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...
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,...
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...
Small businesses help protect the environment by being active in their communities. These businesses know their neighbors hold them accountable for keeping the community clean and healthy. A small business that harms the local environment is not likely to be successful in the long run. Increasingly, small firms...
Dear Editor: Thank you to the CSBJ for encouraging a solution to our traffic congestion problems. You understand the major economic impact congestion can have on our local economy if we do nothing to improve the situation. And congratulations to City Council and the County Commissioners for taking a...
Sam Walton must be turning over in his grave. Costco, an archrival of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club in the discount retailing wars, is test-marketing a new line of products - caskets. Now maybe I'm just not as worldly as the next guy, but selling caskets at a warehouse store...