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Letter to the editor: Stop asking Trump to release tax returns

By   /  Friday, March 3rd, 2017  /  Latest news, Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Letter to the editor: Stop asking Trump to release tax returns

Dear Editor: When I read your commentary, “Time for Trump to release tax returns, explain Russian ties” (Feb. 17 issue), I couldn’t believe my eyes. The editor of a business-oriented periodical spouting left-wing conspiracy theories and repeating fake news. Let me start by sharing my opinion that President Trump is a friend of the workingman Read More →

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Fienup: At last, an end to the ‘New Normal’

By   /  Friday, March 3rd, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Fienup: At last, an end to the ‘New Normal’

By Matthew Fienup There is one clear lesson from the first 30 days of the Trump economy. The so-called “New Normal,” a belief in the inevitability of poor economic performance following the Great Recession, is now dead. I wish I could also say that a return to robust economic growth is just around the corner Read More →

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Requests for proposals overlook value of face-to-face communication

By   /  Friday, February 24th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Requests for proposals overlook value of face-to-face communication

I’ve been in business for more than 30 years and in that time I’ve hired quite a few people. But in all that time, not once, did I hire a person based strictly on their resume and certainly I’ve never hired anyone without having met them first. In every instance, I felt it was important, Read More →

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Ojai company leads way to reliable, clean energy

By   /  Friday, February 17th, 2017  /  Energy, Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Ojai company leads way to reliable, clean energy

By Jan Dietrick The Feb. 10 article in the Pacific Coast Business Times, “Power to the people: SimpliPhi to double production at Ojai battery storage plant,” about how the Ojai company is positioning itself for growth, can be viewed through the lens of current trends in energy policy. Policy-makers in California and Washington, D.C., should Read More →

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Profits should not be considered a dirty word

By   /  Friday, February 17th, 2017  /  Education, Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Profits should not be considered a dirty word

By Lee Schuh My wife and I recently overheard a boisterous group of 20-something women bemoan the evils of profit while we ate an early dinner at our favorite restaurant. They blamed their poor-paying jobs on those who get the profits. They complained that these profit-takers are the only ones benefiting in this society. The Read More →

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Estate tax changes threaten small businesses

By   /  Friday, February 10th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Estate tax changes threaten small businesses

Jim Lisi By Jim Lisi In addition to the disproportionate effect of the estate tax on family farms highlighted by Business Times staff writer Marissa Nall, other estate tax issues are also lurking. In December, the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service held hearings on proposed regulation changes to Section 2704 of the tax code. The Read More →

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Organizational politics key to results

By   /  Friday, February 3rd, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Organizational politics key to results

By Bruce Gillies Organizational politics have a bad reputation. As a leadership coach, I’ve heard many employees describe them as an impediment to getting things done. For some, the joy of receiving a promotion is tempered by the fear of getting pulled into workplace politics. In reality, organizational politics are a powerful, and almost always Read More →

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