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....
Transportation infrastructure has been consistently cited by the citizens of the Pikes Peak region as our top concern on almost every community survey conducted between 1998 and 2004. This concern is real. Colorado Springs was just awarded the dubious distinction as the "Most Congested City in the United States...
I am a Professional Engineer in this community and I have investigated the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) that will be on the ballot in November. I believe that your readers should know that for lack of funds our transportation infrastructure is crumbling and the PPRTA intends...
One of the canons of political correctness goes something like this: "Thou shalt not judge expensive government programs by their results but only by their good intentions." As a corollary, when such schemes are proposed the proper reaction is to applaud, encourage or, at a minimum, nod your...

The other side of RTA

Both your letters backing issue 1A, the RTA, were untrue. As all will learn, RTA stands for Raise Taxes Again. The letter from Bill Knapp falsely claimed the 1984 half-cent city sales tax was voted-approved; it was not. It was the tax's repeal that was voted-approved, and in 1991,...
Why increase the tobacco tax? Colorado is facing a growing health care crisis. More than half a million of our state's citizens, young and old and across a widening economic range, do not have access to the basic health care and services they need. Meanwhile, Colorado has the lowest...
A recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Foundation found that Americans are more concerned about rising health care costs than about the stock market or terrorist attacks. Health care concerns are particularly acute in the small business community, where millions of workers have no health care coverage at...
It's not surprising the "Springs ranks 1st - for bad traffic" (Gazette September 8th Metro Section), since over 12 years ago a one-half cent sales tax that was designated for capital improvement projects that included roads was eliminated. Our ability to fund transportation improvements while maintaining...
To say "getting around Colorado Springs is a challenge" is a big understatement today. Those of us who lived here prior to 1990 know that "getting around" was much easier then. To get to an appointment (doctor, lawyer, church, lunch or dinner) and getting to work every...
One of the benefits of being a news-junkie is coming across interesting little bits of information while trolling various sources of information. Last week, while perusing the Foxnews.com Web site, one Colorado-generated story caught my eye in particular. The dateline for the story was Boulder. The headline: Town cracks...
In today's world of computers, we can measure just about anything. Here is an interesting insight into measuring how happy and optimistic employees are. Why is this important? The more optimistic and confident workers are, the more likely they are to risk leaving an employer to try something...
Dear Editor: I am writing to encourage all Coloradoans to get involved with the Walks to D'Feet ALS that will take place this fall throughout the state of Colorado. Every 90 minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone in the...