• EDITORIAL: Graduates face a world of possibilities

    The Gazette editorial
    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    This is a special time of the year marked with thousands graduating from high schools or colleges. It's a time of the year filled with hope and possibility. All around us many young people are beginning their transitions to adult life with all of its challenges and opportunities. It's...

  • LETTERS: Why does punishment take so long?; more on city's potholes

    Letters
    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Punishment is too slow Well, here we go again - this is why this is so unfair to us that are for the death penalty.

  • We should return fire to natural role in West

    Bryan Bird
    Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    As a young forest scientist on my first job with the U.S. Park Service, I was directed to set the forest on fire. The orders challenged everything I'd learned from Smokey Bear, forest fire of any kind was an evil force that killed wildlife and left behind lifeless, scorched landscapes....

  • EDITORIAL: Suthers is poised to help the Springs move to the next level

    The Gazette editorial
    Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    On Tuesday, Colorado Springs will have a new mayor. Our second strong mayor will come from a field of candidates who obviously care about the community. But native Coloradan John Suthers has a proven record of leadership and ability to serve. From his early achievements as El Paso...

  • LETTERS: School's remarkable achievement; flights from Springs too high

    Letters
    Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    A remarkable achievement There have been some interesting articles about high school tennis in the region lately, but they have missed the most interesting and compelling elements about the underdog team triumph of a school that nobody would have expected to perform at the level they...

  • LETTERS: No more dancing elephants; observations on daily life

    Letters
    Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    No more dancing elephants I was saddened to see the image of the "dressed up and dancing elephant" in the paper today (Family, May 11). The article happily refers to thrills and fun in the circus, but these magnificent elephants are a shell of what they were meant to be: living free...

  • LETTERS: Cheating champions; leader for all the people

    Letters
    Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    World champion cheaters A four-game suspension for Tom Brady. One million dollar fine for the Patriots. Loss of two future draft picks. Severe as this collective punishment may seem for the transgressions of "Deflategate," it simply doesn't fit the "crime." What the NFL should have...

  • EDITORIAL: Colorado Springs City Council allowed pothole crisis

    The Gazette editorial
    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    For the love of giant potholes, the City Council should let our next mayor lead. Had council members given outgoing Mayor Steve Bach the time of day, we might not have craters that can swallow Volkswagens. Our road problems are complicated and large, requiring strong leadership to...

  • LETTERS: Poor repair of potholes; planned dorm violates ordinances

    Letters
    Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Intentionally poor repair jobs? I pose this question to your reporters: Has anyone thought to check into the contract that the pothole repair company has with the city? I have made the observation that the repair company has control of their profit potential by using cheaper...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Budget Committee also tackles reform role

    Sen. Kent Lambert
    Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    The average Coloradan, if asked about it, might correctly presume that the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) plays some key part in budget work at the Statehouse. But in addition to its traditional budget-writing work, the JBC these days is also assuming a larger role in safeguarding tax...

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