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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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It’s not surprising that North Korea’s ditzy young dictator couldn’t find Colorado Springs on the map, even while threatening nuclear attack. His uncertain physical geography may simply parallel our city’s murky psychic geography. We live here, but do we understand our place of residence? It’s as comfortable and unknowable as the Chelsea Hotel in the… Continue Reading City leaders – King and his court still old, white, male

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Geezers Rule!

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After the newly seated City Council decided to install rookie Councilor Keith King as presiding officer and two-year incumbent Merv Bennett as deputy assistant presiding officer ( I know, I know, those aren’t the official titles), it seemed appropriate to utter the G-word. Asked whether the city ought to be led by a trio of… Continue Reading Geezers Rule!

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Council elections have come and gone with results that baffled even the least savvy prognosticator (that would be me). I called two of six, doing a little better than the Housing and Building Association (1-5), but a little worse than the Independent and the Gazette (3-6). Yet my record’s a lot worse than theirs, since… Continue Reading Thoughts about what to expect from new City Council

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