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Beer sales: Is it all froth or do we need change?

Colorado Springs State Rep. Larry Liston is hoping the fifth time will be a charm. This is the fifth straight year that the state Legislature will duke it out over a bill like the one he’s sponsoring, HB 1284, which would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer. It’s hard to say whether… Continue Reading Beer sales: Is it all froth or do we need change?

Strong candidates for strong mayor

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Walking away from the mayoral candidates’ forum for business leaders last week, it was easy to feel optimistic about the direction the city will be taking with the new strong mayor. Most of the candidates appeared to be focused on the right things, the city’s image and economic health, and they readily admitted there are… Continue Reading Strong candidates for strong mayor

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Yes to impact statements

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Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow business impact statements to be attached to any piece of proposed legislation. It’s a good idea, and there’s no reason why the bill should not be passed. Sen. Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) is sponsoring Senate Bill 116, which would give businesses five days from the time a… Continue Reading Yes to impact statements

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WWII Aviation Museum needs your support

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A group of businessmen and pilots, some from Colorado Springs and some from across the country, are hoping to build The National Museum of World War II Aviation in our fair city. It’s an ambitious — glorious, really — undertaking that deserves our support. Minneapolis businessman and aviation buff Jim Fry chose Colorado Springs for… Continue Reading WWII Aviation Museum needs your support

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County headed in right direction with impact fees

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Residential and commercial developers in Falcon and Fountain recently found themselves at odds with El Paso County planners. At issue was who should pay for transportation “oversizing.” Oversizing is the term used to describe items such as turn lanes, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, traffic signals or streetlights that are in excess of the basic infrastructure work… Continue Reading County headed in right direction with impact fees

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While we’re surrounded by some of the nation’s most scenic natural beauty, Colorado Springs isn’t a very green place. There are no prominent renewable-energy businesses here, and there are few houses and businesses in the region that rely even partially on renewable energy sources. As Business Journal reporter Jonathan Easly recently reported, on this score,… Continue Reading It’s time for the Springs to embrace renewable energy

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Local cash-strapped school districts have shown more than a bit of business savvy in their operations lately. Word came this week that Falcon District 49 struck a deal with a private company to mount advertisements on the sides of its school buses. It’s a good idea. Finding money is a dilemma for most publicly funded… Continue Reading Falcon district scores an ‘A’ with school bus ads

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Keep government out of Banning Lewis

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City Councilman Sean Paige has been kicking around the idea that the city should buy the bankrupt Banning Lewis Ranch. He’s thinking we could build an equestrian center, trails, perhaps even an Olympic training facility. It’s not a new idea; Paige promoted it last year when he sought appointment to the vacant city council seat… Continue Reading Keep government out of Banning Lewis

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Let’s reconsider building a convention center

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Downtown Colorado Springs has plenty going for it but it’s missing a key ingredient — a convention center. The idea of building a convention center generated so much controversy a few years ago that voters approved a measure barring city officials from even discussing plans for one. But the need for a center might be… Continue Reading Let’s reconsider building a convention center

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Colorado is consistently named one of the most-educated states in the country, yet higher education doesn’t seem to be much of a priority around here. Want proof? Since July 2009, the state has cut higher-education funding by nearly 60 percent. Those reductions have left the state in the basement, ranking just 48th in the nation… Continue Reading A dumb option: Gutting state’s education budget

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