Category archives for: Opinion

And the survey says … less regulation, please

The results of a national survey confirm what small business owners think about government regulations. What most owners think is there are an increasing number of regulations that are costly and difficult with which to comply and, in the end, offer little or no value to consumers. Here’s the bottom line, so to speak: Nearly […]

Local governments need watching, too

When it comes to the topic of governments overstepping their bounds, much of our attention is directed towards the federal and state levels — and with good reason. The last century has seen the size, scope and purview of the federal government gestate far beyond anything envisioned by the framers. Even as most of their […]

Upon further review of the left … it’s all about Trump

Let’s just break this down to brass tacks. This whole election brouhaha isn’t about rights. Rights of any kind. Not LGBT rights, immigrant rights or women’s rights. This isn’t about free speech. It’s not about executive orders gone wild. The fact is, this whole uproar over Trump is about simply one thing: Trump. And no, […]

Business going well? Hug a tourist

According to the latest results of an economic analysis, Grand Valley business owners and managers can thank tourists for at least a portion of their sales. The exact portion depends, of course, on the business. Hotels and motels, for example, rely nearly entirely on tourists. But restaurants and retailers also can attribute revenue to tourism […]

It’s time to right wrongs of Durbin Amendment

On a cold January day in 1973, a ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred in Carbondale. The ribbon, made from 50 silver dollars attached to a string of tape later donated to Mt. Sopris Park, marked the beginning of Alpine Bank’s tradition of involvement in the community. More than 40 years later, Alpine Bank remains committed to the […]

State of agriculture Colorado producers provide many benefits

Most Coloradans didn’t grow up in a rural area and have never been on a farm or ranch. Still, the people of Colorado support the contributions of the agriculture industry to the quality of life in our state. In a recent survey conducted for the Colorado Department of Agriculture by Colorado State University, 90 percent […]

In replacing Obamacare, restore hospital payments

With the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the discussion about how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has intensified. Hopefully, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will see the debate as an opportunity as much as a challenge. Even the most fervent proponents of the law acknowledge it’s far from perfect. […]

The CMU effect: A lot of economic blessings to count

here are those who regard economic impact studies with suspicion — sometimes justifiably so — the benefits of this industry sector or that event are inflated. But the analysis conducted every two years of the economic effects of Colorado Mesa University in Western Colorado is, if anything, conservative in quantifying the role of CMU. And […]

1, 2, 3, 4 …. what the heck we marching for?

As I’m sure you did, I watched with interest the protests and marches the weekend after Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th president of the United States. The protests the day of the inauguration are the easiest to figure out. These are the same folks who want to go out and “protest” because it’s […]

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 […]


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