What do old guys talk about when they get together for coffee? Do they argue about politics, reminisce about the beautiful young women they once dated, brag about their business coups back in the 1980s or complain about the afflictions of old age? Nope — in my experience, they talk about the…

While the screaming headlines of COVID, the upcoming election, the economy and international relations dominate the conversation and would seem to indicate that arts and culture are not currently an important force in our world, the truth is vastly different. Arts and culture are the touchst…

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I recently read The Gazette’s editorial “Closing schools does more harm than good,” and as the spouse of an elementary school teacher and the father of a second-grader, I wanted to share some thoughts. First, The Gazette is far from the only publication making this argument. In fact, we have…

As a kid, I was fascinated by chess. It was more than a game; it was cerebral, combative, intense and endlessly interesting. Every game was different, and the playing field never changed. No matter how skilled and experienced your opponent, you start out even. 

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On Monday, America blew past 6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases. Over 183,000 have died, almost 2,000 of them in Colorado. The scientists at John’s Hopkins University are tallying the carnage for us.

In 1873 Isabella Bird, an adventurous Englishwoman, rode her borrowed horse Birdie through the rough settlements and towering mountains of the Colorado Front Range. Bird, 42, was tough, athletic, curious and an extraordinarily gifted writer. She documented her trip in letters to her sister, …

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In the last few years, video has exploded across the internet, from social media platforms based completely on video, to stories becoming a popular way to peek behind the scenes, to YouTube continuing to dominate a huge portion of content creation. Businesses wanting to be successful moving …

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We’ve heard the term “post-truth world” used to describe our current situation. It’s seen in the proliferation of “alternative facts” that make their way through social media; it’s been used to explain the outright lies told on cable news networks; and the term is particularly apt when it co…

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Driving up to Cripple Creek last Saturday morning, we were surprised to see scores of motorcycles heading back from the Creek on Highway 67. I knew that the annual Veterans Rally had been canceled because of concerns about COVID-19, so I figured that the guys we saw were just freelancers enj…

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I’m going to be blunt: Racism has no place in the business community; it has no place in Colorado Springs — the city where everyone is welcome. And it has zero place at an event sponsored any of our newspapers. If you are someone who thinks racial slurs and insults are appropriate behavior, if you […]

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As we lurch uncertainly toward the sesquicentennial of Colorado Springs on July 31, 2021, it’ll be fun to look backwards. The city has never lacked chroniclers, reporters, self-interested autobiographers, painters, photographers, novelists, columnists, society columnists and crusading journalists. Their work is still there somewhere, ready to be unearthed for our delight. The past may be […]

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We all love the arts, don’t we? Well, maybe not all of us, but local, regional and national politicians love them for their economic impact. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the arts and culture sector contributes $15.6 billion to Colorado’s economy, representing 4.5 percent of the state’s GDP and 103,401 jobs. When […]

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In May, the unemployment figure for Americans ages 16 to 29 sat at just under 7.7 million. Ivanka Trump (who sorta works for her dad) recently suggested that these people just “find something new,” maybe get an associate degree or certification in a high-demand field. Good advice in less-insane times, but not very helpful during […]

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Who was the greatest American of the 20th century? There are scores of worthy candidates. My short list might include Jim Thorpe, Lou Gehrig, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Inez Milholland, Albert Einstein, Franklin Roosevelt, George Marshall, Dorothy Day, Dwight Eisenhower and Martin Luther King Jr. It’s a deliberately quirky list that leaves off obvious candidates […]

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The issue: Can the Olympic museum breathe fresh energy into area tourism? What we think: The $91 million investment could pay dividends for generations. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. At long last, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame has become reality with the grand opening […]

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  After months spent railing against numbers that show the coronavirus isn’t going to “disappear, like a miracle,” President Trump has suddenly ordered hospitals nationwide to send their daily COVID-19 data directly to the Department of Health and Human Services — bypassing the politically neutral Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is cause for […]

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When the sad news came last week, most of Colorado Springs didn’t know how to react. There was one sports story in the daily paper as literally hundreds of messages, instant eulogies and tributes crisscrossed the cyber world. Mike Moran, 78, former longtime head of communications and media relations for the U.S. Olympic Committee (1978-2003), […]

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Wearing a face mask is just not that difficult, folks. Yes, we were knowledge-starved when the COVID-19 crisis first hit, but now we have more clues about how the gnarly little blighter works, information that we know saves lives: Face masks and social distancing vastly reduce infection risk. And with a safe, effective vaccine still […]

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Are we on the verge of recreating Colorado Springs, of making it more just and more equal? Will we admit how much white privilege has shaped our city and ourselves? Or is this apparent public enlightenment another false dawn? White privilege shaped me, and enabled me to partially escape it. Thanks to money inherited from […]

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As we begin to open up our region and come out of the safer-at-home phase of COVID-19, let’s pause to consider its impact on our aging adults — one of the groups hardest hit by the pandemic. The work of Innovations in Aging Collaborative, the lead nonprofit organization coordinating the city’s Age Friendly Colorado Springs […]

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The issue: A new dawn of respect, equity and equality is coming. What we think: Peaceful protest can change communities for the better. You could be forgiven for not feeling particularly optimistic about things right now.  We’re in the midst of a pandemic that has swept the globe at alarming speed. The economy has tanked. There is […]

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Eating at restaurants, going to a big game and enjoying a friend’s hug or handshake were all part of our lives just a few months ago and we all want them to be part of our routines again as soon as possible. Our success in making our lives “normal” again after COVID-19 is making our […]

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June is Bike Month across the state and right here in the Pikes Peak region. Traditionally, the last Wednesday in June is Bike to Work Day — a fun, free event encouraging folks to try bicycle commuting and take part in free breakfasts provided by generous community sponsors. The local restaurant and business community has come […]

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Once again our country has been divided and is in grief over the needless and tragic death of a man, a Black man who pleaded for his life while men who were sworn to protect and serve turned a deaf ear to his humanity and pleas of “I can’t breathe.” The outcry and anger are […]

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Economists have spent the last couple months speculating, debating, researching, pondering — what kind of letter will our economic recovery look like? Some say it’s certain to be W-shaped because of the likelihood of a second or even third spike this year in coronavirus cases. We’re not out of the woods yet, so a W […]

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Pikes Peak Women stands with those who are horrified by the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, and those of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray Jr., Walter Scott, Oscar Grant III, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Botham Jean, Atatiana Jefferson, and too […]

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After the marches and protests, after the novel coronavirus, after the diminished party conventions and finally after the election … what’s next? There are three possible outcomes. If Donald Trump wins a second term, losing the popular vote while eking out a narrow electoral vote majority, we can expect levels of popular dissent unseen since […]

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After I became a full-time Colorado Springs resident last September, I visited the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce and suggested an ambassador program for the Manitou Incline. Little did I know that eight months later I would be embroiled in an inter-municipal battle worse than anything I experienced in 30 years of civic leadership in […]

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One of our enduring national myths is that demonstrations make a difference. Demos are a big deal; after all, the First Amendment explicitly guarantees the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances. Authoritarian governments typically ban or control dissent, so it’s comforting to realize that we […]

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It is with much enthusiasm that I begin my role as dean of the College of Business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. While I would have preferred to introduce myself to you in person, I look forward to engaging with you through a series of virtual events. Now more than ever, it is […]

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When John Weiss bought the Business Journal in 2012, there was some worry, some consternation and a lot of phone calls about the future of the paper. Would there be marijuana ads? No. Would we suddenly take on a more liberal bent? No. Would the paper become a pale younger sister to the Indy? Also […]

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As businesses in the Pikes Peak region gradually reopen their doors, it seems possible that the worst of the pandemic has passed. Does this mean a return to normal? Nope -— it means that we’ll work together to create some semblance of normal.  Predictions: Double H Negative — no handshakes, no hugs. We’ll nod, we’ll […]

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What do developers and urban bureaucrats have in common? Developers like to acquire land and build things, while urban bureaucrats may enjoy ripping down old stuff and “reactivating” publicly owned spaces. The latest example: the city’s nascent scheme to tear down the 1914 Thomas Barber-designed band shell in Acacia Park as part of an extensive […]

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Given these months of bad news, the past several days could have been worse. In fact, recent defense news in the Pikes Peak region has been pretty darn good. For the win: Peterson Air Force Base will be home to the U.S. Space Command for at least the next six years.  “This is great news for […]

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In early January I came across a story buried deep in the print edition of The New York Times about a new disease that had appeared in Wuhan, a then-obscure Chinese metropolis. For some reason it seemed threatening, and I told my spouse that we should stock up on canned food and other supplies. She laughed. […]

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Colorado is slowly getting back to work. Whether we  agree with the decision or not, Gov. Jared Polis on April 27 eased the state’s stay-at-home order into a more relaxed safer-at-home order. That means some so-called “nonessential” businesses, like salons and retail stores, can get back to work and clients can get back to patronizing […]

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Many people are hoping that antibody testing will help us get back to normal by sorting the population into two groups: those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 and those who are “immune.” Unfortunately, this is not the case. At this point, antibody tests — the rare ones that are reasonably reliable and accurate at detecting […]

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You can’t always get what you need. But if you try, sometimes you find you get what you want. This lyrical scramble is an appropriately backward lens through which to view our current situation. Just 29 percent of 1,000 Coloradans surveyed by Magellan Strategies in mid-April were ready to reopen the economy but — after […]

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It was nice to hear Gov. Jared Polis’ comforting remarks on Tuesday as he announced the gradual loosening of the Colorado’s shelter-in-place regulations. For the first time in many weeks, a return to normalcy seemed possible. Maybe at last I could pick up my long-stranded dry cleaning, meet my geezer pals for coffee and join […]