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EDITORIAL: Tiny homes coming to Springs

A big new event in Colorado Springs will celebrate the simplicity of living small. Consumers and...

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Mon, Jul 27, 2015 - 11:05 AM 0

EDITORIAL: 'Colorado Wants You,' Pentagon

From this point forward, Coloradans should make all reasonable efforts to protect the military's...

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Mon, Jul 27, 2015 - 11:01 AM 0

EDITORIAL: GOP should focus on the Springs

Republican presidential candidates should make Colorado Springs a prime focus of their campaigns...

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Fri, Jul 24, 2015 - 6:32 PM 0

EDITORIAL: Mayor Suthers off to a running start

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers met with The Gazette's editorial board Thursday, on his 51st...

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Sun, Jul 19, 2015 - 11:49 AM 0

EDITORIAL: Stop the methadone clinic

An ugly storm is brewing in the beautiful, once-peaceful town of Monument. Residents have been...

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Soldier With PTSD

Sun, Jul 12, 2015 - 8:14 PM 0

EDITORIAL: THC can't help PTSD, experts say

For every military veteran appearing in a Colorado public meeting to advocate for the right to...

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Wed, Jul 8, 2015 - 10:00 AM 0

EDITORIAL: Activists should target Big Marijuana

Some see it as a blessing, others a curse. Either way, environmental activists are vigilant in...

The Gazette Editorial Board
Ryan McKibben, Chairman
Christian Anschutz, Vice Chairman
Dan Steever, Publisher
Wayne Laugesen, Editorial Page Editor
Pula Davis, Newsroom Operations Director

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  • GUEST COLUMN: How conservatives should frame Planned Parenthood discussion

    It's difficult to write a meaningful expose on social issues; they are often filled with emotion and at best delicate to express in a way that motivates as opposed to stimulating anger. However, social issues remain an important part of the conservative DNA and need to be articulated toward action. Occasionally, you see an opportunity here...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Legal marijuana and youth: New evidence

    Reducing young people's access to marijuana was one rationale offered by the movement to legalize and regulate the drug. Therefore, a crucial question is whether that promise has been delivered - both in states that run "medical marijuana" programs and in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Many early studies of medical...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Fear cannot move us forward

    Over my 16 years of ministry as a Christian pastor, I have always believed that committed couples deserve to share in the joy of marriage - regardless of who they love, but until last month, our country did not treat all loving marriages as equal under the law. For this reason, I rejoiced when I heard the news of the June 26 Supreme Court...

  • FAGIN: Ukraine's "Bloodlands" harbor horrible legacy

    Damn them. Damn them all. Perched 30 feet up a Ukrainian cherry tree on an idyllic summer day, I can see the Dnepr river off in the distance. In such a peaceful setting, how can I think such horrible thoughts? Thanks to Ukraine's legendary black soil, I'll gather over a thousand cherries before the day is done. What could be more idyllic? I'm...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Why Colorado won't miss the Export-Import Bank

    Has Colorado's economy suffered since July 1? It was supposed to. At least, that's what lobbyists in Washington predicted would happen after the Export-Import Bank expired June 30. Over the past decade, this little-known federal agency handed out more than $200 billion in taxpayer-backed financing to businesses, supporting only 1.3 percent of...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Colorado Springs is writing a new story

    Last month, I spent time in Colorado Springs, and while there I heard a story of renewal about the community that's worth following. It's about a community taking action to place itself on a new path. How people are doing this is as important as what they are doing. In April 2014, I spoke in Colorado Springs. My host was Pikes Peak United...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Colorado leaders should reject the Californication of their power grid

    The idea of Colorado doing things "the California way" doesn't make much sense. Unfortunately, Coloradans may not have a choice if the Obama administration has its way. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon finalize the "Clean Power Plan," requiring states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030. To meet...

  • Disasters hinder rather than boost economies

    The Gazette has run a number of stories regarding the purportedly positive impact of disasters, such as the Waldo Canyon fire, on the Colorado Springs economy. The most recent of these was the top-of-the-fold, front-page story, "Much Lost, Much Gained" (July 5, 2015). I beg to differ. Fires destroy economic wealth, they don't create it. We...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Marriage should be a covenant between one man and one woman

    Regardless of how one feels about gay marriage, the recent action by the Supreme Court should alarm every single, free American. Whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu or other religion, those who do not support gay marriage will soon be forced to comply with this federal mandate, despite personal religious beliefs. Indeed, there will no...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Trauma can be healed

    Trauma is defined as an unpleasant or difficult experience that can cause emotional and/or mental difficulties (Merriam-Webster, 2015). This is a broad definition of trauma, as any actual or perceived event can cause trauma in our lives. Events such as hurtful words, broken relationships, life-altering circumstances, abuse, illness, war and any...

  • GUEST COLUMN: Incline can't survive current misuse

    I appreciated the recent Gazette article about the dangers of the Incline, but individuals hurting themselves should not concern our community near as much as the hordes of hikers who each day use - and sometimes abuse - this local treasure. My experience on a recent early weekday morning was typical: huge groups, hikers with dogs (violating...

  • COLUMN: Legacy Loop is good idea for downtown Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs ranked first in Gallup-Healthways' Lowest Obesity Rates. Gallup-Healthways determine obesity rates using self-reported height and weight to calculate each respondent's body mass index, or BMI. And according to Gallup, Colorado is the fifth most active state in the Union. This is no surprise given Colorado's numerous...

  • 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...

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