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Term limits: A matter of choice for voters

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By Sallie Clark Recently, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners placed several questions on the November ballot. Since state law doesn’t provide a petition process at the county level, placement by the commissioners is the only method county questions can be referred to the voters. One initiative gives voters the option to decide on… Continue Reading Term limits: A matter of choice for voters

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Advice on living on $3,000 net a month

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Assume you have a job, which is quite a feat nowadays with some 20 percent of Americans unemployed, and assume your monthly take-home check is $3,000, which is not bad in this economy. What can you afford? How should you budget your life so as not to lose your house? There are those clever ones… Continue Reading Advice on living on $3,000 net a month

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All summer, I’ve wondered about the wrong guy. The BP-owned Macondo well blew out in April, and we’ve all watched and sorrowed over the environmental destruction of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as crude oil relentlessly spewed out of the broken pipe on the sea floor. I’ve listened to the stories of livelihoods… Continue Reading Predicting disaster in the rough, ready oil-field ethos

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Step up and lead change

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Across our city, our region and our country, leaders are in crisis. They — we­ — struggle with practical fiscal and policy issues while wrestling with deep, values-based questions: Who and what do I represent? What do we need to do and how do we need to behave as an organization? How do we survive… Continue Reading Step up and lead change

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I have lived in Colorado for the last 42 years, most of it in Colorado Springs.  For most of this time Colorado has been a great place that attracted families, businesses and talented people.  The last two decades have been different and I have struggled to figure out why and what to do about it.… Continue Reading Envisioning adequate police, nourished children

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Delivering effective feedback

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As a leader, you know that you should be giving feedback. Yet, because feedback can be difficult to give and receive, chances are high that you delay and avoid feedback conversations. While you know that feedback is a vital ingredient for success at work, it is also complex and fraught with contradictions, such as: Your… Continue Reading Delivering effective feedback

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Small business buried in paperwork

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Why do all the pro-small-business speeches offered by politicians make life so difficult for the entrepreneurs who innovate, spur economic growth, and create jobs? In late July, President Obama held a photo op at a small business in New Jersey. “Small businesses create two out of every three jobs in this country,” he said. “So… Continue Reading Small business buried in paperwork

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Blue Star Recyclers puts disabled to work

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By Dennis Huspeni To anyone else, the huge pile of old computers stacked at Blue Star Recyclers looks like trash. But Bill Morris sees something else in that jumbled pile — jobs. And the bigger Morris can make that pile, the more jobs Blue Star can create. “That’s our mission statement,” said Morris, Blue Star’s… Continue Reading Blue Star Recyclers puts disabled to work

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Exporting vital to city’s economy

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Colorado Springs is used to being at the top of the class. We get ranked No. 1 or in the top 10 in dozens of important lists about community success. However, the newest report released by the Brookings Institute on its study on exports in the Intermountain region does not give our area our usual… Continue Reading Exporting vital to city’s economy

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President Obama’s ‘tinkle on economics’

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Well, I’ve unlocked the secret of President Obama’s agenda for the economy. It certainly was not easy. But it finally came to me as the President signed the financial regulatory bill in July. Apparently, the President of the United States, his top advisers, along with the current leadership in Congress, believe that best way to… Continue Reading President Obama’s ‘tinkle on economics’

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