honor?