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Fluid Market - Rent your stuff!

Fluid Market is an app created by a Denver based company less than a year ago (July 2016). They’ve already got over 10,000 active users and are introducing their business to the Colorado Springs area.

Fluid Market allows users to post items for rent. You can post tools, cars, furniture, whatever you like. Renters reserve your product through the app. Payments are handled by Fluid Market, who takes a 20% fee. If you rented out anything out Monday through Sunday, you’ll get paid the following Wednesday via your credit or debit card account.

Fluid Market also insures rented items against damage (not normal wear and tear or damage due to age). They even provide liability insurance on car rentals.

Item sharing/renting is a great way to put your seldom used items to work. It can also save you having to buy an expensive tool that might only need once in a year or more, or maybe you need some extra lawn furniture for a party, folding table for an event. Now you can rent from one of your neighbors.

You'll find the Fluid Market app on iTunes and at the Google Play store. You can visit them on the web at and on Facebook at

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by Walter E. Williams

Millions of people love Apple computers and wouldn't be caught using a PC. By contrast, there are many millions of PC users who feel the same way about Apple computers. Many men like double-breasted suits, but I wouldn't be caught dead in one. Some people swear by Cadillac cars, but my favorite is Mercedes-Benz.

Despite these strongly held preferences, there's no conflict. We never see Apple computer lovers picketing firms that serve PC lovers. Mercedes-Benz lovers don't battle Cadillac lovers. In free markets, people with strong differences in preferences get along and often are good friends. The reason is simple. If you like double-breasted suits and I like single-breasted suits, we get what we want.

Contrast the harmony that emerges when there's market allocation with the discord when there's government allocation. For example, some parents want their children to say a morning prayer in school. Other parents are offended by that idea. Both parents have a right to their tastes, but these parental differences have given rise to conflict.

Why is there conflict? The answer is simple. Schools are run by government. Thus, there are going to be either prayers in school or no prayers in school. That means parents who want their children to say prayers in school will have to enter into conflict with parents who do not want prayers in school. The stakes are high. If one parent wins, it comes at the expense of another parent. The losing parents have their preferences ignored. Or they must send their children to a private school that has morning prayers and pay that school's tuition plus property taxes to support a public school for which they have little use.

The liberty-oriented solution to the school prayer issue is simple. We should acknowledge the fact that though there is public financing of primary and secondary education, it doesn't follow that there should be public production of education. Just as there is public financing of M1 Abrams main battle tanks and F/A-18 fighter jets, it in no way follows that there should be government production of those weapons. They are produced privately. There's no government tank and fighter jet factory.

The same principle should apply to education. If state and local authorities annually spend $15,000 per student, they could simply give each parent a voucher of that amount that could only be used for education. That way, the parent would be free to choose. If you wanted to send your children to a school that does not have morning prayers, you would be free to do so. And I could send my children to a school that does. As a result, you and I would not have to fight. We could be friends, play tennis and have a beer or two together.

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by John Stossel

The New York Times' hostility to industry gets worse every day.

Last week, the Times ran a big picture of a bay in Alaska with the headline "In Reversal, E.P.A. Eases Path for a Mine Near Alaska's Bristol Bay."

While this was just another of their stories about how Donald Trump will poison America, it caught my eye because of the big photo and because I once reported on that mine.

Attempted mine, I should say. No holes have been dug.

I reported on Pebble Mine because the EPA rejected the mine even before its environmental impact statement was submitted.

The Obama EPA squashed Pebble like it squashed the Keystone XL pipeline. It just said no.

This shocked CEO Tom Collier. He's a Democrat who managed environment policy for Al Gore and Bill Clinton. He was convinced Pebble could be developed safely and assumed EPA regulators would follow their own rules. They didn't.

"They killed this project before any science was done, and there are memos that show that!" Collier complained.

I'm skeptical when sources say things like that, but in this case, there are documents that reveal collusion between the EPA and Pebble's political opponents.

One of America's richest environmental groups (they collect more than $10 million per month) is the Natural Resources Defense Council. Their website claims "Science empowers NRDC's work," but the NRDC is run by lawyers, not scientists, and many are anti-progress activists upset about "corporate greed."

NRDC spokesman Bob Deans told me that the NRDC isn't anti-progress -- it just wants the "right" kind: "Wind turbines, solar panels ... this is what the future needs."

"But we also need copper and gold," I said.

"Well, that's right," he replied. "But we have to weigh those risks."

"Are there some  mines where NRDC says, 'Go ahead!'?" I asked.

After thinking for a while, he said, "It's not up to us to greenlight mines."

I asked, "Are there any you don't complain about?"

"Sure," he told me. He said he'd send us names. He never did.

Unfortunately, there's a revolving door between groups like the NRDC and the EPA.

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Impressive Eyes Optical would like to welcome Karl Mitzenmeyer back to the Main Street Shopping Center. Karl has over 33 years experience in helping people find the eyeglasses they want at a price they can afford.

Dr. Cynthia Martin

They’d also like to introduce their new optometrist, Dr. Cynthia Martin. She’ll be offering  a variety of eye care services including routine eye exams and ocular disease testing.

Impressive Eyes offers: eyeglass and contract lens exams, eyeglasses and sunglasses, free frame adjustment, tint and coat existing lenses, eyewear repair and more.

You’ll find them at 358 Main Street in Security, in the Main Street Shopping Center. They’re open from 9am to 5:30pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 12;00 - 5:30 Wednesday, and 9am to noon on Saturday.

Karl Mitzenmayer

You can reach them at 719-391-2000, visit them on the web at and find them on Facebook at

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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Colorado!

 They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in July 2017!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.

The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to:

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