Craig Hall Column

It had to happen sooner or later, as all members of the media have to deal with at some point. And in our first case, it comes from an unusual entity, one that we’ve been supportive of and have run literally hundreds of stories for over the years. The Business Times has been accused of […]

Why can’t Johnny read?

You might recognize the play on words from the old school fix-up initiative: “Why Johnny Can’t Read.” I have my own opinions as to why Johnny can’t, but that’s a subject for another column. For the purposes of this column, the little Johnny in question is our Johnny, as in Salazar. Although I must admit […]

Growing ag industries a welcome business trend

While the agricultural industry doesn’t usually garner the same level of attention as the energy sector in Western Colorado, there can be no doubt agricultural enterprises are growing ventures in every sense. The Colorado wine industry continues to grow — a trend reinforced by the record 56 wineries that will participate in the upcoming Colorado […]

Old solutions often best to deal with new problems

One of today’s favorite talking points of liberals, progressives and Democrats is that conservatives and Republicans have either no ideas whatsoever or that they want to rehash the ideas of the Bush administration that got us into this mess in the first place. I get the same thing even with my little old column here […]

Connecting the dots between the economy and education

Savvy business owners and managers recognize connections. They know best the crucial links between the products and services they provide and the customers who purchase them. But business owners and managers also see the relationships between economic and demographic trends. Stories in this very issue highlight the important association between the economy and education in […]

This is one kind of outing I’m not embarrassed of

Yes, I ended that with a preposition. It will be the first of many indulgences I seek from readers of this column. A few weeks back, I once again survived an annual rite of passage. It’s actually called “The Outing,” although none of the gentlemen involved in creating that moniker thought about the name at […]

Banking deserves balanced approach

Don Childears says Colorado banks often find themselves between a rock and a hard spot, between politicians who demand that banks increase lending to stimulate the economy and regulators who curtail that lending to ensure banks remain financially sound. Childears, president of the Colorado Banking Association, believes a more balanced approach is needed that both […]

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