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Candidate uprising waiting to happen

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Many employers are not paying attention. Their lack of sensitivity is about to cause some serious damage to their corporate recruiting. During the late 1990s, employers faced the two-headed dragon of a shortage of qualified workers and a seller’s market in labor. With numerous jobs available, talented people could-and did-pick the opportunities they wanted with… Continue Reading Candidate uprising waiting to happen

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Adm. Tim Keating and the folks from NORAD, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command really hit a home run last month with the Civic Leader Tour. They played host to a group of business and civic leaders from Colorado Springs on a tour of Langley Air Force Base, Norfolk Naval Station, Naval… Continue Reading Military takes civic leaders on a tantalizing 3-day tour

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Colorado, one state or many?

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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 Colorado, one state or many?

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Editor’s note: After last week’s rambling diatribe about the utter stupidity of the U.S. Supreme Court, I thought it might be nice to tackle a softer subject. Of course, the last time I wrote a tongue-in-cheek column, there were a few CSBJ readers who thought I was wasting their time and the newspaper’s space. So… Continue Reading Resumes that I really wish had come across my desk

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Rising health care costs are a concern for every business, including the City of Colorado Springs. In 2004, employer health insurance premiums increased nationally by 11.2 percent -nearly four times the cost of inflation, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation 2004 Annual Survey. Most employers are forced to pass on a significant portion… Continue Reading Opinion—Prevention key to keeping health care costs in check

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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local governments have the right to seize private property for economic development reasons. In essence, the five liberal-leaning black robes told everyone in America who owns property that what they really have is simply a lease until some local-yokel politician decides that some deep-pocketed developer deserves the… Continue Reading Opinion—What were the five Supremes thinking?

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Opinion—SBA seeking to maximize

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One of the many key responsibilities of the U.S. Small Business Administration is to ensure that small businesses receive a fair portion of federal procurement dollars. For example, the latest figures available indicate that in fiscal year 2003, the U.S. government met its goal of awarding 23 percent of prime contracts, more than $65 billion,… Continue Reading Opinion—SBA seeking to maximize

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Information hotline

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The Pikes Peak United Way celebrated the first anniversary of its 2-1-1 information service this week. The hotline was designed to assist residents who have questions about non-emergency health and social services resources. Before 2-1-1, those questions often were directed to the police department’s 9-1-1 emergency dispatch. Because of the new information service, law enforcement… Continue Reading Information hotline

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Debate in the media and in Congress recently has centered on the issue of “balance” in public broadcasting. Some allege public broadcasting has a liberal bias and should be punished for it, despite a recent study commissioned by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that shows public broadcasting is perceived to be fair and balanced. Further,… Continue Reading PBS faces clear, present danger from threat to eliminate funding

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A weekend in Detroit, a fresh look at CS

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Two weekends ago, several managers and I went to Detroit for the Alliance of Area Business Publications summer conference. After many of you got an automatic reply when you e-mailed me and voice-mail for three days, I thought I should share the information I gathered from this trip so that you know my absence was… Continue Reading A weekend in Detroit, a fresh look at CS

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