During the 2016 election, about 132 million people cast ballots for major political parties and third-party candidates. About 100 million people opted out. They were eligible to vote but failed to show up on Election Day. According to the Pew Research Center, the United States has the lowest voter turnout of...
Fannie Mae Duncan is as much a part of the Colorado Springs experience as Pikes Peak, the 300 days of sunshine and Garden of the Gods. And now, she’s getting the attention she deserves through the Rocky Mountain PBS show, “Colorado Experience: Fannie Mae Duncan.” The show airs statewide on...
To the Editor: It’s quite an accomplishment of Dan Nordberg to extol the virtues of the Trump-GOP tax cuts and their alleged benefits for small businesses without offering any quantifiable or verifiable data to support his claims (Opinion: Tax reform continues to power small business growth in Colorado, Oct. 12, 2018 CSBJ). Instead, he offers […]
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Last Saturday evening I attended the El Paso County Democratic Party’s “Everybody Welcome” bash. My spouse and I networked for an hour or so, greeting old friends and former colleagues, business associates, people without nametags whose names escaped me (as the old saying goes, I can never remember a...
Is 13 an unlucky number? It sure seems so this year, since we hapless Colorado voters will be asked to decide on 13 ballot issues, including six referred by the state legislature, three initiated constitutional amendments and four statutory initiatives. But don’t worry! I’m not going to give you a...
Every child deserves a level playing field for education; every child deserves the best school facilities. And as the future workforce for the city, students need the best tools to train them for 21st century jobs. It’s been 17 years since Harrison School District 2 asked residents for money to...
Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor cleared the way for small employers to band together more easily, in the hope of lowering insurance premiums, thereby creating negotiating power and providing additional insurance options. Many small business leaders see this as the savior for small business group health insurance. Not so...
Recently, I was shopping at our local store and was amazed that holiday merchandise was already on the shelves. What happened to the tradition of launching the Christmas selling season right after turkey time at the end of November? Little did I know, the holiday shopping season now starts...
Today, manufacturing is a vibrant industry. It contributes 12 percent of U.S. GDP and employs roughly 12 million Americans. There are incredible jobs in manufacturing requiring a variety of skill sets, from production and distribution to engineering and environmental health and safety. And, it’s a growing industry. According to...
What makes a great city? Is it up-to-date infrastructure, filled potholes, robust economy, safe streets, plenty of well-paid cops and firefighters and a vibrant cultural scene? Such outcomes may characterize a functional city, but not a great one. Great cities have character, identity, history, pride, resilience and aspiration. Their citizens...
The Colorado Springs City Council seems to be deciding against small- and micro-business opportunities by supporting regulations for short-term rental rooms, apartments and homes inside city limits. Next week, council will vote on an ordinance to regulate short-term rentals in the city — and limit the earning potential for property...
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. If you are wondering how to take on the challenges of a shifting global economy, investing in creative industries entrepreneurs tackles economic, civic and social challenges and is found in every community in every corner of the globe. From Boston to Bangladesh,...