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I am a Professional Engineer in this community and I have investigated the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) that will be on the ballot in November. I believe that your readers should know that for lack of funds our transportation infrastructure is crumbling and the PPRTA intends to address that. A full 35 percent… Continue Reading Maintaining roads makes better sense than building them

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Chamber endorses RTA

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Transportation infrastructure has been consistently cited by the citizens of the Pikes Peak region as our top concern on almost every community survey conducted between 1998 and 2004. This concern is real. Colorado Springs was just awarded the dubious distinction as the “Most Congested City in the United States &” for cities its size. Traffic… Continue Reading Chamber endorses RTA

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Frequently Asked Questions: Amendment 35

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Why increase the tobacco tax? Colorado is facing a growing health care crisis. More than half a million of our state’s citizens, young and old and across a widening economic range, do not have access to the basic health care and services they need. Meanwhile, Colorado has the lowest cigarette tax in the country. Raising… Continue Reading Frequently Asked Questions: Amendment 35

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Confessions of political incorrectness

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One of the canons of political correctness goes something like this: “Thou shalt not judge expensive government programs by their results but only by their good intentions.” As a corollary, when such schemes are proposed the proper reaction is to applaud, encourage or, at a minimum, nod your head approvingly. Critical analysis or discouraging words… Continue Reading Confessions of political incorrectness

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The other side of RTA

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Both your letters backing issue 1A, the RTA, were untrue. As all will learn, RTA stands for Raise Taxes Again. The letter from Bill Knapp falsely claimed the 1984 half-cent city sales tax was voted-approved; it was not. It was the tax’s repeal that was voted-approved, and in 1991, not 1992. I wrote the petition… Continue Reading The other side of RTA

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Making Health Care More Affordable

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A recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Foundation found that Americans are more concerned about rising health care costs than about the stock market or terrorist attacks. Health care concerns are particularly acute in the small business community, where millions of workers have no health care coverage at all, while others pay up to 17… Continue Reading Making Health Care More Affordable

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Part of the Solution…

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It’s not surprising the “Springs ranks 1st – for bad traffic” (Gazette September 8th Metro Section), since over 12 years ago a one-half cent [1984 voter approved] sales tax that was designated for capital improvement projects that included roads was eliminated. Our ability to fund transportation improvements while maintaining existing roads and bridges has reached… Continue Reading Part of the Solution…

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Challenging Transportation

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To say “getting around Colorado Springs is a challenge” is a big understatement today. Those of us who lived here prior to 1990 know that “getting around” was much easier then. To get to an appointment (doctor, lawyer, church, lunch or dinner) and getting to work every day was relatively easy. The only time things… Continue Reading Challenging Transportation

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Stories you probably haven't seen or read

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One of the benefits of being a news-junkie is coming across interesting little bits of information while trolling various sources of information. Last week, while perusing the Foxnews.com Web site, one Colorado-generated story caught my eye in particular. The dateline for the story was Boulder. The headline: Town cracks down on cell phone use. But… Continue Reading Stories you probably haven't seen or read

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Herman Trend Alert: Worker Happiness

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In today’s world of computers, we can measure just about anything. Here is an interesting insight into measuring how happy and optimistic employees are. Why is this important? The more optimistic and confident workers are, the more likely they are to risk leaving an employer to try something different. The happiness measurement, The Hudson Employment… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: Worker Happiness

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