To be honest, the last few days haven't brought a lot of good news on the local job front. Two major employers announced significant layoffs. And then the state released figures indicating that Pueblo County's unemployment rate rose above 5 percent again in January.
American taxpayers are starting to see lower federal withholding on their paychecks -- thus, higher take-home pay -- as a result of the tax cuts sponsored by congressional Republicans and signed into law by President Donald Trump.
Columbus Day has an honored history in Pueblo and the United States as a commemoration of the Italian explorer who on behalf of the Spanish monarch was instrumental in opening the New World to Europe and beyond.
Kaiser Permanente came to Pueblo in 2009 at a time when there was a growing concern about the number of medical insurance providers willing to provide service to Southern Colorado residents. Kaiser, which provides both health insurance and health care, has helped to fill that void -- and today has about 18,000 clients in the Pueblo area.
Fiesta Day, the most popular, best-attended event at the Colorado State Fair year in and year out, can retain that exalted status by a restructuring of the beleaguered Fiesta Day Committee, which has fallen on hard times of late.