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Archive | September, 2012

No fresh start — city has seen more of the same

28. September 2012

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What’s happening to City Council? Have they gone nuts? Council’s actions, particularly when acting at the Utilities Board, suggest something more than ordinary daffiness, if something less than demonic possession. Few of us are naïve enough to hold local elected officials to particularly high standards. We don’t expect the friendly efficiency of Starbucks, or even […]

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New Business Alliance logo typical 21st Century attempt

27. September 2012

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Logos! If we have a business, a government, a nonprofit, a religion, or a very large ego, we gotta have a logo. The newly hatched Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance unveiled its new name/logo yesterday, accompanied by a lengthy logo analysis by CEO Joe Raso (logo analytics – now there’s a great new business niche). […]

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Read ‘em and weep: Obama’s effective email fundraising strategy

26. September 2012

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Is the Obama campaign the most effective, sophisticated and powerful Internet-based money machine in history? I don’t know, but having been bombarded with gracefully crafted appeals for contributions during the last several months, I’m impressed – even dazzled. Here are a few examples, starting with two or three of a score of “Obama dinner sweepstakes […]

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Council may repeat precedent for battling Utilities

21. September 2012

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City Councilors, a timid and irresolute lot in the best of times, always have found it difficult to override the recommendations of the managers who report to them. Such avoidant behavior is understandable. Utilities managers understand utility issues; Memorial managers understand health care issues; city staff understands city issues. They’re well-paid, highly qualified experts who […]

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Utilities Board: Another weary government ritual

20. September 2012

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Yesterday’s Utility Board meeting was, at least between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. was (choose any or all): –A clownish circus, a goat rope even by the lax standards of local government. -A vivid illustration of why Utilities governance ought to be changed. -A reminder to city officials that they ought to study “Roberts’ Rules […]

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New Westside brewpub keeps Roundhouse alive

14. September 2012

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It had been a year or more since the owners of the Colorado Mountain Brewery had announced plans to expand to a second location, the recently restored Midland Roundhouse at 21st Street and U.S. Highway 24. Since we live five blocks away, we showed up at 6:30 p.m. on opening day. As we approached the […]

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Educational, work achievements of elected officials reflect community as whole

12. September 2012

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“We don’t need no education/We don’t need no thought control Hey! People! Leave those kids alone…” Pink Floyd, The Wall. Ever wondered how much edumacation our august city and county elected officials have? After suggesting in a recent column that city councilors would do well to take some courses in finance and water law, I […]

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Utilities 101: Here’s how Council can solve its problems

10. September 2012

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A recent formal City Council agenda included these items: “A resolution to transfer funds in the amount of $40,000 from the demolition of the Old Terminal Building project to the West Aviation Lavatory Triturator project at the Colorado Springs Airport. (Airport — Mark Earle)” “CPC ZC 12-00047: (Quasi-Judicial Matter) Ordinance No. 12-55 amending the zoning […]

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Ryan’s marathon mistake not so insignificant

4. September 2012

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It was an innocent enough exchange. Talk show host Hugh Hewitt asked workout devotee (and Republican vice-presidential candidate!) Paul Ryan what his best marathon time had been. Ryan replied with what seemed modest vagueness, saying that it was “under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.” Hewitt was impressed. “Holy smoke!” he […]

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Maketa’s tax proposal is a study in doing it wrong

4. September 2012

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During Tuesday’s special meeting of the County Commission, it was déjà vu all over again. Commissioner Sallie Clark had a testy exchange with her former colleague, the irrepressible Douglas Bruce; Sheriff Terry Maketa discussed in detail his department’s needs; Commissioner Darryl Glenn was absent; and Chairwoman Amy Lathen put on her Game Day face and […]

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