<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:12:45 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Editorial: Why Udall talks birth control so much]]> THE GAZETTE EDITORIAL http://gazette.com/editorial-why-udall-talks-birth-control-so-much/article/1537935?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-why-udall-talks-birth-control-so-much/article/1537935?custom_click=rss Could someone please get Sen. Mark Udall a calendar. It’s 2014, not 1972 — the year the Supreme Court of the United States prevented states from forbidding abortion. Even a highly unlikely court reversal of Roe v. Wade would have no direct effect on his constituents. Colorado had abortion on demand before Roe v. Wade, Udall knows it, and the state has only become more liberal on reproductive social issues in the ensuing 42 years. Udall’s daily fear mongering has become an obvious ploy to distract voters from the real issues in the U.S. Senate. A typical daily news release from his campaign Friday mentioned “birth control” 14 times. If he’s not fabricating a threat to contraception, he’s sending news releases that pretend

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:04:11 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Colorado driver's licenses; No acceptance of responsibility]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-colorado-drivers-licenses-no-acceptance-of-responsibility/article/1537928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-colorado-drivers-licenses-no-acceptance-of-responsibility/article/1537928?custom_click=rss

We need a decision maker

In seeing President Barack Obama's approach to the ISIS threat, he reminds me of President Lyndon Johnson. In early 1964, Johnson's advisers told him that he needed to step up and commit fighting troops to Vietnam. He said OK - but not until after the election. Obama's military advisers are pretty much speaking with one voice saying that there is a good chance that forward military operations might be necessary to win the fight with ISIS. Obama refuses to acknowledge that.

He, too, tends to push distasteful actions off until after upcoming elections. Our president has never demonstrated decisiveness as a strong suit, voting "present" dozens of time in the Illinois Congress rather than provide

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> We need a decision maker

In seeing President Barack Obama's approach to the ISIS threat, he reminds me of President Lyndon Johnson. In early 1964, Johnson's advisers told him that he needed to step up and commit fighting troops to Vietnam. He said OK - but not until after the election. Obama's military advisers are pretty much speaking with one voice saying that there is a good chance that forward military operations might be necessary to win the fight with ISIS. Obama refuses to acknowledge that.

He, too, tends to push distasteful actions off until after upcoming elections. Our president has never demonstrated decisiveness as a strong suit, voting "present" dozens of time in the Illinois Congress rather than provide]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:10:28 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Sector partnerships ensure a stronger Colorado workforce]]> Dave Csintyan http://gazette.com/guest-column-sector-partnerships-ensure-a-stronger-colorado-workforce/article/1537919?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-sector-partnerships-ensure-a-stronger-colorado-workforce/article/1537919?custom_click=rss

"Sector partnerships" is a term you'll be hearing more frequently in the months ahead. Business leaders are joining together with the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and local partners to develop sector partnerships across the state. Sector partnerships are a highly effective and efficient way to ensure that Colorado workers will have access to the skills and training needed by Colorado employers and that every Colorado business has access to a skilled workforce ready to produce at a high level.

You may have heard of the manufacturing and hospitality partnerships working in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> "Sector partnerships" is a term you'll be hearing more frequently in the months ahead. Business leaders are joining together with the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and local partners to develop sector partnerships across the state. Sector partnerships are a highly effective and efficient way to ensure that Colorado workers will have access to the skills and training needed by Colorado employers and that every Colorado business has access to a skilled workforce ready to produce at a high level.

You may have heard of the manufacturing and hospitality partnerships working in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Editorial: Conspiracy theorists thought Colorado Springs mayor was wrong about Rockies]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/editorial-conspiracy-theorists-thought-colorado-springs-mayor-was-wrong-about-rockies/article/1537855?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-conspiracy-theorists-thought-colorado-springs-mayor-was-wrong-about-rockies/article/1537855?custom_click=rss

Let's not sugarcoat it. The Rockies abandoned Colorado Springs, and it blows. Our Triple-A Sky Sox will no longer be the top-tier farm team for a major-league franchise an hour away.

Just more than a year ago, Mayor Steve Bach told The Gazette's editorial board he feared exactly the scenario announced by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

Here's what he said June 18, 2013:

"The Rockies have told me directly . that they are concerned about the physical situation out at Security Service Field for two reasons," Bach said. "One, the wind, particularly the east wind, causes torque on the ball. Second, they lose a lot of games in the early season, because the field is frozen. The stadium is antiquated.



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
Let's not sugarcoat it. The Rockies abandoned Colorado Springs, and it blows. Our Triple-A Sky Sox will no longer be the top-tier farm team for a major-league franchise an hour away.

Just more than a year ago, Mayor Steve Bach told The Gazette's editorial board he feared exactly the scenario announced by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

Here's what he said June 18, 2013:

"The Rockies have told me directly . that they are concerned about the physical situation out at Security Service Field for two reasons," Bach said. "One, the wind, particularly the east wind, causes torque on the ball. Second, they lose a lot of games in the early season, because the field is frozen. The stadium is antiquated.

]]>
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:24:20 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Wrong 'lesson learned'; understanding real world combat]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-wrong-lesson-learned-understanding-real-world-combat/article/1537854?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-wrong-lesson-learned-understanding-real-world-combat/article/1537854?custom_click=rss

Column requires clarification

David W. Murray's Sept. 11 guest column, "The mishandling of the 2014 National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH report)," requires some clarification. During the press conference Sept. 4, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) administrator clearly stated that the full report on the substance abuse data will be available this month. In fact, the report findings were released Sept. 16.

The NSDUH report is the most comprehensive survey of substance use, substance use disorders, mental disorders, and the receipt of treatment services for these disorders in the United States.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> Column requires clarification

David W. Murray's Sept. 11 guest column, "The mishandling of the 2014 National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH report)," requires some clarification. During the press conference Sept. 4, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) administrator clearly stated that the full report on the substance abuse data will be available this month. In fact, the report findings were released Sept. 16.

The NSDUH report is the most comprehensive survey of substance use, substance use disorders, mental disorders, and the receipt of treatment services for these disorders in the United States.]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:15:08 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: School board supports fiscally responsible issues]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-school-board-supports-fiscally-responsible-issues/article/1537853?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-school-board-supports-fiscally-responsible-issues/article/1537853?custom_click=rss

On Aug. 18, the Falcon School District 49 Board of Education passed a $107.4 million bond and mill levy override for voters to consider in November. 3A and 3B address our district's greatest needs to ensure our students receive an excellent education that will prepare them for college and the jobs for the future.

As elected school board members, we are responsible for leading this district in its mission to provide a great education to every student. We have a strong record of fiscal responsibility and continue to have one of the lowest per student contribution compared with other school districts in the Colorado Springs area.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> On Aug. 18, the Falcon School District 49 Board of Education passed a $107.4 million bond and mill levy override for voters to consider in November. 3A and 3B address our district's greatest needs to ensure our students receive an excellent education that will prepare them for college and the jobs for the future.

As elected school board members, we are responsible for leading this district in its mission to provide a great education to every student. We have a strong record of fiscal responsibility and continue to have one of the lowest per student contribution compared with other school districts in the Colorado Springs area.]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:15:05 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Colorado fracked its way to success]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-colorado-fracked-its-way-to-success/article/1537689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-colorado-fracked-its-way-to-success/article/1537689?custom_click=rss

Denver is booming. Drive through on Interstate 25 and the city's success can be seen. Cranes erect shiny new high-rises. Downtown sidewalks bustle with pedestrians, giving a once-sleepy cow town the slight vibe of Chicago or San Francisco. Housing prices soar. Sellers enjoy bidding wars among well-qualified buyers arriving from around the globe.

From Denver to Greeley, widespread economic struggle seems a distant concern.

Northern Colorado is so successful it's boosting the gross domestic product of the entire country. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported Tuesday that real GDP growth in 16 of 21 Rocky Mountain metropolitan areas led the country's slim recovery this past year.

Greeley recorded a growth rate of



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
Denver is booming. Drive through on Interstate 25 and the city's success can be seen. Cranes erect shiny new high-rises. Downtown sidewalks bustle with pedestrians, giving a once-sleepy cow town the slight vibe of Chicago or San Francisco. Housing prices soar. Sellers enjoy bidding wars among well-qualified buyers arriving from around the globe.

From Denver to Greeley, widespread economic struggle seems a distant concern.

Northern Colorado is so successful it's boosting the gross domestic product of the entire country. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported Tuesday that real GDP growth in 16 of 21 Rocky Mountain metropolitan areas led the country's slim recovery this past year.

Greeley recorded a growth rate of

]]>
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:57:26 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Big trouble for Democrats should be cautionary tale]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-big-trouble-for-democrats-should-be-cautionary-tale/article/1537766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-big-trouble-for-democrats-should-be-cautionary-tale/article/1537766?custom_click=rss

It's official: Democrats are in trouble.

Start with a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday that shows Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez with an astonishing 10-point lead over Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, with less than a month before ballots go out. Not long ago, Hickenlooper was among the country's safest leading Democrats. He was on short lists of potential vice presidential picks.

If Quinnipiac signaled Democratic doom in Colorado, a New York Times/CBS poll spelled it out for Democrats nationwide. Released Wednesday, the numbers show 45 percent of "all likely voters" throughout the country would put a Republican into the United States House of Representatives if the election were today. Only 39



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
It's official: Democrats are in trouble.

Start with a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday that shows Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez with an astonishing 10-point lead over Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, with less than a month before ballots go out. Not long ago, Hickenlooper was among the country's safest leading Democrats. He was on short lists of potential vice presidential picks.

If Quinnipiac signaled Democratic doom in Colorado, a New York Times/CBS poll spelled it out for Democrats nationwide. Released Wednesday, the numbers show 45 percent of "all likely voters" throughout the country would put a Republican into the United States House of Representatives if the election were today. Only 39

]]>
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:46:05 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Regional approach to stormwater; temper your emotions]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/letters-regional-approach-to-stormwater-temper-your-emotions/article/1537765?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-regional-approach-to-stormwater-temper-your-emotions/article/1537765?custom_click=rss

A regional stormwater approach

It seems much of the opposition to the regional stormwater proposal is focused on the issue of how much each jurisdiction will pay and how much it will get in return. Mayor Steve Bach, for example, is afraid Colorado Springs will contribute some large percentage of the funds, but see a far lesser percentage dedicated to projects within the city. Well, that's the way the treatment of an issue on a regional basis sometimes works, and in the case of stormwater, which always flows downhill, it's not unreasonable that the proportion of funds going to downstream Fountain, for example, might be greater than a strict pro rata apportionment might dictate.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> A regional stormwater approach

It seems much of the opposition to the regional stormwater proposal is focused on the issue of how much each jurisdiction will pay and how much it will get in return. Mayor Steve Bach, for example, is afraid Colorado Springs will contribute some large percentage of the funds, but see a far lesser percentage dedicated to projects within the city. Well, that's the way the treatment of an issue on a regional basis sometimes works, and in the case of stormwater, which always flows downhill, it's not unreasonable that the proportion of funds going to downstream Fountain, for example, might be greater than a strict pro rata apportionment might dictate.]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:06:36 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: The high cost of an anti-energy president]]> Doug Lamborn http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-high-cost-of-an-anti-energy-president/article/1537764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-high-cost-of-an-anti-energy-president/article/1537764?custom_click=rss

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 at the pump. How does this happen when we are producing the most American energy we have for decades?

The simple truth is that the Obama administration is blocking energy production on federal lands. It is true that oil production is up by 61 percent on privately controlled lands, but has actually decreased by 6 percent on federal lands - and natural gas production is down 28 percent

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> 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 at the pump. How does this happen when we are producing the most American energy we have for decades?

The simple truth is that the Obama administration is blocking energy production on federal lands. It is true that oil production is up by 61 percent on privately controlled lands, but has actually decreased by 6 percent on federal lands - and natural gas production is down 28 percent]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:06:29 -0600 <![CDATA[FAGIN: Putin wages covert wars abroad to increase popularity at home]]> Barry Fagin http://gazette.com/fagin-putin-wages-covert-wars-abroad-to-increase-popularity-at-home/article/1537763?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fagin-putin-wages-covert-wars-abroad-to-increase-popularity-at-home/article/1537763?custom_click=rss

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 to begin with. Then again, truth never mattered much in communist Russia. There's no reason to expect it to matter in the post-communist version.

The creation of a semi-autonomous Donbass, a quasi-Russian state within a non-Russian country, is a well-worn page from Putin's playbook. Different verse, but it's the same song.



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
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 to begin with. Then again, truth never mattered much in communist Russia. There's no reason to expect it to matter in the post-communist version.

The creation of a semi-autonomous Donbass, a quasi-Russian state within a non-Russian country, is a well-worn page from Putin's playbook. Different verse, but it's the same song.

]]>
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:06:20 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Stable funding needed; Where are the 499s?; What's offensive?]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/letters-stable-funding-needed-where-are-the-499s-whats-offensive/article/1537688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-stable-funding-needed-where-are-the-499s-whats-offensive/article/1537688?custom_click=rss

Stable funding source is necessary

For the past two years, I have attended the Stormwater Task Force meetings as an observer and as a participant on the Stormwater Engineering Team. The Gazette's Sept. 14 editorial was well-written and factual, and I agree completely that the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority ballot issue needs our approval.

I was perplexed after reading Gregory Olinyk's guest column. Olinyk recommended that we vote "no" in November, but wait and vote "yes" for Mayor Steve Bach's stormwater proposal in the April city election. However, Olinyk did not identify any problems with PPRDA that would be corrected by the mayor's stormwater proposal.

The entire Pikes Peak Region is situated in a climate and

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> Stable funding source is necessary

For the past two years, I have attended the Stormwater Task Force meetings as an observer and as a participant on the Stormwater Engineering Team. The Gazette's Sept. 14 editorial was well-written and factual, and I agree completely that the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority ballot issue needs our approval.

I was perplexed after reading Gregory Olinyk's guest column. Olinyk recommended that we vote "no" in November, but wait and vote "yes" for Mayor Steve Bach's stormwater proposal in the April city election. However, Olinyk did not identify any problems with PPRDA that would be corrected by the mayor's stormwater proposal.

The entire Pikes Peak Region is situated in a climate and]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:05:13 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: U.S. Air Force Academy: A call to the future]]> Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson http://gazette.com/guest-column-u.s.-air-force-academy-a-call-to-the-future/article/1537687?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-u.s.-air-force-academy-a-call-to-the-future/article/1537687?custom_click=rss

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 separate institution dedicated to educating those expected to "slip the surly bonds of earth" to fight the enemy, often in one-on-one air battles reminiscent of medieval knights.

As technology and modern warfare have evolved, so have the ideas of what it means to be an airman. No longer is it a single pilot, or perhaps a small crew, strapping into an aircraft.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> 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 separate institution dedicated to educating those expected to "slip the surly bonds of earth" to fight the enemy, often in one-on-one air battles reminiscent of medieval knights.

As technology and modern warfare have evolved, so have the ideas of what it means to be an airman. No longer is it a single pilot, or perhaps a small crew, strapping into an aircraft.]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: We should vote to pay for parks again]]> Alex Johnson http://gazette.com/guest-column-we-should-vote-to-pay-for-parks-again/article/1537636?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-we-should-vote-to-pay-for-parks-again/article/1537636?custom_click=rss

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 county parks, trails and open spaces?

Yes, it should. El Paso County voters should pass this ballot issue, 1A, to continue funding and maintaining our region's stellar recreation network.

The Board of County Commissioners of El Paso County recently approved the $2,044,758 surplus being on the ballot to fund a specific list of trails and parks projects in the county.



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
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 county parks, trails and open spaces?

Yes, it should. El Paso County voters should pass this ballot issue, 1A, to continue funding and maintaining our region's stellar recreation network.

The Board of County Commissioners of El Paso County recently approved the $2,044,758 surplus being on the ballot to fund a specific list of trails and parks projects in the county.

]]>
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:15:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Udallcare reduces value of insurance plans]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/udallcare-reduces-value-of-insurance-plans/article/1537632?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/udallcare-reduces-value-of-insurance-plans/article/1537632?custom_click=rss

They said our old insurance policies were junk. New policies, crafted by government, would help. It wasn't true, based on results of a study released Monday by the National Center for Public Research.

Colorado's Democrats in Congress have done everything imaginable to help President Barack Obama impose an extreme agenda he promised would fundamentally change America. Most notably, they helped him cook up the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act. They continue pretending the law has improved life for millions of Coloradans who count on elected representatives to protect their interests.

President Obama and Sen. Mark Udall told us we could keep our health care plans and doctors, if we liked them. In doing so, they assured



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
They said our old insurance policies were junk. New policies, crafted by government, would help. It wasn't true, based on results of a study released Monday by the National Center for Public Research.

Colorado's Democrats in Congress have done everything imaginable to help President Barack Obama impose an extreme agenda he promised would fundamentally change America. Most notably, they helped him cook up the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act. They continue pretending the law has improved life for millions of Coloradans who count on elected representatives to protect their interests.

President Obama and Sen. Mark Udall told us we could keep our health care plans and doctors, if we liked them. In doing so, they assured

]]>
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:02:09 -0600