• EDITORIAL: Memorial Day makes it clear that freedom isn't free

    The Gazette editorial
    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Editor's note: The following Memorial Day editorial ran in The Gazette, May 27, 2002. It has been updated to reflect current events. For many, today is one of ritual and homage to those who have died in military service to our nation. Gravesites will be decorated and the flag,...

  • EDITORIAL: Attack on Stapleton unfair

    The Gazette editorial
    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    No one has worked harder and smarter than state Treasurer Walker Stapleton to protect Colorado's unstable and underfunded Public Employees' Retirement Association. He has done so while crusading against a billion-dollar-a-year tax increase designed to backfill PERA on a disingenuous...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Regulatory state keeps women businesses down

    Heidi Ganahl
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    The president tells us that the economy is alive, but Main Street tells us that small business is dying. For the first time in recorded history, the number of business closures - appropriately called "deaths" by the Census Bureau - outnumber starts. That's bad for the country, which...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Why sportsmen support fracking

    Corey Cogdell-Unrein
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Trapshooting was my first love. More than just crushing my target, I lived for that millisecond when the explosion of gunpowder swirled amidst the clear blue skies - a speck in Mother Nature's omnipotent beauty. The great outdoors are my escape - my second home. It's a feeling unique...

  • EDITORIAL: Mayor-elect makes solid first appointment

    The Gazette editorial
    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    President Ronald Reagan had sound advice for government executives: "Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out." We would repeat this advice to Mayor-elect John...

  • LETTERS: Plan for, pay for the future; change a bad idea

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Plan for, pay for the future It is time for Colorado Springs to grow up and stop living in Uncle Sam's basement! Almost every year recently, Colorado Springs has its hand out to the federal government for some kind of disaster relief. At the same time, a significant majority of the...

  • EDITORIAL: City fails 'pro-business' survey

    The Gazette editorial
    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Colorado Springs showed up on another "best of" list this week, and the news is not good. In a ranking of the country's "most pro-business cities," we placed 73rd. We can and should do better and have already made strides. MarketWatch, a national online sister publication of the Wall...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Marijuana and school failure

    David W. Murray & John P. Waltersby David W. Murray and John P. Walters Guest columnists -
    Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    The dose makes the poison. - Paracelsus Millennials are the strongest advocates for legalizing marijuana, but they may be paving their own pathway to a problematic educational future through their political support. Fully 68 percent of millennials - those born after 1980 - want legal...

  • EDITORIAL: Election bodes well for Springs

    The Gazette editorial
    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The lyrics "go, Johnny, go!" played in the background as John Suthers prepared to give his acceptance speech Tuesday, and he should heed that advice. With Suthers grabbing nearly 70 percent of the vote, mandates don't get better than this. The election means more than just a changing...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Community colleges can help solve nation's education problem

    By Gene A. Budig and Alan Heaps -
    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    This year, President Barack Obama introduced a plan "to make community college as free and universal as high school." This proposal, which generated support and opposition, is important for two reasons. One, it provides a partial answer to a pressing national problem: the price of...

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