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  • GUEST COLUMN: Be aware of stigma that surrounds mental illness

    Melissa Dashner
    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Stigma. What is the stigma of mental health? When we think of someone seeking mental health treatment, we think of him or her as weak, incompetent or even crazy. Why? Is it because someone needs help processing his or her thoughts or needs medication? What do you do when you are...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Colorado Springs should become the Silicon Valley of inventions

    Ed Herlik
    Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The Gazette's special section on economic development detailed many good initiatives - all aimed at doing more of the same while hoping for a different result. Don't get me wrong; we have very good people working very hard with the best of intentions. I'm writing to suggest it's time...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Protecting sex assault victims in the military

    Corey Gardner
    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    In the coming weeks and months, Congress will begin debating this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It's a comprehensive piece of legislation that authorizes military and defense programs for the coming year and has passed every year for the past 52 years. Without this...

  • GUEST COLUMN: The real problem with health care as entitlement

    Derrick Wilburn
    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The real problem with health care "insurance" in this nation is an issue of mental conditioning. You and I have been conditioned to believe that health care insurance is something that it is not. Or at least that it was not intended to nor should it be. As is the case in so many...

  • FAGIN: Leave the courts out of First Amendment issues

    Barry Fagin
    Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Two weeks ago, I wrote about an important religious freedom case before the Supreme Court, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. We won't hear their decision for a while. But just last week the court announced its ruling in another important constitutional law case: McCutcheon v. FEC. The winner,...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Focus on key components for economic development

    Gregory Olinyk
    Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    After a 42-year absence as an investment banker and venture capitalist, I returned to my beloved city with fresh eyes, no preconceptions and many questions. When I first arrived in 1967 as a 21-year-old Army artillery officer, Colorado Springs was a young town overflowing with bright...

  • FAGIN: The devil is in the details of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores

    Barry Fagin
    Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    This week the Supreme Court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. This is a high-profile, high-stakes Obamacare case. Ultimately, the court will be asked to shed light on the question of when it is acceptable to force Americans to choose between running a business and...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Rapidly changing higher education landscape requires some tough decisions from within

    By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps
    Published: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps - Those who question the fundamental value of a college degree need to stand back and accept undisputed facts. The truth is the worth of a college degree is rising. Today, young adults with just a high school diploma earn 62 percent of the typical salary...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Good news, bad news for public higher education

    Bruce D. Benson
    Published: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Colorado's public colleges and universities received good news recently. Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Legislature (through Senate Bill 1) propose to direct $100 million ($60 million in operating funds, $40 million in financial aid) to higher education. CU's share would be almost $17...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Colorado will lose if voters allow local fracking bans

    Alfredo Ortiz
    Published: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    A report last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City found that Colorado's labor force participation rate fell 5.7 percentage points from 2007 to 2013. This parallels a similar national decline: America hasn't had such a large percentage of able bodied men and women drop out...