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PPRTA renewal: Essential for the city’s future

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This fall’s ballot includes an important issue that affects voters every day: the extension of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority capital improvement program. The PPRTA was initiated in 2004 by business and community leaders to address a critical backlog of transportation projects, after Colorado Springs was named the nation’s most-congested city of its size.… Continue Reading PPRTA renewal: Essential for the city’s future

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Guide your brand to sustainable success in 2013

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In a recent CNBC show called Keeping America Great featuring two American icons, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, a college student asked Gates something like this: “Considering your level of success, what do you attribute to just sheer luck?” Gates answered that first it was being born in America and second, being born at this… Continue Reading Guide your brand to sustainable success in 2013

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Hiring young people can affect a generation

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“The tyranny of low expectations” describes how young people in America often are failed by those who do not expect enough from them, and even worse, believe them incapable of meeting high standards. Pikes Peak Community College serves many students who arrive unprepared for the academic demands of college courses. We capably teach students the… Continue Reading Hiring young people can affect a generation

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Maketa makes his case for county Question 1A

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The Sheriff’s Office is mandated by state law to provide services to all county residents inside and outside of municipal boundaries. It must provide housing, food and basic medical care to an average population of 1,430 inmates at the County Jail, secure transportation of inmates to and from court, and respond to crime throughout the… Continue Reading Maketa makes his case for county Question 1A

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Letters – October 12, 2012

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Lamborn’s record of failures Election time is fast approaching, and our community must ask itself whether Doug Lamborn the right person to represent us in Congress. Of the 34 pieces of legislation he’s introduced, none have been signed into law, and 28 of those have never made it out of committee. We have paid him… Continue Reading Letters – October 12, 2012

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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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