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Water rates rank high

Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance refers to “the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.” Many Colorado Springs homeowners may experience such a state when their monthly Utilities bill arrives. One of them, Mike Graham, reacted by sending us… Continue Reading Water rates rank high

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The periodic skirmishes between City Council, the Board of County Commissioners and the mayor erupted into open, bitter warfare on Wednesday, as elected officials from the city and the county replied to Mayor Steve Bach’s criticism of the proposed stormwater initative. Earlier in the day, Mayor Bach had criticized the initiative at a press coinference,… Continue Reading Warfare erupts over stormwater

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As City Council prepares to consider the absolutely, positively, for sure no kidding this time final version of the proposed intergovernmental agreement that will establish the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority, it’s interesting to consider the proposed entity from both a practical and political perspective. In most respects, Colorado Springs is the boss. The city… Continue Reading Council ready to put its stamp on Regional Drainage Authority

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The s**t has hit the fan – Warren Zevon “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” 1978. You’d never expect the Colorado Springs City Council to so perfectly conform its meeting agenda to Warren Zevon’s great song, but just take a look at the agenda for Monday’s Council work session. Item 8E (lawyers). A resolution of the City… Continue Reading Send lawyers, guns and money

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Another August, another Copper Triangle, and another couple of weeks of being broke. We left Colorado Springs last Friday afternoon for Copper Mountain, stayed in a pleasant studio at Copper Mountain Resort on Friday and Saturday nights, and came back Sunday afternoon. The bike ride was wonderful, as always. What’s not to like about an… Continue Reading Triangle reaffirms what Colorado Springs needs

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Denver cultural district: possible role model?

In November 1988, voters in the six-county Denver Metro Area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson) were asked to approve a 1/10 of a cent sales tax for something called the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. The district’s purpose: “to distribute funds for the support of cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten… Continue Reading Denver cultural district: possible role model?

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The time has come to ask some difficult and uncomfortable questions about Keith King. The City Council meeting of Tuesday, July 22, was a particularly sad and dispiriting spectacle, magnifying questions about King’s leadership as Council president. King allows — even encourages — Councilors Joel Miller and Don Knight to make lengthy political speeches from… Continue Reading King: Inevitable conclusion tells us it’s time to go

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VA facility could lead to cemetery battle

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VA facility could lead to cemetery battle

Woody Allen once remarked, “Death should not be seen as the end, but as a very effective way to cut down expenses.” That may be true of individuals, but not of the Veterans Administration. The VA operates 131 national cemeteries, at an annual cost of approximately $500 million. Operating, maintaining, upgrading and expanding the cemetery… Continue Reading VA facility could lead to cemetery battle

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Fees, battles threatening  stormwater

Tuesday was a long and contentious day for El Paso County commissioners, for five members of the Colorado Springs City Council, and especially for the weary members of the Stormwater Task Force. And it ended in uncertainty, with city and county leaders opposing Mayor Steve Bach’s ideas for governance of a stormwater authority. Unless they… Continue Reading Fees, battles threatening stormwater

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Failed dreams help define city’s past

As stolid and unimaginative as our little city sometimes seems, it has had its share of dreamers and schemers, folks who weren’t afraid to reach for the brass ring. Some of their dreams came true — but many others didn’t. Colorado Springs didn’t host the Winter Olympics in 1956 or 1960. No railroad tunnel was… Continue Reading Failed dreams help define city’s past

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