• LETTERS: Officers need other tools beside guns

    Letters
    Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Officers need other tools I agree with Wayne Baughman and Paul Ahfong in their assessments of the recent troubles only to a point. Yes we should strive to avoid situations that bring us into conflict with the police and be cool about it if we do find ourselves in that situation. We...

  • EDITORIAL: City saves money and lives

    The Gazette editorial
    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    It was one of those ideas understood by few and criticized by many. Mayor Steve Bach wanted to end the cooperative ambulance service contract between the city and county that started in 1995 and was updated in 2010 and 2011. It wasn't broken, critics said, so no need to fix it. One...

  • LETTERS: Rioting is not about free speech; what's the definition of a thug?

    Letters
    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Riots not about free speech Thank you Gazette for the piece in the Opinion section, April 29, "Riots are not about race or free speech". You deserve a huge award for that piece. You are absolutely correct that these riots are not about race or free speech. They are nothing but...

  • EDITORIAL: Tax collectors don't get a pass

    The Gazette editorial
    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Some pay their fair share of taxes, while others pay too little or too much. In a just society, taxpayers are allowed due process when they think government has hit them with tax bills they do not rightly owe. In Colorado, that due process can be seen as an asset reserved only for...

  • LETTERS: No to pot for potholes; consequences for actions

    Letters
    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    No to pot for potholes Mary Lou Makepeace wants to legalize retail marijuana in Colorado Springs so that the sales tax revenues will be used for road repairs. "Pot for Potholes." Brilliant, but why stop there? Our intersections are a mess, so why not legalize gambling as a source of...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Education goal should be less testing, better accountability

    Ross Izard and Ben DeGrowby Ross Izard and Ben DeGrow -
    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    This legislative session's monumental education debate has Colorado policymakers walking a dangerous tightrope. To benefit today's K-12 students, they must promote wise policy that does not lean too far in either direction. Vocal discontent with state tests has raised passions on all...

  • EDITORIAL: Dems tank low-cost housing

    The Gazette editorial
    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Espousing concern for the poor, Democrats talk about "affordable housing." Monday, a committee of Colorado's House Democrats left us wondering how much they truly care. They had a chance to allow more entry-level homes by passing Senate Bill 177. Instead, they favored the demands of...

  • LETTERS: Negotiated slap on the wrist; bring back the drive-in theater

    Letters
    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Negotiated a 'slap on the wrist' I had the honor of meeting and shaking hands with Gen. David Petraeus during the height of his military career. A few years later, as the CIA director, he abruptly resigned. The FBI thoroughly conducted an investigation and their findings were that...

  • EDITORIAL: It's a crime scene, not a 'protest'

    The Gazette editorial
    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Free speech and racial equality are core American values. So it's no surprise some would exploit both to justify the criminal ruination of Baltimore. When Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tried to prevent violence by giving "those who wished to destroy space to do that," she...

  • EDITORIAL: AG defends oil and gas

    The Gazette editorial
    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Kudos to Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman for seeking to protect the country's oil and gas industry, affordable fuel and our march toward energy independence. Last week, under Coffman's authority, Colorado joined a lawsuit with Wyoming and North Dakota that challenged fiat...

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