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As the 10 Days of Atonement are here, a time of reflection and stock-taking, a seasonal turning point that encourages revisiting ideas and habits alike, I want to share my sense of the value of business partnerships. My late accountant Sam Huff used to tell me the problem with partnerships is that when they succeed,… Continue Reading Partnerships bring best of times, worst of times

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A eulogy: Goodbye to Chinook and Borders

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It was a sad day when Chinook closed its doors in 2004. Since 1959, it was a fixture on North Tejon Street, with Dick and Judy Noyes and their staff taking care of us. They knew the classics and the latest trends; they knew our family; they had a play area for kids and book… Continue Reading A eulogy: Goodbye to Chinook and Borders

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Community and family at heart of civil society

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Having watched the first Republican panel of presidential contenders, it seemed that an evil villain is running our country. They might have been talking about Syria’s Assad who “must go,” as they chanted about our own President. What happened to civility in public discourse? Think about growing up in a so-called typical American family. As… Continue Reading Community and family at heart of civil society

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Too big to manage?

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We’ve heard enough of the slogan “Too Big To Fail.” For some it was an excuse for government handouts; for others, it was a symbol of the corrupt relationship between regulators and those they regulate, benefitting undeserving mega-banks whose leaders are compensated more that than their institutions pay in taxes. Was it justified after the… Continue Reading Too big to manage?

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Refinancing mortgages, solving foreclosures

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Perhaps soon enough we’d be in a position promised to Jeremiah (and repeated in Ezekiel) that the proverb “Parents have eaten sour grapes and children’s teeth are blunted” shall be replaced by an appreciation that everyone shall pay for his or her own sins. Unfortunately, we are not there yet. The housing bubble with its… Continue Reading Refinancing mortgages, solving foreclosures

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They just don’t make sense

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All too often we come across something that just doesn’t make sense. We look at something and wonder, really? Is it inconsistency, blindness, or hypocrisy? My observations are random without any priority to one phenomenon over another. We have compassion for homeless people, trying our best not to judge their choice to live under a… Continue Reading They just don’t make sense

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It made sense two centuries ago to describe the theories and practices of the world of finance as political economy. Politics, as we have just seen in the past couple of months, play just as important a role in the economy as economic factors, such as employment and interest rates. When discord dominates the halls… Continue Reading It’s a global, but political, economy after all

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What is a fair tax-burden?

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When I purchased an old Victorian house in 1986 in the ritzy, historic Old North End neighborhood, the county assessor — or his agent — showed up. He looked around and then announced that my annual real-estate taxes would be increased to about $700. That’s all? I asked in amazement. Perhaps it should be more,… Continue Reading What is a fair tax-burden?

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Let’s look outside the military for brand

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We all have strengths and weaknesses, and we all try to capitalize on our strengths. Colorado Springs has plenty of strengths, but I’m not sure we’re capitalizing on the right ones. City officials and economic development gurus in our town have for years clamored to attract and promote military installations and their subcontractors after realizing… Continue Reading Let’s look outside the military for brand

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Running the city like a business is odd

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Not only did the citizens of Colorado Springs want a “strong mayor” with commensurate strong salary, they wanted the city to run like a business, which is code-word for efficiency. They found a perfect match in Steve Bach, a former commercial real-estate broker whose regal appearance bespeaks of a successful CEO and hopefully a mayor.… Continue Reading Running the city like a business is odd

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