<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:35:39 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Trump won't toast with reporters]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-trump-wont-toast-with-reporters/article/1601730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-trump-wont-toast-with-reporters/article/1601730?custom_click=rss

All week we will hear about President Donald Trump's first 100 days, which culminates Saturday on his 100th day in office.

Media have developed a pack narrative that says the first 100 days have been a display of dysfunction, in which President Trump has barely achieved anything worthwhile.

Intelligent minds can agree to disagree about Trump's performance, but one accomplishment will defy dispute.

Trump finally put the White House Correspondent's Dinner in its rightful place. He will not attend, and instead will hold a rally in Pennsylvania.

The dinners began in 1921, and 15 presidents have attended at least one since Calvin Coolidge showed up in 1924.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:52:22 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Performance was a delight; outdoor enthusiasts bear the burden]]> http://gazette.com/letters-performance-was-a-delight-outdoor-enthusiasts-bear-the-burden/article/1601731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-performance-was-a-delight-outdoor-enthusiasts-bear-the-burden/article/1601731?custom_click=rss

Letters from Gazette readers.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:41:29 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Kids playing doctor aren't felony sex offenders]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-kids-playing-doctor-arent-felony-sex-offenders/article/1601190?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-kids-playing-doctor-arent-felony-sex-offenders/article/1601190?custom_click=rss

Juvenile cellphone "sexting" is the technological equivalent of playing doctor, something that has been part of human behavior for as long as anyone can remember. Sexual curiosity is a natural part of physical and emotional development in children, and only the most zealous of prudes would argue that innocent exploration ought to constitute a crime.

The problem today is that what was usually a private, consensual and fleeting guilty pleasure too often now becomes a matter of permanent public record thanks to technology. Turning curious juveniles into criminals with lifetime felony sex-offender records however goes so far beyond the pale of justice or reason that something must be done.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:13:25 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Four of 20 years in service to the community]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-four-of-20-years-in-service-to-the-community/article/1601150?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-four-of-20-years-in-service-to-the-community/article/1601150?custom_click=rss

The past four years have been filled with many challenges, a lot of successes and a few things I would do differently. I have been honored to represent District 3 on the Colorado Springs City Council. I have enjoyed learning and working in new governance and legislative processes. I have met so many great people who give of their time and talents to Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities. Having returned hundreds of phone calls and thousands of emails, I have learned that the citizens of Colorado Springs also truly care about our city. My goal was to honor my constituents' concerns and value those principles I believed would be good for the city.

I especially want to thank my wife, Sandi, who has put up with me being

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:10:36 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Reflecting on the importance of our national parks]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-reflecting-on-the-importance-of-our-national-parks/article/1601039?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-reflecting-on-the-importance-of-our-national-parks/article/1601039?custom_click=rss

Returning home after over 160 sniper missions in Iraq, I instinctively took to the outdoors to escape, find solace and reflect on my war experience. It allowed me to transition from being a combat soldier in Operation Iraqi Freedom to civilian life away from the war zone. I see the healing powers working when a rugged three-tour Marine Corps veteran with a stoic posture hits a park trail and, as we lose sight of the parking area, his inner child emerges as he walks across logs and splashes through streams. More than just anecdotal evidence suggests veterans benefit from outdoor recreation. Research from University of Michigan has found that one week after an outdoor experience "veterans reported a greater than 10 percent improvement in

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:08:23 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Capitalizing on Pikes Peak's natural economy]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-capitalizing-on-pikes-peaks-natural-economy/article/1600861?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-capitalizing-on-pikes-peaks-natural-economy/article/1600861?custom_click=rss

The Trump administration's early indications of new spending and legislative priorities are sending shock waves through the nation and the Rockies region, to the delight of some and the dismay of others.

Colorado Springs and the three-county Pikes Peak region are not exempt from potential major changes in the role of the federal government and possible new responsibilities of state government. The implications for our region's abundant natural assets are one area, among many, where our community must remain engaged. Our region's economic dynamism, diversity, and quality of life will be vitally affected.

All who live here and visit agree: this state is blessed with stunning landscapes and abundant recreation opportunities that

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:06:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Failure of health care market isn't an accident, it's progressives' plan]]> http://gazette.com/failure-of-health-care-market-isnt-an-accident-its-progressives-plan/article/1600860?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/failure-of-health-care-market-isnt-an-accident-its-progressives-plan/article/1600860?custom_click=rss

The advertised promise of Obamacare was, according to Obama "If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only change you'll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold." Everybody now knows this was a lie. Costs have skyrocketed and your plan and doctor disappeared the instant the bill was signed, replaced with Obama's plan for your health care.

People on the Western Slope of Colorado have already been beggared by rising insurance premiums and now it is being reported that Anthem, one of the few remaining providers in western Colorado, may soon be pulling the ripcord on it's golden parachute.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:04:15 -0600
<![CDATA[COLUMN: At a critical crossroads with respect to free speech]]> http://gazette.com/column-at-a-critical-crossroads-with-respect-to-free-speech/article/1601732?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-at-a-critical-crossroads-with-respect-to-free-speech/article/1601732?custom_click=rss

Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter is playing a dark game of whack-a-mole with the University of California at Berkeley over her invitation to speak on campus Thursday. As they have done with other conservative speakers, UC Berkeley administrators have larded ridiculous requirements on Coulter and have arbitrarily and capriciously changed the dates and times Coulter will be allowed to speak.

The administration is using the tired excuse that because leftist thugs disrupted a planned speech by narcissistic conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopolous with violent, bloody attacks and arson the Berkeley Police Department refused to prevent or put a stop to, Coulter either can't speak at all, or must be subject to rules that will prevent

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]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Philanthropist left an inspiring legacy]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-philanthropist-left-an-inspiring-legacy/article/1601667?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-philanthropist-left-an-inspiring-legacy/article/1601667?custom_click=rss

Recently, I attended the showing of Aviva Kempner's documentary "Rosenwald" at Temple Shalom, that should be required viewing in classrooms and living rooms across the country

The film chronicles the remarkable life of a seminal civil rights champion in America during the first half of the 20th century, Julius Rosenwald.

Born in 1862, he left high school to apprentice in the family clothing business. In 1884, Rosenwald and his brother started a business in the garment industry in Chicago. Insipient Sears, Roebuck and Company soon became one of Rosenwald's principal customers. This relationship led to Rosenwald joining Sears and Roebuck. By 1901, less than a decade after arriving at Sears, Julius owned 50 percent of the

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]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:05:17 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: The ins and outs of tipping; benefits of organic foods]]> http://gazette.com/letters-the-ins-and-outs-of-tipping-benefits-of-organic-foods/article/1601666?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-the-ins-and-outs-of-tipping-benefits-of-organic-foods/article/1601666?custom_click=rss

Ins and outs of tipping servers

With the tourist season rapidly approaching, it is a good time for a friendly reminder to raise awareness regarding the proper way to tip fairly and thoughtfully. So a review of the why, when, where and what you are tipping for may prove enlightening.

Why? The history of tipping in America goes back to the 1850s and 1860s, when wealthy Americans traveling in Europe brought back the custom of tipping to demonstrate how cultured they were.

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]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:05:07 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Colorado should allow affordable housing]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-colorado-should-allow-affordable-housing/article/1601626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-colorado-should-allow-affordable-housing/article/1601626?custom_click=rss

It seems like everyone wants to live in Colorado, for obvious reasons. The climate. The culture. The great outdoors.

Colorado Springs has become so attractive that a U.S. News & World Report survey identified it as the large city most people would move to if given unlimited options, second only to Honolulu.

Despite all this, Colorado no longer ranks high on lists of places bringing in the waves of young professionals ready to create wealth and bring up kids. There's only one reason.

We lack affordable housing.

Without affordable housing, young people cannot move here while paying off student loans on Harvard MBAs or vocational certificates from trade schools.

The median home price is pushing $400,000 in

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Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:51:37 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Transportation tax a bad idea for Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-transportation-tax-a-bad-idea-for-colorado/article/1601625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-transportation-tax-a-bad-idea-for-colorado/article/1601625?custom_click=rss

The proposed 21 percent state sales tax increase, Colorado transportation House Bill (HB)17-1242, estimates tax collection of $14 billion, however, only $5 billion (if we're generous) is required to go to roads and bridges. A big portion can be spent on subsidized multimodal projects (light rail, bullet trains, bike & walk paths, driverless cars, high occupancy vehicles, etc). Everything but a privately owned vehicle. If you like your car, you may not be able to keep your car.

HB17-1242's proposed 21 percent state sales tax increase passed in the Colorado House of Representatives and is traveling through the Colorado Senate. If approved, HB17-1242 will appear on the Colorado ballot in November 2017.

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Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:09:00 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Parks and Wildlife needs latitude to succeed]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-parks-and-wildlife-needs-latitude-to-succeed/article/1601573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-parks-and-wildlife-needs-latitude-to-succeed/article/1601573?custom_click=rss

Preserving wildlife and critical habitat is complicated and expensive business, especially in Colorado.

As migration of human population grows, the business of preserving and managing fish and wildlife populations and natural habitats, in the mountains and on the Great Plains, becomes an increasingly complicated and cost-consuming task. It involves managing diminishing capital along with the supply and demand strains on parks assets and populations of wildlife species and fish.

Businesses set prices within confines of market demand and the need to increase or reduce consumption. If widgets are taking over the warehouse in a market environment of low demand, lower the price and more are likely to sell.

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:50:28 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Corn farmers deserve to be a part of Earth Day's celebrations]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-corn-farmers-deserve-to-be-a-part-of-earth-days-celebrations/article/1601572?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-corn-farmers-deserve-to-be-a-part-of-earth-days-celebrations/article/1601572?custom_click=rss

It seems as though Earth Day comes and goes each year with great dialogue about how various corners of society are taking steps forward in environmental stewardship, but without any acknowledgment of the corn producer's role in that progress.

In that regard, I can't let Earth Day 2017 serve as a repeat of the past.

Corn producers belong at the table of these discussions and have much to be proud of, in that they - along with the rest of agriculture - are continually meeting the world's demands for more food, fuel and fiber, and yet always discovering new and more sustainable methods of doing it.

Some of the great work farmers have accomplished is highlighted in a number of comprehensive studies, such as the 2012 Field

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:10:01 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: New council leaders can continue success]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-new-council-leaders-can-continue-success/article/1601551?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-new-council-leaders-can-continue-success/article/1601551?custom_click=rss A new majority on City Council on Tuesday elected successful downtown businessman Richard Skorman to replace retired businessman Merv Bennett as council president. Council members re-elected councilwoman Jill Gaebler, a retired Air Force officer, as president pro tem.

Congratulations to all. The future looks stable and bright.

After congratulating new leadership, Mayor John Suthers expressed trust in the new council members to continue the city's widely acknowledged positive momentum in terms of economic development, roads, infrastructure and fiscal responsibility.

"They seem totally on board with that," Suthers said, as quoted in a story by Gazette reporter Billie Stanton Anleu.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:42:16 -0600