<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:33:50 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Study Air Force's toxic foam, but take it another step]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-study-air-forces-toxic-foam-but-take-it-another-step/article/1615451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-study-air-forces-toxic-foam-but-take-it-another-step/article/1615451?custom_click=rss

This week brought good news for residents of Widefield, Fountain and Security, who consumed water likely tainted for decades by a toxic firefighting foam used at nearby Peterson Air Force Base.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a $700 billion defense policy bill Tuesday, known as the National Defense Authorization Act. Members of the Colorado delegation worked to include orders for a study of contamination by foam containing Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).

As a senior Republican member of the House Armed Service Committee, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, of Colorado Springs, advocated for a $7 million Centers for Disease Control study on the health implications associated with

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:55:21 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Dangers of sharing on social media; flashing yellow lights]]> http://gazette.com/letters-dangers-of-sharing-on-social-media-flashing-yellow-lights/article/1615455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-dangers-of-sharing-on-social-media-flashing-yellow-lights/article/1615455?custom_click=rss

Dangers of sharing on social media

This letter is an effort to raise awareness to the problems that can arise from expressing yourself on social media outlets. Not only is there the worry over theft of personal information but now employers are getting in on the invasion of privacy.

Sure, it is against federal law for an employer to discriminate based on posts to social media, but it continues to happen every day. Numerous articles warn people to be careful what they post because the wrong post - no more job.

Although some people may be overly opinionated, political or even down right offensive that has nothing to do with work performance. Then the situation arises of an employee slandering the company on Facebook.

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:42:26 -0700
<![CDATA[COLUMN: How to solve the squatter problem]]> http://gazette.com/column-how-to-solve-the-squatter-problem/article/1615454?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-how-to-solve-the-squatter-problem/article/1615454?custom_click=rss

The Gazette Editorial Board recently highlighted the problem of squatters illegally occupying someone else's home and the difficulty owners have in evicting them. If someone breaks into a home and nobody notices for even a few days, the squatters can claim residency and the police cannot arrest them for criminal trespassing. This quirk in the law encourages criminality and abuses innocent landowners.

Squatting is not a new phenomenon at all. European takeovers of abandoned buildings go back as far as the 1940s. The philosophy infected the U.S. in the 1960s as part of a Socialist rebellion in the big cities that claimed that abandoned buildings "built by the working class" belonged to anyone who wanted to occupy them.

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]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:30:02 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Increasing prices at the pump; homeless youth rates rising]]> http://gazette.com/letters-increasing-prices-at-the-pump-homeless-youth-rates-rising/article/1615377?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-increasing-prices-at-the-pump-homeless-youth-rates-rising/article/1615377?custom_click=rss

Letters from Gazette readers.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:00:43 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Gymnasts' safety and sexual abuse; calling attention to systemic racism]]> http://gazette.com/letters-gymnasts-safety-and-sexual-abuse-calling-attention-to-systemic-racism/article/1615303?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-gymnasts-safety-and-sexual-abuse-calling-attention-to-systemic-racism/article/1615303?custom_click=rss

Gymnasts' safety and sexual abuse

I write as a concerned former female gymnast, to inform the greater public on the important crime of sexual abuse that occurs in the sport of gymnastics, still to this day. Within the sport there are many relationships that are developed that are critical to a gymnast's success. Without the development of relationships within the sport it may be harder for a male or female gymnast to progress. Coaches, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, are all just a few of the resources gymnasts need to stay safe and secure within the sport.

The safety of gymnastics has been threatened and continues to be without real precautions to stopping it. The safety of a child is important inside the gym as well

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:53:21 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Mental health bill for vets is good start]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-mental-health-bill-for-vets-is-good-start/article/1615304?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-mental-health-bill-for-vets-is-good-start/article/1615304?custom_click=rss

Veterans suffering mental illness will finally get the government care they need and have earned. That assumes the U.S. Senate and President Donald Trump follow the lead of a unanimous voice vote last week in the House of Representatives.

Passage came two days after a mass shooting at a Texas church by a gunman who had a record of mental health issues while serving in the Air Force.

An Iraq war veteran who killed three and wounded 16 at Fort Hood in 2014 had a history of depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders known to the Army.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:15:28 -0700
<![CDATA[POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Question: Do Senate Republicans need new leadership?]]> http://gazette.com/pointcounterpoint-question-do-senate-republicans-need-new-leadership/article/1615261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pointcounterpoint-question-do-senate-republicans-need-new-leadership/article/1615261?custom_click=rss

Jake Viano

The short answer: No!

Now before you jump up and start screaming "hypocrite," I'd like to explain.

As you may have read two months ago, the Denver GOP, like other county parties, unanimously passed a resolution calling on Republicans in D.C. to replace their leadership. At the time I, like others, adamantly supported this idea. It was well-founded based on the evidence we had.

You see, even though we are county party chairmen, we don't have magic crystal balls that provide unfettered access to what is happening in D.C. Sure, we know some staffers and congressmen, but we assume that by drinking from the fire hose of media, we are getting nearly all the info we need to make informed decisions.

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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:02:34 -0700
<![CDATA[ POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Is Tancredo right choice for state's GOP in 2018?]]> http://gazette.com/pointcounterpoint-is-tancredo-right-choice-for-states-gop-in-2018/article/1615262?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pointcounterpoint-is-tancredo-right-choice-for-states-gop-in-2018/article/1615262?custom_click=rss

There's one thing nobody can deny about Tom Tancredo. He's going to be a fighter for the little guy in Colorado. In a race filled with family names, lawyers and millionaires, Tom is the only regular guy in the race.

He's not afraid to stick his neck out for the little guy, and when politicians in both parties overreach, he's the first to stand up against them. On more than one occasion, he has stood up to both the Republican and Democratic parties, even registering as an independent when he felt it was necessary to make a point.

The truth is, nobody will fight for Coloradans of all political affiliations and represent them like Tom Tancredo will.

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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:02:21 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Even Scrooge should have a change of heart in Colorado Springs; gun examples prove nothing]]> http://gazette.com/letters-even-scrooge-should-have-a-change-of-heart-in-colorado-springs-gun-examples-prove-nothing/article/1615225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-even-scrooge-should-have-a-change-of-heart-in-colorado-springs-gun-examples-prove-nothing/article/1615225?custom_click=rss

Even Scrooge had a change of heart

The news that our very vulnerable elders in our community are being evicted by an out-of-state buyer of the Emerald Towers apartments is heartbreaking to see, yet telling of the times.

Greed for money and "success" often trumps humane business practices. Yet Gary Winegar of Griffis/Blessing here in Colorado Springs states in an article that his company would not treat older people this way. This doesn't have to happen!!

Scrooge had a change of heart. I wish for the sake of the people of the Emerald Towers that Schmary Baumgarten would have one, too.

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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:31:47 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Congress needs to investigate Air Force over toxic foam]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-congress-needs-to-investigate-air-force-over-toxic-foam/article/1615241?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-congress-needs-to-investigate-air-force-over-toxic-foam/article/1615241?custom_click=rss

Contamination of water by toxic firefighting foam is more than a public relations dilemma for the Air Force. It is a daily, never-ending health concern for people who fear they have consumed dangerous water for decades.

Congress needs to get involved, by holding a special hearing to investigate the health crisis and determine how to avoid similar problems.

As explained in stories by Gazette senior military reporter Tom Roeder, the Air Force used the foam in training at Peterson since the 1970s. It also used the foam at installations throughout the country, causing widespread concerns of public health ramifications.

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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:52:39 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Brauchler wise to consider run for AG]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-brauchler-wise-to-consider-run-for-ag/article/1614988?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-brauchler-wise-to-consider-run-for-ag/article/1614988?custom_click=rss

Republican George Brauchler may do himself and his party a favor by exiting the crowded GOP gubernatorial primary to run for attorney general of Colorado.

Brauchler stood among nine declared Republicans running for governor after Attorney General Cynthia Coffman joined the race this week. No political party benefits from a crowded primary, which typically leads to candidates tearing each other to shreds before fighting the opposing party's nominee in the general.

Coffman's entry into the governor's race quickly prompted Brauchler to announce his exploration of a run for the position she will vacate.

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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:35:11 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Fiscal mismanagement at its worst; an unpleasant surprise]]> http://gazette.com/letters-fiscal-mismanagement-at-its-worst-an-unpleasant-surprise/article/1615164?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-fiscal-mismanagement-at-its-worst-an-unpleasant-surprise/article/1615164?custom_click=rss

Fiscal mismanagement at its worst

I was inspired to write this letter after reading Garett Reppenhagen's editorial in The Sunday Gazette that explains why he opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Republican leadership wants to open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling and use the federal royalties from lease sales to help close the massive deficit created from tax reform.

Proponents of drilling in the refuge claim they will recover over a billion dollars in revenue from oil and gas lease sales in the Arctic Refuge.

By most estimates, this is magical thinking. For comparison, a separate study recently released estimates that drilling the Arctic Refuge would generate only $37.5 million over 10 years.

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]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:05:59 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: When squatters invade your home]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-when-squatters-invade-your-home/article/1615095?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-when-squatters-invade-your-home/article/1615095?custom_click=rss

Our country is founded on property rights.

This sound principle seems laughable to anyone in Colorado who has endured the menace of homeless squatters taking over a home.

Investigative work by Colorado Springs KOAA News 5 exposed how homeless people take over residences of lawful occupants who have gone on vacation. Some invade rental homes while they sit vacant between lawful tenants.

"Imagine coming home and finding random people inside," explained a recent News 5 report. "That's exactly what happened to Roland Hawkins who discovered several homeless people had moved in while he was out of state.

"You would think the homeless people would have been charged with burglary or trespassing and forced to leave, but

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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:05:18 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Trump drags feet on US attorney]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-trump-drags-feet-on-us-attorney/article/1615116?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-trump-drags-feet-on-us-attorney/article/1615116?custom_click=rss

President Donald Trump took office 10 months ago. He immediately appointed then-Sen. Jeff Sessions to head the Department of Justice as attorney general of the United States.

Federal law enforcement ranks among the higher priorities of the executive branch, which explains Trump's rapid appointment of a new AG.

In Colorado, the Sessions confirmation means little. In terms of federal justice policy, it appears President Barack Obama defied term limits and received a third term.

More than a year after Trump's election, Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer remains in charge of federal law enforcement matters throughout Colorado.

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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:57:48 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: The sad anniversary of Big Commercial Pot in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-the-sad-anniversary-of-big-commercial-pot-in-colorado/article/1614900?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-the-sad-anniversary-of-big-commercial-pot-in-colorado/article/1614900?custom_click=rss

This week marks the fifth anniversary of Colorado's decision to sanction the world's first anything-goes commercial pot trade.

Five years later, we remain an embarrassing cautionary tale.

Visitors to Colorado remark about a new agricultural smell, the wafting odor of pot as they drive near warehouse grow operations along Denver freeways. Residential neighborhoods throughout Colorado Springs reek of marijuana, as producers fill rental homes with plants.

Five years of retail pot coincide with five years of a homelessness growth rate that ranks among the highest rates in the country. Directors of homeless shelters, and people who live on the streets, tell us homeless substance abusers migrate here for easy access to pot.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 07:07:47 -0700