‘Guest column’ Archives
by Sheldon Richman Finally some good news. From the Associated Press: “Public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they don't trust the federal government and have little faith it can solve America's ills, the survey found.... About half say they want a smaller government with fewer services. ” The AP also reported, “The survey found that Obama’s policies were partly to ... Full Story
By David Hills and Michael Lent Millions of America’s small business owners suffer from bad practices on Wall Street -- something often given short shrift in debate about creation of a consumer financial protection agency. As owners of a financial advisement firm with offices in Portsmouth, N.H., San Francisco and New York, we focus on financial products with sustainability, values and transparency. And with more than 70 years of collective experience in the financial services industry, ... Full Story
Newly seated Berthoud Trustee Dave Skiles has started his own blog. The first post was February 15 and he talks about issues on his mind. We applaud this effort to reach out to the people of Berthoud. Each post ends with a poll asking whether you agree ore disagree with his comments. This is a great opportunity to let your opinion be known. You can visit his site by clicking here.
The following article by Zach Carter appears in the online news blog Care2. It is yet another view of the actions of the big banks and brokers. It also provides links to other articles on the subject. Click here to read he article.
By Fred A. Kingery Courtesy of Center for Vision & Values Financial markets function to discount the future. Usually, by the time you read about something in the newspaper, financial market pricing has already "discounted" that event weeks, months, or perhaps even years before it hits the front page and becomes evident to everyone else. That’s what it means to “speculate. ” The whole world is beginning to seriously speculate that the Treasury is becoming a deadbeat borrower. Normally, ... Full Story
Intro by Gary Wamsley Mortgage bankers recently testified before the US Congress that no one saw the impending crisis in sub-prime mortgages and the financial crisis that ensued. That is pretty hard to believe. Either the top financial experts in this country are incredibly stupid or they are lying. Take your pick. There were people who saw it coming, and perhaps even created the crisis and made hundreds of millions of dollars at what turns out to be taxpayer expense. Two reporters for ... Full Story
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers to pay all taxes due by the April 15 deadline to avoid interest and failure-to-pay penalties. IRS Payment Options Include E-pay, Credit Card, Installment Agreements and Offers in Compromise IR-2010-45, April 8, 2010 Filing and Paying on Time Saves Money If you have a balance due and do not pay by April 15, you are subject to a failure-to-pay penalty. If you cannot complete your return and file it by April 15, you may request ... Full Story
FORT COLLINS - In 2007, Parker Water and Sanitation District, a Front Range water supplier, and Colorado State University joined forces to develop a new approach to meeting Colorado’s water challenges. Growing municipal and industrial water demand has led to the “drying-up” of irrigated farms in Colorado. Farms - and their water rights - are being purchased by municipalities and water rights are transferred from agricultural to municipal purposes. More “buy-and-dry” of irrigated ... Full Story
Colorado Extension applies to filing the information, not to payment Denver, CO -- If you can’t file your 2009 Colorado individual income tax return by Thursday, April 15, 2010, you may take advantage of the state’s automatic six-month extension of time to file. There is no form, paper or electronic, to fill out to notify the Department of Revenue that you are taking the extension. The extension applies to filing Colorado income tax information, either on paper or electronically, not to any ... Full Story
PRC to Consider if Ending Saturday Mail Delivery is OK Public Comment Invited Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission today established Docket N2010-1 to thoroughly review whether the U. S. Postal Service plan to eliminate Saturday delivery should be implemented. The Postal Service is required to ask the Commission for an Advisory Opinion on any change in nationwide service it proposes. This is one of the most significant changes the Postal Service has ever presented to the ... Full Story