• EDITORIAL: Videotape all arrests

    The Gazette editorial
    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    After hearing charges against six Baltimore cops in the death of Freddie Gray, President Barack Obama said the right thing. "What I think the people of Baltimore want more than anything else is the truth. That's what people around the country expect," the president said. Exactly....

  • EDITORIAL: Stop 'urban renewal' abuse

    The Gazette editorial
    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Voting on taxes is sacred in Colorado. That's why we need the General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 284 in this last week of the session. At issue is an abuse of the urban blight process that feeds corruption, consumes rural landscapes and promotes costly sprawl. Despite the state...

  • GUEST COLUMN: The Road from Armenia to Auschwitz

    David Barsamian
    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    In an era that has benumbed us with accounts of mass murder, carpet bombings, killing fields and death camps we are hardly disposed to hear of still another horror. But hear we must. Let no genocide be forgotten. In 1915, the millennia-old Armenian people were systematically murdered...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Common Core actually increases local control

    Tyler Lawrence
    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    As 21st century citizens, we are consumers of information. But are we critical and educated consumers? I would say not always. There is an uproar to rid Colorado of the Common Core State Standards, but many of those crying out have not taken the time to educate themselves on the...

  • 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...

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