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Feast or famine?

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The media insists the economy is thriving, with all the "indicators" thumbs-up. But others see storm clouds on the horizon, a widening gulf between the affluent and everyone else as the middle class sinks slowly in the West. Increasingly, we're a stock-market economy that's being carried by credit and a hugely inflated housing market.
Jane Jones -  - Woodland Park -  - Retired counselor -  - The media insists our economy is thriving. Do you share - that optimism? I have a house that's been on the - market - for a year, and still is. I don't see so rosy a future. - There's a lot of debt out there, with people living on - credit. -  - Is Colorado Springs vulnerable? It's very - dependent on - the military. There's little or no industry. -  - What advice would you give to a college student in - this - regard? Go into some aspect of the medical field. - It's - booming.
  • Jane Jones

    Woodland Park

    Retired counselor

    The media insists our economy is thriving. Do you share that optimism? I have a house that's been on the market for a year, and still is. I don't see so rosy a future. There's a lot of debt out there, with people living on credit.

    Is Colorado Springs vulnerable? It's very dependent on the military. There's little or no industry.

    What advice would you give to a college student in this regard? Go into some aspect of the medical field. It's booming.

Bonnie Kline -  - Manitou Springs -  - Artist -  - Describe the future of our economy. It's great for - anyone - with a lot of credit. Everyone else is screwed. -  - What's your advice to today's college student? - You'll have - a lot more economic opportunities and advantages if you - move away from Colorado Springs. -  - What's driving our economy? Credit cards. Our - economy - would collapse without them. People use them for - everything from gasoline to groceries. Buy now, pay for it - later. Who needs cash?
  • Bonnie Kline

    Manitou Springs

    Artist

    Describe the future of our economy. It's great for anyone with a lot of credit. Everyone else is screwed.

    What's your advice to today's college student? You'll have a lot more economic opportunities and advantages if you move away from Colorado Springs.

    What's driving our economy? Credit cards. Our economy would collapse without them. People use them for everything from gasoline to groceries. Buy now, pay for it later. Who needs cash?

Michael Martucci -  - Downtown -  - Manufacturer's rep -  - Is our economic future more rosy or bleak? I'm in a - very - sweet spot in the economy. I supply lighting to new - homes and businesses throughout the state. My sense is - that it's not so great overall, though. -  - What advice would you give a current college - student? I - tell my son in college that the day of the small - businessman and entrepreneurial spirit is past. Like it or - not, the future belongs to corporate America. -  - What economic problem should the state Legislature - tackle? Urban sprawl. We need to regulate growth - better.
  • Michael Martucci

    Downtown

    Manufacturer's rep

    Is our economic future more rosy or bleak? I'm in a very sweet spot in the economy. I supply lighting to new homes and businesses throughout the state. My sense is that it's not so great overall, though.

    What advice would you give a current college student? I tell my son in college that the day of the small businessman and entrepreneurial spirit is past. Like it or not, the future belongs to corporate America.

    What economic problem should the state Legislature tackle? Urban sprawl. We need to regulate growth better.

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