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Tue, Sep 30, 2014 - 9:18 AM 0

Ad of lies promotes Bloomberg/Merrifield agenda

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took offense when voters recalled one of his puppets,...

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  • GUEST COLUMN: A more Christian conversation about Islam

    In recent months, public dialogue in the United States around Islam and the Muslim community has become increasingly tense. Extreme voices, claiming to represent primarily those of Christian faith, have proclaimed false and prejudicial conspiracy theories as fact: that Islam is an enemy to the United States, that all Muslims are secretly (or...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Are you really pro-choice?

    Democrats seem intent on making this election about choice. What else explains the barrage of ads in the Colorado U.S. Senate race with the false narrative that a woman's right to get a legal abortion is in jeopardy? Since the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade has "survived" the pro-life presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H....

  • GUEST COLUMN: Silent impact of domestic violence on children

    Did Ray & Janay Rice grow up living with domestic violence? My name is Brian F. Martin, and I grew up living with domestic violence. What, exactly though, does this mean? In my instance, this means I grew up in a home where my mother's boyfriend physically and nonphysically abused her. At times, I was subject to this abuse as well,...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Numbers tell story of Colorado's lackluster jobs recovery

    More than five years after the end of the Great Recession in June of 2009, Colorado still has unemployment 47 percent higher than before the recession. But that's not the worst of the bad news. Colorado also has 159,982 missing jobs, and part-time jobs have replaced full-time employment for many thousands of Colorado families. It's no...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Sector partnerships ensure a stronger Colorado workforce

    "Sector partnerships" is a term you'll be hearing more frequently in the months ahead. Business leaders are joining together with the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and local partners to develop sector partnerships across the state. Sector partnerships are a highly effective and efficient way to ensure that Colorado workers will...

  • GUEST COLUMN: School board supports fiscally responsible issues

    On Aug. 18, the Falcon School District 49 Board of Education passed a $107.4 million bond and mill levy override for voters to consider in November. 3A and 3B address our district's greatest needs to ensure our students receive an excellent education that will prepare them for college and the jobs for the future. As elected school board...

  • GUEST COLUMN: The high cost of an anti-energy president

    We live in extraordinary times. The amazing technological innovations of America's scientists, researchers, engineers and leading minds have made available to us the technology to free America from dependence on volatile and foreign sources of energy. Yet, everywhere you turn, energy costs are up on everything from home energy bills to prices...

  • FAGIN: Putin wages covert wars abroad to increase popularity at home

    Ukraine's parliament has voted to give the Donbass, its Russian-backed war-weary eastern region, special autonomy and status. In return, Ukraine has signed the long-delayed political and trade pact with the European Union, and at least for now Russia has withdrawn most of its troops from the Ukraine. Troops that Russia insisted were never there...

  • GUEST COLUMN: U.S. Air Force Academy: A call to the future

    The U.S. Air Force Academy celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, coinciding with the 67th anniversary of the Air Force. It's remarkable to think how quickly the academy was established after the Air Force's founding. In less than a decade, Air Force leaders, with the support of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, recognized the importance of a...

  • GUEST COLUMN: We should vote to pay for parks again

    There probably won't be any television ads or slick political mailers about issue 1A this fall; it isn't a top of the ticket race between two political powerhouses or a particularly hot-button issue. Nevertheless, local voters will decide a critical question on this year's ballot: Should El Paso County retain a $2 million TABOR surplus to fund...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Getting the stormwater agreement right

    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 shake his hand after a City Council meeting last year). But that recent press...

  • 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...

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