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The city and its enterprises employ thousands of people. Every day some of them quit, get promoted or migrate from one department to another — and it’s not news. Unless you’re a department head, a member of Council or spectacularly fired, the jackals of the media don’t much care. But if you’re Aimee Cox, we’re… Continue Reading Council’s loss becomes Mayor Bach’s noteworthy gain

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It’s been a long, strange trip for the city of Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor, two feuding organizations locked in a long, unhappy marriage. When Gen. William Palmer founded the city in 1871, much of the rolling mesa at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain was owned by Burton C. Myers, who planted a few acres… Continue Reading Broadmoor’s newest dreams won’t come soon

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Are you mad, mad, mad because other people are getting handouts, subsidies, benefits, tax breaks, rebates, refunds and entitlements, and you’re not? If not, you may be the only living American who believes that he/she isn’t being screwed, swindled, shortchanged, taken advantage of, exploited, played for a sucker and made to pay retail for everything.… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: SunShare pays price for youth, transparency

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Here’s a recent press release from the city touting its concrete cost-sharing program. Particularly interesting parts of the presser are italicized (although you may argue that no part of such a press release could conceivably be very interesting).  “The City of Colorado Springs, with funding from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) and the… Continue Reading The city wants to fix your crumbling sidewalks – sort of

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The Colorado Springs City Council will hold a “retreat” this weekend at Glen Eyrie between 6-9 PM on Friday evening, May 10, and continuing from 8AM – 5PM on Saturday, May 11. No further details were available. No agenda was posted. The location was described only as “Glen Erie – Pink House” (talk about conspicuous… Continue Reading Council retreat this weekend at Glen Eyrie

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Last week it was time for a haircut, so I made an appointment with my friend Tiffany, who has a salon in her south-side home. Tiffany’s a competent woman in her 40s who has been cutting hair for 20 years. Making ends meet was tough when she had young children, so she worked construction, bartended… Continue Reading Yes, we have our own gray economy in Colorado Springs

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Politicians, businesspeople, and job applicants all know the first and simplest rule of self-promotion: get someone else to do it for you. When Keith King was campaigning for a council seat, he didn’t say that he was a fine, upstanding statesman who played well with Democrats; he quoted  Rollie Heath to that effect, who’s not… Continue Reading The Hickenlooper-Romanoff bromance

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Sixty years ago, my father took me duck shooting for the first time. He had given me a 20-gauge single-barreled shotgun a few months before my 12th birthday, and had carefully instructed me in its use. We spent weekends trap shooting and skeet shooting. He taught me how to lead the clay pigeon, estimate range,… Continue Reading It’s time to take a look at Colorado Springs Utilities

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Go to Gazette.com. Click on ‘local.’ Mouse down and click on ‘Government.’ Scroll down to ‘Colorado government news.’ You won’t find much – just four stories from the AP wire. They’ve been there for a while. How long? A day, two days, a week? Longer?  Much, much longer… Here’s a clue. One story is titled… Continue Reading 1,249 days – Gazette readers held hostage!

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The King and his Court get to work

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It was 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, time for the new City Council to begin its first meeting as the Utility Board. Eight of nine board members were in their seats, but board chairman Keith King was standing over a table to the side, fussing with a stack of papers. The minutes ticked by; 1:05, 1:07,… Continue Reading The King and his Court get to work

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