Category archives for: Opinion

Return to what works to protect online security

There are rare moments when government establishes a regulatory framework that works pretty well. That had been the case with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the regulator of online privacy for the past two decades. As U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, explained in an op ed in the Wall Street Journal: […]

From perspiration comes inspiration

It’s been written here before and undoubtedly will be again. Nonetheless, the statement deserves repeating. The best part about publishing a business journal is telling stories about hard-working entrepreneurs and the remarkable things they do not only with their businesses, but also for the communities in which they live. Every issue of the Business Times […]

I don’t want it, especially if I can’t park out front

That’s by far the most frequent reason I keep hearing as to why everyone in the city should vote no on the new events center in Grand Junction: Where, for the love of all monoliths, will everyone park? Let’s forget for the moment this argument indicates the hassle of parking would mean whatever event at […]

In the event I changed my mind, I’m going to the center

Yeah, a tad corny I know, but it is what it is. I suppose this will surprise some folks as well, given my penchant for being against just about everything government tries to do in terms of making our lives better. But just because I don’t like the method, project or what the government decides […]

Sausage factory ruins another good business measure

A famous quote attributed to German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck perhaps best describes the legislative process. “Laws are like sausages,” Bismarck supposedly said. “It’s better not to see them being made.” Imagine then, the gruesome spectacles that must occur under the gold dome of the Colorado Capitol, where the process grinds even the most common-sense […]

Research offers some good news

There’s some good news in the results of research conducted by an associate professor at Oregon State University. Not surprisingly, a healthy sex life at home boosts employee satisfaction and engagement at work. The implications could turn “Not tonight dear, I have a headache” into “For sure tonight, dear, I have an important presentation tomorrow.” […]

Changing economy dictates new land planning strategy

It’s no secret our economy is in the midst of a transition from a manufacturing base to a knowledge base, and the nature of jobs is changing with it. This puts different demands on our community for roads, buildings and land planning. Views differ on how to plan for this transition. Retraining, re-educating and capacity […]

U.S. society must adapt to changing world or face consequences

The world is flat: Or so goes the argument by Thomas Friedman in his 2005 book of the same title. Twelve years later, however, Friedman’s argument takes on additional meaning as geopolitical unrest sets the stage for a new global reality. It’s widely recognized globalization and technology are leveling economies onto the same playing field. Still, […]

Initiative offers help in preventing suicide

Each of our wonderful cities, towns and rural areas on the Western Slope has its own unique flavor and vibe, but shares a deadly similarity. In spite of the many suicide prevention programs and initiatives in place, suicide rates remain distressingly higher than in most other places in the country. Each one of us has […]

Once a year, I find myself here

And that would be in a place with either little or no energy to write and zero interest in much of anything in the news. Or perhaps with all that’s gone on in my life over the past six months and finding myself between two trips with only two days to work these past two […]

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