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Democracy requires an attitude of openness

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Colorado Press Association Sunshine Project When government officials conduct public business in private it is tempting to think they just do not get it. In the end, though, the problem may not be what they fail to understand as much as what they fail to bring to the job. There was a reminder of that… Continue Reading Democracy requires an attitude of openness

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Herman Trend Alert: 24-hour Work Day

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Over the next few years, more employers will operate longer hours. In some cases, the motivation will be to gain productivity by greater use of the same capital equipment. In other cases, the drive will be to increase sales by being more available to customers when those consumers want to buy or have goods delivered.… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: 24-hour Work Day

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Traffic problems really aren't a new dilemma

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So, were you surprised? You shouldn’t have been. It’s no wonder that Colorado Springs was recently identified in a nationwide study as having the worst traffic congestion of any small city in America. As long ago as 1915, traffic consultants advised City Council that our road net was inefficient and that it would cause future… Continue Reading Traffic problems really aren't a new dilemma

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The upcoming election on November 2 could be one of the most important for our community in a long time. We have always touted Colorado Springs and El Paso County as one of the best places to live in the nation. However, have you looked around at our transportation infrastructure lately, as you sit in… Continue Reading Time to do something about deteriorating transportation infrastructure

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It must be getting close to November. The orchestrated whining by the tax-and-spend brigade has begun. Michael King’s letter, “Maintaining roads makes better sense than building them” published 10/01/2004 states that he is a professional engineer and has “investigated” the PPRTA (tax hike) ballot issue. According to the State Board of Professional Engineers and Land… Continue Reading Engineering arguments on need for RTA don't make sense

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RTA complaints unfounded

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The knee-jerk anti-government letters are beginning to appear in opposition to the RTA. On closer inspection, the complaints of no-accountability and another layer of government are unfounded. First, “no accountability” is a red-herring, the RTA language that voters will sign into law, mandates a citizen’s advisory committee and an annual independent audit of the spending… Continue Reading RTA complaints unfounded

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As we continue to move into the most severe shortage of skilled labor inhistory, we know where many employment opportunities will be. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected which occupations will grow, which will have the greatest need for workers, and what employers will be looking for. Unfortunately, surveys of teen-agers reveal that… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert:Teens Shun Fastest Growing Careers

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RTA means 'raise taxes again'

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A recent Chamber of Commerce essay praised issue 1A, the RTA scheme. As voters will learn, RTA means “Raise Taxes Again.” 1A is the largest tax increase in county history, costing over $1 billion in the first 10 years alone, and continuing forever. This conservative computation may be verified at www.RaiseTaxesAgain.com. 1A imposes another layer… Continue Reading RTA means 'raise taxes again'

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Save money, save time, and save lives

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The vast majority of us identify our roads as the number one issue in our community. A decade ago we cut our sales tax by .5 cent and eliminated that investment in our infrastructure. We saved on our tax bill but have paid the price in other ways. We lost time on the roads, had… Continue Reading Save money, save time, and save lives

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Roads usually feel worse than they look

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In response to your RTA article and the negative comments to be printed in the voter education mailer, it appears to me as though Doug Bruce only thinks about himself. As a person who once drove, but has now lost his site, I experience potholes in a whole new way. Think about riding in a… Continue Reading Roads usually feel worse than they look

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