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EDITORIAL: Routine rate hikes pose burdensome toll

Just after the holidays, the Colorado Spring City Council plans to impose another electric rate...

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EDITORIAL: Stormwater suit a sign of what is to come

At some point, this community will do as ordered by a court. Let's not let that happen. As...

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  • 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...

  • 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?...

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