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To the Editor: I was pleased to read the CSBJ’s October 2 opinion of the need to deal with TABOR and the resulting stranglehold on state and local government.  However, the Journal’s assertion that Amendment 23 is a parallel contributor toward crippling the state’s ability to fund much-needed projects is...

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Supporting new chamber idea In response to “Let’s hear Chamber ideas,” the editorial in the Dec. 6 Business Journal: My experience of being the director of membership sales and selling memberships for organizations has been some of my most enjoyable work. The chamber of commerce division of our Regional Business Alliance (RBA)...
As Colorado Springs wrestles with business tax questions, it should ask the simple question of what tax structure would most align business taxes with the demands a business places on local governments — i.e. be the most fair to businesses. The traditional ways of taxing businesses are on their property...
I’m writing in response to Raphael Sassower’s Dec. 16 editorial, “Eliminate the Fire Dept?” My initial reaction to the article was one of disappointment and frustration. This stems from the multitude of inaccurate information and lack of understanding from an author that has admittedly yet to find himself in need...
I applaud the Colorado Springs Business Journal coverage of the recently released 2011 Quality of Life Indicators report. This is relevant community reporting with important social and economic impacts. I would, however, like to clarify some of the issues addressed in the section of the article on suicide. This...
A committee got together to create a horse and ended up with a camel." It seems like we are asking everyone and their dog to come up with an idea for a brand and trying to please everyone and every special interest group in the Springs, we are going...
I don’t understand why the federal government keeps trying to stick its nose in our business here in Colorado. It seems like every few months or so, Congress or the Environmental Protection Agency keeps trying to take over regulation of our oil and gas industry. The state already does...
I am in general agreement with Raphael Sassower’s recent opinion piece on “looking outside the military for a brand,” but his gratuitous comments about retired military people demand a response. He said (without any substantiation) that retired military people in our community “don’t like taxes because their kids are...
<em>Dear Editor, </em>In this current economic climate, and with the governor, city and county elected officials asking voters for more tax dollars to pay for the maintenance of our existing roads and bridges, perhaps now would be the time for voters to be given the opportunity to change how their current taxes to the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority are being allocated.
<em>Dear Editor, </em>David Vessey’s article pushing county tax increase 1A was wildly inaccurate. His second sentence begins, “After years of tax cuts ...” What tax cuts are those? County tax revenue is millions more than in prior years.
<em>Dear Editor: </em>Colorado is a good place to do business. Our state’s employers and employees work together in a finely tuned balance that has been maintained for decades. However, a number of divisive measures on this year’s ballot have threatened this balance and would undermine our strong economy, which has allowed the state to attract jobs and investment.
<em>Dear Editor, </em>Recently Doug Bruce indicated that I, as the Stormwater Advisory Committee chairman, had publicly admitted the issue was not put on the ballot because City Council knew it would lose.