Category archives for: Opinion

Report on addiction changes everything

Parents, siblings, spouses, co-workers, friends — these are people who could be affected by addiction. With one in seven Americans diagnosed with substance abuse, addiction affects more people than all types of cancers combined, and it’s likely we’re in daily contact with someone currently suffering from addiction or will be in the future. It’s fortunate […]

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 […]

Great expectations

It’s only natural to want to start a new year with an optimistic outlook. What’s the alternative? Who wants to endure an ulcer-inducing 12 months of expecting the worst and sitting around and waiting for fears to materialize? Nonetheless, Grand Valley business leaders seem particularly upbeat in their expectations for 2017 — to the point, […]

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 […]

The price of Christmas and a real reason for the season

There’s no shortage, it seems, of indicators and indexes that track various aspects of the economy — from unemployment rates to tax collections and consumer confidence to real estate sales. Just in time for the holidays, here’s the latest results of yet another measure that tracks labor costs and commodity prices, not to mention the […]

Economic problems persist, so policies need to change

Since officially moving from recession to recovery in mid-2009, the story on the U.S. economy hasn’t changed. Two new reports indicate the challenges won’t change as a new presidential administration and Congress take power. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its second estimate on third quarter GDP. The topline story offered a bit of […]

It’s time for Colorado to tax online purchases

To the editor: A crisis is looming for local governments that are dependent on sales taxes, and it will come crashing down in the near future.  Traditional brick and mortar retail is entering its final struggle against certain death. Its impact will first be visited on small rural towns and counties.  Internet-based consumer buying is […]

We’re on the Trump train now

There are three things upon which I believe most of us can agree about the presidential election: We’re glad it’s finally over. We’re surprised Donald Trump won. Things are going to be different going forward.  I know we won’t agree on whether or not a Trump presidency means a good or bad difference. But since […]

Success stories highlight practices worth emulating

It might sound like a broken record, but the point bears repeating. One of the best benefits of reporting success stories is the examples those stories provide for  business owners and managers. Such stories are not only entertaining, but also instructional in showcasing practices and ideas that can be emulated. Two stories in this very […]

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 […]


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