Federal Reserve policy more fantasy than sound economics

Economic recovery and expansion don’t depend on the Federal Reserve running monetary policy. This vision more closely resembles fantasy than sound economics. The Federal Open Market Committee statement released on June 10 featured an understandably sober assessment of the economy, along with a pledge to keep the federal funds rate near zero: “The ongoing public […]

When the going gets tough, the tough get writing

I’ve always believed that when the going gets tough, the tough get writing — sometimes about writing. While there are no doubt prolific columnists who crank out compelling copy as if they’re making sausage, don’t count me among them. I’m more like Sisyphus, the mythical Greek guy condemned to forever roll a boulder up a […]

News both good and bad in reporting pandemic effects

There’s encouraging and discouraging news about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses in the latest economic indicators and survey results. As is usually the case with complex and changing situations, it’s a mix that requires a more nuanced consideration. It’s not necessarily rocket science, but more like common sense. If the implications weren’t […]

Listen up, or run the risk of missed opportunities

I’ve always considered myself a good listener. I’m a listener by trade, in fact. A big part of my job is to pose questions and listen to the answers. It’s crucial not only in accurately gathering and reporting information, but also discerning when even more important information might be available for the asking. I long […]

Low COVID cases affirm reason to assert rights

by Marilyn M. Barnewall Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has publicly admitted — to his credit — the statistics he was given by health authorities are wrong.  About 33 percent fewer Coloradans have been stricken with COVID-19 than reported. Given the statistics for the West Slope, it’s evident why a lot of people think closing down […]

Small cities poised to thrive in aftermath of pandemic

Every city in America faces risks in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Many cities are cutting budgets and hunkering down. Perhaps the number of coronavirus cases in their cities warrants this move. Top-tier cities have taken a hit to their allure as restaurants, museums and other cultural amenities close. As we look across the […]