Stories written by Craig Hall

Since June of 2000, Craig Hall has been the owner/publisher of the Grand Valley Business Times. He can reached at 970-424-5133 or publisher@thebusinesstimes.com

Is it a new day in America? Or is it just another day?

On Jan. 20, we know Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. But as I’ve said from the beginning stages of Trump’s campaign for the highest office in the land, it’s the stuff we don’t know that concerns me. And that is much to the chagrin of many […]

New Year’s wish for 2017: I hope your find your hope

I know that sounds like an odd headline after eight years of one president’s version of hope and in comparing that to the coming four years of the next president’s version of hope. But that’s the problem of putting our hope in other humans. I’m here to tell you it’s wrong if you rely on […]

Crony capitalism is as crony capitalism does

And it knows no party. Read that again: Crony capitalism knows no party. And to the great surprise of many (who still refuse to see it), all it took was the Carrier deal to show just how out of touch with freedom and economics our elected leaders are. Trump supporters are gleefully screaming from the […]

Elections have consequences, none good for the people

This past election, with our country being so divided, apathetic or sycophantic in the electorate, proves one thing: The federal government no longer works for the people. As Abraham Lincoln so famously said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Our rulers know this. That’s why they allow all of the rhetoric, venom and violence […]

We haven’t yet voted away our republic, but we’re trying

That said, I am saddened that many Americans have fallen for the line that somehow or other voting is “our most sacred duty” that we hear myriad times from the major political players.  It simply isn’t. Is voting important? You bet! Is voting as sacred as politicians declare? Not one bit. GETTING your vote is […]

Well done, good and faithful servant

It’s the paper before the election, and I’m not talking politics. That’s because something more important happened beyond pontificating about who our next anti-freedom “leader” will be. (OK, I got one in, and Mom would smile and be proud.) The rest of this column will be all about the woman who gave me life, who […]

I support your right to think, I’m just not married to it

Once again politics trumps logic and relationships. And despite my poor attempt at a pun in the headline, this one makes me sad because the person this affected is someone I care about, a wonderful young mind and individual I’ve always admired.  But what hurts the most in this exchange on — you guessed it, […]

It’s a personal property tax exemption for me, but not thee

Here we go again. Take a bad regulation from something under the government’s bucket of you-know-what and try to make it smell like a rose. And no, this isn’t an attack on a county commissioner, even though the one of the same name was recently touting the topic at hand. Then again, at least there […]

Decisions made in anger … sums up the election for me

Are you getting the feeling everyone thinking about the coming election is mad about something? I sure do. I realize, too,  people might think the same of me … and that’s fine. I get it. Here’s why. Our loss of face-to-face communication skills due to texting, social media and all other forms of electronic communication […]

The Olympic spirit remains alive, but needs a world in which to compete

This column should be solely about the Olympics that just ended, and deservedly so. But why, you ask, do I toss in that addendum? Because in watching the Olympics and sports in general, I see so many similarities between life and sports — winning and losing, compassion and competition and taking those experiences in making […]

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