This February, instead of celebrating black history and black accomplishments, instead of recognizing the lasting effects of slavery and segregation, we were all treated to news of politicians in Virginiawho wore blackface in their pre-politics youth and a new Gucci sweater that gives new meaning to racist and tacky. How...
One bright spot in the gloom of a struggling economy is that my e-mail inbox seems to be full of advice about how best to weather the storm. The latest self-help salvo came from the National Endowment for Financial Education and touted “Five Things to Resist Doing in a Turbulent Economy.” And even though the list of “don’ts” seems fairly commonsense-esque after reading through them, a little positive (or would it be negative?) reinforcement never hurts.
The balancing process for the City's 2005 General Fund Budget is complete. This year's proceedings were made easier by improved sales tax revenues and tough decisions made in 2004 to curb spending. The City's fiscal condition has improved due to growth in the national economy, modest improvements...
One family holiday gathering down, and only one more to go this year. And the reason why family gatherings are on my mind? Well, I received an e-mail before Thanksgiving from All Breed Rescue and Training with a list of tips to prevent dog bites during the holidays. But during the family get-together, the e-mail kept popping into my mind — even though there wasn’t a canine to be seen.
How bad does our local economic situation have to get before the city, county and Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority decide that about $30 million of taxpayers’ money, money that would otherwise be consumed to construct one interchange at Woodmen Road and Academy Boulevard, could be used to solve a multitude of local critical health, safety and security problems — problems that are only becoming worse every day.
A fire or other emergency at your business facility can pose unique problems for management, staff and the responding emergency crews. Preparation is the key to minimizing the potential for harm during an emergency situation.
Got some good news from my friends at Challenger, Gray & Christmas this week. Apparently, despite the need to cut costs during these challenging economic times, a majority of companies are working diligently to preserve employee perks, and many are still planning to hand out year-end bonus checks. (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Colorado Publishing Co. and Dolan Media are not among the companies in the minority.)
<em>The camera don’t lie You’re coming back down and you really don’t mind You had a bad day You had a bad day — Daniel Powter</em> We’ll make that two bad days. In a row. Back to back. It started last Friday. With an e-mail. That got to my inbox at 5:57 a.m. So it was waiting for me when I logged on to my work computer at the crack of 7. The subject line: Mr SOMEONE YOU CALL YOUR FRIEND, WANTS YOU DEAD.
I constantly get into loud, energetic conversations with my gasoholic friends. Gas is too expensive, they say. I think gas is too cheap. Until it costs so much that people are forced to use public transportation, they won’t do it, I argue — cars are just too convenient. But, my friends say, American cities are not like Munich or Paris or Prague. They’re spread out. But, I say, for public transportation to work, we have to do our part, too, and actually use it.
I’m not a very big fan of unions. Never have been, despite the fact that the majority of the folks who lived in the small Texas town where I grew up worked at chemical manufacturing plants or refineries and were card-carrying union members. In their early days, I do think that unions served a purpose and actually helped the common workers by providing them with an organized voice. However, today I see unions as organizations more concerned about themselves and their administrators and officers and their pet projects or causes. (And let’s be honest, there are enough ambulance-chasing lawyers out there looking for work that most companies try to do the right thing just to avoid frivolous lawsuits.)
While the economy is dominating the headlines, concerns about health care aren’t far behind. For businesses and individuals, the two are inextricably linked: the U.S. employer-based health insurance market still provides coverage to nearly two-thirds of the population under 65.
After a few weeks off the helpful hints for surviving a turbulent economy wagon, I thought it was probably time to jump back on and pass along some additional pointers. The following advice comes from Edward A. Testa, vice president of sales at Greystone equipment lending and leasing in Burlington, Mass. What grabbed my attention was how he described the current environment.