You cannot step into an American community today without finding a lively conversation about educating our children. How to boost math and science learning, whether our schoolchildren are reading and writing enough, what constitutes a “quality” education — all of this figures into the national schooling debate and its thousands of local echoes.
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.
It was 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, time for the new City Council to begin its first meeting as the Utility Board. Eight of nine board members were in their seats, but board chairman Keith King was standing over a table to the side, fussing with a stack of papers. The minutes ticked by; 1:05, 1:07, […]
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For years, Colorado Springs has looked north wistfully, envying Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins for their robust startup systems, the success of their accelerators and their record of creating new jobs. Not any longer. Colorado Springs is developing its own startup ecosystem — drawing attention and assistance from Denver, developing monthly...
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...
Here’s a profoundly irritating campaign trope, to which most of our council/mayor candidates seem to subscribe: “Governments don’t create jobs — companies, entrepreneurs and people create jobs. The role of government is to remove obstacles to business and stick to the basics — public safety, infrastructure and parks!” That sounds great on the campaign trail, […]
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People of all ages are hooked on video games. In fact, recent studies have found that 83 percent of children between the ages of 8 and 18 live in a home with a video game console. And while the age of players can vary greatly, so can the content...
In the aftermath of the 2014 election in El Paso County, we come away with some clear messages from voters and priorities for local leaders going forward. We already knew that the Pikes Peak region would go virtually all in with the nationwide Republican tidal wave. That much was obvious from the U.S. Senate race, […]
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Wise employers are looking for ideal applicants for open positions. In most cases, the people they want are not actively looking for a job. They will not show up on job boards or in stacks of resumes. The most desirable candidates are passive job seekers, not active. They are...
Growing a business through acquisition is not a new concept. Whole Foods acquiring Wild Oats Markets has made recent headlines. The Comcast-Adelphia acquisition was big news. It seems to be almost a daily occurrence. In fact, in 2006 there were 8,203 completed mergers and acquisitions in the United States, up from 7,600 in 2005, according to Thomson Financial.
Such policies might be both laudable and economically worthwhile for hoteliers. But we question, however, whether it is appropriate for a government agency to employ such criteria.
Let’s see; I first engaged in Colorado Springs politics in June 1960, when I accompanied my best friend’s father, Judge Austin Hoyt, to the state Democratic convention. I was an unpaid “gofer,” an intern in today’s polite parlance. The judge, a fervent Democrat, was firmly in Adlai Stevenson’s camp....