El Paso County’s budget is full of strange abbreviations such as “2008 one-time MAFR,” figures that don’t seem to quite add up, multiple sources of funding, mandated and discretionary expenditures and bewildering pie charts.
As County Commissioner Jim Bensberg said, not wholly in jest, “Sometimes I think that they — the bean counters — go out of their way to make sure that mere mortals like you and me can’t understand it.” Continue Reading A problem that isn’t going away
The Detroit News had an interesting article this morning about the much-quoted foreclosure stats published by Realtytrac. Here’s an excerpt. “Two years ago, when RealtyTrac Inc. started releasing monthly foreclosure numbers, it filled an information void and became the self-appointed record keeper for the nation’s ugly spike in mortgage defaults. Those numbers have been widely… Continue Reading Foreclosures: Now you see ‘em, now you don’tContinue reading …
Bloomberg has an interesting article today on the (apparently) impending real estate disaster in Miami. Here’s an excerpt: “In the middle of the biggest glut of condominiums in more than 30 years, Miami developers keep on building. The oversupply will force prices down as much as 30 percent, the worst decline since the 1970s, and… Continue Reading Miami Condominium GlutContinue reading …
Many years ago, the cover of Fortune magazine bore a haunting photograph of a brilliantly lit, deserted automobile showroom, taken late at night.
On the showroom floor was a small, inventively styled foreign car that had quietly established a substantial presence in the American market. Beneath the photograph, deliberately styled after Edward Hopper’s painting of Depression-era New York City, “Nighthawks,” was the simple legend: “While Detroit Slept.” Continue Reading ‘Big 3’ not what they used to be
Remember Pogo Possum, the swamp-dwelling protagonist of the eponymous comic strip? I never paid much attention to the strip, even as a comics-loving kid.
But I do remember Pogo’s famous remark: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
That sweet little epigram was a sly rephrasing of an equally well-known wartime dispatch sent in 1813 from Oliver Hazard Perry to William Henry Harrison, saying that “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.” Continue Reading Sorry Hank, but I’ve problems of my own
Our often-embattled congressman, Doug Lamborn, has apparently chosen to be the spear-carrier for bills which have little chance of passing, but are sure to infuriate the newly ascendant Democrats. His most recent bill, which would have stripped all funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting follwed a similar bill aimed at the National Endowment for… Continue Reading Lamborn strategy all wrong?Continue reading …
Along with assorted media types, toured the FAC’s new addition yeasterday morning. The architect, David Owen Tryba, was on hand, as were miscellaneous FAC bigwigs-Mike DeMarsche, Buck Blessing, Carol Kleiner,Chris Jenkins, just to name a few. As some of you may know, I have a long history with the FAC. My grandfather was a founding… Continue Reading Fine Arts Center additionContinue reading …
We won’t be talking about our pure Rocky Mountain water anymore. Instead, we’ll have a new motto — maybe “Colorado Springs! Where We Flush it in the Morning, and Drink it in the Evening!” Continue Reading Hillary, stormwater fees quite curiousContinue reading …
Remember the old Roadrunner cartoons that entertained generations of kids before video games and the Internet?
Remember when the Coyote would suddenly arrive at the edge of a precipice?
He wouldn’t stop. He’d just keep going, running in thin air — and suddenly, he’d look down, realize his plight, and plummet to the ground, to the audience’s shrieking delight. Continue Reading Long fall from our lofty political perch
A couple of years ago, I briefly dated a woman who was recently divorced from a local orthopedic surgeon.
One evening she complained mildly about her ex’s unwillingness to fund some kid-related expenditure.
“After all,” she said, “It’s not as if he can’t afford it.” Continue Reading Health care: you get what you can afford