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  • GUEST COLUMN: Business model, at cost of principles, not way for Republican Party

    Nothing surprises me anymore when pseudo-conservatives talk about how the Republican Party could gain more relevance if they just followed their particular brand of leadership. Those that have succeeded in business, at least by their estimation, are convinced they have the answers to what the Republican Party could do better. That is what we...

  • LITTWIN: Having the ugly conversation on race

    If you believe the polls or watch cable TV news, you may be halfway convinced that race relations in America have somehow grown worse during the tenure of the first black president. But if that seems counterintuitive, that's because, well, it is. It's counterintuitive and it's wrong. Yes, people are marching in the streets. Yes, NBA stars are...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Our republic is in danger

    By now you have to know the legacy big-city newspapers, ABC, CBS, NBC and their JV cable stations have a liberal bias in their presentation of the news. The real danger to our republic is what the mainstream media (MSM) is not reporting. MSM reports on a Staten Island, N.Y., man who was (illegally) selling individual cigarettes when police...

  • Opinion: Police run toward danger while cowards run away, second-guess their actions

    Have we forgotten 9/11? Do we remember the police officers, firefighters and EMS teams who died trying to save innocent victims of a terrorist attack? Alongside brave firefighters and selfless EMS teams, 23 courageous New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority officers gave their lives that day without hesitation. As district attorney,...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Christians and Satanists should unite

    A Christmas angel is on fire at Florida's State's Capitol building this holiday season. Adjacent to a traditional nativity scene, this disturbing display depicts an angel falling from the sky in burning flames with a sign overhead wishing "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple". The New York-based Satanic Temple's holiday message was nearly...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Conservative movement needs a makeover

    The elections are over, and as conservatives we experienced victory and defeat. After an appropriate celebration, the question becomes: Where do we go from here? How do we remain relevant and escape extinction? Though we had much to celebrate after the 2014 mid-terms, we must be honest with ourselves. From a state standpoint, we barely won the...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Colorado Springs Manifesto

    On April 6 my Gazette Guest Editorial about revitalizing our economy suddenly opened the “proverbial door” to interview and interact with a broad spectrum of our city’s leading civic, business, military and political leaders; including a majority of our City Council. Their generous contributions of time and insight – eye-opening and at times...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Save Browns Canyon from its would-be saviors

    One problem with most politicians is that they just don't know when to leave well-enough alone. That impulse to fix what isn't broken helps explain why so many of their "solutions" make matters worse. One prime example of this is the push by Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall to get President Barack Obama to unilaterally designate the...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Illegal Drugs and Civil Rights

    The debate about enforcement of the drug laws has raised the question of what is required to support civil rights. Drug use is certainly an issue of social class. It victimizes the poor and vulnerable even more than it hurts the affluent, whose resources can be deployed to offset the social and health impact of drug use, provide for private...

  • GUEST COLUMN: The immense value of lessons learned at the USAFA

    I recently learned that I am the recipient of the 2014 Walter Camp "Alumni Award." It seems like yesterday (actually 26 years ago) that I was being recognized at this same event as an All-American defensive lineman from the Air Force Academy. Reflecting back upon my experience as a college football player, I am very appreciative of the...

  • Expensive EPA rules affecting every utility

    Your City Council will soon consider a modest rate increase to the nonfuel portion of your electric bill. Your local print daily has already weighed in on this increase a few weeks ago as a rate increase we all cannot afford. In their story, the editorial board noted a very productive meeting which included the editorial board, the chair of...

  • FAGIN: Great genius taken far too soon

    I know of a man who made World War II shorter, who saved millions of lives, and whose brilliantly original mind opened the door to the computer age. You've never heard of him. That is about to change. "The Imitation Game" will soon open in theaters. It is the story of Alan Turing, one of the great minds of the 20th century. It is about great...

  • Lawful solution must be found for immigration

    President Barack Obama violated the law last week with the full encouragement of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet. He signed an executive order that circumvents Congress and establishes amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants by fiat. He did so without regard for checks and balances that form the basis of America's representative democracy....

  • GUEST COLUMN: Re-Crowning Pikes Peak: Nine principles for success

    A once in a lifetime opportunity is at hand to redesign and replace the Summit House on top of "Pikes Peak - America's Mountain." When the Summit House was built 50 years ago, more "utilitarian" objectives ruled, such that shelter, curios and food, especially the famous "donuts," were most important. Today, many visitors to the Peak have...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Strip away the power of public school monopoly

    Last week, The Gazette printed two interesting letters. One appeared on Nov. 14 from Frank Case, a self-identified public school teacher who wrote in opposition to teachers being paid on the basis of the performance of their students, defending what he characterized as a socialistic public school system, supporting tenure and unions. Larry...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Why are there so few arrests for marijuana violations?

     *   RAND: “In no Western country is a user at much risk of being criminally penalized for using marijuana.”  *   Arrests for marijuana are actually far fewer than the rates for other drugs would indicate.  *   One arrest for 34,000 joints smoked. A common criticism of laws against marijuana use...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Support humanely raised local food

    This morning, I pulled up to the barn that sits high on one of the many rolling hills of our family farm. I thought just how lucky I was that fall was finally here and I was able to look out over the same couple of hundred acres that my great-great grandfather did and see those new born calves just starting to stir. This cool, foggy morning...

  • GUEST COLUMN: The moral case for fossil fuels

    Here's a question for Coloradans to ponder: Is it good that your state generates 88 percent of its electricity from fossil fuels? I'd wager that most of you would say no. So would many of the politicians and bureaucrats directing America's energy policy. This was on full display this month, when President Barack Obama announced that the United...

  • Caregivers of those 
with Alzheimer's 
overlook a key ally

    The recent death of Tom Magliozzi, co-host of NPR's popular show "Car Talk," from complications of Alzheimer's disease is a reminder that dementia is a terminal illness. While Alzheimer's is just one type of dementia, it accounts for at least 
60 percent to 80 percent of all dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer's Association. People...

  • FAGIN: Net neutrality is nothing new

    Once again, "net neutrality" is bouncing around the blogosphere. Just this week, President Barack Obama called for the FTC to regulate Internet service providers like telephone companies, citing concerns about ISPs "picking winners and losers in the online marketplace." Nobody, to my knowledge, says that is actually happening. But it might...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Under-appreciated assets must not be ignored

    Now that the elections have been settled at the state level, the people of Colorado Springs ought to begin focusing their attention on the April municipal election, at which time we, the voters, will choose a new mayor and members of the City Council. As an engaged citizen, I have this recommendation for the candidates: Don't forget our...

  • GUEST OPINION: Ask a veteran to tell you his story

    My father was quite a man. He was an Army chaplain during the last days of WWII serving in an artillery unit fighting their way across Germany. He kept his reserve commission after the war and was a pastor in Wheaton, Ill., when the Korean War broke out. Though a reservist, he was called up to active duty for the war, being told by his...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Not just one day, but a lasting commitment

    Let me to first state the obvious. Veterans Day is for those who return from war. Memorial Day is for those who have not survived. Two days to remind us in a multitude of ways how to remember, and also act. Our veterans need us now. On Veterans Day, it's one day to think hard. What do we contemplate when we launch into war? Do we plan for the...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Denver Health waiting lists deny Medicaid patients health care access

    A growing number of Colorado's Medicaid enrollees are trapped in a system that deprives them of quality health care choices. Over a million people are now enrolled in Colorado's Medicaid program. About a quarter of the enrollment occurred in the first half of 2014. According to an outside review, at least one large Medicaid contractor was...

  • U.N. must reverse the climate change course

    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman Rajendra Pachauri was right to advocate an "agreement to finally reverse course on climate change" when he spoke to delegates tasked with approving the IPCC Synthesis Report, released on Sunday. The new direction governments should follow must be one in which the known needs of people...

  • Girls interested in politics, just not as a profession

    With the midterm Congressional elections happening today, Girl Scouts of the USA's Girl Scout Research Institute has just released compelling results of a "pulse poll" targeting girls' attitudes, interest, involvement, and perceptions with regard to the world of politics. If you're a Girl Scout alumna, volunteer, or troop leader, the results of...

  • Double-digit rate increases would come with EPA plan

    Imagine seeing big increases in your monthly electricity bill. Picture the loss of thousands of jobs in Colorado and the West. This could be our world if the Environmental Protection Agency goes through with its Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from the nation's power plants. The rule will hit coal-dependent states, like Colorado,...

  • GUEST COLUMN: The everything and nothing of elections

    Ballots have gone out, and election ads, phone calls and mail pieces are ubiquitous. Much like pumpkins at Halloween or Christmas trees in December, we tune it all out or change the channel. And that's OK. Really, elections don't matter. In part because of the transience of those who hold office. Long after others have replaced them, you, the...

  • FAGIN: Flu vaccine a miracle of science and capitalism

    Influenza has killed human beings for thousands of years. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grandparents and newborn babies have all died horribly from it, bleeding, coughing, writhing in searing pain until their last breath mercifully left them at peace. A chemical strand of a few thousand nucleotides with no consciousness, no purpose,...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Time to find productive solution on birth control

    Five years ago, something changed in Colorado: More women, including teenagers, began using long-acting reversible contraceptives as their chosen method of birth control. These methods, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs), remove the element of human error from contraception, making it much more effective. Over four years, the teen birth rate...

  • GUEST COLUMN: We want to help the poor, as do the Kochs

    Politics seems to be the only line of work where you don't have to base your arguments in fact. For example, see the Mark-Udall-for-Senate campaign's recent claim that Charles and David Koch want to "trap. Colorado families in poverty." This comment echoes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's recent statement that the Kochs are "un-American."...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Keep public notices in the public

    Since statehood, Colorado citizens have relied on legal (or public) notice advertising in newspapers throughout the state to be informed of important governmental actions. State agencies, counties, municipalities and special districts post their legal notices in community newspapers. Publication of these notices in newspapers provides a...

  • Use of marijuana expands across all the age groups

    With expansion of marijuana into the medical and now recreational arena, marijuana use has become more prevalent across all age groups. Recent data shows treatment for marijuana dependency in the state of Colorado for those 12-19 years old comprises more than 35 percent of age groups while for alcohol is less than 3 percent for all age groups...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Ballot Question 1B: A dishonest tax increase

    El Paso County Ballot question 1B is nothing more than a dishonest attempt to fool voters. Its shameful deception rises to the level of the misleading term-limits language of a few years ago. If you remember the term limits language that implied that a "yes" vote "limited" terms when it actually extended them, then question 1B this year might...

  • FAGIN: Religious Right on wrong side of history

    How many times have you heard the world is going to hell in a handbasket? That if this or that activity continues unabated, society as we know it will be gravely imperiled? You're not alone. Knee-jerk reactionaries have been with us throughout history. Unfortunately for them, their track record is lousy. It has been over three years, for...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Are we crazy about our kids? Launching the Colorado Paradigm

    Together with United Ways across Colorado, a consortium of Colorado leaders and educators who believe in the critical importance of early learning are using an important and provocative television broadcast to launch a movement. "Are We Crazy About Our Kids?" is a part of a broader documentary series about early childhood education planned to...

  • Just the facts: Countering misinformation on the stormwater plan

    As co-chairs of a two-year, citizen-
led process that proposed a solution to our community's flooding and stormwater issues, it's important to us that citizens get the facts about how the task force's proposal works. Unfortunately, misinformation about our proposal is being spread around. Let's clear a few things up: Fee or tax? According to...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Christians should carefully examine climate change claims

    How should the Christian confront climate change? The White House has an answer. Secretary of State John Kerry says Christianity compels him to fight climate change by curbing fossil fuel usage and limiting carbon dioxide emissions. This view is overly simplistic. The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, an evangelical Christian...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Response to Sen. Cadman's op-ed: There's a lot more to the story

    Sen. Bill Cadman, in a Colorado Springs Gazette op/ed, went to great lengths to paint a gloom and doom portrait, calling the state of Colorado's economic recovery "lackluster" and "tepid." He downplayed a 5.1 percent unemployment rate (the lowest since September 2008), as well as the fact that Colorado has added 236,100 jobs since the depths of...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Feminist leader confronts Sen. Udall

    "No one should come between a woman and her doctor." I agreed with Sen. Mark Udall when he uttered these words in his recent debate with Cory Gardner. But they don't square with the senator's decisive vote for Obamacare. As the executive director of the Colorado Women's Alliance, I have spent the last year talking with and listening to...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Time for new ideas to diversify America's pastime

    Major League Baseball posted its 11th consecutive year of record industry revenues with an all-time high exceeding $8 billion in 2013. And now some within the game believe that MLB will reach $10 billion in 2014. Truly amazing for a sport that some regard as archaic and no longer America's pastime. In truth, MLB's attendance this year will...

  • GUEST COLUMN: A combined effort to prevent child abuse and neglect fatalities

    In 2012, Congress and the president authorized the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Its mission is to study the issues related to abuse and neglect and develop a national strategy and set of recommendations that can bring about immediate change. Through the commission, we have a national dialogue that is raising...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Response to Gazette editorial

    The state of politics is pretty horrible these days. Campaigns are run by unknown and unaccountable interest groups due to Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United deciding that corporations are people and money is speech. The result - television and radio advertisements, mailboxes stuffed with mail and phone calls that candidates legally...

  • FAGIN: Crony capitalism or the free market? Congress must decide

    The good news: A crony organization promoting massive corporate welfare was scheduled to die this week. The bad news: Congress raised its zombie-like corpse back from the dead. Yes, the Export-Import Bank is still with us, staggering over the streets of international commerce and moaning "LOANS, LOANS!" to any foreign customers within earshot....

  • GUEST COLUMN: Retail pot outlets in Manitou undermine its small-town charm

    When Howard and I moved to Manitou Springs in 1966 with our two children, we fell in love with the community and knew it was where we wanted to raise our family and probably spend the rest of our lives. Though it was part of a growing metropolitan area, Manitou had a laid-back, small-town charm and a family-friendly atmosphere, all nestled up...

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