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Signs of good things happening everywhere

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Progress.
It's something that really is happening in this town. And even outside of it. (I believe it was NBC that exposed the fanaticism of the evangelicals in the north that I mentioned in my last column). Continue Reading Signs of good things happening everywhere

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Urban Peak making a difference in kids' lives

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I wasn't the best kid growing up.
I tended to run with the wrong crowd, got in some trouble from time to time but at least my parents stayed with me through my somewhat troublesome teen years and I always had a roof over my head in Downer Grove, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. Continue Reading Urban Peak making a difference in kids' lives

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Admin workers should expect bump in wages

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2006 looks like it's going to be a good year for administrative professionals.
According to the Office Team 2006 Salary Guide, compensation for admin workers is expected to increase 6 percent. The guide is based on an analysis of thousands of job placements managed by the company's U.S. offices. Continue Reading Admin workers should expect bump in wages

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2nd-grader’s portfolio takes on Wall Street

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Last year, I told people that my son, Kevin, would be able to design a portfolio that could beat the vast majority of portfolios before he turned 8 years old. Well last month was his birthday and he met that goal.
But before he could design this portfolio, he had to learn two important lessons:
1. Don’t play a loser’s game.
2. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Continue Reading 2nd-grader’s portfolio takes on Wall Street

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CSBJ launching real estate portal, database

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As our loyal readers know, we have been publishing the most complete commercial real estate listings we could find the last Friday of every month in the Colorado Springs Construction and Commercial Real Estate Guide. These listings are provided by the Pikes Peak Commercial and Industrial Exchange, which is a division of the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors.
But every time we published the listings, we inevitably get phone calls saying “my listing is wrong” or “my property is not listed.” All we can tell them is to call their broker or call PPCIE. Continue Reading CSBJ launching real estate portal, database

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A couple of interesting office-related surveys landed on my desk last month.
The results of one survey indicate that most of the rank-and-file in the working world have no designs on the corner office, which is probably explained by the other survey, that shows most folks feel they have good relationships with the people they work for and with. Continue Reading Everybody’s playing nice, and nobody wants to rule

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Working together key to creating community

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City government is not an autonomous force. It’s not a self-contained biosphere. It is, however, a foundational part of the Colorado Springs community.
Businesses, nonprofits, service organizations and schools work together to create our community. There are times when we must depend on each other, and there are times when we collectively gain from mutual collaboration. Continue Reading Working together key to creating community

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Before discussing vouchers, let’s first discuss kids. Are enough kids in Colorado Springs learning enough, and are they learning it well enough and fast enough? Are we satisfied with the quantity and quality of what our kids are learning in school? If the answer is “yes,” then is that conclusion based on facts or perception?… Continue Reading Vouchers not ‘the’ answer, they are ‘an’ answer

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Don’t use public money for private schooling

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The concept of funding private school education with public money is materially flawed. I suggest that after fair consideration of the several flaws discussed in this article, all or any of which is fatal, it appears that this concept is not worthy of serious consideration. Fatal Flaw No. 1 Unfair Competition – An Uneven Playing… Continue Reading Don’t use public money for private schooling

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Job growth highlights economic improvement

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The Colorado economy continues to impress, with the largest gain in new jobs since 2000. The state has rebounded in a big way from the economic pain of 2001 to 2003. Colorado Springs has also registered solid employment gains, a performance that should continue through 2006. The Colorado economy added roughly 45,000 net new jobs… Continue Reading Job growth highlights economic improvement

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