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Elected public servants serve the public best when they fully disclose what the future will bring if current trends continue and how their proposed policies will affect those trends. Today, Colorado higher education funding (not including increasing tuition) is headed for zero dollars by 2010. We know that a college education is needed to earn… Continue Reading It's time for more transparency in Colorado's public affairs

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Freedom of information and politics

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There are some politicians who, given their druthers, would prefer to limit the public’s access to information. Already, legislative leaders in Denver have introduced several House and Senate bills that would directly impact your ability to get information. For instance, Senate Bill 69 would require that county employees only be identified by title, rather than… Continue Reading Freedom of information and politics

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Nothing to 'mock' about these trials

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This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a judge at the Southern Colorado Regional Mock Trial Competition. The event was sponsored by the El Paso County Bar Association and the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs. Eighteen teams of students from area high schools litigated a criminal case concerning the prosecution… Continue Reading Nothing to 'mock' about these trials

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TELs of the tape

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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 the… Continue Reading TELs of the tape

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Herman Trend Alert: Recruitment Intensified

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Employers are becoming noticeably more active in recruiting. The volume of employment advertising is increasing, including an unusual December growth in “The Wall Street Journal.” Professional recruiters report that the people they’re calling have received other inquiries, as well. Forward-looking employers are already seeking top talent, even during this usually quiet holiday season. This level… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: Recruitment Intensified

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Capitol Review: Just the facts on the budget

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The only commonality between government accounting and real world accounting is that both use numbers. That makes it twice as hard for taxpayers to figure out whether state government has truly tightened its budget belt or if special pleaders simply want to protect their rice bowl. Rather than tell taxpayers what to think about government,… Continue Reading Capitol Review: Just the facts on the budget

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Commentary: Sandwich Generation

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They say that age is merely a state of mind and that a person can control how old they feel. That may be true, but only so far as an aging person’s health will allow. I put my mother in a nursing home this week. Fortunately it is only temporary, but my eyes have been… Continue Reading Commentary: Sandwich Generation

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14th annual wine festival

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I have been in town about a year and a half now and as I meet with different groups and become more involved in the community I have noticed that there are, at times, “silos” — organizations working on similar projects or trying to achieve the same outcome. Well, I am pleased that there are… Continue Reading 14th annual wine festival

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Herman Trend Alert:

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Employees in developed countries are increasingly concerned about the number of jobs being moved to places like India, Ireland, China, Thailand, and Malaysia. Alarmists sound the cry that a huge number of jobs are vanishing from traditional workplaces, spelling the elimination of employment opportunities. Though this perspective stretches the truth, thousands of jobs that had… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert:

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It may be a penny for your thoughts, but it only takes a tenth of that to help make Colorado Springs one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the country. When voters approved a tenth of a cent sales tax dedicated to Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) in 1997, they decided to… Continue Reading Trails, open space and parks distinguish Colorado Springs

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