Economy/Politics

Us...and them

There’s been a lot of talk lately about class warfare, usually involving taxes and the rich. It’s a discussion worth having, but we’re starting on the wrong square. The debate should begin with the Winners and the Losers - and who is which. (Nod to Kurt Vonnegut.) Forget America for a second, and...

Power of the pool

Richard Betts has witnessed the strain of the health-care crisis from all sides. As CEO of an 18-employee company, Betts knows the struggle of insuring workers amid ever-increasing premium hikes. And with 6,000 clients across the state using his accounting…

CEBA Winner: Denver Rescue Mission

The Denver Rescue Mission, which calls itself the oldest full-service Christian charity in the Rocky Mountain region, provides food, shelter and medical care. The nonprofit, known for its "Jesus Saves" sign outside the Lawrence Street shelter, also helps return people…

Black gold

Five percent or more of the oil consumed in Colorado comes from a sticky, black substance called bitumen, which is mined 1,600 miles to the north in a forested, boggy region of the Canadian province of Alberta. The locals in Fort McMurray, the center of the mining operations, and at corporate head...

Renaissance manufacturing

The common wisdom is that we have lost our ability to “make things” in this country, lost it to China, Mexico and others.  Our nation is now a place where we simply trade information with each other and serve each…

Jobs forecast: Sunnier skies

After three years of essentially lousy employment reports, the January 2012 report was simply better. Job growth exceeded expectations, it occurred in almost every employment classification, hours worked in various sectors rose and the unemployment rate ticked down for the fifth…