It didn’t take long to figure out that the architects of the Compact had made a single glaring error, which led directly to today’s multi-pronged water crises. Instead of allocating water to the seven states and Mexico based on a percentage of yearly flow on the river, each state received a …

Our lack of affordable (or even sort-of affordable) housing has multiple causes and apparently no near-term solutions. Just figuring out how we got here isn’t easy either. Oldtimers tend to blame it on overdevelopment and the city’s slavish devotion to growth at any cost.

All my Dem friends are chortling happily over the calm reveals of the Jan. 6 congressional committee, hoping that the fiendish Donald Trump will be indicted, tried, convicted and sentenced to prison for any of many high crimes and misdemeanors. They’re delighted that Trumpista Republicans bo…

Here’s the unspoken maxim of all political actors: Find someone to blame, and make sure it’s not you. That’s why climate activists, Democrats and regular folk who are experiencing the suffocating heat of the Front Range have ganged up on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), the man said to be…

Whether as a hotelier, entrepreneur, real estate investor, historic preservationist, art maven or nationally renowned plaintiff’s attorney, Perry Sanders is always busy. His specialty: launching projects that seem impossibly difficult, persevering through problems that seem insoluble and suc…

Remember the nascent days of Facebook? I was an early adopter, amused by Mark Zuckerberg’s appropriation of a treasured college memory. When I began my freshman year at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, I soon realized that I was ill-suited to life in an all-male college in a d…

The last 10 years have brought, in general, great success and growth for many businesses. The next 10 years may not be so easy. Recession is on the horizon and many, including me, have been looking into ways to make sure their businesses weather economic turmoil. Hopefully this article will give you some ideas on […]

The great migration is usually seen in the United States as the flow of refugees from south of the border moves to safer havens. Given our contentious politics, we don’t pay much attention to internal migrants. States don’t erect walls and border checkpoints, so citizens, legal residents or …

In the last  few years we’ve had the dubious pleasure of watching the Colorado Republican Party descend from power and relevance to outright madness. Remember U.S. Senators Cory Gardner, Hank Brown, Gordon Allott and Bill Armstrong? And how about Governors Bill Owens and John Love? They were…

Many decades ago, I went to both Colorado College and Wesleyan University. In those long-vanished times, neither were particularly snooty, expensive or selective (they admitted me). Sixty years after I failed to graduate, both have enormous endowments, highly selective admissions policies an…

A year to go until we elect the next mayor of Colorado Springs, and there are already four competent candidates vying for the job — and it’s a diverse bunch. No women so far, but some pundits expect Sallie Clark might enter the race — and we have no shortage of extraordinary women leaders in…

These are strange days for businesses in the Pikes Peak region. Superficially, everything is calm and peaceful, the economy is strong and getting stronger by day, and the future is… well, bright.

Overwhelmed? So am I — this terrible war is on my mind every waking hour. Time for a break — and what could be better than raiding my overstuffed bookcases for local history books, many of which I inherited from my parents and grandparents? I’m a lousy librarian, with books shelved in no par…

In mid-February we jumped on a regional jet and headed for St. Petersburg, Florida, via Dallas. As all of us whom fate and finances command to fly economy, we were resigned to the epic discomforts of modern air travel — but a week in the sun had a certain allure. Several longtime friends had…

Recently, we were treated to an example of the extraordinary clout of the Old North End Neighborhood. Colorado Springs Utilities had the effrontery to remove several historic lamp posts along Wood Avenue on Oct. 21, hoping to replace them with modern lights and poles. According to the neighb…

As you may have noticed, we have lots of museums. We have history museums, art museums, motorcycle museums, mining museums, a rodeo museum, a Museum of World War II Aviation, dinosaur museums and, of course, our new Olympic & Paralympic Museum. They’re engaging, fun, economically benefic…

Colorado Springs is a lot of things. We have UCCS, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College and the Air Force Academy. We have a dozen or so historic neighborhoods, an historic commercial district (Old Colorado City), an exploding Downtown, amiable suburban developments dating from the…

So far, 2022 doesn’t disappoint — at least for a newspaper columnist. I should particularly thank city council for its inability to choose a seat-filler for District 3, as well as express my gratitude to Debbie Kelley at The Gazette for writing her piece on renaming Pikes Peak. 

So here we are, perched happily in the catbird seat of American cities. We’re near or at the top of a formidable set of ‘Best of’ lists: best city to start a business, move to, live in, have fun in, grow with, raise kids and have a good life. We’re a good-sized city without many of the ills …

The election’s over, and what have we learned? It’s pretty clear that the excesses of the left dismay many of those moderate suburban voters that the Dems were counting on, while white working-class voters are deeply estranged from the so-called working class party.

The older I get, the more change rattles me. What’s going on Downtown? What’s going on in the White House? What’s going on with hiring decisions? Is that a new tilt in the playing field? Am I going to hold forth about the good old days? You bet. 

Will the real estate bubble ever burst? Given the soaring cost of new construction, the national popularity of our fair city and region, and the strong local economy, it’s difficult to imagine any real change in the foreseeable future.

In the idyllic early 1950s, Downtown Colorado Springs was the center of everything. Platte and Colorado avenues ran east and west, while Nevada Avenue and Tejon Street ran north and south. Public schools were organized radially, with four junior high schools (West, East, North and South) fun…

How do you know when you’ve become a geezer? In common with many of my contemporaries, I did my best to avoid that melancholy fate. You’re only as old as you feel, right? Stay thin, fit and healthy, and you’re fine, right? Don’t let your hair fall out, work out every day and go out every night!

Ours is a time of cascading crises; so many, so numbing and so endless that after a while we just stop paying attention. With that in mind, let’s concentrate on something that’s lighthearted, fun, uplifting and begins with a party!