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  • 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Ukraine has signed the long-delayed political and trade pact with the European Union, and at least for now Russia has withdrawn most of its troops from the Ukraine.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...

  • 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...

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