<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:37:43 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: The Banning Lewis development will benefit all]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-the-banning-lewis-development-will-benefit-all/article/1624799?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-the-banning-lewis-development-will-benefit-all/article/1624799?custom_click=rss

Imagine a company announcing relocation plans. It poses a 30-year expansion of 36,000 jobs, $49 million in net revenue to city government, $434 million in net revenue to Colorado Springs Utilities, and economic growth worth $4.5 billion.

The chosen community would grow by 62,000 taxpaying residents, each sharing the costs of better roads, schools, transportation and public safety.

Every city in the country would fight for this opportunity, with the winner dancing in the streets.

With far less fanfare, the Colorado Springs City Council plans to ignite these economic outcomes by approving a new annexation agreement Tuesday for Banning Lewis Ranch.



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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:28:52 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Homelessness is not monolithic; assault weapons ban failed]]> http://gazette.com/letters-homelessness-is-not-monolithic-assault-weapons-ban-failed/article/1624864?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-homelessness-is-not-monolithic-assault-weapons-ban-failed/article/1624864?custom_click=rss

Homelessness is not monolithic

At a recent women's club luncheon I attended, I heard a panel of experts discuss the problem of homelessness in the city of Colorado Springs. They were from law enforcement and charities that specialize in helping the homeless.

I heard about the county's efforts to clean up homeless areas, clearing out heaps of unused food and donated items; then only to find another pile there, with more of the same stuff, just a short time later. I heard the frustration of a charity worker, disheartened by the return of the same people he had tried to rescue time and again. I heard about the city's efforts to reduce panhandling at roadway intersections, a true blight on our fair city, that the panhandlers



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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:12:10 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Raising the driving age would save lives]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-raising-the-driving-age-would-save-lives/article/1624865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-raising-the-driving-age-would-save-lives/article/1624865?custom_click=rss

With high school students across the country clamoring for adults to keep them safe, it's time we elders take action - on teenage driving. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 2,820 teenagers died in 2016, up 3 percent from the prior year. It would take 164 more school shootings as deadly as Stoneman Douglas High School this year to equal the annual carnage caused by teenage drivers.

Six teenagers die every day from car crashes. Getting into a car with a teenager behind the wheel is the riskiest thing another teenager can do.

Fifty-six percent of teenage driving deaths involve the driver. The other 44 percent are their passengers.

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]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:05:35 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Beware of fake fracking cancer scare]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-beware-of-fake-fracking-cancer-scare/article/1624859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-beware-of-fake-fracking-cancer-scare/article/1624859?custom_click=rss

Be skeptical of a recent "study" that links cancer with living near fracking wells.

Anti-energy activists claim the state's 500-foot setback inadequately buffers homes from active oil and gas wells. They want bans, moratoriums and extreme setbacks, all in conflict with state and federal laws protecting property rights. Blaming energy production for cancer gives their crusade a perceived moral basis and political momentum.

"Does living near an oil and gas well increase your risk of cancer? A new Colorado Study says yes"

So declared an April 9 Denver Post headline about research headed by Lisa McKenzie, a professor at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.



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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:59:59 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Handwriting is on the wall; response on gun violence]]> http://gazette.com/letters-handwriting-is-on-the-wall-response-on-gun-violence/article/1624808?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-handwriting-is-on-the-wall-response-on-gun-violence/article/1624808?custom_click=rss

Handwriting is on the wall

Some recent headlines and articles in the Gazette are clearly handwriting on the wall. February 28: "Dangerous fire season likely in Colorado"; April 14: "Fire season outlook recalls dire 2012-2013"; April 19: "Blaze destroys 23 homes."

That dire 2012-2013 fire season, of course, saw Colorado Springs lose 347 homes to the Waldo Canyon fire in late June 2012 and 489 more in the Black Forest fire in mid-June less than a year later. My wife and I lost our beautiful Mountain Shadows home in 2012, but we were able to rebuild our home because we had the proper amount of insurance coverage. We have since learned that too many of our fellow citizens did not have adequate protection, especially many in the



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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:47:06 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Gov. Hickenlooper wrong on impact of legal pot]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-gov.-hickenlooper-wrong-on-impact-of-legal-pot/article/1624809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-gov.-hickenlooper-wrong-on-impact-of-legal-pot/article/1624809?custom_click=rss

The governor of Colorado does our nation a grave disservice by misleading the public about the impact of marijuana on his state in the April 9 interview in Rolling Stone magazine.

Neither the governor's statements, nor the smoke rising from 4/20 events, can hide the fact that drug use and addiction, especially among youths, are a growing public health concern in communities across Colorado and the nation.



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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:07:29 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: See the power of hope as health strategy, says Margaret Sabin]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-see-the-power-of-hope-as-health-strategy-says-margaret-sabin/article/1624777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-see-the-power-of-hope-as-health-strategy-says-margaret-sabin/article/1624777?custom_click=rss

As someone whose training and passion is in population health - which concerns itself with the various factors that make a population healthy or not healthy - I'm increasingly struck by the role a simple four-letter word plays into the equation: hope.

We know that much about a person's health is related to personal intention. We also know much of personal intention is buoyed by hope. It is the continuously ignored hero in population health improvement and is often a factor in successfully maneuvering challenges, conflict, failures and crises.

We see it in the medical community every hour of every day. We also see it in business settings, in classrooms, and in the routine moments of everyday life.



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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:38:57 -0600
<![CDATA[A threat to Colorado's precious quality of life]]> http://gazette.com/a-threat-to-colorados-precious-quality-of-life/article/1624810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-threat-to-colorados-precious-quality-of-life/article/1624810?custom_click=rss

In just one year, the Trump administration and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke have rolled back policies that ensured responsible management of our public lands, putting some of our most treasured landscapes at risk. The approach that Secretary Zinke is taking puts oil and gas development first and leaves communities like those in the Telluride region that depend on a balance of multiple uses - including recreation and conservation - on nearby public lands, behind in the dust.

Our region is home to approximately 2,400 residents and we receive nearly 700,000 visitors per year, who frequent local businesses, ski at Telluride Ski Resort and hike to Bridal Veil Falls.

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]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:05:15 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Baseball is one of the fastest growing sports]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-baseball-is-one-of-the-fastest-growing-sports/article/1624776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-baseball-is-one-of-the-fastest-growing-sports/article/1624776?custom_click=rss Amazingly, more than three million kids are playing youth baseball this summer.

And the number continues to spiral and there is no end in sight.

Parents are supporters of youth baseball, urging their young to play a sport that is virtually injury free. The same is not true with high school football which is losing participants.

Baseball is one of the fastest growing sports in the world with nearly 10 million playing. Its reach is especially wide in Asia.

Little League was started in 1939 and can be found throughout the United States and around the world.

Parents should know that their youngsters will learn through their peers how to act properly in a game situation. Perhaps most important is learning how to

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]]> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:05:14 -0600 <![CDATA[COLUMN: Mythological does not necessarily mean fictitious]]> http://gazette.com/column-mythological-does-not-necessarily-mean-fictitious/article/1624775?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-mythological-does-not-necessarily-mean-fictitious/article/1624775?custom_click=rss

Recently I wrote that the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus are more than religious beliefs or historical facts. I have been called to task for saying that the New Testament is a "myth," something untrue. But this was not my meaning. For sure, biblical accounts are not historical in the rigorous modern sense of the word. We can believe, however, that the four gospels are truthful eyewitness accounts of momentous events in first-century Palestine. This makes them a type of history. The accounts are also mythological, which does not mean that they are fictitious. On the contrary, when something becomes mythological it is more true than facts.

"Mythological" means that stories follow ancient patterns found in many cultures

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]]> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:05:12 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Sexual assault victims receive a life sentence]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-sexual-assault-victims-receive-a-life-sentence/article/1624726?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-sexual-assault-victims-receive-a-life-sentence/article/1624726?custom_click=rss April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month - suggesting we should all be more aware of sexual assault. Not a bad idea in concept, but rape is hardly a topic people would like to spend their time thinking about when they're not thinking about their jobs, families, and hobbies. But the statistics show that sexual assault is likely to happen to you or to people you know. And when that occurs, victims spend the rest of their lives thinking about it, a lot.

Now perhaps you're thinking that you don't know anyone who has been raped. What's probably more accurate is that nobody you know has told you. Thanks to the way our society responds to sexual assault and its victims, 75 percent-80 percent of victims never tell anyone.

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]]> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:05:07 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Don't shield Colorado public employees form PERA fix]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-dont-shield-colorado-public-employees-form-pera-fix/article/1624675?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-dont-shield-colorado-public-employees-form-pera-fix/article/1624675?custom_click=rss

Gov. John Hickenlooper should warm up his veto pen for any bill that puts the troubled state retirement plan's bailout on taxpayers. He should honor the stand he took when recommending a budget in November.

The Colorado House Finance Committee messed with Senate Bill 200, written to reform and rescue the Public Employees Retirement Association from unfunded liabilities estimated as high as $50 billion.

With a 10-3 vote, the Democrat-led committee killed the bill's measure to tap an additional 3 percent of public employees' paychecks to help resolve the pension problem. The committee's new version has state coffers paying the money instead, placing the burden on taxpayers.



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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:58:41 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Answering the questions of a child; this is not who we are]]> http://gazette.com/letters-answering-the-questions-of-a-child-this-is-not-who-we-are/article/1624677?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-answering-the-questions-of-a-child-this-is-not-who-we-are/article/1624677?custom_click=rss

Letters from Gazette readers.



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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:56:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Letter to the editor from around Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/letter-to-the-editor-from-around-colorado/article/1624670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letter-to-the-editor-from-around-colorado/article/1624670?custom_click=rss Let's shed light on soaring prescription drug prices

I've taken insulin ever since I was diagnosed with childhood diabetes 52 years ago. Diabetes made me worry about lots of related things but I didn't use to worry about the price of my insulin. But now that's all I worry about.

My prescriptions are important. Everyday, the drugs save my life. Without them, I'll die. But everyday, the skyrocketing prices of my prescriptions hurt my family.

HB18-1260, "Prescription Drug Price Transparency," a bill in the state legislature, is an important opportunity for lawmakers and the public to have better information about why the costs of drugs are increasing and putting a strain on families like mine that are just trying to make



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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:55:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Editorials from newspapers around Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/editorials-from-newspapers-around-colorado/article/1624668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorials-from-newspapers-around-colorado/article/1624668?custom_click=rss

The gazette, colorado springs

Seek world peace through strength in space

Between today and 2020 - less than two years - China and Russia will have the ability to disrupt or destroy low-orbit U.S. satellites.

Few American comprehend the weight of the potential crisis. Though thousands of miles out of sight and mind, we depend on satellites. Without them, life as we know it comes to an end.

The Pentagon's Joint Staff intelligence doctorate, released in January, spells out the threat. Media gave it considerably less attention than porn star Stormy Daniels and a host of political scandal theories. The report echoes the alarming and little-known warning issued in May 2017 by Dan Coats, director of National



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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:53:50 -0600