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The United States is uniquely able to fight the so-called Islamic State, says an outspoken Muslim, who is also a critic not only of current U.S. diplomatic policy but also demands more from members of his faith. Dr. M. Zudhi Jasser, a second-generation American who founded the American Islamic Forum...
Kermit the Frog might have said “it’s not easy being green,” but these days it’s easy to be green, not so easy to be Republican. Consider recent developments. Fred Thompson, long touted as the GOPster’s dream candidate, made his debut as an announced candidate for the presidency, and was practically booed off the stage.
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The best-selling book, “Freakonomics,” explores the hidden side of everything. I was dazzled! The authors examine the beauty of incentives, as well as their dark side. They note “nothing is more powerful than information, especially when it is abused.” My profession, financial planning, is no different. MarketWatch columnist Paul Farrell says that “Freakonomic research shows experts have an ‘informational advantage,’ and use it against their clients.”
Over the next few years, more employers will operate longer hours. In some cases, the motivation will be to gain productivity by greater use of the same capital equipment. In other cases, the drive will be to increase sales by being more available to customers when those consumers want...
Several months ago, any regular observer of local politics could sense an almost palpable concern emanating from Centennial Hall, the headquarters for El Paso County’s commissioners and the county administrator. For almost a decade of minimal turnover and near-continuous stability, the commissioners and staff running much of county government had...

Doing the SMART thing

If the Legislature truly wants to demonstrate that it can act as a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, perhaps the most meaningful change it can enact this year is the creation of a practical constitutional reserve fund to be used during the next economic slowdown. During the recent recession, numerous groups from across the political spectrum offered suggestions for budgetary reforms. Almost all of them suggested the creation of a “rainy day fund” to help cushion the budget from the roller coaster that is so typical of Colorado’s economy.
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....
“It’s already 2018!” said Sherrie Gibson mischievously at a holiday party. “Hasn’t anybody told you, John?” Gibson, a prominent local Republican serving on the city planning commission, explained her remark to this often-addled newspaperman. “The governor’s race! John Hickenlooper’s term-limited, and there are already three interested Democrats and about a hundred Republicans...
As we continue to move into the most severe shortage of skilled labor inhistory, we know where many employment opportunities will be. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected which occupations will grow, which will have the greatest need for workers, and what employers will be looking for....
To the Editor: How wonderful that the Business Journal continues to promote projects like the 30- to 100- (his words) story apartment building proposed by Perry Sanders. Both of these gentlemen are perfectly comfortable with building a tower over the gentle, low buildings of downtown Colorado Springs, blocking the view of...
Young people who practice principles of sound financial management are a key component of an ownership society that gives people greater control of their own financial destiny, rather than relying on government transfer schemes that rob Peter to pay Paul — usually with the intent to harvest Paul’s vote in the process.