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City sitting in neutral, not sure of next direction

Friday, December 28, 2012

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Colorado Springs in the 1950s wasn’t much like today’s straight-laced, rule-bound, bureaucratic city, especially if you were an adventurous teenager. Did you want to go to a downtown bar and have a couple of beers after high school? No problem, even if the bar owner, the beat cop and everyone else in the bar knew […]

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Obama delivers energizing speech at Colorado College

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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For a guy who’s supposed to be cool, cerebral, detached and unemotional, Barack Obama sure knows how to energize a friendly crowd. About 2,500 of the (mostly Democratic) faithful braved the afternoon heat at Colorado College’s Cutler Quad to hear, see, and maybe even shake hands, with the President of the United States. For a […]

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Steve Bach for governor! It could happen…

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Two months ago, CSBJ asked readers a simple question: has Mayor Steve Bach succeeded in creating a business-friendly environment in Colorado Springs? 51 percent of respondents voted no. At the time, our readers –as well as many city residents- might have seen as a well-meaning guy who was just getting used to the complexities of […]

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Tough choices loom as reality sets in for fire victims

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Hope? Denial? A certain tendency to understate the scale and reach of the recent disaster? It’s too early to say. Some of us literally are poking through the ashes, hoping to find a talisman, a tangible reminder of the vanished past. “My house is pretty much OK,” one Mountain Shadows evacuee told me. “I lost […]

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Firefighting decisions create minor inconveniences

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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For those of us who live or work along Garden of the Gods Road, the continued closure of that crucial artery seems a little like overkill. The fire appears to have moved on, and yet thousands of folks between Centennial and 30th are in limbo, unable to get to their jobs, their homes, or maybe […]

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Let’s rename the USOC

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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The “United States Olympic Committee.” Colorado Springs, home of the United States Olympic Committee! What image, do you think, do those words evoke in the minds of our fellow Americans? Committees are generally seen as groups of middle-aged men in suits, sitting around conference tables, and discussing Very Important Things. Committees are not tourist attractions, […]

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New state venture capital committee leaves out Springs

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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Yesterday, Gov. Bill Ritter named 21 people to a new “venture capital investment advisory committee.” According to a report in the Denver Business Journal, “The panel is charged with helping to draw financial support for several Colorado industry sectors, including aerospace, bioscience, clean energy and information communication technology.” “I established this advisory panel to build […]

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How to run for office in one easy lesson

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Dave Munger kicked off his campaign for Mayor this morning before a large and enthusiastic crowd at Phantom Canyon. As one might expect, there were press releases, speeches, donation envelopes and the usual campaign paraphernalia. It all seemed very familiar. That’s because candidates for local elected office are obliged to follow a soothing, time-tested script, […]

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Boulder a techie mecca – and we’re chopped liver

Friday, May 14, 2010

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If you want to understand why it’s in our own self-interest to spend public dollars on parks, bike trails and open space; to leave the marijuana dispensaries alone; to preserve, restore and renovate historic buildings; to transform our neglected watercourses into public amenities; to discourage, rather than encourage, formless sprawl; to build our arts community; […]

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We’re number one! Sort of …

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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Let’s see – if residents of Boulder are the happiest folks in America, and residents of Colorado Springs are just a little less cheerful, coming in 37th, what does that mean? I’ll tell you: Absolutely nothing. These made-up “best place” rankings, which local boosters often point to with such pride, are utter fabrications, invented to […]

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