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Automation gives jobs, but also takes them away

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The recession of 2007-08, and the glacially slow, still ongoing recovery since, prompt the question: When will the jobs return? The answer — that many of them won’t — is a painful one for all of us. Job creation had been ebbing for years before the recession and, in the coming years, is likely to… Continue Reading Automation gives jobs, but also takes them away

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In October, Colorado Springs Utilities presented our 2013 annual budget to the Utilities Board. It’s a lean, responsible spending plan focused on delivering our customers essential utility services and helping to strengthen the community we serve. Our 2013 budget is $1.059 billion, $52 million less than last year’s budget. This reduction is largely the result… Continue Reading Lower fuel costs, efficiency keep Utilities’ bills down

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Prosperent is a growing tech startup based in downtown Colorado Springs — for a few more months, anyway. Continue Reading Local tech startup might decide to grow elsewhere

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Ballot issues to raise taxes have not historically fared well in El Paso County. So it was a surprise to some when two such issues passed with wide margins Tuesday. Ballot issue 1A, which called for a 23-hundredths of a cent sales tax increase to support staffing increases and equipment upgrades at the Sheriff’s Office,… Continue Reading Business community contributes to tax issues passing

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After Tuesday’s election, marijuana is no more than 30 days from becoming legal for limited possession and recreational use by adults in Colorado — but the regulatory atmosphere is still hazy. Amendment 64 passed with a 53 percent majority statewide — although it failed by a 3,300-vote margin in Colorado Springs, actually just 50.6 to… Continue Reading Amendment 64: The real challenge lies ahead for legalized marijuana

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Anderson’s idea doesn’t pan out

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Colorado Springs manufacturer and businessman Dave Anderson had a theory that he could coalesce voters around an idea of improving the nation’s finances and job market. He also believed he could rally voters around an independent candidate in U.S. House District 5, facing three-term Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn in the district that includes El Paso,… Continue Reading Anderson’s idea doesn’t pan out

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Election should revise local thinking

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As the local election results poured in Tuesday night, voters across El Paso County sent some surprising messages. Nothing caused more shock than the convincing passage of two — yes, two — tax increases, one renewing the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority’s capital improvement projects for another decade (through 2024), the other giving Sheriff Terry… Continue Reading Election should revise local thinking

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Term-limit controversy ends, yet incumbents win

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Local races provided plenty of surprises on Tuesday, but not at Centennial Hall, as three incumbent Republican county commissioners were easily re-elected. In District 2, Amy Lathen defeated a Green Party candidate by nearly a 4-to-1 margin, garnering 37,707 votes to her opponent’s 10,708. In District 4, Dennis Hisey’s win over Democrat Doskor Hanchett was… Continue Reading Term-limit controversy ends, yet incumbents win

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Community Acupuncture makes therapy affordable

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When Hannah Beachy decided to pursue a master’s degree in Oriental medicine and a career in acupuncture, she just knew she would love it. Continue Reading Community Acupuncture makes therapy affordable

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Election won’t change some health care reforms

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Some changes to the health care industry will stand no matter who becomes president, according to a panel of experts in Colorado Springs last week for the Colorado Rural Health Center. “It doesn’t matter what it’s called,” said Michael McNeely, deputy director of the hospital-state division of the Office of Rural Health Policy. “Call it… Continue Reading Election won’t change some health care reforms

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