On Sept. 4, 2014, Kathy Loo and Darsey Nicklasson hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for Blue Dot Place, a planned 33-unit apartment building at 418 S. Nevada. Friday afternoon at 3:30 they hosted another party — an open house for the newly completed building. Getting there hasn’t been easy. While scores, even hundreds, of apartment complexes have been […]
Remember Capt. Renault’s famous line in “Casablanca?” “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” Given the hand-wringing about the stunning revelation that motorcycle cops have ticket-writing quotas, triggered by the revelation that a couple of low writers (bad pun intended) had been faking it, you’d think that Colorado Springs residents are as naïve as kindergartners.
Kermit the Frog might have said “it’s not easy being green,” but these days it’s easy to be green, not so easy to be Republican. Consider recent developments. Fred Thompson, long touted as the GOPster’s dream candidate, made his debut as an announced candidate for the presidency, and was practically booed off the stage.
Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous […]
As I was biking past the new Garden of the Gods Gourmet location at 26th Street and U.S. Highway 24 on Sunday morning, a beautifully restored 1960 Thunderbird emerged from the parking lot and stopped abruptly. I slowed down, intending to say “nice ride!” to the car’s proud owner, when I heard the starter motor […]
There’s a wonderful, if likely apocryphal, anecdote describing Winston Churchill’s reaction to the post-World War II takeover of Yugoslavia by Marshall Tito’s communist “partizans.” As the story goes, a young intelligence officer burst into Churchill’s office to inform him, in agitated tones, that Yugoslavia was about to fall into communist hands.
It appears that Colorado Springs will soon have its own poet laureate. Now that’s a harmless, feel-good idea. After all, isn’t it better to have our very own poet laureate than to have, say, our own nuclear arsenal?
The city’s Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax fund has been on the books since 1980, supported by a 2-percent tax on hotel rooms and a 1-percent levy on automobile rentals in Colorado Springs. The purpose of the LART tax, according to the city’s 2013 budget, is “to attract visitors and enhance the economy of the […]
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 […]
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? […]
<em>Many years ago, there was a man in Bathsheba who went to market. Among the throng he saw Death, dressed in black and as pale as the moon that grows thin. Death made a gesture, and the man fled, and rode his horse to Samarra. Another man approached Death, whose dress was dark as the sea at night and his face was as pale as a grave on a frosty night.</em>