Sunset magazine shows the COS some love

It’s always nice when Colorado Springs is recognized nationally for something that’s not about right-wing craziness.

And so here’s a small piece by Sunset magazine on downtown that gets at what we’ve been saying for years: It’s pretty cool here.

The Sunset article mentions many of our favorites: Nosh, Poor Richard’s (owned by our next mayor, Richard Skorman), Shuga’s and the Fine Arts Center.

So in addition to being Santa’s favorite city, we also have a pretty cool arts scene and a thriving downtown.

Take that, Pueblo!

Colorado Springs

A cool downtown and a great view.

 

Why aren’t you voting?

I’m starting to get a little discouraged about this whole election thing. Can it really be possible that only 25 percent of ballots have been returned so far? Can it really be possible that so few people can be bothered to fill in a stupid ballot and put it in the mail? If that’s true, then not even pictures of cute baby animals will be able to lift this dolor.

Maybe the ballot is too confusing. Adrienne said that she can see why people would put it off because it looks like a huge hassle. And the secrecy sleeve. Besides being completely unnecessary, it really doesn’t fit right in the return envelope. It’s certainly not brain surgery to make it fit, but it’s just one extra thing.

Someone online somewhere said the ballot looked like junk mail, so some might have been thrown out with the credit-card offers. I don’t know that I buy that, though. It says: OFFICIAL ELECTION BALLOT right on the front. That’s a pretty good clue that it’s a real thing.

Adrienne and I are also disagreeing about mail-in voting vs. in-person voting. My thoughts on this are that we should make voting as easy and convenient as possible. And for me, that means online voting. Why we haven’t figured this out yet is beyond me. What decade are we in? Let’s go, Science and Technology! Make this happen already. (Oh, but it’s not secure — right, like an envelope I just handed to a complete stranger with my name and address on it is secure.) And if we’re going to force people to vote in person, the day should be a holiday so it doesn’t interfere with work. I like the mail ballot just fine. Adrienne prefers voting in person.

Whatever. This is an important one. So fill in your ballot and put it in the mail. Damn. If fools and bigots keep running this city because not enough people could bother to vote, we deserve every miserable thing that happens to us. The deadline is April 5.

Baby pygmy goat can't lift the depression over low voter turnout.

Not only is it a pygmy goat, but it's a baby pygmy goat. Doesn't get much cuter than that, folks, and yet I am still troubled by the low voter turnout.

 

Richard Skorman for mayor

While we were gone, there was an important announcement here in Colorado Springs: Richard Skorman will run for mayor.

This is excellent news. The field so far, aside from Skorman, is not terribly impressive. We’re doing something new in the COS with our mayoral system. Previously, we’ve gotten by with a “weak mayor” system, in which a city manager runs the show and the mayor is merely a part-time, low-paying job. Problem with this system is that the city manager isn’t an elected position. The City Council appoints him or her, and at least since I’ve lived here, it’s not gone well.

Now, though, we’re switching to a “strong mayor” system. The mayor will be an elected position. A difficult and well-compensated full-time position with broad new authority. Here’s a decent discussion of the difference between the systems.

We believe Richard Skorman will be outstanding as Colorado Springs’ first strong mayor. He has the support of this local blog, anyway, and we’ll try to post campaign news and information as often as we can. Here’s more info about his experience and qualifications.

Oinkety’s arch-enemy and third-place rival John Hazlehurst makes some good points about the race so far.

We hope Skorman’s campaign gets his updated website up and running soon. Tick-tock, people, tick-tock!

Richard Skorman is running for Colorado Springs mayor

Richard Skorman is running for Colorado Springs mayor.