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By John Stossel

Lovers of socialism didn't like my column last week. I wrote that Venezuela's collapse shows the cluelessness of celebrities like Michael Moore, Oliver Stone and Noam Chomsky, who'd praised Venezuela's leader.

Chomsky called me "an utter coward" for mocking him and said he expected "an abject apology."

He won't get one. As Venezuelan-born filmmaker Thor Halvorssen puts it, "Chomsky provided cover for a regime where 11,500 infants died from lack of medical care."

But assigning blame matters less than what should be done now. After the regime collapses, what comes next?

How about trying capitalism?

That's what Erick Brimen suggests. Brimen grew up in Venezuela, then moved to America, where he started NeWAY Capital, a firm dedicated to creating what he calls "prosperity cities," small places that create "the environment for success."

Venezuela desperately needs that. "Last week I helped my mother escape," writes Brimen. "The violence is getting too intense, and, in one of the most agriculturally rich countries in the world, it is ... increasingly difficult to find food."

Capitalists like Brimen aren't just motivated by greed. They want to rescue others from the tragedy of centrally planned economies.

"Living in Venezuela made me realize the traditional approach to politics is too often ineffective," explains Brimen. "If successful countries, like Venezuela and Greece, can be turned into basket cases by demagogues promising things they can't deliver, we have a systemic problem. ... (W)e must find a new approach."

His plan: Because it's usually impossible to convince central planners to give up power, just get them to give up a little bit of power, in one small location at a time, as an experiment.

Similar ideas have been pushed with different names -- free trade zones, empowerment zones, charter cities -- but I like Brimen's term: prosperity cities. 

These are small places where government leaves people mostly free to pursue their own interests. Government keeps the peace, protects people's bodies and property, but doesn't impose high taxes or burdensome rules.

Hong Kong is a prosperity city. It was once little more than a rock in the sea near China, but because the island was ruled by the British when Communists took over the rest of China, Hong Kong became a haven for freedom-seeking people.

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Her Story Cafe and Catering started as a food truck in Security-Widefield. Owner Liz Rosenbaum uses her creative culinary talents to raise awareness of the role of women in the history of our country and the world.

Sandwiches and soups are named for great women throughout history, and are served up along with a brief bio. As an added bonus, the food’s delicious. Liz calls it Culinary Anthropology.

You can now find Her Story Cafe at their new home at 6050 N. Carefree Circle, just east of Powers Blvd. You can reach them by phone at 719-418-6745. For more information visit HerStoryCafe.com and their Facebook page.

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Count Me In puppets

The PACER Center COUNT ME IN® puppets are designed to help children and adults learn about disabilities and chronic illnesses in an effort to bridge the gap between typical students and those with disabilities. This program, originated in 1979, has reached over 350,000 children and adults and continues to teach the message that all children want to play and learn to the best of their abilities.
 
Through a generous donation by Joe and Suzie Koscove, owners of Koscove Metal in Colorado Springs, Special Kids Special Families (SKSF), a local non-profit organization providing programs for children and adults with disabilities, was able to purchase the COUNT ME IN® puppets.  In dedication to this donation, SKSF has named their puppets the “Koscove Kids”.  These endearing, child-size, multicultural puppets each represent children with disabilities and have proven to be effective communicators of the message of understanding and acceptance, helping to dispel fears, myths and misconceptions about persons with disabilities.  Their goals for the program are to provide an opportunity for children to explore disabilities in a comfortable learning environment, gain acceptance and foster positive attitudes for individuals with disabilities.

SKSF puppet volunteers


 
 “It’s incredible to see the faces of the children during performances. Their eyes just light up!” said Linda Ellegard, SKSF Executive Director.  “There have been so many memorable moments and the kids just love these puppets!”  SKSF began their puppet program in 2013 and performs across Southern Colorado with plans to expand into Denver.  They have modified scripts provided by PACER to cater to various performances for preschools, elementary aged students, daycare centers, youth groups and other community opportunities.
 
SKSF volunteers are the driving force of this program!  In order to expand the program and continue providing valuable performances, SKSF is seeking the community’s help.  A group of creative volunteers are needed to lend their talents, put expression into the puppets and make them COME TO LIFE! For more information, a puppet orientation meeting is set for Friday, June 9th 10:00am at the SKSF Administration offices at 424 W Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs.  RSVP required to: 719-447-8983 Linda or Theresa or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information about the Koscove Kids puppet program visit online at: www.SKSFcolorado.org.

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LongHorn Steakhouse® is excited to have opened its first location in the Colorado Springs community. We’re proud to serve guests our fresh, never frozen and boldly seasoned steaks, prepared by Certified LongHorn Grill Masters. It is our goal to be Colorado Springs’ favorite steakhouse!

Our newest location opened for dinner on May 24 and is led by Managing Partner Ryan Alvord.

Colorado Springs by the Numbers
  5,612 square feet
  Seating for more than 200 guests
  70-80 new jobs for the surrounding community
  Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Welcome to LongHorn!

At LongHorn, we pride ourselves on our friendly service and restaurant atmosphere, which celebrates the natural beauty of the American West.
Boldly Seasoned, Expertly Grilled Steaks … and More

We offer a wide variety of fresh, never frozen, steak cuts – like our famous bone-in Outlaw Ribeye® – that are hand-seasoned, then expertly grilled by a Certified LongHorn Grill Master. Beyond our steaks, we offer fresh grilled chicken, fresh Atlantic salmon marinated in our homemade brown sugar bourbon sauce, and fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs that are slow roasted for four hours and basted in our homemade barbecue sauce. Entrées come with honey-wheat bread baked fresh every 20 minutes and with delicious side dishes like our Steakhouse Mac & Cheese.

Throughout the year, the restaurant features limited-time offers that celebrate culinary creativity and seasonal ingredients. Guests can also enjoy limited time specials year-round. We also give our guests a great reason to join us for lunch. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of dishes or lunch combinations under $10.

Committed to the Communities We Serve

The people of LongHorn aim to be a positive force in the community. We support organizations and individuals who share our value of doing things the right way through fundraising efforts, donations and grants that benefit local organizations and causes. As part of our pre-opening training period, we will host Friends & Family events with proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit. Additionally, our restaurant will continue to participate in the LongHorn Harvest program and will donate unused, wholesome food to a local charity or food bank each week in the Colorado Springs community.

LongHorn Steakhouse is owned by Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate over
$6.3 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. For more information about Darden, please visit www.darden.com. For more information about LongHorn Steakhouse and to find a location near you, visit www.LongHornSteakhouse.com. Fans can also follow LongHorn Steakhouse on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LongHornSteakhouse, or on Twitter or Instagram @LongHornSteaks

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“Where Does Profit Really Come From?” a one-day advanced business training in Colorado Springs, CO on June 20th 

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Leading building-industry business coach and educator, The Aspire Institute, has teamed with the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA) to present a one-day, advanced business practices workshop for professional remodelers and custom home builders on June 20th in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “Where Does Profit Really Come From?” is the only workshop of its kind, helping professional builders shape their business models to maximize profits without raising prices or increasing revenue and without cutting expenses. 


The workshop will address key areas in the professional builder’s business including how different business models affect profitability, differentiating from the competition, attracting the right customers in the digital age as well as finding, hiring and keeping top employees in a challenging hiring market. 

“I designed this class to explore how simple, small changes in a contractor’s business model can make a substantial difference in how easily profits flow,” said Aspire Institute founder and CEO, Ken Brookings. 

After attending the workshop, Andy Steinborn, co-owner of Tajo-One, said, “The program is eye opening if you have a building, remodeling or construction business. The presenters were excellent and on the money. The analysis was right on and the information was excellent and gets you to look at your operation from a different point of view.” 

The workshop will be held at the Double Tree Colorado Springs on June 20th from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The normal price is $295 per company, covering all owners, spouses and senior managers. On behalf of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs, a limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. CSHBA members receive special $145 pricing. To learn more or reserve seats visit www.AspireWorkshop.com or call The Aspire Institute at 888-252-8998.   

MORE: For over 20 years the Aspire Institute has been helping the owners and leaders of small businesses achieve new levels of success. We focus on helping those who are expert in their craft become equally powerful as professional business operators.