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Romney scores during debate, while Obama looks bewildered

4. October 2012

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John Elway, who appeared on stage at a Mitt Romney rally earlier this week, knows how to pick a winner. He bet the Bronco’s season on a sore-armed, stiff-necked 36 year old quarterback, who looked as if he might take the donkeys all the way on Sunday afternoon. He risked infuriating Democratic-leaning Bronco fans with […]

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Dancing around the facts – with stars!

3. October 2012

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The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance (ReBA) is about to conclude it annual October visit to Washington, wherein local business and political leaders engage the Potomac power structure, meet decision makers, and gain some understanding of how Washington works — or doesn’t work. Our nation’s capital is breathtakingly beautiful at this time of year, so […]

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Proposed 2013 budget includes new firefighters, money for storm water mitigation

1. October 2012

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Mayor Steve Bach released the city’s proposed 2013 budget during a press conference this morning at the City Administration Building. Highlights of the 362 page document (available as a pdf on the web at springsgov.com) include: -An increase in general fund expenditures of $11 million, partially offset by $3.3 million in internal expense reductions. -$2 […]

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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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