Glancing through the local daily newspaper on Tuesday, a headline caught our eye: "Hotel group nixes center's funding." We assumed (wrongly it would turn out) that the Pikes Peak Lodging Association had voted to oppose the use of public money to build a downtown convention center/hotel. Reading the entire...
By House Speaker Lola Spradley In baseball, shrewd managers sometimes will call a "squeeze play" - when a batter bunts so that a runner on third base can run home and score - in order to win the ball game. But when it comes to the state budget,...
By State Sen. Ken Chlouber It took the courts a while, but they finally got it right and upheld one of the most popular laws ever adopted in this country - the federal no-call registry. Virtually everyone who has a telephone knows the anguish of sitting down to an...
Employers are showing renewed interest in fresh college graduates. For years, these young people have experienced frustrating difficulty finding stimulating and rewarding jobs after graduation. Many companies that had traditionally conducted on-campus interviews have been missing; the interest in graduates has been unusually low. Things are changing. Employers are...
The Federal Communications Commission has taken a lot of heat lately regarding broadcaster's attempts to push the envelope on broadcast decency, the most notable of which is Janet Jackson's display at the Superbowl, seen worldwide to more than 89 million households. In reality, the Jackson incident is not...
By Steven Drexel Special to the Business Journal Little has changed recently with respect to the economic outlook. The popular view is the economic recovery remains solid with gross domestic product expected to grow at a robust 4.5 percent annual rate during 2004. During the latter part of 2003,...

What is Tabor

The "Taxpayer's Bill of Rights" to protect Colorado Citizens from arrogant spending of "tax dollars." There are some politicians and bureaucrats that would spend "tax dollars" like drunken sailors, without regard to their fiduciary responsibilities, if "TABOR" were not present in the Colorado Constitution. Some still do. Politicians and...
Start a discussion with "TABOR" and you're likely to witness a division not seen since Moses parted the Red Sea. The Taxpayer's Bill of Rights appears to be as polarizing today as it was when approved by the voters in 1992. Toss in the Gallagher Amendment and mandated funding...
How would you like to be penalized because you do your work too well-for example, for running your business so effectively that it attracts hoards of happy customers? Well, this is what is happening more and more frequently to Wal-Mart. Recently the West Covina, Calif., city council voted to...

Mugged by City Hall

When tax hungry public officials in Colorado team up with land hungry private developers, innocent home and business owners standing in the way are likely to get mugged city hall style. Once the city declares them public outcasts, their land is forcibly purchased at a price the government deems...

Dear Editor,

It would have been a lot more meaningful if you had mentioned that retirees can also opt and choose PRIME instead of Standard. Most of us who are retirees have PRIME rather than Standard because it enables us to be be in the top tier for appointments within the...

Dear Editor:

I don't feel it is OK for (Gary) Pon to compare apples to oranges. (See "Custody battle ensues between state and workers' comp giant," CSBJ, Jan. 23, 2003) Zurich is an international company and is required to have several billion dollars in surplus. In turn, Zurich owns Mid-Century...