<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:12:38 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Mayor pitches stormwater, capital improvement plan]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-mayor-pitches-stormwater-capital-improvement-plan/article/1542018?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-mayor-pitches-stormwater-capital-improvement-plan/article/1542018?custom_click=rss

Small steps can lead to big progress.

Voters soundly defeated a large, comprehensive proposal known as 1B to solve the region's massive stormwater drainage deficiencies. Fees assessed to homes, businesses, churches and other nonprofits would have been based on the amount of runoff each was believed to cause. The owner of a 3,000-square-foot home would have paid about $7.70 a month. Owners of smaller homes, that create less runoff, would have paid less. The fee would have been collected for 20 years to raise money for hundreds of millions in infrastructure additions and repairs. It was the magnum opus of solutions, put to voters after two years of public process involving elected officials from local governments.

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Voters soundly defeated a large, comprehensive proposal known as 1B to solve the region's massive stormwater drainage deficiencies. Fees assessed to homes, businesses, churches and other nonprofits would have been based on the amount of runoff each was believed to cause. The owner of a 3,000-square-foot home would have paid about $7.70 a month. Owners of smaller homes, that create less runoff, would have paid less. The fee would have been collected for 20 years to raise money for hundreds of millions in infrastructure additions and repairs. It was the magnum opus of solutions, put to voters after two years of public process involving elected officials from local governments.]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:05:01 -0700 <![CDATA[No reason for U.S. to keep its ban on crude oil exports]]> http://gazette.com/no-reason-for-u.s.-to-keep-its-ban-on-crude-oil-exports/article/1542017?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-reason-for-u.s.-to-keep-its-ban-on-crude-oil-exports/article/1542017?custom_click=rss

Those octane numbers on gasoline pumps relate to chemical composition. The higher the number, the higher the price.

Motorists know that not all gasoline is the same, but the assumption is that the stuff from which gas is made is the same. But crude varies considerably in its makeup; price differentials are seen in crude as well as in gasoline.

In general, U.S. refineries are set up to process the so-called heavy, sour crudes. Thus, the lighter and sweeter crude being produced as part of the shale revolution is available for other markets. But it can't reach those markets if Washington continues a longstanding ban on crude oil exports.

The United States is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia as the leading producer of oil

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]]> Those octane numbers on gasoline pumps relate to chemical composition. The higher the number, the higher the price.

Motorists know that not all gasoline is the same, but the assumption is that the stuff from which gas is made is the same. But crude varies considerably in its makeup; price differentials are seen in crude as well as in gasoline.

In general, U.S. refineries are set up to process the so-called heavy, sour crudes. Thus, the lighter and sweeter crude being produced as part of the shale revolution is available for other markets. But it can't reach those markets if Washington continues a longstanding ban on crude oil exports.

The United States is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia as the leading producer of oil]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:00:02 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Long lectures in the ER; leave storm water to the beavers]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/letters-long-lectures-in-the-er-leave-storm-water-to-the-beavers/article/1542000?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-long-lectures-in-the-er-leave-storm-water-to-the-beavers/article/1542000?custom_click=rss

Thousands for smoking lectures

The Nov. 21 headline story about Centura Health's smoking policies ignited a fire within. Last month I went to the emergency room at Penrose Hospital with severe pain in my lower leg and hip region. Severe enough that I could hardly walk unassisted. After the usual wait in the lobby and then in an exam room, help finally arrived.

The very first thing out of the young lady's mouth pertained to my smoking and was followed up with a 10-minute diatribe on the evils of smoking. Fifteen minutes later, two more individuals entered the room and began lecturing on the horrible impact of smoking on my peripheral artery disease diagnosed many years ago and in the medical history information I had

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The Nov. 21 headline story about Centura Health's smoking policies ignited a fire within. Last month I went to the emergency room at Penrose Hospital with severe pain in my lower leg and hip region. Severe enough that I could hardly walk unassisted. After the usual wait in the lobby and then in an exam room, help finally arrived.

The very first thing out of the young lady's mouth pertained to my smoking and was followed up with a 10-minute diatribe on the evils of smoking. Fifteen minutes later, two more individuals entered the room and began lecturing on the horrible impact of smoking on my peripheral artery disease diagnosed many years ago and in the medical history information I had]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:15:12 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Re-Crowning Pikes Peak: Nine principles for success]]> ADVOCATES for the PIKES PEAK SUMMIT HOUSE http://gazette.com/guest-column-re-crowning-pikes-peak-nine-principles-for-success/article/1541997?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-re-crowning-pikes-peak-nine-principles-for-success/article/1541997?custom_click=rss 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 different objectives: seeking enjoyment of nature when they visit outdoor interpretive centers and distancing themselves from some aspects of commercialization. The top of Pikes Peak and its new Summit House can become a carefully integrated fabric of nature and trails alongside structures and transportation. This is our advocates group's overarching goal.

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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 different objectives: seeking enjoyment of nature when they visit outdoor interpretive centers and distancing themselves from some aspects of commercialization. The top of Pikes Peak and its new Summit House can become a carefully integrated fabric of nature and trails alongside structures and transportation. This is our advocates group's overarching goal.]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:10:01 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Two and half minutes is too long; pushing Christianity]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-two-and-half-minutes-is-too-long-pushing-christianity/article/1541926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-two-and-half-minutes-is-too-long-pushing-christianity/article/1541926?custom_click=rss Two and a half minutes too long

I was reading the officer Allison Detwiler write up and about her award in last Thursday's paper. I am happy we have officers out there that go the extra mile to protect us. The article stated after she arrived and shots were fired it took two and a half minutes for her backup to arrive. What happens if this is your house and someone is trying to get in? Two and a half minutes is a long time to wait for someone to help you. This is why everyone in my family has a concealed carry permit and protection in our house. Please don't be one of the people that needs help and has to wait for it. The police do a wonderful job in this town, but they can't be everywhere. Learn how to protect yourself. It's not

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I was reading the officer Allison Detwiler write up and about her award in last Thursday's paper. I am happy we have officers out there that go the extra mile to protect us. The article stated after she arrived and shots were fired it took two and a half minutes for her backup to arrive. What happens if this is your house and someone is trying to get in? Two and a half minutes is a long time to wait for someone to help you. This is why everyone in my family has a concealed carry permit and protection in our house. Please don't be one of the people that needs help and has to wait for it. The police do a wonderful job in this town, but they can't be everywhere. Learn how to protect yourself. It's not]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:05:03 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Routine rate hikes pose burdensome toll]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-routine-rate-hikes-pose-burdensome-toll/article/1541896?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-routine-rate-hikes-pose-burdensome-toll/article/1541896?custom_click=rss

Just after the holidays, the Colorado Spring City Council plans to impose another electric rate hike of about $48 a year for the average residence.

Yes, we know. At $4 a month, it's just the cost of a latte.

But lattes are beginning to add up. Our community's utility rates are no longer far below average. Furthermore, lots of Colorado Springs Utilities ratepayers can't afford their current utilities bills, much less an occasional high-priced coffee. For an underemployed single parent, it's another $4 from making ends meet. For the working poor, $4 is nearly an entire day's worth of food.

The electric rate hike, set for final approval in December, was discussed in late October right after the council, which doubles as

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]]> Just after the holidays, the Colorado Spring City Council plans to impose another electric rate hike of about $48 a year for the average residence.

Yes, we know. At $4 a month, it's just the cost of a latte.

But lattes are beginning to add up. Our community's utility rates are no longer far below average. Furthermore, lots of Colorado Springs Utilities ratepayers can't afford their current utilities bills, much less an occasional high-priced coffee. For an underemployed single parent, it's another $4 from making ends meet. For the working poor, $4 is nearly an entire day's worth of food.

The electric rate hike, set for final approval in December, was discussed in late October right after the council, which doubles as]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:15:11 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Strip away the power of public school monopoly]]> Steve Schuck http://gazette.com/guest-column-strip-away-the-power-of-public-school-monopoly/article/1541894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-strip-away-the-power-of-public-school-monopoly/article/1541894?custom_click=rss 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 Anderson wrote on Nov. 15 questioning District 11 School Board members who, a few days earlier in a public meeting "waxed eloquent about the fantastic students, fantastic teachers and fantastic administrators who should be recognized."

Anderson questioned how such leaders could justify congratulating themselves when the results their system is generating are so tragic.

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]]> 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 Anderson wrote on Nov. 15 questioning District 11 School Board members who, a few days earlier in a public meeting "waxed eloquent about the fantastic students, fantastic teachers and fantastic administrators who should be recognized."

Anderson questioned how such leaders could justify congratulating themselves when the results their system is generating are so tragic.]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:15:10 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Stormwater suit a sign of what is to come]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-stormwater-suit-a-sign-of-what-is-to-come/article/1541827?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-stormwater-suit-a-sign-of-what-is-to-come/article/1541827?custom_click=rss

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

As anticipated, the community's failure to resolve massive problems with stormwater infrastructure is becoming a legal burden that could prove costly. Just weeks after voters overwhelmingly rejected a regional fee to fund stormwater improvements, the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District reacted by putting the city on notice regarding plans to sue.

District board members voted unanimously in favor of a lawsuit, sending a letter to the City Council, Mayor Steve Bach and City Attorney Wynetta Massey.

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As anticipated, the community's failure to resolve massive problems with stormwater infrastructure is becoming a legal burden that could prove costly. Just weeks after voters overwhelmingly rejected a regional fee to fund stormwater improvements, the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District reacted by putting the city on notice regarding plans to sue.

District board members voted unanimously in favor of a lawsuit, sending a letter to the City Council, Mayor Steve Bach and City Attorney Wynetta Massey.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:15:09 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Why are there so few arrests for marijuana violations?]]> David W. Murray and John P. Walters http://gazette.com/guest-column-why-are-there-so-few-arrests-for-marijuana-violations/article/1541779?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-why-are-there-so-few-arrests-for-marijuana-violations/article/1541779?custom_click=rss  *   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 and/or possession is that there are a disproportionately large number of marijuana arrests.

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 *   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 and/or possession is that there are a disproportionately large number of marijuana arrests.]]>
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:27:25 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Support humanely raised local food]]> Eric Swafford http://gazette.com/guest-column-support-humanely-raised-local-food/article/1541765?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-support-humanely-raised-local-food/article/1541765?custom_click=rss 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 reminded me that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

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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 reminded me that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:15:06 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Discipline your children; world needs love]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/letters-discipline-your-children-world-needs-love/article/1541764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-discipline-your-children-world-needs-love/article/1541764?custom_click=rss Parents: Discipline your children

In regards to marijuana edible packaging: I would like to know why it is the packaging that needs to be changed because parents can't teach their children to behave and to stay out of things that don't belong to them. If the parents are old enough to buy these edibles, they should be old enough to store these in their bedrooms or any other place that is off-limits to children. Even a cabinet too high for the children to reach or keep it locked. Don't let the children be climbing up on the cupboard to get them. This also goes for the pod detergent - it's not the manufacturer's fault - parents please disciple your children, not the manufacturing companies.

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In regards to marijuana edible packaging: I would like to know why it is the packaging that needs to be changed because parents can't teach their children to behave and to stay out of things that don't belong to them. If the parents are old enough to buy these edibles, they should be old enough to store these in their bedrooms or any other place that is off-limits to children. Even a cabinet too high for the children to reach or keep it locked. Don't let the children be climbing up on the cupboard to get them. This also goes for the pod detergent - it's not the manufacturer's fault - parents please disciple your children, not the manufacturing companies.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:15:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Give thanks for the safety provided by police officers]]> http://gazette.com/give-thanks-for-the-safety-provided-by-police-officers/article/1541701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/give-thanks-for-the-safety-provided-by-police-officers/article/1541701?custom_click=rss

As we spend cold holiday-season nights with our families and friends, we should keep in mind the men and women on the streets who risk their lives so the rest of us can enjoy comfort, safety and peace.

Remember, for example, Colorado Springs officer Allison Detwiler and her 22 years of service to the Colorado Springs police force. This year, Detwiler was called to what she and other cops considered a routine welfare check at a home in a northeast neighborhood. It became that call every officer dreads.

Detwiler was first on the scene and ended up outside the residence on the wrong side of a maniac's gun, as he shot at her repeatedly and missed. She could have run or tried to flee in her patrol car.

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]]> As we spend cold holiday-season nights with our families and friends, we should keep in mind the men and women on the streets who risk their lives so the rest of us can enjoy comfort, safety and peace.

Remember, for example, Colorado Springs officer Allison Detwiler and her 22 years of service to the Colorado Springs police force. This year, Detwiler was called to what she and other cops considered a routine welfare check at a home in a northeast neighborhood. It became that call every officer dreads.

Detwiler was first on the scene and ended up outside the residence on the wrong side of a maniac's gun, as he shot at her repeatedly and missed. She could have run or tried to flee in her patrol car.]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:10:17 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: The moral case for fossil fuels]]> Alex Epstein http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-moral-case-for-fossil-fuels/article/1541700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-moral-case-for-fossil-fuels/article/1541700?custom_click=rss

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 States and China have reached an agreement to limit both countries' carbon dioxide emissions, which primarily come from fossil fuels.

Such efforts have broad support from the general public - one recent poll (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/surprising-poll-finds-most-republicans-want-to-reduce-use-of-fossil-fuels/)shows that 51 percent of voters want to reduce fossil fuel usage,

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]]> 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 States and China have reached an agreement to limit both countries' carbon dioxide emissions, which primarily come from fossil fuels.

Such efforts have broad support from the general public - one recent poll (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/surprising-poll-finds-most-republicans-want-to-reduce-use-of-fossil-fuels/)shows that 51 percent of voters want to reduce fossil fuel usage,]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:10:15 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Questioning Pine Creek decisions; No need for brutality]]> http://gazette.com/letters-questioning-pine-creek-decisions-no-need-for-brutality/article/1541699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-questioning-pine-creek-decisions-no-need-for-brutality/article/1541699?custom_click=rss Air Force football in the cold

David Ramsey,

Re: Your story - nobody was there for the Falcon game:

We are "Falcon Fans"! We love our team and have so for many, many years.

My family was at the game until our faces were numb. We were dressed for cold weather, but nobody can dress warm enough for "0" degrees with blowing snow. When we arrived home, we watched the game on TV. My ear drums are still numb for all the clapping from my wife.

When you consider that most of the fan base for the cadets are retired - they stayed around as long as they could without risking their general health.

For the Falcon football team, we will always support you, good times and bad times!

For Mr. Ramsey, stay warm in

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David Ramsey,

Re: Your story - nobody was there for the Falcon game:

We are "Falcon Fans"! We love our team and have so for many, many years.

My family was at the game until our faces were numb. We were dressed for cold weather, but nobody can dress warm enough for "0" degrees with blowing snow. When we arrived home, we watched the game on TV. My ear drums are still numb for all the clapping from my wife.

When you consider that most of the fan base for the cadets are retired - they stayed around as long as they could without risking their general health.

For the Falcon football team, we will always support you, good times and bad times!

For Mr. Ramsey, stay warm in]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:10:14 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Sad state of education; separated from common sense]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-sad-state-of-education-separated-from-common-sense/article/1541640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-sad-state-of-education-separated-from-common-sense/article/1541640?custom_click=rss

Horrible lack of knowledge

Too many have fallen for the lie that the term "separation of church and state" is in our nation's Constitution.

The First Amendment to the Constitution comes as close to a separation of the two as anything in the document. Its intent was to keep the state away from the church rather than the other way around. Like everything else that began with good intentions, the amendment is now used against itself to prevent students from praying even on their own time.

When asked who fought in the Revolutionary War and who won and who did we declare our independence from, or who fought in the Civil War and who won and what did it accomplish, college students and even people in their 30s and 40s don't

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Too many have fallen for the lie that the term "separation of church and state" is in our nation's Constitution.

The First Amendment to the Constitution comes as close to a separation of the two as anything in the document. Its intent was to keep the state away from the church rather than the other way around. Like everything else that began with good intentions, the amendment is now used against itself to prevent students from praying even on their own time.

When asked who fought in the Revolutionary War and who won and who did we declare our independence from, or who fought in the Civil War and who won and what did it accomplish, college students and even people in their 30s and 40s don't]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:40:05 -0700