<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Mon, 18 Jun 2018 05:50:06 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: We need more kind, attentive, loving fathers]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-we-need-more-kind-attentive-loving-fathers/article/1627865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-we-need-more-kind-attentive-loving-fathers/article/1627865?custom_click=rss

As absentee dads become more common, we often forget what a tremendous blessing we have in fathers who love their children and participate in their lives.

"Almost every social ill faced by America's children is related to fatherlessness," states the National Center for Fathering. Countless points of data and studies support the claim.

- Poverty. Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor, based on data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Health and Human Services.

- Substance abuse. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services determines "Fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse."

- Physical and emotional health.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:58:28 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Remember the Declaration; time for some real solutions]]> http://gazette.com/letters-remember-the-declaration-time-for-some-real-solutions/article/1627864?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-remember-the-declaration-time-for-some-real-solutions/article/1627864?custom_click=rss

Remember the declaration

The Declaration of Independence is the concise statement of the principles of American government and provides unity to the American people. It is a bedrock foundation amid divisive and shifting politics.

The principles of the declaration are universal and based upon human nature. First, the foundation of the document is the equality of all men: all humans are equal in life and liberty. The faculties of men differ but no man is born so superior he may rule another without his consent.

Secondly, men have natural rights by virtue of being human: "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." These rights may not be given up and nor may they be rightfully denied.

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]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 04:30:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Ali pardon would have no power]]> http://gazette.com/ali-pardon-would-have-no-power/article/1627822?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ali-pardon-would-have-no-power/article/1627822?custom_click=rss Pardon: "The action of an executive official of the government that mitigates or sets aside the punishment for a crime."

That is the definition as applied to a pardon issued by the president of the United States or any other government official.

Such pardons have been issued in the hundreds or even the thousands by every U.S. president. They have been hailed and they have been disdained (such as when Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon), but never have they gone to someone who has nothing to be pardoned for - except for a Thanksgiving turkey.

Until now, that is.

Last Friday, President Donald Trump alluded that he was considering pardoning Muhammad Ali, and the media ate it up. One headline reads "Trump's idea to

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]]> Sat, 16 Jun 2018 04:26:14 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Delivering a "top of the line" summit]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-delivering-a-top-of-the-line-summit/article/1627749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-delivering-a-top-of-the-line-summit/article/1627749?custom_click=rss

With the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un having come to a close, the world now braces for what has been called the aftermath. So far, though, it seems that a celebration would be just as appropriate.

Good news came from the president's comments during and after the summit. Good news the world desperately needed to hear. For that, he has earned at least some thanks from everyone watching and certainly from everyone involved. Perhaps he may even earn a new nickname: "The Dealmaker."

The agreement signed by Kim and Trump hints at good things to come.

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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:08:33 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: California's one-party system; a word on Initiative 97]]> http://gazette.com/letters-californias-one-party-system-a-word-on-initiative-97/article/1627750?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-californias-one-party-system-a-word-on-initiative-97/article/1627750?custom_click=rss

No reason to close Drake

Robin Ezer's guest opinion on why Martin Drake Power Plant should be closed is a fairy tale. Who is this coalition of concerned citizens? The number of participants at public meetings does not show it.

I see no academic standing in the bio the end of the column that gives credence to what was stated. Having 30-plus years in an engineering environment, I'm no expert, but I have considerable knowledge in the field.

Although Drake's structure is from the 19th century, continual upgrades have been done. It's like saying automobiles based on the Model T haven't improved since then.

What cities have closed their plants? Coal plants are alive and well, along with nuclear plants.

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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:05:54 -0600
<![CDATA[TIPTON | We can responsibly tap Colorado's vast natural resources]]> http://gazette.com/tipton-we-can-responsibly-tap-colorados-vast-natural-resources/article/1627756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tipton-we-can-responsibly-tap-colorados-vast-natural-resources/article/1627756?custom_click=rss

Western Colorado is home to vast natural resources that can and will power the economy through the 21st century and beyond if responsibly developed. It is the role of the federal government to monitor and manage the development of natural resources, which is why I recently hosted a House Natural Resources field hearing along with Chairman Rob Bishop to explore some of the untapped resources available on the Western Slope, and identify the steps that we can take to responsibly utilize them.

During this field hearing, we primarily focused on the abundance of natural gas available in Western Colorado and the proposed Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.

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]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 04:35:53 -0600 <![CDATA[SLOAN | Supreme Court's ruling was narrow - and properly so]]> http://gazette.com/sloan-supreme-courts-ruling-was-narrow-and-properly-so/article/1627755?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sloan-supreme-courts-ruling-was-narrow-and-properly-so/article/1627755?custom_click=rss

It is a good thing that the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Masterpiece Bakery case was not really intended to put any part of the underlying argument to rest, because it certainly did not. What it did do was jerk the reins on institutionalized anti-religious bias and exhibit rare and welcome self-restraint on the part of the court.

There was understandable initial euphoria expressed by First Amendment fans and allies of Jack Phillips, the besieged Lakewood baker at the heart of the controversy, but there was no shortage of overwrought hand-wringing by all sides in the days since.

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]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 04:35:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Coloradans can find common ground in defense of property rights]]> http://gazette.com/coloradans-can-find-common-ground-in-defense-of-property-rights/article/1627754?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coloradans-can-find-common-ground-in-defense-of-property-rights/article/1627754?custom_click=rss

Colorado is a great state, a state that comes together to solve problems. There is a lot of mudslinging in politics right now, but there's a potential statewide ballot measure that provides a breath of fresh air. The proposed initiative finds common ground across all party affiliations and unites both rural and urban Colorado communities to safeguard private property from government overreach.

To ensure homeowners, businesses, farmers and ranchers are protected, the Colorado Farm Bureau and other agricultural interests are proactively sponsoring a measure that defends private property owners from state or local governments taking their property without compensation.

Colorado has a strong tradition of advocating for private

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]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 04:35:50 -0600 <![CDATA[BIDLACK | There's no news in good news - or in good government]]> http://gazette.com/bidlack-theres-no-news-in-good-news-or-in-good-government/article/1627753?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bidlack-theres-no-news-in-good-news-or-in-good-government/article/1627753?custom_click=rss

Did you hear the one about the time the government worked efficiently and made everyone happy? I'm betting not, but I strongly believe that government actually works pretty well for most people most of the time.

It's common to assert that our elected officials and the bureaucracy they oversee are all a bunch of thieving incompetent crooks (and actually, it can't really be both - if they are incompetent, they can't really steal effectively, and if they are crooks, well, you get the point) who are only out to better themselves. I've long been a defender of people in government.

Heck, I was one myself for over 25 years serving in the military, which is most definitely a part of government.

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]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 04:35:48 -0600 <![CDATA[FEEDBACK | Three hot buttons: education, abortion and global warming]]> http://gazette.com/feedback-three-hot-buttons-education-abortion-and-global-warming/article/1627752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feedback-three-hot-buttons-education-abortion-and-global-warming/article/1627752?custom_click=rss Cary Kennedy is the real leader on education

Having seen Jared Polis's misleading campaign ad attacking Cary Kennedy for the umpteenth time, I am sharing some direct insight about his claim that he "led" the effort to increase funding for every school in Colorado - and from where the actual leadership came.

I was the campaign manager for that effort - Amendment 23. Cary Kennedy conceived the amendment, wrote it and led the effort to explain it, debate it and advocate for it. Working with a crew of tenacious women, they fought for and won the Amendment 23 election. Cary's ability as citizen leader was clear: She identified a problem, identified a solution and built momentum to fix it.

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]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 04:35:48 -0600 <![CDATA[THE PODIUM | Teacher evaluations are a vital tool - not a political football: Tory Tripp]]> http://gazette.com/the-podium-teacher-evaluations-are-a-vital-tool-not-a-political-football-tory-tripp/article/1627751?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-podium-teacher-evaluations-are-a-vital-tool-not-a-political-football-tory-tripp/article/1627751?custom_click=rss

The Colorado primary to elect our next governor on June 26 is fast approaching. As a teacher, I am glad to see that education has emerged as a leading issue, with Colorado's educator evaluation law (also known as SB10-191) in particular becoming a point of debate among several candidates. With this issue surfacing in debates, TV ads, and in other conversations, I believe more context and a teacher's perspective is needed.

It's important to understand why we conduct educator evaluations in Colorado and how it benefits teachers, principals and, most importantly, children. It's also important to thoughtfully consider what would happen to an education system in which evaluations didn't take place.

First and foremost, a teacher's

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]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 04:35:40 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Trump attempts friendship with North Korea]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-trump-attempts-friendship-with-north-korea/article/1627694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-trump-attempts-friendship-with-north-korea/article/1627694?custom_click=rss

Skeptics claim President Donald Trump fell for a wink and a smile, achieving little in his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Let's hope results prove them wrong.

The old illogical guarantees on paper, making America the victor spiking the ball, don't cause meaningful results. Dictators don't give up bombs for nothing in return. We've tired that, to no avail, with North Korea and others.

By meeting with Kim, and sharing a few simple visions, Trump locked the United States and North Korea into nothing. Instead, he initiated a relationship and a vision. A video showed Kim how his country's future could look.

It may glean better sustainable results, for both countries, than some tit-for-tat contract the weaker

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Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:16:40 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Canada is a valuable ally; shame on the U.S.; no use for the Kennedys]]> http://gazette.com/letters-canada-is-a-valuable-ally-shame-on-the-u.s.-no-use-for-the-kennedys/article/1627693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-canada-is-a-valuable-ally-shame-on-the-u.s.-no-use-for-the-kennedys/article/1627693?custom_click=rss

Roundup of letters to the editor from Gazette readers.

Canada is a valuable ally

One of the crown jewels of Colorado Springs - indeed, of our country - is NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Its mission is to conduct aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning in the defense of North America. NORAD is a United States and Canada bi-national organization.

On September 11, 2001, Canadian Maj.-Gen. Rick Findley was the highest-ranking officer inside NORAD's Cheyenne Mountain complex when the planes started crashing. The events of September 11, 2001 demonstrated NORAD's continued relevance to North American security. And it demonstrated the value of our working relationship with Canada.

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Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:42:30 -0600
<![CDATA[COLUMN: Small business forum offers key insights]]> http://gazette.com/column-small-business-forum-offers-key-insights/article/1627692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-small-business-forum-offers-key-insights/article/1627692?custom_click=rss

In 2018, small business is extremely political. Small-business owners as a community are very interested in what is happening in the world of politics. Trends in politics like tax cuts affect business owners. Likewise, the political community is interested in what is happening in the world of business. Business trends like the uptick in business growth will affect politicians. Small-business owners and politicians may be strange bedfellows, but they share a bond whether they wish to or not.

Like many other political groups, the small- business community has a gathering to discuss the "State of the Union". The 3rd Annual State of Small Business was hosted recently by the UCCS Economic Forum and the Pikes Peak Small Business

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]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 04:15:20 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Flawed environmental assessment; from curses to kudos]]> http://gazette.com/letters-flawed-environmental-assessment-from-curses-to-kudos/article/1627627?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-flawed-environmental-assessment-from-curses-to-kudos/article/1627627?custom_click=rss Flawed environmental assessment

The Environmental Assessment (EA) CDOT presented as "justification" for widening "the Gap" with a toll lane rather than a free lane is so technically flawed that it needs to be redone. Briefly:

1. CDOT's claim that building four free lanes instead of adding just one toll lane would increase the project cost is wrong. CDOT is proposing to pave 67 feet each way. For less money (no toll equipment), that 67 feet could be a 7-foot left shoulder, four 12-foot free lanes, and a 12-foot right shoulder, or a highway with four free lanes and wider shoulders than most of I-25 in the entire state.

2. CDOT's own projections prove that there is no meaningful benefit to build a toll lane rather than a

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