Wanted: Leaders who are also servants

It’s always an interesting task to answer the office telephone because you never know who’s going to be on the other end or where the conversation might lead. Sure. Far too many times it’s a recording reminding me to extend my car warranty. But other times, there are real people on the line pitching story […]

Vote yes on Proposition 113 to amplify Western Colorado’s voice

Coloradans deserve an open and honest discussion on Proposition 113, also known as the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Unfortunately, they’re not getting it as opponents continue to propagate myths and falsehoods. The latest example is the column on this website by Rose Pugliese. Proposition 113 makes Colorado relevant again by guaranteeing the presidency to […]

Why we should vote against wolf introduction proposition

We’re members of a group that has studied wildlife and wildlife habitat issues and their convergence with a myriad of other Western Colorado landscape challenges. We understand the importance of finding solutions that meet both public and private needs, wildland and multiple-use goals and finding that economic sweet spot for the diverse towns and counties […]

Energetiic efforts fall short without market freedoms

When California recently experienced rolling blackouts as a last-resort measure used by utilities to avoid a total blackout of the power system, Gov. Gavin Newsom blamed the situation on a failure to predict and plan for an energy shortage. What Gov. Newsom failed to state was the obvious: The blackouts were a result of self-inflicted […]

Evolution of business rewarding to observe

One of the pleasures of working for a business journal in one place for an extended time is the opportunity to cover the evolution of companies and the people who lead them. I’ve been fortunate over the past 20 years at the Business Times to report on a lot of changes at a lot of […]

I’m not telling you how to vote, just giving you a few things to think about

Here comes that special Tuesday in November, all too many of which the past few decades have been “the single most important election in our lifetime.” But given the power grabs from COVID-19, insurrections around the country and over-the-cliff trend toward progressive communism, the “experts” might finally be correct. So, what’s a voter to do? […]

Gallagher Amendment shift property tax burden

The Gallagher Amendment to the Colorado Constitution doesn’t prevent taxes from increasing. Limitations imposed under the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) do. Gallagher instead transfers the property tax burden from homeowners to nonresidential taxpayers. When Gallagher first passed, for a value at which a homeowner paid $1 in tax, a nonresidential taxpayer paid $1.38. Today, […]

With government, less can be more

There’s an argument to be made for the precept that government is best which governs least.  There’s an existential role for governments to defend citizens from enemies foreign and domestic. There are times, too, when government is better suited to provide services in a collective fashion — paving streets and putting out fires, to name […]

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