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Forums provide insight on Council races

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Forums provide insight on Council races

Was there anything to learn by sitting through two City Council candidate forums? On Monday, more than 100 civic-minded voters braved icy streets to watch candidates strut their stuff in an environmental forum at Stargazers. Twenty-four hours later, a slightly different crowd gathered at the Mining Exchange Hotel for the Business Journal-KOAA forum. The formats… Continue Reading Forums provide insight on Council races

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At a recent City Committee presentation to City Council candidates, one of the presenters stressed the importance of being a lightly regulated, aggressively business-friendly city. Candidates were reminded that we compete with scores of cities better able to offer generous incentives to relocating companies, so we’d better make sure that city policies (including low electric… Continue Reading Broken record for business – when will we ever learn?

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City candidates show different strategies

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City government went to the dogs — or rather the dog — Tuesday morning. Mayor Steve Bach gave a Spirit of the Springs award at his news conference to Swagger, the Old English sheepdog which beat out 2,720 competitors to win reserve best-in-show at Westminster. The pooch belongs to Colton and Heather Johnson, part of… Continue Reading City candidates show different strategies

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Let’s put candidates under business microscope

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What do business people want? They want a business-friendly City Council, one with members who understand the myriad problems that businesses encounter in their dealings with local government. They want elected officials who are smart, accountable, adaptable and quick to respond to changing realities. They want decision-makers, not ditherers. They want far-sighted yet practical folks… Continue Reading Let’s put candidates under business microscope

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Too bad, Angela Dougan! My condolences, Tim Leigh! Life is cruel, Bernie Herpin and Brandy Williams! You may all have hoped for the unalloyed happiness that comes with an uncontested City Council race. But the fates have decreed otherwise, and it looks as if voters in all six districts will be able to choose among… Continue Reading Candidates, formidable or not, get a jump on incumbents

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On Tuesday afternoon, our quarrelsome and divided City Council took the stage once more. It’s been a short and strange trip, one which will end in April when as many as six current members may be replaced in the biennial city elections. That there will be changes is a certainty — and that the changes… Continue Reading Council: Diary of a day filled with angst, not actions

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Letters – January 18, 2013

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Museums can make the city much better The Space Foundation certainly agrees with your editorial suggesting that Colorado Springs focus on museums — especially the idea that local museums should collaborate to magnify their impact on the community. We recently opened the Space Foundation Visitors Center, which currently comprises the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring… Continue Reading Letters – January 18, 2013

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Here’s a challenge for all you would-be entrepreneurs — run for City Council. You have three months to create, finance and market a new organization. Once you commit, you’ll be subject to frequent, fierce and often unfair media scrutiny. If you succeed in your local test market, you may be able to go statewide and,… Continue Reading City candidates have to apply business principles

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On Jan. 7, City Council will hear a proposal that might please the nine members — especially those who will continue in office after April 15, when a newly elected Council will be sworn in. A group of community leaders and media heavyweights (apparently including both Independent publisher John Weiss and Gazette editorial page editor… Continue Reading City Council: Chance for a raise?

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Neumann Systems Group has another plan to make coal-fired power plants more environmentally friendly. The company that has been battling to save the Martin Drake Power Plant and it’s coal-cleaning Neustream technology that’s used there, says its newest venture could amount to 250 high-tech jobs, $400 million in construction projects and $150 million in sales. Neumann… Continue Reading Neumann proposes rare-earth metals extraction business for downtown plant

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