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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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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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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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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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