Tag Archive | "Bob Isaac"

The mayoral candidates and their homes

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


How much is your house worth? According to the County Assessor, my rickety 1898 Westside Victorian is worth $341,000 which, given its many problems, may be wildly optimistic. Most of us have skin in the local real estate game – so how about our leading mayoral candidates? Where do they live? And how much are […]

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Can Skorman win?

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Richard Skorman’s formal entry into the mayoral race makes an already interesting contest absolutely fascinating. Like Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper, Skorman is a doer, not a fighter. He started his first business, Poor Richard’s Feed & Read, immediately after graduating from Colorado College more than thirty years ago. A third of a century later, it’s still […]

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Some good advice for Sean Paige

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


We’ve all gotten good advice in our lives, whether from parents, peers, or wise elders. Twenty years ago, as a rookie city council member, I got some from an experienced peer, Mary Lou Makepeace. After some hesitation, I took it – and it helped me make the slow transition from being noisy and ineffective to […]

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Geezers stump for strong mayor

Friday, March 26, 2010


The campaign to change the form of government in Colorado Springs has begun in earnest. “Citizens for Accountable Leadership”, the brainchild of Colorado Springs developer David Jenkins, sent out a press release yesterday announcing that Chuck Murphy, Andy McElhany, and Mary Ellen McNally would chair the group, which so far has seven announced supporters. Norwood […]

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An alpha dog for the city?

Friday, March 19, 2010


On February 10, our 15 year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, Bucky, left this mortal plane. I was heartbroken. Bucky had been with me since he was a puppy. He was constant, loving, irascible and untrainable. Our friends learned to put up with Bucky, the quintessential Alpha dog. Somehow, he never quite understood that I was the […]

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Meet our city’s new mayor

Monday, March 8, 2010


Judging from recent election results, a majority of Colorado Springs voters will support any reasonable measure to cure the city’s ills, as long as the measure doesn’t involve the dreaded “T” word. That may be why a proposal to change the city’s form of government to the so-called “strong mayor” system has gotten so much […]

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City Council, Fellini, and Spinal Tap

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


“It’s like a Fellini movie!” said a delighted caller yesterday evening. I knew what he was talking about  – like me, he was taking a break from the Olympics to watch our intrepid city council members, as they wrestled feebly with issues so bizarre, so unseemly and so surreal that they seemed not just Fellini-esque, […]

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