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There’s no doubt that local businesses, landlords and families are straining under the ongoing pandemic. It’s unlikely help from the federal government will come anytime soon — and certainly not in enough time to save many businesses, those on unemployment and those families struggling with …

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As we slowly approach the end of our country’s Transmogrifying Trumpocracy, we need to channel the departing tweetmaster and ask ourselves a single question about the new administration: What’s in it for Colorado?

Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 28 this year and we are excited to bring this wonderful event straight to your living room! For years, Small Business Saturday has been the biggest day for customers to make a point to “shop small,” taking part in in-store promotions, hot chocolate and p…

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Several hours of meetings with no solutions in sight. The competition is eating your company’s lunch… and dinner… and part of your breakfast. Then, during a break, you overhear one of the silent participants suggesting the solution to one of her peers. You wonder — why didn’t she speak up du…

Following a roller-coaster Election Week (it’s no longer accurate to call it Election Day and may not ever be again), it’s official: Come January, President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th commander in chief of the United States of America. Politically speaking, it’s a big swing…

Deeply thankful that the election is over and glad that Biden won, for several reasons. While I supported many of Trump’s early initiatives, such as reducing our foreign entanglements, resetting our relationships with Russia and North Korea and making our southern border more secure, he didn…

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This year, we’ve seen both the best and the worst of humanity. We’ve seen frontline workers continue to care for patients, nonprofits step in to fill gaps government won’t, and an increasing push for racial justice. 

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Around the turn of the 19th century Colorado Springs had become one of the wealthiest, most attractive and prosperous cities in the American west. Thanks to the beneficence of Cripple Creek multi-millionaire W.S. Stratton, an extensive network of trolley lines linked Downtown to Colorado Cit…

Many small businesses are on edge, with potential shutdowns looming again. If you’ve managed to survive this unprecedented pandemic thus far, another shutdown can be daunting, and quite frankly, terrifying, to a small business owner. Let’s look at some of the necessary things your business s…

It’s old news to Colorado Springs that art museums are struggling. We learned that a few years ago when Colorado College acquired the adjacent Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Its endowment depleted, its revenue hollowed out by the Great Recession and its donors reluctant, the once proudly…

Earlier this month, we joined virtually as a community to discuss the state of the local, state and national economies at the 24th annual UCCS Economic Forum. In partnership with the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, we hosted a combined forum and state of small business event to…

As a habitual and profoundly addicted voter, I obediently filled out my ballot the day it arrived in the mail. As we all now know, it was a tiresome task. Bad enough that there were 11 statewide issues and a few city issues to ponder, let alone contested races for local offices. Worse still …

It looks as if the transformation of Downtown’s Vermijo Avenue will actually happen! It had long been a wide, dreary, automobile-friendly downtown street with two rows of parking in the middle. It’s an aesthetic nightmare, a parking lot disguised as a public thoroughfare, lined with lifeless…

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 The country is less than a month away from Election Day and chances are, no matter where you get your news, you’ve been told how divided our nation is — that there’s very little interest from the powers that be or the sides they lead in discussing commonalities. As we know, when it comes to…

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We’ve seen the future and it’s amazing and wonderful! Colorado and Colorado Springs may grow, but ours will be a resilient, sustainable, carbon-free, water-thrifty and thoughtfully governed state and city. We’ll curb forest fires, build passenger rail from Cheyenne to Trinidad, end urban spr…

October is Arts Month. In another time, we’d be going to museums, listening to live music, seeing plays at the Ent Center, Millibo Art Theatre or the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. 

Politics can be strangely transformative, engaging and unpredictable. Sometimes you find that you have a dog in a fight that you’d just as soon avoid, for reasons that you never imagined.

As health care costs continue to rise, choosing the right insurance remains a critical component of any financial plan. These choices become even more important in retirement because your decisions can have lasting — and expensive — consequences. 

Question: It has been almost 20 years since the accounting failures at Enron and other high-profile companies and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) was passed. Whistleblowers played a key role in the discovery of these failures. How can organizations implement effective whistleblowing programs?  

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is more than a meme. She’s more than a Saturday Night Live skit and more than a political pawn in the 2020 election.

Are we all sick of politics? The good news is that the election will be over and done with sometime after Nov. 3, unless there’s a repeat of Bush vs. Gore. If so, our long national nightmare will continue until the Supreme Court anoints a winner.

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 […]