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  • GUEST COLUMN: Legal marijuana and youth: New evidence

    John P. Walters
    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Reducing young people's access to marijuana was one rationale offered by the movement to legalize and regulate the drug. Therefore, a crucial question is whether that promise has been delivered - both in states that run "medical marijuana" programs and in states that have legalized...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Fear cannot move us forward

    Benjamin J. Broadbent
    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Over my 16 years of ministry as a Christian pastor, I have always believed that committed couples deserve to share in the joy of marriage - regardless of who they love, but until last month, our country did not treat all loving marriages as equal under the law. For this reason, I...

  • FAGIN: Ukraine's "Bloodlands" harbor horrible legacy

    Barry Fagin
    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Damn them. Damn them all. Perched 30 feet up a Ukrainian cherry tree on an idyllic summer day, I can see the Dnepr river off in the distance. In such a peaceful setting, how can I think such horrible thoughts? Thanks to Ukraine's legendary black soil, I'll gather over a thousand...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Why Colorado won't miss the Export-Import Bank

    Andy Koenig
    Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Has Colorado's economy suffered since July 1? It was supposed to. At least, that's what lobbyists in Washington predicted would happen after the Export-Import Bank expired June 30. Over the past decade, this little-known federal agency handed out more than $200 billion in...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Colorado Springs is writing a new story

    Richard C. Harwood
    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Last month, I spent time in Colorado Springs, and while there I heard a story of renewal about the community that's worth following. It's about a community taking action to place itself on a new path. How people are doing this is as important as what they are doing. In April 2014, I...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Colorado leaders should reject the Californication of their power grid

    Tom Tanton
    Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    The idea of Colorado doing things "the California way" doesn't make much sense. Unfortunately, Coloradans may not have a choice if the Obama administration has its way. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon finalize the "Clean Power Plan," requiring states to reduce...

  • Disasters hinder rather than boost economies

    Paul Prentice
    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    The Gazette has run a number of stories regarding the purportedly positive impact of disasters, such as the Waldo Canyon fire, on the Colorado Springs economy. The most recent of these was the top-of-the-fold, front-page story, "Much Lost, Much Gained" (July 5, 2015). I beg to differ....

  • GUEST COLUMN: Marriage should be a covenant between one man and one woman

    Amy Lathen
    Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Regardless of how one feels about gay marriage, the recent action by the Supreme Court should alarm every single, free American. Whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu or other religion, those who do not support gay marriage will soon be forced to comply with this federal mandate,...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Trauma can be healed

    Cassie Carrigan
    Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Trauma is defined as an unpleasant or difficult experience that can cause emotional and/or mental difficulties (Merriam-Webster, 2015). This is a broad definition of trauma, as any actual or perceived event can cause trauma in our lives. Events such as hurtful words, broken...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Incline can't survive current misuse

    Cate Terwilliger
    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    I appreciated the recent Gazette article about the dangers of the Incline, but individuals hurting themselves should not concern our community near as much as the hordes of hikers who each day use - and sometimes abuse - this local treasure. My experience on a recent early weekday...

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