Archive | April, 2010

Gazette’s editorial policy to change?

29. April 2010


It’s no secret that many of the progressive voices in our community would like to see the Gazette become another Denver Post. They’re not yearning for the depth and breadth of the Post’s news coverage – the just want the Post’s editorial page. They’d love to have a local rag which reliably supports taxpayer-funded projects […]

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Qwest goes down

23. April 2010


First Coors, then Frontier, now Qwest – three iconic Colorado companies weakened by clueless management, mountains of debt, and the ‘creative destruction’ of capitalism. After CenturyTel completes its proposed all-stock acquisition of Qwest towards the end of this year, Colorado’s signature company will simply disappear. Eight thousand Coloradans are currently employed by Qwest, including 2,600 […]

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Green grows the grass for alternative weeklies

22. April 2010

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What’s green, transferable and particularly welcome on Earth Day? That would be good old-fashioned money, a commodity in scarce supply in today’s newspaper business. But for some newspapers, 420 green is good. Denver’s Westword and the Colorado Springs Independent, Colorado’s leading alternative newsweeklies, are likely more profitable than ever – thanks to the dope business. […]

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Serious artists need serious buyers

20. April 2010


Between 1930 and 1960, the population of the Colorado Springs’ not-quite-Metropolitan area averaged around 40,000 souls. During that period, the region experienced a now legendary flowering of the visual arts. Lured to the region by the availability of seasonal teaching gigs, nationally prominent artists came to Colorado Springs and often remained here for many years. […]

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Colorado Supreme Court – better than SCOTUS?

15. April 2010

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In a column in today’s New York Times, Timothy Egan opines that President Obama’s choice to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court should be someone who, unlike every sitting justice, attended neither Harvard nor Yale Law. Makes sense to me – and, I suspect, to the majority of Coloradans. I’m sure that the […]

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Memorial, Mary Lou and the new mayor

13. April 2010


For my many sins – and because our health care reporter, Amy Gillentine, was busy at the Space Symposium – it fell to me to cover this afternoon’s meeting of the “Memorial Commission.” The meeting featured brief remarks by former mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, who left office in 2003. Mary Lou spoke concisely, briefly, and […]

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Grocery stores to become liquor stores?

9. April 2010


We don’t expect much from lawmakers, especially state legislators. We don’t expect them to be as wise as Learned Hand, or as well-informed as President Obama, or as personally disarming as President Clinton. We’d prefer that they not kick press photographers, or forward nasty racist e-mails to their colleagues or chase their girlfriends down the […]

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CEO count: men 197, women 3

6. April 2010


Here are a few of the inflexible rules of power. 1. If you have power, you want to keep it. 2. I f you have to pass it on, you give it to your peers. 3. You’d just as soon keep insiders in and outsiders out. The business section of the Sunday New York Times […]

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Strong mayor, weak mayor-what about no mayor?

1. April 2010


Colorado Springs, April 1st 2010: A group of local residents concerned about the excesses of local government is pushing a constitutional amendment which would abolish the state, the city, the county, public school districts, and all other forms of government. “To revolt is a natural tendency of life,” said Mike Bakunin, a spokesman for No […]

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