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Who buys a casket from a kiosk?

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Sam Walton must be turning over in his grave. Costco, an archrival of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club in the discount retailing wars, is test-marketing a new line of products – caskets. Now maybe I’m just not as worldly as the next guy, but selling caskets at a warehouse store just seems a bit, well, morbid.… Continue Reading Who buys a casket from a kiosk?

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Herman Trend Alert: Domestic Job Growth

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Note: The vast majority of our readers are located in the United States, where this issue is quite controversial. The Herman Trend Alert is read in at least 70 countries, many of which face the same concern about what jobs are secure and what jobs may move. With the political campaigns heating up, expect to… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: Domestic Job Growth

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Parks, parkways and quality of life

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At a recent Downtown Partnership Development committee meeting architect Parry Thomas presented the plan for revitalization of the Monument Valley Park. The park has basically remained unchanged since 1944. But judging from the number of runners I see from the CSBJ office heading to and coming from the park, and the number of people in… Continue Reading Parks, parkways and quality of life

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More Americans are complaining that their jobs are going to foreign nationals. Indignantly, they point to American companies giving preference to citizens of other countries-for the work to be performed in the United States or in some other country. The accusations charge that the employers are choosing the foreign alternative to save money, that the… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: Education will be the competitive edge

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Within the last month, both the EPA and six states announced their plans to sue the plants off Xcel Energy. EPA may proceed with a lawsuit against Xcel for making upgrades at its Comanche coal plants in Pueblo in violation of the Clean Air Act. Six states have sued Xcel to limit greenhouse gas emissions… Continue Reading Xcel Energy Co. wasting its energy fighting for a new coal plant

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'Top Docs' can only get better

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The focus topic for the Aug. 27th issue of CSBJ is Best Physicians. In keeping with that theme, we partnered with M.D. News and sent surveys to doctors in El Paso County and asked them to choose who among their peers are the “Top Docs.” We included 22 categories on the survey (which was entirely… Continue Reading 'Top Docs' can only get better

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The dreaded "T" Word

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Transportation, transportation, transportation. At least the “T” reference isn’t TABOR this time around. It seems that at every event or luncheon that I have attended recently, transportation was discussed. Living in Monument I am more than aware of the importance of this issue. The Woodmen interchange is supposedly complete & and yet it is still… Continue Reading The dreaded "T" Word

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Hands up, and drop the IPOD!

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With the onset of digital services in our country comes a plethora of policy and legal issues that we have never faced before in the arena of copyright and intellectual property rights. For a long time, copyright holders of music, movies and photos have suffered extensive illegal duplication of their works. But the new digital… Continue Reading Hands up, and drop the IPOD!

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Not long ago, Americans with near unanimity echoed Voltaire’s commitment to freedom of speech: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” While other liberties may be even more indispensable to a free society, freedom of speech is the most universally embraced of our constitutional… Continue Reading A universally embraced constitutional freedom

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Retailers go political

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Conventional wisdom dictates that elections are decided at the polls. This year’s presidential race, however, might just be a mandate on who emerges as top dog in the warehouse-club retail battle. Judging by the coverage on cable television and in business wire services and publications, Sen. John Kerry’s vision of the future would appear to… Continue Reading Retailers go political

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