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As we examine ways to create jobs and turn around our struggling economy, business incubation programs need to be part of the discussion. For 50 years, incubators like A Virtual Incubator @ Roaring Fork Business Resource Center have helped entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable businesses, promoting innovation and creating jobs by providing business support services and resources.

Like many others, I have faith in the ability of entrepreneurs to help jump-start our economy by generating revenue and creating new jobs. Often they need a hand, particularly during these difficult economic times. The network of business incubation programs across the country – including new incubators like ours – can assist entrepreneurs in growing new businesses and help put people back to work.

Entrepreneurs are playing an increasingly important role in transforming economies. Rather than relying on efforts to attract businesses from other locations, many communities are recognizing the need to help local residents build new businesses from the ground up.



By focusing on developing entrepreneurs, communities can help build companies that will create jobs and spark economic growth in the region for years to come. And because business incubators provide targeted business assistance to firms in the early stages of development – when they’re most vulnerable – these programs help support new ventures that have a greater-than-average chance of success.

As any entrepreneur can attest, starting a new business isn’t easy. Most business owners know every detail of their product or service, but many of them lack some of the skills needed to turn their ideas into successful ventures. Business incubation programs are uniquely positioned to help entrepreneurs access resources and to help them develop the skills they need.



Although business incubation is a relatively new industry, programs around the country have shown results that demonstrate the important role incubators play in stimulating economic growth and creating jobs. As we continue to debate how to revive the economy, it is important that incubators – a critical component of the entrepreneurial infrastructure – contribute their expertise to these discussions.

Randi Lowenthal, CEO

Roaring Fork Business Resource Center

Immigration continued … immigration is America’s foundation there is no denying that, but at the same time immigrating to America is a privilege. It’s not a right, nor is it an entitlement for breaking America’s law. Breaking America’s laws does entitle people to be deported or have a nice roomy jail cell, not a free ride and a goody basket.

Giving amnesty to illegal immigrants is incredibly prejudiced to other immigrants who worked hard to gain their citizenship and come here legally. I am not against immigration; I’m against illegal immigration. I want people to immigrate here and follow their dreams and be free – that is what America is all about. But give me a logical reason why citizens should be rewarding illegal immigrants with our tax dollars. Americans are supposed to say “that’s fine, I’ll pay” for illegals to have: free schooling and give up teachers for translators, because learning English in an English speaking country is a bad thing, plus school supplies. Pregnant? Don’t worry Medicaid will take care of that; we also so have WIC that pays for formula, public nurses for immunizations … it never ends. Americans pay for it all – it’s not free. Nothing is free, and if it’s free it’s because someone else is paying for it. This is not the only problem with illegal immigration.

In America, we have no border security, none, zip, zilch, nada. This is extremely hazardous to our country, think about it. It is not hard to come to America illegally, so what is standing in the way of terrorism, drug wars, and human trafficking for starters, a couple of strands of barbed wire and a “please stop” sign. America has no clue who is here, why they are here, and what are they bringing in and out of our country. What else needs to be said? Anything and everything is coming back and forth, back and forth and no one cares.

Our borders need to be secured and no amnesty should be given. We must stop rewarding people who come here illegally.

Jolene Varley

Carbondale

There is a beautiful show in downtown Glenwood Springs. Daniel Sprick is displaying some of the most personal works I have seen. Paintings that look closer than is sometimes comforting and leave me dizzied in their proximity, still, absolutely beautiful, interesting and compelling.

Art and beauty are a hard ideal to grasp as an individual, even harder as a society. I was even startled once while visiting the Vatican when I viewed portions of the panels in the bronze doors. Shocking depictions produced as narrative, but hardly the entire picture of their overall majesty, and beyond the doors rests Michelangelo’s Pieta. Now harder to see, secured far behind glass because of a hammer swinging art critique, it depicts such a majestic sorrow, yet so incredibly done that to have stopped at the doors would have been my sorrow.

There are no sorrows in Dan’s show, as such, but works that can challenge sometimes rather than comfort, create cause for introspection through depictions of people, strangers to us, yet so supremely realized that they come to a presence that is hard to ignore. Great works sometime transcend what we come to expect and many can be found here. This is a mesmerizing, brave, and startlingly beautiful show.

Not being one without sin, I seldom carry stones in my pocket, but if I have to criticize this work it is in Dan’s guilt. He is definitely guilty of being too proficient, too good at his rendering; he looks way too close at humanity’s frailties as well as glories, and describes much too much and with much too much eloquence. His paintings are just too good.

Great thanks to Alice Beauchamp and CMC for presenting this rare work to the valley, as well as thank them for displaying my works along with Doug Arneson’s still life paintings these past weeks. Also, thanks to Alice for not making me follow this show. Life can be difficult enough.

Dean Bowlby

Silt

I’m getting tired of letters from people on Medicare, opposed to health care reform. Do these guys not understand that the rest of us are in real trouble? My health insurance premium just went up to $6,000 per year, just for myself, for a policy with a $5,000 deductible. So until I have paid $11,000, insurance doesn’t pay a dime. To make matters worse, it doesn’t cover anything preventive, so many medical bills don’t even count towards the deductible.

I can’t shop for a better deal, because I had cancer in 2005 – a pre-existing condition.

I applaud Rep. John Salazar for his courageous vote for health care reform. I just wish that the House bill he supported originally had passed, since that included the public option. When people quote polls about how many people are opposed to the new law, they neglect to say that a significant number of those opposed to it are opposed because it doesn’t go far enough to regulate the health insurance industry or to give us alternatives to for-profit insurance companies. A recent Gallup poll revealed that 43 percent of those who think the new law is a bad thing wish it had included the public option.

Republicans say that allowing the sale of insurance policies across state lines would be reduce costs. I buy my insurance directly from a company in Iowa, which has no presence whatsoever in Colorado, so am I not buying insurance across state lines? It doesn’t appear to have saved me any money.

Thanks to John Salazar, soon I’ll find out what it’s like to be like these guys on Medicare, who can probably afford to go to the doctor when they get sick.

Nancy V.A. Smith

Carbondale


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