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HP Boise opens its doors to national media

Tech bloggers, product reviewers and journalists from around the nation typically converge on New York City or San Francisco when Hewlett-Packard invites them to preview a new line of printers.  On Nov. 13, HP rolled out the red carpet for ...

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We’re not hiring

It’s now been nearly four years since the debt bubble burst in the fall of 2008. According to the government and its economists, the economy is growing, but we’re still seeing unemployment hovering in the 9 percent range. Economists have ...

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Personal property tax is bad public policy

Arguably, no tax is fair. “We the People” expect an orderly society with essential services that reflect our collective view of societal propriety and keep us safe and mobile. Of all the taxes collected, none is more unfair than the ...

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Stymied by dinner choices? There’s an app for that

My wife called me at work the other day and asked if I would pick up dinner on my way home. She didn’t care what it was, as long it was tasty and not too expensive. After I hung up ...

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Steer clear of extremes or everyone loses

Few things are more frustrating than being on the short end of an unfair situation. And since those claiming to be the “99 percent” are making a lot of noise about how unfair things are, let’s examine what they’re taking ...

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Is it time to rethink your strategy?

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy Helmuth von Moltke, the Elder, a 19th-century German Field Marshal, penned that phrase sometime in the mid 1800s as he led one of many battles in Europe. The line has been badly ...

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Use credit strategically as the recovery gains strength

The significant tightening of business credit brought by the recession has begun to lift, with a recent analysis of FDIC data by the Investigative Reporting Workshop finding five straight quarters of increasing overall commercial and industrial lending by banks. As ...

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Stop smirking, Grandpa

With great fondness I remember the facial expressions of my grandfather. I remember also that I often could not interpret their meaning. Time, and the Legislature, is teaching me that when grandpa witnessed follies he also had a remarkable view ...

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For contractors, 2011 was a year of endurance

It’s no secret that the past few years have been tough for the construction industry. Since 2008, construction spending in the United States has decreased nearly $300 billion and has resulted in a 2 percent reduction in the nation’s economy, ...

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