In 1947, congressional and military leaders recognized that the air domain would continue to grow in strategic importance, and they separated the Air Force from the Army Air Corps. In further recognition of the growing importance of air power, the Air Force Academy was then founded in Colorado Springs in 1954. Colorado Springs, much smaller at the time, was a long shot to claim host to a service academy. However, the prospect of nuclear war gave the location in the center of the country a security advantage, and now the story of Colorado Springs as a leading defense community is part of history.As much as times have changed, many things remain the same. The Cold War is over, but China and Russia still threaten. Those who are forward thinking and defense minded have been asking new questions about another recently militarized domain: space. Colorado Springs has become a premier community for America’s space warfighters and for defense innovation. It is the national epicenter for … [Read more...] about GUEST COLUMN: Colorado Springs is the place for Space Command
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Actor Keanu Reeves recently spoke about grief as a motivator. His thoughts on the subject, published in a British newspaper this past Saturday, provided me with a bit of unexpected comfort during an extremely painful week.Reeves and Jennifer Syme, his former girlfriend, gave birth to a stillborn daughter in 1999. Shortly after the birth, the grief-stricken couple separated. Syme was killed two years later in an automobile accident. Reeves, 54, has never married or apparently stopped mourning the losses. Rarely has he publicly spoken about the deaths until last week, when he told The Guardian that the continuing pain from the losses influences his work.“I thought it (bereavement) was one of the foundations of the role for John Wick. I love his grief,” Reeves told the interviewer when asked about the role that his personal experience with loss and grief provided for his cinematic role as John Wick, an international assassin who is grieving the loss of his … [Read more...] about Tell your friends you love them before they die: Phillip Morris
As to Democrat Wolf, he’s coming off a 17-percentage-point reelection win, consistently calls for more progressive government, and easily can shift blame for stuck-in-the-mud policies (on infrastructure, educational equity and more) to a lackluster GOP legislature. … [Read more...] about Pa. among worst states? Pa. voters don’t think so!
The sudden, stunning boiling-over of an abortion-rights battle that’s been mostly on “simmer” for the past 45 years has brought into focus two things that, frankly, should have been clear for a long, long time. The first is that while the abortion issue is, and always has been, a moral or religious choice for every individual, the politics of that dilemma have devolved into something else entirely: A bullwhip that’s become both a real-world tool of, and a symbol of an even bigger fight for, social control — to keep American society under the thumb of a white patriarchy with no qualms about crushing the rights of others and punishing those who step out of line. … [Read more...] about In abortion fight, it’s time for decent men to speak up
It’s May in Colorado, which means two things: our state legislature just wrapped up its annual lawmaking session, and teachers will soon get a well-deserved break from the classroom. What’s the connection?Despite the legislature putting more money into education each year, teacher salaries are actually going down in Colorado. You read that correctly — every year, less money is getting into classrooms — where it would have the greatest impact on learning.In Colorado, we have so many things to be thankful for. Our economy is ranked #1 in the nation, and we are consistently touted as being one of the best — if not the best — state to live, find a job, etc. But as far as adequately compensating our teachers for their hard work, Colorado is coming up short.As a parent and former middle school teacher, I’m passionate about education funding and policy.And as a Colorado taxpayer, I believe that when elected officials say that our children’s … [Read more...] about GUEST COLUMN: Education spending is up, but teacher pay is down