Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 11, 20176min77
Colorado Springs earns its fiscally conservative reputation, with the 15th lowest taxpayer burden among the country’s 50 most populous cities, according to a new report by the nonprofit Truth in Accounting (TIA). If every taxpayer had to pony up a share to cover the city’s debt, each tab would be $2,800, according to the report […]

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Rachael WrightRachael WrightDecember 22, 201613min78

Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … A former state legislator was bestowed the honor of an ambassadorship. Former state Sen. Sam H. Zakhem was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, he succeeded Donald Leidel. A well-known name in Colorado politics, Zakhem is Lebanese by birth, was educated in the United States and served Southwest Denver in both the Colorado House and Senate. From 1967 to 1972, Zakhem was an instructor at the University of Colorado extension and was also a foreign student adviser at the University of Denver from 1972 to 1973. Zakhem served as a state representative from 1975-1979, and as a state senator from 1979-1983. While serving in the Colorado Legislature, Zakhem sponsored pioneering efforts dealing with solar energy, aid to the elderly and tougher penalties for drunk drivers and employers who hire illegal aliens. He then, thanks to Reagan's appointment, went on to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain from 1986 to 1989.


With a vacancy looming for one of the state's top posts, Gov. John Hickenlooper has nominated healthcare executive Donna Lynne to be his lieutenant governor. The Colorado Statesman supports the nomination and urges a "yes" vote for her confirmation. An extensive review of her qualifications yields the portrait of a respected businesswoman and experienced civil servant who knows how to get things accomplished in government.