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EDITORIAL: Reversal of voucher ruling likely

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EDITORIAL: Walker's record speaks for itself

One prospective candidate at the Centennial Institute's Western Conservative Summit stood out...

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EDITORIAL: Conservatives converge Summit

Halfway through this weekend's Western Conservative Summit, sponsored by Colorado Christian...

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  • Greater sage-grouse plan balances interests

    You hear a lot about balance here in Colorado. Our elected officials know they need to strike a balance between oil and gas development and protecting our clean water, open space and wildlife habitat. I am a retired engineer; I designed and built pipelines for oil and gas companies. Now as a rancher, I continue to work to protect Colorado's...

  • President dropped the ball in war on drugs

    When he assumed office in 2009, President Barack Obama inherited a drug policy success of unprecedented dimensions. Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and misused opiate prescriptions were all under control or declining. The drug threat, especially for youth, was substantially smaller. That tide of achievement is now reversing. At...

  • FAGIN: Encyclical ignores too much of what we now know

    "Laudato Si" is an 80-page encyclical from Pope Francis, released officially this week. It focuses on the environment, climate change, economic development, and similar matters of interest to every inhabitant of our planet. Available online in elegantly translated English (from the original Italian), it's incredibly frustrating to read. On the...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Magna Carta anniversary marks freedom's birthday

    Tradition accepts June 15, 1215, as the start of limited government in Anglo-American law. The Magna Carta ("great charter') was signed under duress by King John. John was the brother and successor to Richard the Lion Heart, whose loyal subjects included that tax rebel, Robin Hood. King John was known for his predatory and avaricious taxation....

  • GUEST COLUMN: Raising the bar for transparency in health care

    When it comes to ensuring health care quality, transparency by medical providers should be at the top of the list. Transparency about patient outcomes, physician expertise and training and number of patients treated are critical pieces of information for patients and families as they make decisions about choosing hospitals, physicians and...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Partnerships integral to Colorado's forest health

    Last week, Colorado hosted Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, who thanked interagency firefighters for their service and emphasized the importance of continued forest and grassland restoration. As the Cabinet officials recognized the great work being accomplished...

  • GUEST COLUMN: A vsion for America

    As we approach another prolonged and painful election cycle, one that tends to divide us and not unite us, a little reflection on our current state would seem in order. As Thomas Paine put it: "The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." While we may opine on where we are, it is infinitely...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Campaigning to reintegrate veterans into communities

    The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced it would be partnering with 50 communities, beginning with 25 this summer, to help get veterans and their families better integrated into their communities. The VA is calling this campaign the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative, or VECI, and its goal is to bring people and...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Springs NAACP continues to serve the community

    On April 25, as I watched the city of Baltimore erupt into total chaos, I found myself utterly confused. What was confusing to me was the city of Baltimore is home of the largest civil rights organization in the world, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and within that city, there appears to be an ongoing issue with...

  • State mental health care improves, can get better

    One in four people has a mental illness each year. Less than half will seek treatment due to stigma and lack of access. These are our friends, family members, co-workers and fellow students who suffer unnecessarily. May was "Mental Health Awareness Month" across our nation. It's a time to raise our collective understanding of the challenges...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Planned Parenthood's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy victimizes children

    Planned Parenthood Federation of America's most recent annual report reveals the abortion giant performed 327,653 abortions during the last fiscal year (2013-2014). During that same period, Planned Parenthood reported that it had received over $528 million in taxpayer funding. Those taxpayers will be shocked to learn what their money is...

  • FAGIN: Too much tribute goes to Rome

    Why do we in the provinces send so much treasure to Rome and then politely beg to get it back? I wonder about this every day, as I drive around the potholes and frown over the washed-out jogging paths in Colorado Springs. It's great to have our reservoirs filled again, but the flooding is clearly damaging our infrastructure and putting...

  • Human influence on climate not settled

    President Barack Obama's approach to climate change is based on an acceptance of the conclusions of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC. Perhaps the most widely cited of these conclusions are those of the 2013 IPCC report, which stated: "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal" "Human influence on the...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Regulatory state keeps women businesses down

    The president tells us that the economy is alive, but Main Street tells us that small business is dying. For the first time in recorded history, the number of business closures - appropriately called "deaths" by the Census Bureau - outnumber starts. That's bad for the country, which depends on small business to employ half of its workforce and...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Why sportsmen support fracking

    Trapshooting was my first love. More than just crushing my target, I lived for that millisecond when the explosion of gunpowder swirled amidst the clear blue skies - a speck in Mother Nature's omnipotent beauty. The great outdoors are my escape - my second home. It's a feeling unique to any sportsman. And Colorado sportsmen understand it's...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Marijuana and school failure

    The dose makes the poison. - Paracelsus Millennials are the strongest advocates for legalizing marijuana, but they may be paving their own pathway to a problematic educational future through their political support. Fully 68 percent of millennials - those born after 1980 - want legal dope, according to a recent Pew survey. That's higher than...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Community colleges can help solve nation's education problem

    This year, President Barack Obama introduced a plan "to make community college as free and universal as high school." This proposal, which generated support and opposition, is important for two reasons. One, it provides a partial answer to a pressing national problem: the price of higher education. According to a 2014 Gallup poll, young...

  • We should return fire to natural role in West

    As a young forest scientist on my first job with the U.S. Park Service, I was directed to set the forest on fire. The orders challenged everything I'd learned from Smokey Bear, forest fire of any kind was an evil force that killed wildlife and left behind lifeless, scorched landscapes. But the forests I lit up that day had burned for millennia...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Budget Committee also tackles reform role

    The average Coloradan, if asked about it, might correctly presume that the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) plays some key part in budget work at the Statehouse. But in addition to its traditional budget-writing work, the JBC these days is also assuming a larger role in safeguarding tax dollars and reforming state government, bringing a higher...

  • GUEST COLUMN: A topic no one wants to discuss

    The recent police vs. black males incidents in Ferguson, New York City and now Baltimore point to a subject matter that has been off the discussion table much too long. Possibly because it has a hypersensitive emotional quotient or because the media, politicians, academicians, and blacks themselves, just don't want to acknowledge that it is a...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Concern and support for fellow human beings

    We are a group of Anglo-American people ("white," if you prefer). We write to express our concern and support for our sister and brother human beings who are African-American (more often called "black" by most in our society). We respectfully request all "whites" who are willing to also express your concern and support for these sister and...

  • FAGIN: Fundamentals of free speech

    What do outrage at depictions of Muhammad, protests against gay marriage, and demands to be reseated on an airplane all have in common? Quite a lot, actually. A few weeks ago, the New York Times reported that flights from New York to Israel are frequently delayed due to the refusal of Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men to sit next to women who are not...

  • GUEST COLUMN: The Road from Armenia to Auschwitz

    In an era that has benumbed us with accounts of mass murder, carpet bombings, killing fields and death camps we are hardly disposed to hear of still another horror. But hear we must. Let no genocide be forgotten. In 1915, the millennia-old Armenian people were systematically murdered by the Turks. The genocide of the Armenians rivals in scope...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Common Core actually increases local control

    As 21st century citizens, we are consumers of information. But are we critical and educated consumers? I would say not always. There is an uproar to rid Colorado of the Common Core State Standards, but many of those crying out have not taken the time to educate themselves on the history and implications of CCSS - many of those who oppose the...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Education goal should be less testing, better accountability

    This legislative session's monumental education debate has Colorado policymakers walking a dangerous tightrope. To benefit today's K-12 students, they must promote wise policy that does not lean too far in either direction. Vocal discontent with state tests has raised passions on all sides and touched on some very sensitive topics in...

  • GUEST COLUMN: A continuum of care through Memorial Hospital

    For more than a century, Memorial Hospital has been taking care of children and families in our community. That has not changed. For more than two years, care for pediatric patients has been delivered through collaboration between Memorial and Children's Hospital Colorado. Our partnership remains strong. On June 13, only the underlying...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Eradicating the Permanent Political Class

    We all know somebody who's part of the permanent political class - that group of individuals who've never done much except politics. Those who have been "on the public dime" for years. Politicos who've never made a payroll, had a boss threaten their job, or stared down fear because they had the guts to start a new venture.. Politicians who...

  • FAGIN: No place in military for an army of God

    This May, students at the Air Force Academy will complete a four year experience that puts any Ivy League school to shame. They will then raise their hands and say this: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Human trafficking bill too important to be stalled

    It's no secret that the Democratic Party is beholden to Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby. But the recent efforts of some Democratic legislators to block a bill that would provide financial restitution to victims of human trafficking over abortion funding has ushered in an era of new extremes. While America is a two-party nation, one...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Local legislators work to bring balance to school testing

    Students, parents, teachers, and school administrators are fed up with the senseless overtesting driven by past bad decisions by Colorado legislators and education policymakers. We have introduced a bill in the Colorado House of Representatives (to be heard today) that will fix what is wrong with education testing and standards. Our approach...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Forests killed by the mountain pine beetle don't pose increased wildfire risk

    In the past decade, the mountain pine beetle has severely impacted pine forests across more than 50 million acres of western North America. In the aftermath of this epidemic is there a significant increase in wildfire threat? For many tasked with managing wildfires the answer is a resounding "yes." However, a recent research paper from a team...

  • Let council members tour city departments

    Any of us who have held a job in the private sector understand job training. It's a key part of transforming a person from an interviewee to an outstanding employee. From top-tier executives to those working their way up the ladder running retail counters and keeping offices clean, every employee in a business needs training to excel in their...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Tax Freedom Day getting farther away

    Colorado's real tax day isn't April 15th. It's April 25. On that day, the state's taxpayers have finally made enough money to pay their total tax burden for the year, according to the non-partisan Tax Foundation. Starting the next day, you actually get to keep the money you make. This holiday has been dubbed "Tax Freedom Day." But there's...

  • Civil justice system is making progress

    Lawyers and judges may have been the last to know, or maybe just the last to admit the truth. The American public is fed up with the civil justice system. It costs too much, is convoluted and agonizingly slow. In the end, it seems to be all about putting both parties in a posture where anything is better than forging ahead, and they settle -...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Let vets take charge of their health care

    Many horror stories have emerged over the past year regarding Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and the shoddy care they sometimes provide. The system appears to be full of the type of fraud, waste, and abuse that is all-too-typical of centralized government programs. A lifetime of subsidized health care is an earned benefit from military service...

  • GUEST OPINION: A question for mayoral candidates

    A multipart question for our mayoral candidates. Your answer could change the course of our city for the positive. But first, some background about why this question is so important: Another election, another blown chance to bring young blood and real life to our City Council. With no judgment upon the good people in office, we need to face...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Federal power over public land should be restored to the people

    At the turn of the last century, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma were territories of the United States with governors appointed by the president. Other Western states like Utah (1899), Wyoming (1890), Idaho (1890) and Montana (1889) recently joined the Union. A few unscrupulous individuals took advantage of the unsettled and largely...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau looking foward

    As the current board chair of the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, and a small-business owner whose lifeblood thrives on tourism, I have a very deep understanding of the importance this economic engine provides. Travel is vital, not only to the Pikes Peak region, but where I live and work in Fremont County. Running a whitewater...

  • FAGIN: "Sharing economy" made possible by the Internet

    Last weekend, Leslie and I engaged in a consensual act that involved my paying money to sleep in her bed. When it was over, we both felt satisfied. We didn't ask anybody's permission, and we shouldn't have to. We ask only that all you busybodies stay out of our private lives. I went to Boston last weekend, to spend Passover at my sister's....

  • GUEST OPINION: No regulation without representation

    It's always wise to be wary when Washington offers to do you a "favor." As with the money Washington sends our way, there's almost always strings attached or a trap door hidden somewhere. And so it is with the "favor" President Barack Obama did for states when he seeks to impose a national "Clean Power Plan" through an EPA regulatory change,...

  • GUEST COLUMN: School funding suffers from Obamacare

    Coloradans' eyes understandably pass over reports about legislators working on the annual state budget. After all, the "long bill" - so named because it spans nearly 500 pages - is a necessary but mind-numbing legislative drudgery, salted with indiscernible acronyms, and largely incomprehensible to anyone outside the state Capitol. To most...

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