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The myth about what’s behind the numbers

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Economists and businesspeople alike claim that numbers tell all. You can hide a problem, you can rationalize around it, you can even pretend it isn’t there. By the end of the month or the quarter, the numbers will tell the truth, the whole, truth, and nothing but the truth — unless you cook the books.… Continue Reading The myth about what’s behind the numbers

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According to Packaged Facts, the pet industry was $55 billion strong in 2010. To put this amount in perspective, the Colorado state budget in 2009 was $18.9 billion. We spend a lot of money on our pets, whether it is food and food supplements, grooming, toys, and of course veterinary care. Dogs and cats are… Continue Reading If pets can be put to sleep, why not people also?

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Is it worth going to college?

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As college graduation season is upon us, and we consider the cost of college education — from $60,000 to $250,000, depending on whether it’s private or public, with or without room and board, with or without travel expense for holidays, with or without books ($4,000 on the low side) — it may be worth listening… Continue Reading Is it worth going to college?

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Though miles away from Washington, we, too, have something to contribute to the proposals for budget cuts. We are fortunate to host defense installations here — Army, Air Force, and homeland security — and therefore how the national budget goes, so goes Colorado Springs. We are constantly reminded by city leaders and the Chamber of… Continue Reading Let’s close AFA golf course

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The digital age of marketing

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As our addiction to social media increases, and as we spend more and more time with our hand-held devices rather than in front of television sets, it was only a matter of time before the commercial potential for these technologies would become apparent. And, for small businesses and start-ups this seems like the best thing… Continue Reading The digital age of marketing

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As we have observed the latest political fighting in Wisconsin, the labor movement and its unions has been forced to justify some of its sacred cows, such as collective bargaining. But this kind of labor struggle brings about more interesting and fundamental questions not only about unions and their membership, but about what we think… Continue Reading Are pensions a right or a privilege this day and age?

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Having bought a strong mayor, what now? The mid-term elections last year brought some of the fringe radicals on all sides to illustrate how open a society we are, and how sometimes it is better to stay focused on local issues and worry about our own financial and social wellbeing. When the local Chamber of… Continue Reading Mayor’s job calls for accountability and leadership

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Liquor-license law structure misguided

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I’m a proud liquor license holder who enjoys all the benefits and duties associated with the license. I don’t have a grudge or an axe to grind. On the contrary, I find the local authorities to be appropriately concerned and vigilant about what matters most: upholding the letter of the law and ensuring safe drinking… Continue Reading Liquor-license law structure misguided

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Front-line lessons in entrepreneurship

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Editor’s note: Sassower, former owner of The Warehouse Restaurant, is opening a new restaurant called Il Postino on Pikes Peak Avenue Sunday. Assume for a moment that you have started a few businesses over the years, and, as a result, you feel you’ve learned a thing or two. You know how to handle money; you… Continue Reading Front-line lessons in entrepreneurship

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What defines our community? Socialism

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By Rafael Sassower To put it bluntly, we have been socialists all along. This is true, of course, depending on how you define the term. If you are thinking of Soviet-style state controls, then we are only somewhat socialists; the IRS knows more about more of us than the semi-dysfunctional KGB ever knew about citizens in… Continue Reading What defines our community? Socialism

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