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Power act will help restore U.S. edge

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In the weeks ahead, we will be given the opportunity to change the direction of our environment, economy and national security. The American Power Act has given us all that opportunity. Created by Senators John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), this legislation allows everyone in our country — business and labor, Democrats and… Continue Reading Power act will help restore U.S. edge

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When it comes to energy, a critical question always seems to be whether public policy will be guided by sound economics, or irrational, pandering politics. That question looms particularly large right now. There is the usual issue of prices. Early this month, the price of a barrel of crude oil was up by 34 percent… Continue Reading The Gulf oil spill and energy economics and politics

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We’re a backwater? Not by a long shot

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Our community was recently characterized as a “backwater,” which is defined as “a place regarded as cut off from the mainstream of activity and consequently regarded as quiet or unimportant.” Whether the comment was uttered out of frustration, with no malice or forethought, or if it only referred to our involvement in the world of… Continue Reading We’re a backwater? Not by a long shot

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“Don’t trust anyone over 30” was the hippy chant of the 1960s. In the 1980s, when dealing with the Soviet Union, President Ronald Reagan said, “Trust, but verify.” And the 1990s television show “The X-Files” gave us the conspiratorial, “Trust no one.” But what about today? Who do the American people trust? It turns out… Continue Reading Keating: Trust in federal government at all-time low

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We’re on the verge of beginning construction of the Southern Delivery System, one of the most important water projects in Colorado and the history of our city. The Colorado Springs City Council approved moving forward with SDS construction in order to begin delivering water in 2016. This project will provide the water we’ll need through… Continue Reading SDS will deliver major benefits for decades

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In a recent talk at a Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. luncheon I identified the Colorado Springs area as the gateway to what I call the “Lifestyle Belt” of America. Lifestyle Belt is a phrase that came to me as I pondered the great population centers that have characterized this nation. The first major… Continue Reading The hope, promise of America’s Lifestyle Belt

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Still not happy about the economy

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The recession that started in December 2007 ranks as one of the longest and deepest. And it’s unclear when we’re going to feel like the recession is behind us. Real gross domestic product growth in 2008 was an anemic 0.4 percent, followed by -2.4 percent in 2009. Last year’s decline was the largest one-year drop… Continue Reading Still not happy about the economy

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Labor board picks don’t bode well

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On March 27, President Obama made good on his promise to make recess appointments to vacant positions. Among the 15 appointments that were announced, two are of particular interest to the business community. Craig Becker and Mark Pearce were appointed to vacant slots on the National Labor Relations Board, swinging the makeup of the Board… Continue Reading Labor board picks don’t bode well

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Nothing predatory about ‘payday’ lenders

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Is a store that earns $8.96 for a 45-hour work week “raking it in?” Believe it or not, some elitist people and the mainstream media think so. This misconception stems from a misunderstanding of APR, or annual percentage rates. Colorado is currently debating regulatory bans of payday lending based on this annualized interest calculation which… Continue Reading Nothing predatory about ‘payday’ lenders

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By Christie McCall Individuals and businesses often dedicate many hours to negotiating the terms of a contract, but it can all be worthless if you don’t really know who you’re contracting with. Who you contract with might be just as important as the contract terms you so carefully negotiate. If a contract breach occurs, the… Continue Reading What do you know about the entity with which you are contracting?

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