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Developmental disability system needs yes on C

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Dear Editor: Colorado commits only $2.41 per $1,000 of statewide aggregate personal income in support of babies, children and adults with developmental disabilities. (For perspective, Colorado’s six bordering states invest an average of $4.50 per $1,000; the national average is $3.94 per $1,000.) Since July 2001, El Paso, Park and Teller counties have grown in… Continue Reading Developmental disability system needs yes on C

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Businesses should tune in to youth

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Three years ago, this ex-Minnesota boy made his way to Colorado Springs, via Las Vegas, expecting great things from this town. While smaller than Lost Wages, it was what this mid-western kid was looking for. A town that was a community. OK, that and he was looking for good mountain biking, skiing, hiking and well… Continue Reading Businesses should tune in to youth

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Community 'wealth creation' summit on tap

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Thomas VanBenschoten, who is one of the chairmen of the Economic Development Corp.’s media task force, sent material over the other day that caught my eye. Ed Barlow is coming to town October 12. Who is Ed Barlow? Ed is a futurist. When I think of a futurist I think of the Herman Group that… Continue Reading Community 'wealth creation' summit on tap

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Lowe's comes out on short end of survey

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When it comes to shopping for home improvement supplies, Home Depot beats Lowe’s in a landslide nationally, at least according to a Zogby Consumer Profile survey. Respondents were asked which home improvement store they preferred to shop at. Fifty-two percent picked Home Depot. Thirty-one percent chose Lowe’s and 18 percent picked another store or were… Continue Reading Lowe's comes out on short end of survey

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Injustice and destruction of Sarbanes-Oxley

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Imagine opening tomorrow’s newspaper and reading this: “Citing all-too-frequent child abuse and neglect, Congress has proposed the Parenting Reform Act. Under the proposed law, all parents must sign a sworn statement pledging that they have not ’caused unreasonable physical harm or danger’ to their children. To verify their compliance, all parents will be required to… Continue Reading Injustice and destruction of Sarbanes-Oxley

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Herman Trend Alert

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The incomparable damage caused by Hurricane Katrina will have unexpected impacts on the work force. The repair and rebuilding of a vast area – including one of America’s major cities and ports – will require a tremendous investment. Damage assessment and clean-up will be an enormous undertaking. Insurance adjustors from around the country are already… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert

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A plan for out-of-control health insurance costs

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Would you believe that Uncle Sam will pay for up to 39 percent of your health care costs? It’s true, if you are enrolled in a health savings account (HSA). But HSAs offer benefits far beyond subsidized health care, and could go a long way in helping solve our health care crisis. An HSA pairs… Continue Reading A plan for out-of-control health insurance costs

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Too much bad news? Here's the 'Happy Talk'

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Vectra Bank’s corporate economist Jeff Thredgold has released his semi-annual update of “Happy Talk.” If the name isn’t enough, it’s basically a listing of what’s “good” economically – as opposed to the “bad” news that normally gets the biggest play by many media sources. Here are some snippets: U.S. economic growth has been rock-solid. The… Continue Reading Too much bad news? Here's the 'Happy Talk'

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Charitable legislation changes are coming

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In 2004, $248.5 billion was given to charity by individuals, corporations and foundations. Approximately 80 percent of those charitable dollars were given by individuals. More likely than not, a few of your hard earned dollars are included in that number. With your personal philanthropy in mind, I thought you might be interested in changes to… Continue Reading Charitable legislation changes are coming

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Making the most of your 72 cents

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Everyone likes to get the most bang for their buck. A pleasant reality is the mileage we get out of a 72 cent investment every single day in Colorado Springs. Seventy-two cents… can you remember when gas was 72 cents a gallon or a loaf of bread was 72 cents? For just 72 cents per… Continue Reading Making the most of your 72 cents

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