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Merrifield would take education backward

Senate candidate Michael Merrifield could try to set education back 
20 years if elected by...

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Ryan McKibben, Chairman
Christian Anschutz, Vice Chairman
Dan Steever, Publisher
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Fri, Sep 12, 2014 - 4:05 AM 0

Editorial: Springs council gets it right on marijuana

It's official. Colorado Springs says no to marijuana. Community leaders have made clear their...

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  • GUEST COLUMN: Getting the stormwater agreement right

    Editor's note: You can read a longer version of this op/ed at gazette.com. I recently attended Mayor Steve Bach's press update, which focused principally on our pressing stormwater situation. Before that event, and based on the dysfunction at City Hall, I didn't have a very high opinion of our mayor (he actually snubbed me when I tried to...

  • GUEST COLUMN: The mishandling of the 2014 National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health

    It felt a bit like being invited to a christening, but: no baby. Sept. 4 saw the annual release of the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) 
and used as one basis for the strategic goal of drug use by the president's Office of National Drug Control...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Region must address stormwater responsibilities

    Last week, an extraordinary thing happened in El Paso County. Citizens, working alongside their locally elected officials, local government staff members, business leaders, military representatives, nonprofit representatives and more, brought to fruition a collaborative proposal to tackle our region's long-standing, complex flooding and...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Let's try local solutions for Jones Park

    Imagine you had a prized piece of real estate - a home, a cabin, a lakeside lot - you were forced to part with but still wanted protected, cared-for and put to good future use. Would you in good conscience sell or give that property to a lousy landlord like Uncle Sam, who's well-known for mismanaging the vast lands in his overstuffed inventory?...

  • FAGIN: "Why doesn't the government undo something?"

    How many times have you heard somebody say, "Why doesn't the government do something?" Even if you don't say it that often, you've probably thought it. It's a natural reaction nowadays, whenever something goes wrong. I'd like to propose a different rallying cry. The next time you hear a bit of depressing economic news, or a societal trend...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Business Alliance working to keep Springs' military presence

    Thank you to all in the community who responded so quickly and strongly to the Keep Carson Strong campaign. With the involvement of many, we were able to distribute over 9,000 postcards with 3,700 being signed and returned to us and many more being mailed directly in. Many people sent in their own letter or email, all wanting to have their...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Loveland's fracking vote not just a local matter

    Residents of Loveland recently voted against a citywide ban on the energy extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking." Far from being a local matter, their decision to reject the two-year drilling moratorium could have dramatic consequences for millions of Americans. As a result of techniques like fracking, the energy...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Israel has the right to protect its people

    I am the Israeli "emissary" for JEWISHcolorado, an organization working to build and sustain Jewish life in Colorado, Israel and around the world. Before coming to Denver, I lived on the Israeli border of Gaza, raising my three children under constant rocket attacks, for six years. Rather than raise my kids to hate those across the border, I...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Greater domestic oil production would solve U.S. energy needs

    Anyone who thinks that our domestic policy and foreign policy are two separate realms need look no further than the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia to realize we live in a very small world. Just last Friday U.S. crude futures jumped more than a dollar a barrel, directly responding to Ukrainian forces engaging a Russian armored car...

  • Long-term strategies help keep military in cities that prize it

    I am waiting for the proverbial "Just kidding" from one or more of our community's leaders. The article on the front of last Wednesday's Gazette - "Springs Leaders Rally For Carson" (Aug. 20) - has to be a spoof. There is no way anyone with business acumen would believe that a postcard and letter-writing campaign could have any serious impact...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Optics ugly, but officers deserve their protection

    Optics is a word you hear a lot these days. One could say, "looks like," but that would not sound nearly as cool as optics. Consider the optics of law enforcement looking like our armed forces; so-called militarization of our police. This is getting a lot of attention because of the breathless news coverage of the protests and rioting in...

  • GUEST COLUMN: New methods to consume alcohol open danger door

    The latest craze to hit Colorado is powdered or vaporized alcohol. Teens are experimenting with alcohol in gas and solid forms at increased levels. Denver Health Medical Center reports having treated over 24 patients recently who have gotten sick after inhaling alcohol vapors or ingesting solid alcohol. "Vaping" is a process where alcohol...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Colorado Springs gets high marks in business friendliness

    Colorado Springs is known for many things - the natural beauty of the nearby mountains and the pleasant atmosphere of downtown have made it the number one city in America across many different surveys. But another superlative now can be added to that list: Colorado Springs has been named the most friendly city in America for small businesses....

  • EDITORIAL: Community Health Centers vital to care, services across state

    For the past 49 years, Colorado's Community Health Centers have provided a backbone of health services across our state. With a commitment to prevention and quality, Colorado CHCs are the health care home for one in eight Coloradans. But a projected 
70 percent cut in federal grant funding, a loss of at least $50 million to Colorado Community...