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Convention center not a good idea

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If you attended the Nov. 22 City Council meeting, you heard first hand why the proposed downtown convention center is not a good idea. And it came straight from the horse’s mouth. Under questioning by Council members, the Strategic Advisory Group partner presenting his firm’s findings muted the optimistic tone of the study by admitting… Continue Reading Convention center not a good idea

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What's wrong with this picture?

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Conventional wisdom often dictates that you shouldn’t “give up your day job.” Of course “conventional” probably wouldn’t be the first word to come to mind when describing Donald Trump. And I’m not sure anyone could define with any degree of certainty exactly what his day job is. But something obviously isn’t getting the attention it… Continue Reading What's wrong with this picture?

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Herman Trend Alert: The Great Mismatch

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Higher education has become more accessible to students in developed countries around the world. A university degree has gained status as a means of entry into more highly regarded careers. Families at all socioeconomic levels now strongly encourage their youth to attend 4-year colleges and universities, as well as to pursue graduate degrees. In many… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: The Great Mismatch

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Convention center still makes sense

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The third study about the feasibility of a convention center and hotel in downtown Colorado Springs has been finished and guess what: It looks like we paid $58,000 to find out what we already knew – building a convention center complex makes sense. The Strategic Advisory Group concluded that the feasibility studies conducted by HVS… Continue Reading Convention center still makes sense

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Riding Colorado's election rollercoaster

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If Election 2004 was a rollercoaster, most everyone in Colorado would be a bit dizzy after those elusive “swing voters” reminded both political parties that they are truly independent. Republicans celebrated that President Bush not only won Colorado but also became the first presidential candidate since his father in 1988 to receive more than 50… Continue Reading Riding Colorado's election rollercoaster

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Herman Trend Alert: Cynicism

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The events of 9/11 had a serious and permanent impact on the US psyche, creating a level of cynicism not seen since the Depression. As we transition into a stronger economy, it is interesting to listen to cynics, disbelievers, doubters, and pessimists. Even though the positive numbers are becoming stronger-even in manufacturing, there are people… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: Cynicism

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One of the problems that any type of governmental entity faces is a perception by the public that there are too many perks and that tax dollars are not being spent as wisely as they should be. State employees in Colorado can retire and draw a pension from the Public Employees’ Retirement Association, then turn… Continue Reading Paying twice for the same service doesn't make sense

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Observations for Veterans Day

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Once again, we are about to observe Veteran’s Day so with the world situation as it is today we should all think about the possibility of an armed conflict and the consequences of such a conflict. Why is it that human beings can’t get along? We are supposedly the highest order and the most intelligent… Continue Reading Observations for Veterans Day

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Herman Trend Alert: Bonuses for New Hires

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Employers are becoming more aggressive in their pursuit of highly talented employees. Recruiting efforts are being stepped up. Once again, bonuses are being paid to new employees, just for joining the company. Nothing new, you say? True. The idea of hiring bonuses, which emanated from the highly paid world of professional sports, has been around… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: Bonuses for New Hires

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Ballot issues need considerable thought

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On the upcoming election there are two important ballot issues. One is the bond issue for School District 11. If this passes, every piece of property, excluding government buildings, within Colorado Springs will have a tax for many years. There is a sales tax increase which will be 10 percent more of your spendable income,… Continue Reading Ballot issues need considerable thought

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