Holidays offer a reminder: Count those blessings

The best part about Thanksgiving and the holiday season — along with all the delicious food, of course — are the reminders this time of year provides about what’s actually important. Family. Friends. Health. Freedom. And all the other blessings we enjoy. It’s helpful in putting less essential stuff into perspective. Granted, it’s been another […]

Fed relies on bizarre strategy to reduce inflation

The Federal Reserve announced on Nov. 2 it would raise the federal funds rate by 0.75 percentage points to a targeted range of 3.75 to 4 percent. The Fed stated: “The committee anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate in order to attain a stance of monetary policy that is sufficiently […]

Take action to reduce risk of cybercrime

In 2021, cybercrimes against small businesses reached a record high value of $2.4 billion. Online sales exceeded $960 billion that year and are expected to surpass $1 trillion this year. As we approach the holiday shopping season, small retailers need to evaluate their susceptibilities to cyberattacks and protect their systems from costly data breaches and […]

Erasing student loan debt legal plunder

Frederic Bastiat, a 19th century French economist, wrote this in his book “The Law:” “See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen […]

At workforce center, it’s all about service

It bodes well for businesses looking for employees and people looking for jobs that Lindsay Bullock brings a passion for service to her new role as director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. The center provides an array of resources — everything from hosting job fairs and screening applicants to helping with […]

Senate candidate offers “real deal” qualifications

When I was growing up, we’d use the phrase a person was the “real deal.” In my neighborhood, that might have been the highest compliment one could receive. It meant the person was authentic and genuine. Joe O’Dea, who’s running for the U.S. Senate in Colorado, is the “real deal.”  O’Dea is sincere when he […]

Critical minerals really are in supplying electric vehicle development

Colorado recently received $57 million from the federal government to help the state transition to the use of more electric vehicles (EVs).  The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program established by last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law will help states like Colorado build charging stations along interstate corridors and is part of the Biden administration’s goals of […]

Some key questions at an important time

I’m inclined to write columns offering at least somewhat upbeat perspectives. That’s a reflection in part of what could be considered my hopelessly naive nature. But also my desire not to pile on to the challenges so many already face. Consequently, I generally avoid columns about politics and especially elections. There’s sufficient mud to go […]

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