The Colorado Springs City Council has a long history of use (and sometimes misuse) of so-called executive sessions. Such meetings within meetings can be held only during regular or special meetings. According to the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, Colorado open records laws require that “the topic must be announced to the public with as […]
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In recent months, the city’s center has seen a major economic boom — and planners are confident that downtown’s future is bright. With new businesses, new apartments, new hotels planned for the future, along with the Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, the city’s heart is bursting with optimism. And as speakers at the Downtown […]
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When I lived in New York City in the early 1970s, the city was deeply and visibly dysfunctional. The business climate was lousy; the middle class was shrinking; the streets were potholed; the parks were unkempt; the politicians were crooked or incompetent and the city was broke. The Mayor begged for a bailout from the […]
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In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, the Air Force announced that it would provide $4.3 million to water systems serving Security, Widefield and Fountain. The money will be used to fund the installation of granular activated carbon  filtration systems to remove perfluorinated substances from potable water. The filtration systems were described as an “interim […]
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Subscribing to the print edition of the New York Times takes nearly $1,000 annually out of your pocket at full rate. With careful account management, you can cut down that figure substantially, but it’s still a big number. It’s also worth it. One cold February morning, a long article in the Times Magazine caught my […]
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Earlier this week, the Board of Directors for Colorado Springs Utilities voted to keep the governance of the municipally owned, four-service utility company as it is — City Council in a different role. The move came after more than 18 months of research, several scientific polls that showed most residents favor an elected board, and […]
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City Council? Utility Board? What an absurd concept! So let’s get ourselves an entirely new board structure, right? We can have a separate elected board or we can have the mayor appoint an “expert” board, chock full of “well-qualified” folks who can best direct policy for our billion-dollar municipal colossus. By doing so, we’ll relieve […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Let’s imagine a new couple, two people of long acquaintance who suddenly see each other with fresh eyes, fall in love and agree to wed. They’re utterly devoted to each other, but there are certain obstacles to their union — as there are in so many late-life marriages. She’s smart, beautiful and though far from […]
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Ladyfingers Letterpress prepared custom wedding invitations for Saturday Night Live alum John Mulaney and other work for fashion designer Tory Burch, IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond and others. The owners, Morgan Calderini and her wife Arley-Rose Torsone, moved the business’ headquarters from Rhode Island to Colorado Springs two years ago, but just recently opened a retail […]
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Last Thursday evening’s Strawberry Fields “Town Meeting” at City Hall drew a standing room only crowd to City Hall, who listened intently as half a dozen opponents of the proposed land swap eviscerated the deal. It was an impressive turnout, especially for a hastily conceived evening event. I left early. At this late date, it’s […]
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