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Regarding Amendment 64 on the November ballot, the arguments for passing a constitutional amendment that would forever alter the state’s fabric have significant holes that the public must understand. First, we continue to hear that marijuana is not addictive. This argument is often combined with the term “harmless.” But the quality of marijuana has changed… Continue Reading 64: It’s not the answer

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Let’s escape the time warp

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In the movie Back to the Future, the teenager played by Michael J. Fox accidentally propels himself back to 1955 — and gets stuck there for a time. He can’t return to his life because the fuel of the future, which powered his time machine backward, doesn’t exist yet. In 2012, America seems stuck in… Continue Reading Let’s escape the time warp

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Memorial lease benefits students, too

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In the continuing back-and-forth conversation over the future of Memorial Health System, there are a number of organizations that will undoubtedly be affected by the Colorado Springs voters’ final decision. These include our many nonprofit medical providers, our urgent-care facilities and Memorial itself. But what about those schools of medical education that are pumping new… Continue Reading Memorial lease benefits students, too

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Letters – August 17, 2012

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Doctors endorse Memorial lease Physicians across Memorial Health System and throughout our community are supporting 1A, a plan that would allow our city to lease the hospital to University of Colorado Health. This plan provides an opportunity to not just continue the great care you receive today, but also to enhance that care with more… Continue Reading Letters – August 17, 2012

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Clock ticking on sequestration

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If you ask Coloradans what’s the biggest threat to our national security, they’ll probably say things like terrorism, a rising China or a nuclear Iran. Cyber-terrorism and North Korea would probably also make the list. But you’re not likely to hear the word “sequestration” — a provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that… Continue Reading Clock ticking on sequestration

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Toss out idea to repeal newspaper-theft law

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Sometimes when you see something that is wrong, you know you need to do something about it. Nine years ago, I was serving as the state representative in District 56, representing the people of Eagle, Lake and Summit counties in the Colorado House of Representatives. Someone was upset about something written in one of the… Continue Reading Toss out idea to repeal newspaper-theft law

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While everyone agrees that The Waldo Canyon fire was a terrible ordeal, it might serve to offer small business owners a valuable lesson, to back up their data at an off-site location. A panicked client called me last Tuesday night after the fire lunged at Colorado Springs and devoured 350 homes. He wanted to know… Continue Reading Let this fire be a warning for your business

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Re: Goodwill takes heat over wages

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I’m writing to present the perspective of local advocates for people with disabilities. I appreciate that your story included comment from Chris Danielsen of the National Federation of the Blind. For 73 years, the NFB has been the leading catalyst for change in the area of civil rights, rehabilitation and employment of people with disabilities.… Continue Reading Re: Goodwill takes heat over wages

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During the past two years, the SBA has been working directly with the private and public sector lending community to prepare loan products that are more responsive to the needs of small business. In particular, we exchange ideas with banks, credit unions, certified development companies, chambers and various lender associations, resulting in products that simplify… Continue Reading Small Business Administration simplifies loan process

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Chance to voice concerns at TBD meeting

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Most people don’t equate transportation with a thriving economy, mobility and freedom of choice. The truth is that having a modern transportation system is essential to our way of life. Unfortunately, we’re taking for granted the roads and bridges we inherited from our grandparents. It’s time for us to get in the driver’s seat and… Continue Reading Chance to voice concerns at TBD meeting

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