If you’re one of those people who dread battling the holiday crowds at the mall, you’ve probably considered doing at least some of your seasonal shopping online.
And while pointing and clicking your way to the bottom of your holiday list can prove faster than picking up presents the old fashioned way, there can be drawbacks and pitfalls associated with shopping cyberspace. Continue Reading Think safety, security when cybershopping
One business segment I am not buying any stock in is the packed arena of electronics.
I am talking about Comp USA, Best Buy, Ultimate Electronics, Office Max, Wal-Mart, Staples and Circuit City. No niche business here folks.
Every one of them is offering a dizzying array of Ipods, PDA’s, flat screen TVs and the list goes on and on. Continue Reading My favorite electronics store: CompBestMax
Politicians and pundits claim that oil companies’ recent quarter of higher profits is mostly a “windfall,” which should be “given back” to society via a proposed $20 billion tax.
As Representative Dennis Kucinich and others say, they seek “to tax only excess profits, leaving … reasonable profits unaffected.” Continue Reading The ‘windfall profits’ smear of big business
The Denver Business Journal reports that Ikea, the store with the bright blue and yellow façade, has been talking to Lone Tree officials, and also is looking at other areas in metro Denver, including the Park Meadows Town Center.
Every time I am in Chicago or Milwaukee, my wife makes me take a pilgrimage to the Ikea in Schaumburg. And every time I go, the place is packed. My wife gets Ikea catalogues and uses them for decorating ideas. Continue Reading Ikea comes to Denver, so I’m going shopping
While we often here the stories about why many of Colorado Springs’ future leaders find themselves leading the exodus (hey that’s a book in the Bible, isn’t it?)to Denver, the unsung story of those who stay is often left untold.
One of these stories worth devoting a word or two to is that of Jackie Goode, a woman in her early 30s who decided to stick around and offer something to the rest who stuck around. Continue Reading A young professional who made a difference
Four years ago this month, Enron Corporation – No. 7 on the Fortune 500 – filed for bankruptcy, culminating a collapse that shocked America.
It is commonly believed that Enron fell because its leaders, eager to make money, schemed to bilk investors. The ethical lesson, it is said, is that we must teach (or force) a businessman to curb his selfish, profit-seeking “impulses” before they turn criminal. Continue Reading The unlearned lesson of Enron, 4 years later
With Referendum C now on the books, the Legislature has five years to budget without the fiscal guardrails that the Taxpayers Bill of Rights provided. Lawmakers now stand at a critical crossroads. One direction leads to prudent, sustainable budgets; the other to runaway expectations.
Prudent, pay-as-you-go budgeting requires lawmakers to live within their means and stick to their stated goals of merely restoring funding for programs that were scaled back during the recession. Continue Reading Spending in Colorado nearing a crossroads
Modern Colorado Springs bears little resemblance to the “Little London” envisioned by founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer.
His planned “Little London” and its cultured society gave way to a diverse population with a gold strike on the back side of Pikes Peak. Societal segregation began a slow death in Colorado Springs the moment the working class found instant riches in Cripple Creek. Continue Reading CSPD looks to reflect, respect the community
A long weekend with a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old allowed me time to watch both versions of “Shrek.” Once the kids went to bed, I put a borrowed copy of “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” into the DVD player.
It seems to me that people who already hate Wal-Mart will love this movie, but I found it boring. The “facts” that the movie displays in hammering type were not sourced, so it made me wonder about the validity of the data. Continue Reading Wal-Mart ahead of the global economy game
This just in: your co-workers at the office are likely to be more distracted and less productive during the holiday season.
Now I’m thinking that we really didn’t need a formal survey to confirm this, but the folks at Accountemps were good enough to do one anyway. They polled 150 senior executives from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies and found that 42 percent of respondents believed that employees are “somewhat less productive” the week before a major holiday. Continue Reading Holidays synonymous with decline at offices