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Municipal bonds used to be the quintessential safe-but-dull investment. But ominous headlines about cities, recently including San Bernardino and Stockton in California filing for bankruptcy, have spurred some investors to rethink these investments. Municipal bonds historically pay a lower rate of interest than taxable bonds because these returns are free of federal taxes and exempt… Continue Reading Rumors of muni bonds’ peril are greatly exaggerated

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It seems like Washington can’t agree on anything these days, except maybe one point: Small business. It seems everyone in Washington loves small business — or they pretend they do. If you watch the news or listen to the ads, you’ll hear candidates on both sides of the aisle vow to help small businesses grow… Continue Reading Why small business has become big politics

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The Federal Reserve’s decision to start an open-ended program of money printing is not only dangerous, but wrong as well. The European Central Bank, the Chinese government and our own Fed announced similar programs within one week of each other. This indicates that the global economic situation is deteriorating, while the United States is slipping… Continue Reading Get the economy right or we’ll suffer consequences

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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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