Is it time to consider an entrepreneurial path?

The coronavirus and largely necessary responses to the outbreak have fostered fear and uncertainty. Health risks, worrying about loved ones, lost jobs, small businesses struggling to hang on and wondering how bills will be paid have become harsh realities for millions of Americans. But for those who can look beyond the crisis, being stuck at […]

Latest poll results confirm capitalism misunderstood

The results of a recent Fox News poll showed that nearly a third of registered voters hold a favorable outlook on socialism. This proportion has grown since the previous Fox News poll in February 2019.  Why, in an affluent country, would capitalism lose ground to socialism? Capitalism is defined as an economic and political system […]

News on doorstep has seldom been this bad

The lyrics from a Don McLean song fester in my mind, but I can’t think of a more succinct summary: bad news on the doorstep. I can recall only a few times over the course of a more than 40-year career in newspaper journalism when so much news has turned so bad. The terrorist attacks […]

American courage equal to our latest crisis

Franklin Roosevelt famously asserted in his first presidential inauguration address the only thing Americans had to fear was fear itself. That was saying something in 1933. When the Great Depression reached its lowest point, nearly half the banks in the country had failed and 15 million people were out of work. Roosevelt understood, though, the […]

There’s some good news in help for local businesses

Perhaps the only thing that makes bearable the threats of the coronavirus outbreak on Grand Valley businesses is the blessed assurance they’re not alone in facing this crisis. Just as quickly as the growing effects of the outbreak became apparent, a variety of local organizations geared up their efforts to provide resources and support. Businesses […]

Does anybody know what’s really going on?

Admit it. You have no clue whatsoever about the coronavirus. It’s the only logical conclusion I can come to after two plus months of information, misinformation, intentional lies and politics about this latest corona-type virus foisted upon the world by — yet AGAIN — China. As a matter of fact, the last part of my […]

Diving into business? Some dos and don’t

I just flew in from Mexico. And, boy, are my arms tired. Actually, permit me a bit more precision. I returned at the beginning of March from a scuba diving trip to Cozumel. My arms aren’t tired from what was a pleasant commercial airline flight, but rather lugging nearly 50 pounds worth of dive gear […]

’Tis the season to ponder taxing government role

Tax season can be … taxing. Considerable effort and expense goes into compiling paperwork, complying with tax codes, computing the amount owed and finally paying federal and state taxes. Taxation funds government. But what should citizens fund? The Declaration of Independence defined one role of government: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all […]

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