Fruits of his labor also includes an enduring legacy

I interviewed Harry Talbott only a few times, but he always made an impression. He was as knowledgeable as he was passionate about the subject matter — in his case, agriculture in the Grand Valley.  I still recall talking with Harry at a local stop of a statewide tour promoting the Colorado Proud Program, which […]

Business advice from the Bard of Avon

Could there be anyone who isn’t familiar with at least some of the immortal words of William Shakespeare? Who hasn’t heard the line “To be or not to be” from “Hamlet?” Or contemplate, as Juliet did in “Romeo and Juliet,” whether a rose by any other name would smell as sweet? As it turns out, […]

Energy industry latest crony capitalism loser

Between 2016 and 2019, the United States economy rebounded with a surge of new manufacturing and the growth of small businesses. The unemployment rate dropped. Onerous government regulations were reduced, encouraging businesses to expand and hire more employees. The U.S. became energy independent for the first time, leading to lower fuel prices benefiting business and […]

Midst of pandemic no time for more red tape

For those who anticipated increased regulatory activity under the Joe Biden administration, their expectations thus far have been met. Increasing regulatory burdens always take a toll on entrepreneurship; small business; American competitiveness; and economic, income and employment growth. But ratcheting up such costs in an already grim economy is grossly ill-conceived. Consider two examples of […]

From a favorite author, words to work by

It’s only natural to seek out advice from those who’ve achieved success. Rather than try to reinvent the wheel, why not just emulate the creators? Or at least listen to what they have to say on the subject. In business, such guidance often passes on an informal basis from mentors to their mentees.  But the […]

“Save the middle class” a cry to preserve the American Dream

What, exactly, is the middle class? The Pew Research Center defined the middle class as those whose annual income was two-thirds to double the national median —in 2019, a range from $40,500 to $122,000.  National Public Radio reported in 2016 the term middle class historically has meant something less concrete in the United States — […]

There’s a lot to learn ingenious efforts

I’ve long wondered what makes geniuses so … ingenious.  How could DaVinci possibly have envisioned his remarkable inventions so far ahead of his time? What enabled Mozart to compose such magnificent music? Where did Einstein draw his inspiration to develop his theories on relativity? For that matter, how, oh how, did Bill Watterson cram so […]

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