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Financial literacy lessons should start early

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Charting a course for fixing the financial woes of the U.S. economy has turned out to be a more complex and daunting task than many ever thought possible. Families across the nation have been profoundly affected as parents have lost jobs and belt-tightening continued as the recession persisted. April is National Financial Literacy Month, an… Continue Reading Financial literacy lessons should start early

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A little more light on the coal-burning issue

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A thank you to John Hazlehurst for explaining both sides of the HB 1365 debate (CSU takes contrarian view on gas, April 2). I would like to provide additional information critical to the issue. While low-cost, low-sulfur coal provides the majority of the power for our community, Colorado Springs Utilities already has a diverse mix… Continue Reading A little more light on the coal-burning issue

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The United States is in the throes of conducting its census. This once-per-decade counting provides some interesting perspectives on where this country is, where it’s been and where it’s going. But there is a downside to the data collected by the census and used by media and government officials to support pet programs. Many of… Continue Reading Census numbers won’t tell the ‘real people’ story

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Clean Jobs Act good for Colorado economy

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Colorado is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live, with its plentiful outdoor activities and beautiful views. However, those views are sometimes compromised by haze and ozone, and these issues have caused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to keep a close eye on the state, and the Denver Front Range in particular,… Continue Reading Clean Jobs Act good for Colorado economy

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Preparing for the upturn

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As business advisors and accountants, we are privy to business owners’ thoughts and actions resulting in those figures. We are seeing that business owners are ready to come out of hibernation this spring. Whether they feel they’ve weathered the storm and the economy is on the rise or think there is still time before we… Continue Reading Preparing for the upturn

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Tradable goods essential to well being

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Before Adam Smith, Plato wrote that man is not self-sufficient and that people have different aptitudes, key reasons for working together and the basis for wealth-creation. He also wrote that “it is … impossible to found a state in a place where it will not need imports … And if our agent goes empty-handed, and… Continue Reading Tradable goods essential to well being

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Natural Gas interest — The 2010 sequel

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The current surge of interest in natural gas — fueled by innovative new extraction technologies, lower prices, and meaningful environmental benefits — has the potential to unlock huge proven reserves in our country. But before we declare the emerging natural gas revolution a success today, we must confront a series of challenges that are rooted… Continue Reading Natural Gas interest — The 2010 sequel

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Seven reasons to export

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While many small businesses are in survival mode during the current economic downturn, there are still strategic decisions that can be made today which may have a positive impact on this year’s bottom line. Small businesses account for 30 percent of all U.S. exports — a staggering $500 billion per year. The fastest growing segment… Continue Reading Seven reasons to export

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The ingredients of growth

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I’ve been in Colorado Springs for far too short a period of time (six months) to comment intelligently about its many economic development activities. The number of ongoing initiatives for a city of this size is striking. We have Operation 6035, the Dream City initiative, a very active Chamber of Commerce, and an equally active… Continue Reading The ingredients of growth

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Tax bills hurt businesses

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As this country tries to reign in the deficit and increase employment, we need to maintain certain tax incentives that encourage businesses to stay open and maintain productivity. Therefore the federal government’s proposals to raise taxes on the oil and natural gas industries at this critical time for the economy is particularly ill advised. I… Continue Reading Tax bills hurt businesses

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