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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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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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Protestors send wrong message to our enemies

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Dear Editor: With all the media coverage about the war protestors and their lack of support for our troops, I felt I had to say something. We live in a country where people have the right to speak their mind and protest and, as a fighter pilot in Vietnam with 323 combat missions, I signed… Continue Reading Protestors send wrong message to our enemies

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Job vacancies rising, but give me a tin cup

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The Denver Business Journal reported last week that, according to a survey by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District and the Denver Office of Economic Development, residents of the Mile High City give panhandlers about $4.6 million a year. I’m not aware of any similar studies conducted here in the Springs, but based on U.S.… Continue Reading Job vacancies rising, but give me a tin cup

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Wise employers are looking for ideal applicants for open positions. In most cases, the people they want are not actively looking for a job. They will not show up on job boards or in stacks of resumes. The most desirable candidates are passive job seekers, not active. They are comfortable where they are working, but… Continue Reading Herman Trend: Social networking poised as next recruiting frontier

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Referenda C & D offer voters tough choices

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As voters consider Referenda C and D on this November’s ballot, the fundamental choices they will make about state government are far more complex than the bumper stickers and 30-second commercials that proponents and opponents will use to influence their votes. Opponents suggest that the state budget is awash in waste – ignoring the fact… Continue Reading Referenda C & D offer voters tough choices

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Media culpa: we gave government a bad rap

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I’d like to offer a journalistic confession of sorts. Here it is: As a political and government reporter in the mainstream media around here for some years, I helped create the false impression that Colorado government is a bloated, unmanageable mess that does the citizens no good. Stories I’ve written through the years about government… Continue Reading Media culpa: we gave government a bad rap

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