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Supporting new chamber idea In response to “Let’s hear Chamber ideas,” the editorial in the Dec. 6 Business Journal: My experience of being the director of membership sales and selling memberships for organizations has been some of my most enjoyable work. The chamber of commerce division of our Regional Business Alliance (RBA) is floundering with… Continue Reading Other Voices

Consider use-tax plan with businesses in mind

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As Colorado Springs wrestles with business tax questions, it should ask the simple question of what tax structure would most align business taxes with the demands a business places on local governments — i.e. be the most fair to businesses. The traditional ways of taxing businesses are on their property and income. Neither arguably is… Continue Reading Consider use-tax plan with businesses in mind

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Your fire department is the deal of a lifetime

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I’m writing in response to Raphael Sassower’s Dec. 16 editorial, “Eliminate the Fire Dept?” My initial reaction to the article was one of disappointment and frustration. This stems from the multitude of inaccurate information and lack of understanding from an author that has admittedly yet to find himself in need of emergency services. We appreciate… Continue Reading Your fire department is the deal of a lifetime

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Shedding more light on QLI report and suicide

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I applaud the Colorado Springs Business Journal coverage of the recently released 2011 Quality of Life Indicators report. This is relevant community reporting with important social and economic impacts. I would, however, like to clarify some of the issues addressed in the section of the article on suicide. This is not the first time the… Continue Reading Shedding more light on QLI report and suicide

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Public input on branding a bad tactic

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A committee got together to create a horse and ended up with a camel.” It seems like we are asking everyone and their dog to come up with an idea for a brand and trying to please everyone and every special interest group in the Springs, we are going to get a dud or perhaps… Continue Reading Public input on branding a bad tactic

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Back off Colorado’s oil and gas industry

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I don’t understand why the federal government keeps trying to stick its nose in our business here in Colorado. It seems like every few months or so, Congress or the Environmental Protection Agency keeps trying to take over regulation of our oil and gas industry. The state already does a bang up job but still,… Continue Reading Back off Colorado’s oil and gas industry

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Sassower’s military critique baseless

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I am in general agreement with Raphael Sassower’s recent opinion piece on “looking outside the military for a brand,” but his gratuitous comments about retired military people demand a response. He said (without any substantiation) that retired military people in our community “don’t like taxes because their kids are no longer of school age.” A… Continue Reading Sassower’s military critique baseless

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<em>Dear Editor,
</em>In this current economic climate, and with the governor, city and county elected officials asking voters for more tax dollars to pay for the maintenance of our existing roads and bridges, perhaps now would be the time for voters to be given the opportunity to change how their current taxes to the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority are being allocated. Continue Reading Rethinking big-ticket Rural Transportation Authority projects

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Inaccuracies abound in Vessey’s support for 1A

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<em>Dear Editor,
</em>David Vessey’s article pushing county tax increase 1A was wildly inaccurate.
His second sentence begins, “After years of tax cuts …” What tax cuts are those? County tax revenue is millions more than in prior years. Continue Reading Inaccuracies abound in Vessey’s support for 1A

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<em>Dear Editor:
</em>Colorado is a good place to do business. Our state’s employers and employees work together in a finely tuned balance that has been maintained for decades.
However, a number of divisive measures on this year’s ballot have threatened this balance and would undermine our strong economy, which has allowed the state to attract jobs and investment. Continue Reading A call to action for Colorado’s business community: Vote no on Amendments 47, 49 and 54

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