A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 785

The 2018 election cycle must be known for one thing: The end of maintaining two sets of financial books. One set for the private sector and one set for the public sector.

In the private sector all monies paid out and received in must be documented through basic accounting procedure. The same is not true for the public sector, and the election cycle of 2018 must make this an unwavering truth.

A candidate for elected office must not be considered if they cannot provide specifics regarding financial matters. The deliberate and willful failure to do so must eliminate them from consideration for elected office.

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Because much of the news media in the State of Colorado has made it known that they have no intention of doing their jobs properly or professionally when it comes to reporting the facts on candidates for elected office it is, therefore, the responsibility of the eligible voter in Colorado to research and known the relevant information before voting in November 2018.

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After being accepted to college more than one-third of students in the State of Colorado need remedial courses.

According to a report recently released by the Colorado Department of Higher Education the additional courses will cost the students and the state a growing amount of money. Based on relevant costs in the 2015 – 2016 school year the cost has grown by more than twelve percent. For the students it will require an additional investment of almost twenty-one million dollars and the state more than twelve million dollars.

For more information:

https://highered.colorado.gov/Publications/Reports/Remedial/FY2017/2017_Remedial_relJune2018.pdf

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The number of followers and readers continues to grow. The number of introductory e-mails also continues to grow, and so many continue basically the same reason for abandoning the news media in the State of Colorado.

This is a blog, not a news outlet. It is, at best, a source of information and opinion.

It is unfortunate that so many news organizations in Colorado have chosen to give up their function and purpose in favor of partisan politics and related propaganda, but because they made the choice the best choice to be made as response is to abandon them.

As to the growing number of requests regarding information about northern Colorado – Fort Collins and Loveland, specifically – your requests have been heard and effort is underway to fulfill the requests.

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The Loveland City Council recently voted to spend more than six hundred thousand dollars from the taxpayers to complete the downtown project called “The Foundry”.

Critics of the project point to this latest action by the council as reason for recalling all members of the council, and note that this is another example of financial mismanagement on the part of local government.

The developer of the project, Brinkman, attempted to justify the additional funding by claiming the costs came from changes in the scope of the project.

The $627,647 dollars authorized by the Loveland City Council allegedly pay for specific amenities that were not included in the original contract, including a police substation and a security system that include high-definition cameras on each level of the parking garage.

Brinkman rejected the opinion that the increased costs came from a failure on its part to account for rising construction costs also not planned for in the original contract.

The vote by the Loveland City Council to pass the ordinance on first reading was 8 – 0, with Councilor John Fogle absent. The ordinance is scheduled to come before the council on July 3, 2018.

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Come the November 2018 election Boulder County may ask voters and taxpayers to authorize the collection of a 0.185 percent sales and use tax to fund improvements to the Boulder County Jail and to fund a new, alternative-sentencing facility located near the jail.

Because labor costs increasingly contribute to the costs of such things put low-risk offenders to work on the project. Doing so would reduce the labor costs involved and lawbreakers would have the opportunity to learn skills that could get them good-paying jobs if they choose to obey the law.

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A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 715

The decision by a group of newspapers in the State of Colorado to increase their subscription rate by more than twenty percent resulted in a predictable response: A growing number of subscribers have made it known that they will not be renewing their subscriptions for newspapers that offer less and less content – specifically content relevant to Colorado and locations within the state.

At the same time the readership of this blog continues to grow. Based on the number of e-mails received over the past week a new record for readers was again set. A review of the communications received reveals a growing displeasure with the newspaper industry within the State of Colorado and the news media overall. As the cost of living in the State of Colorado continues to rise consumers are becoming more informed and decisions about purchases are become more deliberate. For example, one batch of e-mails explicitly asserted that paying several hundred dollars a year for a newspaper with less than three pages of local news a day does not constitute a wise investment. Related to this concern was a growing chorus by soon-to-be former newspaper subscribers who have made it known that they will not financially support publications that demand submission and support of partisan political agendas presented as objective fact and truth.

Then there was a third group of e-mails that represent a valid opinion – the news media and journalism are no longer one and the same. The news media advocates for special interests while journalism reports the events of the day.

Because of the accessibility of information consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the fraud perpetuated by the news media, and this betrayal has provided reason to no longer trust or respect the news media. The dishonesty is being responded to by consumers refusing to financially support through subscriptions and advertising the dishonesty of the alleged professionals.

It is not an unrealistic prediction that within the next decade the newspaper industry will cease to exist. It is not inaccurate or incorrect to suggest that within the next ten years the news media will also meet with its end.

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A substantial number of e-mails in one twenty-four hour period from new readers, who have made it known that they will no longer do business with a newspaper in the State of Colorado because the editor has stated that anyone who does not accept sexual depravity, deviancy, and perversion is not a good Christian.

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The wildfire season in the State of Colorado arrived with force and fury, and many men and women are working around the clock to fight them and put them out.

A fire started by a lightning strike is a natural event. A fire caused by someone flicking a cigarette or leaving a marijuana joint burning is not.

Coloradans respect the place they choose to call home. Show your respect by not flicking a butt and by openly thanking those who give so much, including their personal safety and well-being in fighting fires in Colorado.

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A candidate running for the governorship of the State of Colorado recently admitted that he did not pay any income tax for 2001 through 2005.

Expect the news media in the State of Colorado to overlook this and his desire to repeal tax cuts and increase taxes on Coloradans because of his political affiliation and his sexual orientation.

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June 21, 2018 is Father’s Day. Fathers can ride The Fort Collins Trolley for free:

http://www.fortcollinstrolley.org/welcome.html

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The Greeley Stampede, considered by many to be the premiere summer event of Colorado, runs June 22, 2018 through July 4, 2018. For more information:

https://www.greeleystampede.org/default.aspx

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The Never Summer Rodeo, in Walden, CO., runs June 22, 2018 through June 24, 2018. For more information:

https://www.npneversummerrodeo.com

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The 87th Annual Donkey Derby Days, in Cripple Creek, CO., take place June 22, 2018 through June 24, 2018. For more information:

https://visitcripplecreek.com

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With a trade war between the United States of America and China pending the opportunity to buy America-made goods and products from the State of Colorado is here, and now.

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Finally, to those who acknowledged and honored the intent of Flag Day and the events that transpired on D-Day: Thank you for respecting the significance of what each occasion means and must mean for all time.

The failure on the part of much of the news media in the State of Colorado to do so goes beyond a simple insult, but given that so few in the news media in Colorado served or serve their lack of respect for the men and women of the United States of America Armed Forces should be expected.

A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 573

A group of Colorado business groups has announced its intention to push for a tax hike for roads in the State of Colorado, because they claim that at least six billion dollars is needed for transportation projects.

If the proposal is approved for the ballot in November 2018 and if voters approve the measure the state sales tax increase by .62 percent, or supposedly generate more than $750 million dollars a year, starting in 2019. Over a period of twenty years, with interest, the six billion dollar bond issuance would cost taxpayers more than nine billion dollars.

Groups and organizations that advocate the increase include the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Club 20, an association of counties in western Colorado.

According to the supporters of the proposal the revenue generated would result in forty-five percent going to state highway projects, forty percent to local governments, and fifteen percent to alternate forms of transportation, including mass transit.

The proposal to generate funding for public roads and transportation may have competition on the ballot. One proposal comes from the Independence Institute, which supports borrowing three and a half billion dollars for roads in Colorado, without raising taxes. Another proposal would borrow $2.34 billion without new taxes required.

According to all proposals the State of Colorado is expecting at least nine billion dollars in public transportation needs over the next decade.

A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 507

The City of Boulder finds itself in a position some would describe as “unfortunate”. It is a circumstance that is unnecessary and does not merit sympathy because of the financial mismanagement on the part of city leaders: The City of Boulder is experiencing a financial shortfall of more than four million dollars, initiated by declining sales tax revenues within the city borders. Sales tax revenues are down as more and more people live and work outside of Boulder because of the tax burden in place. The burden has become a deficit.

According to experts working for the City of Boulder the shortfall is expected to grow in coming years, and the reduction in the related revenues are expected to affect services provided by the city to residents.

Despite this undeniable truth and fact Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam assures City Council members the public will not be aware of a decline in what they pay for in the form of government services.

Rarely has a government body kept its word where financial matters are concerned. Residents of Boulder should expect to hear about higher taxes and more fees in 2019 because of this mismanagement.

A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 487

A small percentage of people currently residing in the State of Colorado want the Centennial State to become another California. If that were to happen Colorado could expect to be faced with a similar problem: Growing populations of homeless, and their waste, which highway employees in the State of California must collect and dispose of, along with the cost to do so.

Presently The Golden State has a homeless population estimated to be more than 130,000; which is about twenty-five percent of the homeless population nationwide. The cost of cleaning up after homeless in California is now more than ten million dollars per year, and will increase in 2018, with an expected increase of more than thirty percent.

Although highway employees expect difficult working conditions because of the physical labor involved many are refusing to face the filth homeless produce in the form of urine and feces.

It is a scenario that the State of Colorado could face if it does not prevent it from happening.

A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 453

Several readers of this blog are very astute and observant. More than a few have sent notes about the state of affairs where newspapers in the State of Colorado are concerned. Basically, they have asked two questions – which are likely to go unanswered:

1. Why is it, when jobs are cut at newspapers in Colorado, few of the jobs eliminated involved the positions of high-paying executives?
2. Why is it few, if any, executives at newspapers in Colorado, especially those publications owned by deep-pocket corporations, are not required to take pay cuts to prevent job losses at their newspapers?

A Voice of Colorado Version 2018 No. 445

The First Rule of Economics and Finances, which I was taught and have followed: Do NOT spend money you do NOT have on things you do NOT need.

Anyone – a business, organization, or individual – who refuses to acknowledge and follow The First Rule of Economics and Finances, must be avoided, without exception.