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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The TABOR amendment to the Colorado Constitution, a product of the fertile, inventive and cunning mind of Douglas Bruce, has many unfortunate features. One particularly noxious section requires that any written comments received by local governments for or against a ballot issues be summarized and published in a pamphlet mailed to all registered voters prior to […]
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Here’s an advance peek at four design concepts for the new Pikes Peak Summit House. They’ll be formally unveiled this afternoon  (Wednesday) at a public meeting, to be held at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, starting at 4:30. The images are courtesy of the architects, RTA/GWWO. It’s important to note that these are […]
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Mayor John Suthers released his proposed 2016 budget this afternoon. The 800-plus page document contained few surprises. Some highlights: – General fund revenue is projected to increase by $9.4 million. Expenditures will increase from $258.7 million to $268.1 million. The defunct Stormwater Enterprise fund will be reconstructed with commitments of $16 million from the city […]
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Who was at the Mayor’s State of the City address? If newspapers still had society columns, we could tell you everything — what they wore, who they talked to, who looked fabulous, who looked fat, who sat at the head tables and who was consigned to the back of the room. Alas, we’re a serious […]
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The news that Mining Exchange developer/owner Perry Sanders is buying the Antlers Hilton rumbled across downtown Colorado Springs on the Friday afternoon of Aug. 14 like an unexpected earthquake. It dramatically altered the business landscape, rearranged the pecking order and promised to reshape downtown in ways that few would have anticipated in the moments before […]
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City Council will decide today to place a ballot initiative from Mayor John Suthers, raising the sales tax to  .62 percent to pay for road repairs. Voters will have a chance to approve the tax increase in November. As you’d expect from Suthers, a master politician and accomplished attorney, the measure is both carefully drafted and […]
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On September 9, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers will deliver the “State of the City” address at Broadmoor Hall, a convention/meeting facility that’s part of the Broadmoor Hotel complex. As in the past, the Regional Business Alliance will put on the event, which will be sponsored this year by Comcast, Kaiser Permanente and the Gazette. […]
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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., […]
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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.”
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Last week at Christie’s in London, a magnificent painting by Claude Monet, “Le Bassin aux Nympheas,” sold for an equally magnificent price: $80.4 million. The 6-foot by 3-foot painting, one of the artist’s celebrated water lilies series, belonged to Columbus, Ind., collectors J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller. Mr. Miller was the chairman of Cummins Engine Co., long headquartered in Columbus.
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That the U.S. Supreme Court refused to throw the American health care system into chaos by overturning the Affordable Care Act is a good thing. And it’s also a good thing that this “disruptive innovation,” as Alice Rivlin called it in Fortune, will survive. Rivlin, who has headed the White House Office of Management and […]
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