Remember: No close dancing or making out under the bleachers

Thank you Mark Udall. Our nation’s collective IQ has been dramatically lowered now that your first original idea since being elected senator is actually being implemented. And here I thought the Democrats just allowed you to present ideas (while doing nothing about them) so you felt good about yourself, all while getting you to vote […]

Business perspective needed at the capitol

Ray Scott has it right. Faced with declining revenues and budget shortfalls in the aftermath of a recession, business owners have had to scale back their operations, establish priorities and make the painful decisions to reduce staffing. Stuck in the same circumstances, Scott believes state government must take a similar approach. As the owner of […]

Here’s hoping a new year really will be a happy one

The calendar changes with the new year. But what about the fortunes of Grand Valley businesses? Will they change, too? The extent to which the new year actually will be happy depends on the answer to that question. Fortunately, the outlook is improving. At least that’s the assessment of three economists who closely monitor business and […]

It’s not our leadership; it’s our lack of leadership

“Compromise is the lack of leadership.” Like me, you might have heard that quote in some form or another over the years without knowing exactly to whom to attribute it. On the reverse side is another quote I detest with almost all of my being, “Politics is the art of compromise.” And the putting of […]

Increasing debt poses risk at national and local levels

Colorado sometimes draws national attention for its method of raising taxes. Under the Taxpayers Bill of Rights amendment to the state constitution approved in 1992, voters themselves are the only ones who can raise local or state taxes. Voters still have no direct say over federal income taxes. But many view TABOR as an amendment […]

Midterm election confirms it’s time to reverse policies to buoy economic growth

The midterm elections offered an historic statement on where public policy and the economy had gone in the previous two-plus years: that is, in the wrong direction. The faulty economics of increased taxes, more regulation, so-called government-led “stimulus,” unprecedented explosions in government spending and debt and a massive government intrusion into the health care marketplace […]