The next president of the United States should submit the nomination for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, according to U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, the Republican from Colorado Springs. Last week’s death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has led to speculation over the future of the Clean Power Act. The act seeks […]
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(Editor’s note: This is a revised version of a story that was posted Monday with updated information. The proposal at the end is unchanged.) “Colorado Springs Forward” is a relative newcomer to a long list of action-oriented community nonpartisan groups, but it may become a formidable player nonetheless. During the past several months, it has […]
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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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UCCS has gained national attention, thanks to a email by three professors telling students if they are climate change deniers — they can’t attend the Humanities class at the university. The class, which spends a semester discussing a specific topic, was designed to address the effects of climate change — not discuss if climate change […]
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On May 15, the nine members of the Colorado Springs Planning Commission gathered at City Hall for their monthly meeting. For the old hands among them, the agenda seemed ominous, as did the crowded room. Items 6a-6c were particularly threatening. Innocuously titled “The Farm,” the three items had little to do with farming, and a […]
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Here’s a business model for you, one guaranteed to rake in the bucks. Organize a really fancy, week-long track meet. Invite countries large and small to send teams. Add other sports — swimming, baseball, cycling, soccer, sport climbing, tennis, badminton, sailing … whatever! Persuade cities worldwide to compete for the privilege of hosting the meet, […]
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“To the glory that was Greece And the grandeur that was Rome.” – Edgar Allan Poe, “To Helen” The ruins of ancient Rome have fascinated historians, poets and melancholy romantics for centuries. Since Edward Gibbons’ monumental “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” historians have focused upon the politics of decay and collapse. But before […]
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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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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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What does Mark Ferrandino most desire as he finishes up his final session as speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives? There are lots of potential answers, but one comes to mind: Ferrandino, a Denver Democrat, would like to figure out how to snatch back the $120 million in tax increment funding that the state […]
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Dispirited Democrats! Delighted Republicans! It was 2008 all over again, except this time the winners had an “R” after their names. A few dazed survivors were left to pick through the wreckage Tuesday night, including Michael Merrifield, Pete Lee and then, much later, Gov. John Hickenlooper, who somehow managed to come back from the dead […]
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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 […]
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