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Do we truly have effective community leadership?

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A headline in your Feb. 10 CSBJ read “Happy trails to you?” The story was about the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the Museum of the American Cowboy moving to New Mexico.
The PRHC only has about 70 employees, but the move is nonetheless a blow to the business community. We are tied to sports here in the Springs, and maybe placing rodeos in the sports category is arguable, but there will be an impact on tourism. Continue Reading Do we truly have effective community leadership?

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The next time someone asks me why I spend so much time at the office I’m going to have a really good answer: It’s safer there.
According to the National Safety Council, workplace death rates have fallen 17 percent since 1992, while fatalities occurring off the job are up 14 percent. (Considering some of the neighborhoods I’ve lived in during my not-so-illustrious journalism career, I really should have known this without having to read a fax.) Continue Reading Leaving the office can be hazardous to your health

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Benjamin Franklin was our greatest American. That was the judgment of those two Founding Fathers on Mount Rushmore who knew him – George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. True, there is no “Franklin Monument” or “Memorial” to him in Washington.
Yet it can be suggested that Independence Hall (formally the Pennsylvania State House) bears testimony not only to his labors and signature of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, but also to his endeavors in drafting the Articles of Confederation and Northwest Ordinance in that legislative chamber – the only Founding Father to have helped frame all four of the “Founding Documents.” Continue Reading Ben Franklin is the ‘father of American business’

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The cartoon jihad: free speech in the balance

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A battle for western freedom is being fought overseas. The specific object of the battle is merely a handful of cartoons. The outcome of the struggle, however, will reverberate for years.
The conflict began when the leading Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, printed 12 cartoons of Mohammed to expose and challenge the country’s existing climate of fear of criticizing Islam. Confirming the newspaper’s nightmares, the response was the deluge of Islamic rage, death threats and violence now sweeping the world.
The issue at stake is the right to speak one’s mind. Continue Reading The cartoon jihad: free speech in the balance

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Maybe it’s just me, but forcing Ken to rekindle the romance with Barbie simply for the sake of money just seems wrong. After all, Barbie dumped Ken in 2004 for an Australian surfer named Blaine. And I’m sure Mattel had something to do with that.
Mattel also has seen fit to make Ken undergo an extreme makeover, with which I also have a few fundamental problems. Continue Reading All’s fair in love, revenue and falling market share

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Doing the SMART thing

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If the Legislature truly wants to demonstrate that it can act as a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, perhaps the most meaningful change it can enact this year is the creation of a practical constitutional reserve fund to be used during the next economic slowdown.
During the recent recession, numerous groups from across the political spectrum offered suggestions for budgetary reforms. Almost all of them suggested the creation of a “rainy day fund” to help cushion the budget from the roller coaster that is so typical of Colorado’s economy. Continue Reading Doing the SMART thing

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Brain drain debate just much ado about nothing

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The statistics are saying that El Paso County lost 8 percent of its workers between the age of 25 and 34, and Denver lost even more – 13 percent.
I agree with Lorne Kramer’s column last week. He said that culture, arts, diversity and a high quality of life are important to keep the creative class of younger workers here to accomplish our work force growth plans. Continue Reading Brain drain debate just much ado about nothing

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Economic panel proposes some major changes

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The Colorado Economic Futures Panel has released its final report, and if even half of the proposals included in “Principles for Progress: Shaping the Economic Future of Colorado” are implemented, life as we know it in Colorado is going to change in major ways.
The report is 23 pages long and there’s no way I can do it justice in a single column, so if you want to read it in its entirety, visit www.du.edu/economicpanel/report/index.html. Continue Reading Economic panel proposes some major changes

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Young pros using Web to find growing nightlife

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Quite often in this space I write that there is a lot going on in Colorado Springs, that there is a reason to stay in Colorado Springs and not drive to Denver, that there are culture and activities people in their 20s and 30s seek.
However, I have yet to tell you how to find it. Continue Reading Young pros using Web to find growing nightlife

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Discussing immigration needs rational approach

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Undocumented workers. Immigrants. Seasonal Workers. Illegal aliens. Whatever we call them, they are with us and their numbers are growing.
Why do they come, and what should we do about it? These questions seem to have taken on a greater urgency this year judging by the number of elected office holders and office seekers who are talking about it. Continue Reading Discussing immigration needs rational approach

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