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All this business good news … and some bad

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Juniper Bank announced it is opening a call center creating 450 new jobs in the Springs. Intel’s additional few hundred employees for their clean room upgrade are nothing to sneeze at. The Rocky Mountain News reported Saturday that “Northrop Grumman said the U.S Missile Defense Agency had awarded it a deal potentially worth $2.5 billion… Continue Reading All this business good news … and some bad

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Time again to volunteer and make a difference

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It’s that time of year again, time to make a difference. The Pikes Peak United Way, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, and the military and business communities are asking Springs residents to participate in the 14th annual Make a Difference Day on Oct. 21 and 22. In 2004, more than 3.5 million volunteers nationwide participated… Continue Reading Time again to volunteer and make a difference

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Referenda C&D vital to Colorado's future

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“Colorado is in trouble,” says Gov. Bill Owens, and he is correct. The 2001 recession hit our state hard. Revenue to our state’s operating account, the general fund, fell by more than $1 billion. We made huge cuts in our budget as a result. For example, we cut state funding to Colorado State University by… Continue Reading Referenda C&D vital to Colorado's future

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Sloganeering has little effect, basis in reality

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Dear Editor: Opponents of Referenda C and D are pursuing a course of ideological sloganeering with little basis in reality. They are perpetually trying to distort the truth claiming Referendum C is contrary to the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights even though section 7 (d) of TABOR allows for a refund retention ballot measure that has… Continue Reading Sloganeering has little effect, basis in reality

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C&D: the war of words just causing confusion

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Dear Editor, There have probably been more words written about Referenda C and D than any other ballot issue in recent history – so many that most people seem to be totally confused, turned off and angry. While the pro side tries to make it understandable with too much verbiage, the opponents call it a… Continue Reading C&D: the war of words just causing confusion

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Electronic checks can save time and money

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The check might no longer be in the mail – or for that matter in a truck or on an airplane. Thanks to new federal legislation and technology, checks are increasingly being scanned and sent electronically to banks for payment. The law, called Check 21, gives digital images of checks the same validity and legal… Continue Reading Electronic checks can save time and money

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Tough to feel sorry for some Katrina victims

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It appears that the adage that no good deed goes unpunished is true. The good deed I’m referring to is the federal government issuing $2,000 debit cards to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The punishment is that some of those victims have decided that it’s their right to spend the money at designer boutiques and… Continue Reading Tough to feel sorry for some Katrina victims

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Reality check needed on 9/11 loan reporting

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Dear Editor: On the heels of recent distorted reports in some publication about a special post 9/11 loan guarantee program administered by the Small Business Administration, it’s time for a reality check. In the interest of setting the record straight, let me point out that the SBA had a disaster recovery, low-interest loan program in… Continue Reading Reality check needed on 9/11 loan reporting

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PERA's problems real but in no way unique

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State employees – and taxpayers, in general – are rightly concerned about the long-term health of the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). Unfortunately, PERA’s predicament isn’t unique. In fact, it’s entirely too typical among public pension plans nationwide. A Wilshire and Associates survey of state retirement systems found that a stunning 93 percent don’t… Continue Reading PERA's problems real but in no way unique

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What if Pikes Peak turned into a volcano?

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New Orleans CityBusiness is a sister publication of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Its publisher, Mark Singletary, is my group publisher. Mark got out of New Orleans on one of the last flights before Hurricane Katrina with his laptop and some server back-up tapes. After setting up office at our newspaper in Baltimore, he is… Continue Reading What if Pikes Peak turned into a volcano?

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