Dear Editor: We recently learned that the U.S. House of Representatives authorized new transportation spending of $284 billion. Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the 5th Congressional District of Colorado were for the most part left out. Of 3,100 "high priority" projects nationwide and 18 for Colorado that were...
Dear Editor: Community health centers are the main source of primary care for low-income working Coloradoans. Nearly half of community health center patients have no public or private health insurance and depend heavily on the clinics within Colorado communities for affordable and quality health care. House Bill 1262 will...
In the April city election, you will have the opportunity to vote on a proposal to amend the City Charter to prohibit the city from "planning, building, funding, or financing a convention center" unless a majority of voters gives prior approval to the complete project at a regular or...
A number of trends are converging to heighten sensitivity to the future. Perhaps the most significant trend is a noticeable tendency for people to take back control of the management of their careers. People also want more control over other aspects of their lives and we see signs that...
Last week the folks at Peterson Air Force Base started a program that should help bring the business community and the military community closer together. Brig. Gen. Richard E. Webber deserves a C-130 full of kudos for starting the program, which is designed to increase awareness and understanding...
Editor's note: In December, the University of Denver announced the formation of the Colorado Economic Futures Panel to analyze the state's fiscal situation and provide a platform for informed discussion and possible solutions. Sixteen business and civic leaders from across the state comprise the panel, including Dick Celeste, president...
American consumers of health care want the highest quality, state-of-the art medical care available, but the price tag for these services is often staggering. The truth is that consumers are protected from paying the full cost of care by the contractual agreements negotiated between insurers and health care providers...
Homelessness affects everyone in a community, not just those who find themselves, for one reason or another, without a roof over their heads. Investing resources to combat homelessness is not only the right thing to do from a "moral" sense, but it is also vital in building and...
Editor's note: In December, the University of Denver announced the formation of the Colorado Economic Futures Panel to analyze the state's fiscal situation and provide a platform for informed discussion and possible solutions. Sixteen business and civic leaders from across the state comprise the panel, including Dick Celeste, president...
Elected public servants serve the public best when they fully disclose what the future will bring if current trends continue and how their proposed policies will affect those trends. Today, Colorado higher education funding (not including increasing tuition) is headed for zero dollars by 2010. We know that...
There are some politicians who, given their druthers, would prefer to limit the public's access to information. Already, legislative leaders in Denver have introduced several House and Senate bills that would directly impact your ability to get information. For instance, Senate Bill 69 would require that county...
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a judge at the Southern Colorado Regional Mock Trial Competition. The event was sponsored by the El Paso County Bar Association and the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs. Eighteen teams of students from area high schools litigated...