Monthly Archives: December 2010

Where the next bubbles are & how Colorado will know

(’76 Contributor) Alan Greenspan, an august recent chair of the Federal Reserve, articulated what is generally believed; economic bubbles are hard to identify and little can be done about it anyway. If you consult Wikipedia you will discover that since the creation of the Fed in 1913, we have had numerous depressions and recessions in a pattern not unlike before the Fed began tinkering with the economy. This means we are constantly playing catch–up after ma and pa’s pension is decimated, their home loses it value and everyone but trust fund babies and attractive women lose their jobs. Continue reading

Hey, 2011 is the first year of the rest of your life

Decades ago, I was a reporter in Albany, N.Y., working for a newspaper at the foot of a hill that could be ascended only with huffing, puffing, knee endangerment and sweat unless you employed a trick.

It was this. You first went down a flight of stairs from the newsroom to the composing room, left by a backdoor, went across a metal walkway and a littered stretch of earth to the bottom floor of an adjacent office building and took the elevator up several levels. Continue reading

Douglas County emerges as a health care powerhouse

(’76 Contributor) I have often wondered what propels the Douglas County economy and enables it to be the 8th most affluent and highly educated county in the United States. Many believe that the engine of growth was real estate development or big box retailing. Maybe, but a recent project I managed suggests a labor force concentrated in the health care field is the real underlying strength of the local economy. Continue reading

Collegians convene with AIPAC in Washington

(Centennial Student Intern) The past few days, with CCU sophomore Drew Goorabian, I have had the distinct pleasure of making a brief pre–Christmas stop in the frozen swamp that is Washington D.C. in the winter. AIPAC or the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee has been both our motivation and gracious host for this trip bringing Drew and me to D.C. to attend the biannual Saban Leadership Seminar. Continue reading

Time for ‘Party of No’ to become the Party of Yes

Throughout the 2010 midterm election, Democrats vibrantly portrayed the Republican party as ‘the party of no.’ No to healthcare for 50 million uninsured Americans, no to a second stimulus bill, no to extending unemployment to hundreds of thousands of unemployed Americans, and no to increasing the government’s role in shoring up our distressed economic climate. Republicans overtly accepted this notion, and rode a tidal wave election in which the GOP regained majority in the House and sustained moderate gains in the Senate. Continue reading