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Retirement: missiles, muscles, a few tears

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My co-commander at Peterson Air Force base had his retirement ceremony last week. Lt. Col. Robert Orwig Jr. spent 22 years serving our country in the Air Force.
Bob’s first assignment was deputy missile combat crew commander with the 373rd Strategic Missile Wing in Little Rock, Ark., where he worked with Titan 11 intercontinental ballistic missiles. His last assignment was deputy commander of the 21st Maintenance Group 21st Space Wing. Continue Reading Retirement: missiles, muscles, a few tears

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Israelis know all about the terrorism struggle

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Since most Americans’ closest encounter with a terrorist comes from a newspaper headline or the evening news, it’s no wonder our collective resolve to confront Islamo-fascist killers halfway around the world is waning.
In Israel, where terrorists have killed or wounded more than 7,500 people in five years, the very real prospect of a nuclear weapon possessed by those bent on your annihilation can focus the mind with amazing clarity. Continue Reading Israelis know all about the terrorism struggle

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I’m probably going to be let down on Xmas

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All I want for Christmas is … public relations professionals who “get it.”
I’ve devoted several columns this year to offering my cousins in the PR field a bit of friendly advice. I’ve also received my share of e-mails from those same cousins offering me advice about how to run a newspaper. Continue Reading I’m probably going to be let down on Xmas

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Outlook ’06: Economy will see solid growth

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Quarterly U.S. economic growth has been at a 3 percent or higher real (after inflation) annual rate during each of the past 10 quarters, an occurrence not seen in 20 years.
Estimates for 2006 suggest real annualized growth near 3 percent to 3.5 percent, versus perhaps 3.7 percent in 2005 and 4.2 percent in 2004. The economy’s ability to offset the headwinds of rising short-term interest rates and high energy prices has been impressive. Continue Reading Outlook ’06: Economy will see solid growth

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Think safety, security when cybershopping

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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

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My favorite electronics store: CompBestMax

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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

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The ‘windfall profits’ smear of big business

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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

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Ikea comes to Denver, so I’m going shopping

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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

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A young professional who made a difference

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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

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The unlearned lesson of Enron, 4 years later

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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

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