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There are two precious sets of resources that account for our national wealth: natural and human-made. The natural include precious metals, like gold and silver; energy from oil, sun, wind and water; and rich soil for agriculture. The human-made set includes entertainment, communication, hardware/software, knowledge, ideas and patents. If we are concerned about getting our… Continue Reading Higher education is one of our precious resources

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Weighing the importance of sales and ethics

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When I first came to Colorado Springs in the summer of 1986, with a freshly minted doctorate from a university on the east coast, I thought I knew it all, especially when it came to ethics. I was teaching ethics seminars at Boston University’s medical school. I drafted the Informed Consent form for one of… Continue Reading Weighing the importance of sales and ethics

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Memorial is our very own golden goose

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If we allow common sense rather than rhetoric to govern our decisions, Memorial Hospital should remain a municipal entity, with the minimal governance it has endured for years. It’s not simply that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” or that conservatives like the status-quo, or that the older we get we fear change, but… Continue Reading Memorial is our very own golden goose

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According to Packaged Facts, the pet industry was $55 billion strong in 2010. To put this amount in perspective, the Colorado state budget in 2009 was $18.9 billion. We spend a lot of money on our pets, whether it is food and food supplements, grooming, toys, and of course veterinary care. Dogs and cats are… Continue Reading If pets can be put to sleep, why not people also?

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The digital age of marketing

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As our addiction to social media increases, and as we spend more and more time with our hand-held devices rather than in front of television sets, it was only a matter of time before the commercial potential for these technologies would become apparent. And, for small businesses and start-ups this seems like the best thing… Continue Reading The digital age of marketing

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As we have observed the latest political fighting in Wisconsin, the labor movement and its unions has been forced to justify some of its sacred cows, such as collective bargaining. But this kind of labor struggle brings about more interesting and fundamental questions not only about unions and their membership, but about what we think… Continue Reading Are pensions a right or a privilege this day and age?

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Having bought a strong mayor, what now? The mid-term elections last year brought some of the fringe radicals on all sides to illustrate how open a society we are, and how sometimes it is better to stay focused on local issues and worry about our own financial and social wellbeing. When the local Chamber of… Continue Reading Mayor’s job calls for accountability and leadership

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What defines our community? Socialism

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By Rafael Sassower To put it bluntly, we have been socialists all along. This is true, of course, depending on how you define the term. If you are thinking of Soviet-style state controls, then we are only somewhat socialists; the IRS knows more about more of us than the semi-dysfunctional KGB ever knew about citizens in… Continue Reading What defines our community? Socialism

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Advice on living on $3,000 net a month

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Assume you have a job, which is quite a feat nowadays with some 20 percent of Americans unemployed, and assume your monthly take-home check is $3,000, which is not bad in this economy. What can you afford? How should you budget your life so as not to lose your house? There are those clever ones… Continue Reading Advice on living on $3,000 net a month

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