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A mission of utmost importance

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The promise of it sounded so good. Wind-powered streetlights. Rooftop systems that would produce all the electricity a typical homeowner needs. Electricity meters spinning backwards. Tens, hundreds, even thousands of high-paying jobs coming to Colorado Springs. Two weeks ago, the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. announced that Rocky Wind Power would expand to Colorado… Continue Reading A mission of utmost importance

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Trash talking with city budget

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Colorado Springs residents are beginning to realize that the city’s draconian budget cuts will affect even the most mundane and useful city services. The ubiquitous trash cans along trails and in neighborhood parks will soon be removed. The city noted in a press release, “The 2010 general fund budget for parks maintenance was reduced by… Continue Reading Trash talking with city budget

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Ritter’s classic dilemma

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Governor Bill Ritter’s decision to discontinue his 2010 campaign, and leave the Governor’s office after two years, stunned Democrats and Republicans alike. After a relatively easy victory during 2006, Ritter was thought to be the very model of a ‘Blue Dog’ Democrat, uniquely well-suited to Colorado’s independent-minded voters. Fiscally moderate, socially conservative, the pro-life former… Continue Reading Ritter’s classic dilemma

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Time to tax Internet sales

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Last summer, the El Paso County commissioners revised the way that the county collects use tax on building supplies. For many years, the county had relied upon the city to collect the 1 percent tax, which builders are obligated to pay for materials used in commercial or residential construction. Payment of the tax was on… Continue Reading Time to tax Internet sales

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Few of us are able to avoid conflicts of interest. At some time during our lives, whether as private individuals or in business, we’ll be faced with potentially conflictual situations. Many such conflicts are easily resolved, while others may involve difficult ethical or moral dilemmas. Suppose you put your house on the market and fail… Continue Reading Council’s oversight of CSU a delicate balancing act

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The long-awaited El Paso County plan to rescue the Pioneers Museum from closure was presented by county officials to their city counterparts Monday afternoon. It consisted of a nine-page PowerPoint presentation, which left many questions unanswered. The county made what appeared to be a non-negotiable demand that the city transfer title to the historic 1903… Continue Reading Time to turn the Pioneers Museum over to a nonprofit

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Dallas/Fort Worth. Minneapolis/St. Paul. San Francisco/Oakland. Denver/Colorado Springs. Being a “second city” is not a position that we chose, but an accident of geography, politics and business development. Second cities, like obnoxious little brothers, get short shrift compared to their siblings. And unlike younger brothers, they never quite grow up. The big mean city next… Continue Reading Bad behavior not rewarded

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Time to face our crisis head on

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Since the formation of Citizens’ Goals during the 1970s, there have been many community efforts that have intended to define and shape the future of the Pikes Peak region. Some have disappeared without a trace, while others have contributed greatly to the city’s growth, prosperity and well-being. Without the Economic Development Corp., conceived and created… Continue Reading Time to face our crisis head on

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In a parliamentary system of government, a vote of no confidence has a simple outcome. The government falls, elections are held and a new government takes office. The voters spoke on Tuesday, and they gave the mayor, the City Council and the city administration a resounding vote of no confidence. We don’t share the belief… Continue Reading After vote of no confidence, city leaders face daunting task

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Growth of a quasi-legal enterprise

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Like King Canute commanding the tide to recede, the Colorado Springs City Council evidently believes that it can slow down and control the de facto legalization of marijuana in Colorado. During 2000, Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing marijuana to be prescribed for eight specific health conditions. Since then, the number of people for… Continue Reading Growth of a quasi-legal enterprise

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