Jimmy Burds: Small Business: Big Business Want Another Document
After last year’s devastating economic fallout, congressional leaders must focus on helping small businesses. As a longtime business owner in Commerce City, it is disheartening to know that some are considering big box store proposals that would create an annual transfer of $ 40 billion to $ 50 billion in wealth from ordinary people to some of the businesses. the most profitable in the world. Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Helped protect Colorado small businesses in the past, and we need his leadership now.
Ten years ago, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, including an amendment by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., To add price controls and warrants routing to our country’s debt market. The amendment was intended to help consumers but ended up costing them billions.
The Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act forced small retailers to go from 1% on small debit transactions to a flat rate of 22 cents, an increase of almost 1,000%. Today, some small businesses have seen their small ticket interchange fees double or even triple.
With fewer of their employees able to afford checking accounts, small business owners are spending their valuable time writing checks rather than using automatic deposits. To add even more insult to injury, the same employees who can’t afford a checking account have to pay a fee to cash their checks because they don’t have the financial means to open a checking account in an already extremely profitable institution.
After a year and a half of transferring wealth from small businesses to larger companies, there is no need to give big business another windfall.
Small businesses are the backbone of Colorado’s economy, and leaders like Senator Bennet must take a stand on credit card fees if we are to rebuild our economy.
Colography Owner and Chief Financial Officer, Commerce City
Sidra Burshteyn: Wildlife: Reconsidering the Slaughter of Lions and Bears
In March, a Colorado federal court ruled that the US Fish and Wildlife Service had failed to properly account for the environmental impacts of non-ecological studies on the culling of mountain lions and black bears at Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Were it not for this decision – which ended the use of taxpayer dollars to fund the mass culling of these animals to see if mule deer populations increase – this so-called “study Would still be in progress.
One of the most egregious elements of this evil plan was to kill up to half the pumas in a certain area, without knowing exactly what the population estimates were for that area.
These “studies” are just one example of the native carnivore culture that seems to plague CPW. Hundreds of mountain lions are already killed each year by trophy hunters in Colorado, so without an accurate statewide population estimate why wouldn’t the agency responsible for managing our wild populations demonstrate of prudence and senseless slaughter? ?
Studies show that killing large numbers of cougars can actually increase conflict by removing stable adult males from the population and allowing immature juveniles to take over their territories. And when trophy hunters kill adult female lions, their kittens perish or seek easy food sources because they haven’t learned basic survival skills yet.
After reading the recent case involving a wildlife manager at CPW using the agency’s time and resources to advance its own anti-carnivore program, there is an urgent need for CPW to step up and provide better management for future generations. by Coloradans.
Let us put impartial scientists at the helm of this sinking ship.
Judi-Beth Atwood: Justice system: Britney Spears exposes loopholes
Did you follow the Free Britney Spears Movement? She was held in a permanent probate ward controlled by her father with the help of others.
The media love to cover stories about stars. I love to speak on behalf of those who are not in the public eye – families suffering from the same abuse that Britney exposes. Angry family members or former family members can use the court to abuse or control another person: it is not fair. What is happening in our civil courts is scandalous.
Families are financially destroyed. The Colorado Supreme Court held public hearings in which people spoke about the abuse by the courts, but the chief justices did not hear us. Boulder’s Marilyn Runner gave a compelling speech on how lawyers exploit families /
In my opinion, chief justices protect lawyers and do not hold them accountable for legal fraud. Lawyers get away with fraud and keep families in court so they can put their own children through college. It is simply odious and scandalous.
Former Chief Justice Nathan Coates under investigation by State Attorney’s Office Regulatory Council; however, it is very clear that the process for seeking justice against a responsible, slanderous and fraudulent lawyer is weak. The criminal justice system refuses to get involved, leaving discipline to the OARC, which rarely holds lawyers accountable for heinous and outrageous behavior.
It’s no joke when families are hurt by someone who just knows how to get away with lying and cheating. We here in Colorado have excellent lawyers; However, we also have some who must be given an orange jumpsuit and held accountable for abusing the system that families turn to for justice and protection.