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Refinancing mortgages, solving foreclosures

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Perhaps soon enough we’d be in a position promised to Jeremiah (and repeated in Ezekiel) that the proverb “Parents have eaten sour grapes and children’s teeth are blunted” shall be replaced by an appreciation that everyone shall pay for his or her own sins. Unfortunately, we are not there yet. The housing bubble with its… Continue Reading Refinancing mortgages, solving foreclosures

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They just don’t make sense

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All too often we come across something that just doesn’t make sense. We look at something and wonder, really? Is it inconsistency, blindness, or hypocrisy? My observations are random without any priority to one phenomenon over another. We have compassion for homeless people, trying our best not to judge their choice to live under a… Continue Reading They just don’t make sense

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It made sense two centuries ago to describe the theories and practices of the world of finance as political economy. Politics, as we have just seen in the past couple of months, play just as important a role in the economy as economic factors, such as employment and interest rates. When discord dominates the halls… Continue Reading It’s a global, but political, economy after all

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What is a fair tax-burden?

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When I purchased an old Victorian house in 1986 in the ritzy, historic Old North End neighborhood, the county assessor — or his agent — showed up. He looked around and then announced that my annual real-estate taxes would be increased to about $700. That’s all? I asked in amazement. Perhaps it should be more,… Continue Reading What is a fair tax-burden?

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Obviously our Republican Representative Doug Lamborn missed the sensitivity class when he was in college. He recently called President Barack Obama a “tar baby.” Whether or not you should still like President Obama after the latest debacle remains open for discussion, but the office of the President should be respected. And the use of an… Continue Reading Setbacks and strides in Springs’ diversity appreciation

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Let’s look outside the military for brand

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We all have strengths and weaknesses, and we all try to capitalize on our strengths. Colorado Springs has plenty of strengths, but I’m not sure we’re capitalizing on the right ones. City officials and economic development gurus in our town have for years clamored to attract and promote military installations and their subcontractors after realizing… Continue Reading Let’s look outside the military for brand

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Running the city like a business is odd

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Not only did the citizens of Colorado Springs want a “strong mayor” with commensurate strong salary, they wanted the city to run like a business, which is code-word for efficiency. They found a perfect match in Steve Bach, a former commercial real-estate broker whose regal appearance bespeaks of a successful CEO and hopefully a mayor.… Continue Reading Running the city like a business is odd

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There are two precious sets of resources that account for our national wealth: natural and human-made. The natural include precious metals, like gold and silver; energy from oil, sun, wind and water; and rich soil for agriculture. The human-made set includes entertainment, communication, hardware/software, knowledge, ideas and patents. If we are concerned about getting our… Continue Reading Higher education is one of our precious resources

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Weighing the importance of sales and ethics

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When I first came to Colorado Springs in the summer of 1986, with a freshly minted doctorate from a university on the east coast, I thought I knew it all, especially when it came to ethics. I was teaching ethics seminars at Boston University’s medical school. I drafted the Informed Consent form for one of… Continue Reading Weighing the importance of sales and ethics

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Memorial is our very own golden goose

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If we allow common sense rather than rhetoric to govern our decisions, Memorial Hospital should remain a municipal entity, with the minimal governance it has endured for years. It’s not simply that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” or that conservatives like the status-quo, or that the older we get we fear change, but… Continue Reading Memorial is our very own golden goose

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