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Polarizing politics create a strange state

What do politicians love? Ask ’em, and you’ll get the usual mush. They love America, the Constitution, the Declaration, the flag, their church, their families, their hometown, their adopted hometown, the brave men and women in uniform who defend our country and keep us safe and secure, and so forth. Maybe so, but love is… Continue Reading Polarizing politics create a strange state

“When Dan Gallagher took over from Mark Earle [as airport director] he looked through a stack of business cards in Earle’s desk drawer,” said Mayor Steve Bach last week. “One of the cards was from Sierra Nevada Corporation, so Dan called them.” That was the beginning of a long, complex process that culminated last week… Continue Reading How Gallagher found Sierra Completions

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It looks as if Mayoral candidate John Suthers is bringing out the heavy political artillery. According to today’s campaign finance filing (available online at https://www.springsgov.com/CampaignFinance/Query/Filings) the former Colorado Attorney General’s campaign paid Colorado Media Group, a Denver media buyer, $147,000 for radio and TV ads. The Suthers campaign also paid the Starboard Group, a Denver political… Continue Reading Suthers takes early lead in air war

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“I just want to serve my community.” “I love this city, and I want to help make it better.” “I’m deeply humbled that so many people have asked me to step up run for Mayor/City Council (choose one).” “I will act collaboratively and cooperatively to move our city forward.” “We are at a crossroads/an inflection… Continue Reading Candidates: Look to Drake options

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Mayoral candidates: Tough assignment

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Following Val Snider’s decision not to seek a second at-large term on City Council, it’s clear at least three new members will take their seats at the Council dais after the April 7 city elections. Jan Martin is term-limited after eight years and can’t run again. Merv Bennett will run for a second term, and… Continue Reading Mayoral candidates: Tough assignment

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In a telling display of futility, City Council refused Tuesday to put Mayor Steve Bach’s proposed $160 million infrastructure bond issue on the April 7 city election ballot. After a parade of city department heads and concerned citizens came forward to emphasize the gravity of the city’s capital improvement, stormwater, public safety, road maintenance and… Continue Reading New city theme: Don’t start thinkin’ about tomorrow

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Downtown’s Blue Dot Place apartment complex is, according to developer Darsey Nicklasson, on schedule for completion this fall. It has been a process that has led to some interesting design changes, as Nicklasson and business partner Kathy Loo respond to feedback from potential tenants and apply cost-benefit analyses to other construction options that also appeal… Continue Reading Blue Dot priorities embrace quality of life

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Standardized test fatigue hits K-12 level

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CMAS? TCAP? PARCC? If you’re a parent, a student or a teacher, you know exactly what those abbreviations mean — standardized tests. Thanks to the allure of federal grants, and the antics of busybodies in the Colorado Legislature, the words of Bob Dylan’s iconic song could be altered from “everybody must get stoned” to “every… Continue Reading Standardized test fatigue hits K-12 level

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As those of us who have covered City Council meetings in the past couple of years know only too well, former Councilor Joel Miller is remarkably prolix. Unlike his laconic colleague Helen Collins, Miller frequently spoke from the dais, going on … and on  … and on. On one occasion, he harangued his captive audience… Continue Reading The world according to candidate Joel Miller

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Messages from 1995 still relevant now

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Two decades ago, the daily paper then still known as the Gazette-Telegraph launched a “community-wide discussion about the future of Colorado Springs,” featuring “a series of essays by people in our community.” Cheryl Gillaspie and I contributed the first two essays, which were published May 10, 1995. We had both been re-elected to City Council… Continue Reading Messages from 1995 still relevant now

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