Darryl Glenn’s astonishing march from obscure El Paso County commissioner to Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate was applauded by many conservatives — and even drew approval from liberals. “Tonight, the far right in Colorado once again picked a candidate who can’t win,” said Ian Silverii of ProgressNow Colorado, which describes itself as the state’s […]
“The General Assembly shall, as soon as practicable, provide for the establishment and maintenance of a thorough and uniform system of free public schools throughout the state, wherein all residents of the state, between the ages of 6 and 21 years, may be educated gratuitously.” — Article IX, Section 2, Constitution of the State of Colorado. The Constitution’s authors sought to build, in the clear Colorado air, a new and better society — educated, humane, fair and free.
The headline in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said it all: “Brewers settle for Colorado Springs as AAA team’s host.” Neither Colorado Springs nor Milwaukee had a choice. There are 32 major league teams and 32 Triple-A cities – so when one team jumps ship, as did the Rockies (and others in recent weeks), it triggers a […]
It looks as if Colorado Springs City Council won’t refer any charter amendments to city voters this fall. Here’s the text of an email from Council President Keith King to his colleagues (in italics). Council Members: We just finished the agenda planning session for Monday and Tuesday. There are two issues that I want to […]
C’mon, fess up, did you pay your bill from the Stormwater Enterprise? It’s OK, neither did I. Oh, I got the bill in the mail some time ago, and I put it aside to pay, and then I just didn’t. I guess I had a Doug Bruce moment. As you may know, ol’ Mr. Antitax, the Dougster himself, claims that the so-called stormwater fee isn’t a fee, but a tax; and as such, should have been authorized by a vote of the people.
City Council agendas are at best boring, often disturbing and sometimes infuriating. They’re never fun to read — the best you can hope for is that Council and the administration have taken to heart the ancient admonition to physicians: Above all, do no harm. Item 8i on Monday’s work session agenda, innocently titled “Cumbres and […]
Made yet another pilgrimage up the pass to Cripple Creek a couple of weekends ago accompanied by a friend who, like me, enjoys playing the quarter slots. After several hours of hopeful play, we were down a few bucks and decided to get a meal in the casino’s steakhouse.
Colorado Springs — are we the world capital of self-flagellation? Sometimes it seems that way as civic leaders trot off to cool cities like Austin, Portland, Oklahoma City and Papeete (they wish!) to gawk enviously at their betters. We in the media love to join the chorus. Woe is us, we write! Unlike (fill in […]
Those of us who know Nolan Schriner understand four things about him. • He knows what he’s talking about. • He’s honest. • He doesn’t suffer fools gladly. • He’s diplomatic … but only to a point. It was apparent that Colorado Springs Council President Keith King and his Council colleagues Joel Miller and Don […]
It would be nice if our city’s quarrelsome elected leaders could agree on the most important issues facing Colorado Springs, wouldn’t it? Imagine if Mayor Steve Bach agreed to support a regional stormwater enterprise, and Council got behind the City for Champions projects — wouldn’t that be great? And what’s the matter with them, anyway? […]
Some years ago, I listened to Terry Gross interview a successful Las Vegas businessman on National Public Radio. Terry asked what it was like to be a resident of Vegas, working and living as one would in any American city. Was it strange, difficult or disorienting? “Well,” the businessman replied “Las Vegas is the best place in the world to start a business, not really work very hard, be successful, and live the good life” — he paused for a moment — “if you have no weaknesses. But if you do, this town will find them, and destroy you.”
Opponents of the Colorado Springs City Council-approved land swap between the city and the Broadmoor Hotel haven’t given up. Thanks to a large cash infusion from an anonymous donor, they’re pursuing a multi-pronged strategy that may delay execution of the swap for years — or even reverse it. The land swap proposal: The city transfers 189 […]