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  • GUEST COLUMN: America's educational crisis

    Gene A. Budig and Alan Heapsby Gene A. Budig and Alan Heaps Guest columnists -
    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    April brings hope and fear to thousands of anxious teenagers. It is the month when many high school seniors receive acceptances and rejections from the colleges of their choice. But in the past decade, April has gained another distinction: It has also become the month when the public...

  • GUEST OPINION: City streets department addresses potholes, works to prevent new ones

    Travis Easton
    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    If you have read The Gazette's recent letters to the editor or overheard conversations at your local coffee shop, it seems as though everyone is talking about potholes. The poor conditions of our city's roadways are a major concern for us here at the City's Public Works Department as...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Public lands in Colorado are under attack

    Stacie Gilmore
    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    As the founder and executive director of Environmental Learning for Kids, an environmental education nonprofit based in Denver, I've spent my career promoting the social value of our public lands and creating opportunities for young people to get out and explore the outdoors. National...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Nation can't afford another "popularity pick"

    Gary Dylewski
    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Why Hillary? I find it troubling that Hillary Clinton is considered by many to be the presumptive favorite in the 2016 presidential election. Assuming we select individuals for that office based on significant accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, integrity, wisdom,...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Salazar's bill silences meaningful conversations

    Ellie Reynolds
    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Native Americans have become the pawn in a high stakes chess match between politics and political correctness. A national spotlight will shine on Colorado's legislature as Rep. Joe Salazar's (D-Thornton) misguided bill, House Bill 15-1165, to ban Native American mascots in Colorado's...

  • FAGIN: Ukraine endangered by tradition of corrupt government

    Barry Fagin
    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Things are a mess here in Ukraine, worse than any time since I started visiting my ancestral homeland five years ago. I had visited the Maidan a couple of years before the protests, the Crimea before the Russians took it over, and even interviewed Ukrainian high school students...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Family and Medical Leave Insurance is a solution for everyone

    Erin Bennett
    Published: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    The Gazette editorial "Paid leave mandate would kill jobs" is not only a gross mischaracterization of the reality facing low-wage workers, the piece is full of factual errors about the FAMLI Act (Family and Medical Leave Insurance) in Colorado and the movement for paid family leave...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Next steps for Colorado's water plan

    Gail H. Klapper
    Published: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Last December, Coloradans got their first look at a draft of the Colorado Water Plan, which Gov. John Hickenlooper requested by executive order in May 2013. The draft plan represents the governor's proactive attempt to confront the state's growing water demands, which are compounded by...

  • Mayoral candidates' essays

    Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Tony Carpenter I, Tony Carpenter, have decided to run for the mayor of our beautiful city, Colorado Springs, because I have heard from the citizens that our government does not listen and I want to listen and act. I am a very hands-on person that does what I say I will do and hold...

  • Teaching is hard work, but effort is worth it

    By Patricia Rodriguez
    Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Five days a week, I load my backpack into my car and drive 25 minutes to Panorama Middle School. It's quiet when I get there, but I'm quickly greeted by the clamor of 500 students hustling to their lockers. My favorite part of the day is morning duty in the auditorium, where I...