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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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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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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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1A would reward politicians for inaction

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Robert Hoff’s Letter defended the largest tax increase in county history, Issue 1A, the RTA (which stand for “raise taxes again”). The cost of 1A is over $1 billion in just the first 10 years and it lasts forever, just like its new layer of government, run by RTA directors we can’t choose. He noted… Continue Reading 1A would reward politicians for inaction

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Over the years, research has proven that the greatest growth in the economy, including hiring, comes from small business rather than large organizations. As small and medium-size businesses grow in response to demand generated by an expanding economy, they will need more talented and energetic people to join their teams. The nature of the work… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert:Small Businesses Hiring College Grads

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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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