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Colorado Springs is no stranger to divisiveness and segmented thinking. This mentality goes all the way back to when Gen. William Palmer founded the city in 1871 away from the existing settlements, as he did not like the “rough-and-ready” saloon-populated area now known as Old Colorado City. This divisiveness in our region has continued for… Continue Reading Our challenges start with vision and leadership

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Letters – January 18, 2013

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Museums can make the city much better The Space Foundation certainly agrees with your editorial suggesting that Colorado Springs focus on museums — especially the idea that local museums should collaborate to magnify their impact on the community. We recently opened the Space Foundation Visitors Center, which currently comprises the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring… Continue Reading Letters – January 18, 2013

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Enlisting and equipping your customer advocates

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The lists are all out: 2012’s Most Inspiring Companies (published by Forbes), World’s Most Admired Companies (Fortune), 100 Best Companies to Work For (Fortune) and so on. These lists comprise data — the perceptions of the consuming public — collected by third-party firms. So, what are the driving attributes that get and keep companies on… Continue Reading Enlisting and equipping your customer advocates

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We can’t forget to monitor carbon monoxide

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On Oct. 7, 2012 a preventable tragedy happened at a local apartment building. A resident called 911 because the carbon monoxide alarm was going off and the family was not feeling well. Multiple alarms were sounding, and the fire department found two unconscious men in a unit that did not have an alarm. One man… Continue Reading We can’t forget to monitor carbon monoxide

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Oil imports to the United States steadily decreased from 2005 through 2011, with U.S. exports steadily increasing by lots more. Current-trend projections show the U.S. will be a net oil exporter by around 2017. Incredible. That has to be a shock for those who chant “Drill, Baby, Drill” and “Drill Here, Drill Now,” thinking more… Continue Reading Reality about oil imports, exports might surprise you

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The average person likely has never heard of the Federal False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 — 3733). Yet, it probably will touch the lives of most Americans directly or indirectly at some point. The FCA, which imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud governmental programs, is widely used in the context of… Continue Reading Deal with the government? Take care with submissions

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In the fall of 1990, my wife and I sat in Terry Sullivan’s office. Terry was the CEO of the Colorado Springs Visitors and Convention Bureau, and we were looking for support for our planned 1991 road bicycle stage race. Terry showed us a draft of the bureau’s mockup of the cover for their 1991… Continue Reading Setting the stage for more cycling focus in Springs

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During the Cold War, there was the threat of nuclear attack. In the Internet Age, there is the threat of cyberattack. Cheyenne Mountain and the North America Aerospace Defense Command once were targeted by the Soviets, and by extension Colorado Springs was considered a “collateral damage” casualty. The continued importance of NORAD was demonstrated just… Continue Reading City could become Ground Zero of a cyberwar

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One thing we can all agree on after our highly charged presidential election is the need to improve the American economy. One of the best paths to follow is the entrepreneurial trail that has made our great nation the envy of the world. It is clear that we need to get our fiscal house in… Continue Reading Financial cliff: How the medical device tax affects us

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Springs must avoid falling victim to panhandlers

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Growing up in New York, I learned early in life how to get along in a city where street life is active and diverse. A primary element of learning street smarts was knowing which areas to avoid. Now, as an adult and business owner, I am dismayed to see this lesson being learned in my… Continue Reading Springs must avoid falling victim to panhandlers

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