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New trade opportunities

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Congress will soon begin debating about the value of expanding trade with our friends in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. From the perspective of a former small business owner, the prospect of expanding trade opportunities through the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement is encouraging. DR-CAFTA will level… Continue Reading New trade opportunities

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Roth's column about insurance on target

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Dear Editor: I enjoy reading Alan Roth’s articles every month in the Colorado Springs Business Journal. I believe we share much the same philosophy regarding wealth accumulation. His article on “Building wealth with insurance” is right on point. He said what needs to be said and I am glad he had the courage to say… Continue Reading Roth's column about insurance on target

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Rugby and relationships

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A couple weeks ago I went back to my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Eau Claire Rugby Club. I started playing rugby in 1982 and played actively until 2000. I will still play the odd over 40s tournament or in this case the “ancients”… Continue Reading Rugby and relationships

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Making choices for the bigger picture

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Howard Weyers, the owner of a Michigan-based company, Weyco Inc., instructed his employees this year to quit smoking on or off the job, or lose it. Weyers, who is 70 years old and runs and lifts weights everyday, employs a full-time fitness coach to help his 200 employees adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. He… Continue Reading Making choices for the bigger picture

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Laying the foundation for a renaissance

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North Nevada projects could speed private investment Continue Reading Laying the foundation for a renaissance

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Editor’s note: In December, the University of Denver announced the formation of the Colorado Economic Futures Panel to analyze the state’s fiscal situation and provide a platform for informed discussion and possible solutions. Sixteen business and civic leaders from across the state comprise the panel, including Dick Celeste, president of Colorado College. This is part… Continue Reading Are low taxes shortchanging kids' education?

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Zoning out, zoning in

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After six long Tuesday nights, 38 of my classmates and I graduated from the Community Planning and Design (CPDW) workshop. Jim Ramsey, the past president of the Southern Colorado chapter of the American Institute of Architects turned me on to the program, which is conducted by the Partnership for Community Design. CPDW started as a… Continue Reading Zoning out, zoning in

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The death of personal privacy?

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USA Today recently ran a story about the increase in the number of businesses that are firing employees who smoke, or banning employees from smoking even during their private lives away from the office. The reason given for such corporate behavior was a need to reign in escalating health care costs. In that same vein,… Continue Reading The death of personal privacy?

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Writers have skewed view of economics

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Dear Editor: Ref: May 20 Op-Ed Page Two letters from Dave Anderson and Keith Varney display a misunderstanding of economics. They both point out results of economic activity in the world that they disapprove. Mr. Varney ignores any consideration of someone making shirts at low wages; perhaps those wages are not low in their village.… Continue Reading Writers have skewed view of economics

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Other nations not playing by trade rules

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Dear Editor: In answer to Mike Boyd’s editorial on the trade deficit on May 13, present trade relations with China and others is distorted by many factors.&#160 Among these: &#1601.&#160 They fail to float their Yuan (yen) per World Trade Organization rules. 2.&#160 They subsidize manufacturing while in the U.S. we tax production.&#160 Subsidies are… Continue Reading Other nations not playing by trade rules

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