<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:59:16 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[The real obstacle to reforming DACA]]> http://gazette.com/the-real-obstacle-to-reforming-daca/article/1619390?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-real-obstacle-to-reforming-daca/article/1619390?custom_click=rss Illegal immigrants brought to America as children through no fault of their own, the so-called Dreamers, have never been closer to securing a deal allowing them to stay.

Democrats, however, are doing their darnedest to prevent it.

The reason won't be discussed on CNN or Univision. It is much easier to point to President Donald Trump's crude comments on immigration than to handle the truth, which is that his opponents want an argument rather than action. In an election year, immigration is far more powerful for Democrats as a political issue than it is as an accomplishment in the rearview mirror. They know this just as they have always known it, and so they're digging in their heels.

It's what they did to kill former

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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:42:07 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Time running out for Dreamers and DACA]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-time-running-out-for-dreamers-and-daca/article/1619389?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-time-running-out-for-dreamers-and-daca/article/1619389?custom_click=rss

It's hard for me to imagine living anywhere other than Colorado. I grew up in Aurora, and I love the outdoors.

My favorite place to ski is Copper Mountain, where I've been going since I was a kid, and my favorite hiking spot is the Flatirons at Boulder, where you can climb to the very top and sit under this little arc of a rock and see all of the city and the mountains.

But now I'm afraid of losing this life.

I have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that gives undocumented young people who came to this country as children temporary permission to work and live here. President Donald Trump has terminated the program, saying it's the responsibility of Congress to find an alternative.

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]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:05:06 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Apple invests tax cuts in jobs and innovation]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-apple-invests-tax-cuts-in-jobs-and-innovation/article/1619337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-apple-invests-tax-cuts-in-jobs-and-innovation/article/1619337?custom_click=rss

Economist Adam Smith's "invisible hand" symbolized unintended social benefits of economic decisions made in self-interest.

There's nothing invisible about the hand Apple revealed this week. The country's largest taxpayer, Apple provides only the latest example of tax cuts creating jobs, raising wages and fueling growth.

The company announced plans Wednesday to bring home nearly all of $252 billion it holds overseas. Tax cuts passed by Congress in December contain a provision that allows one-time repatriation of corporate cash brought into the United States. Apple will make a $38 billion payment to the federal government after bringing it ashore.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:01:53 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Offering compassion to those facing pregnancy decisions]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-offering-compassion-to-those-facing-pregnancy-decisions/article/1619319?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-offering-compassion-to-those-facing-pregnancy-decisions/article/1619319?custom_click=rss

For 45 years, tens of thousands have gathered in the nation's capital around the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision to express support for the pre-born and their mothers. The March for Life can be a sober reminder of a broken world where many women and men believe their only option in the face of an unexpected pregnancy is abortion.

However, at last year's march, Vice President Mike Pence told those who gathered that, "compassion is overcoming convenience and hope is defeating despair." The theme of this year's march, "Love Saves Lives," rings true. The march is gaining momentum with the support of our nation's leaders. And it's attracting more young people than ever before.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:30:42 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Park could become a gateway; fair and balanced immigration]]> http://gazette.com/letters-park-could-become-a-gateway-fair-and-balanced-immigration/article/1619318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-park-could-become-a-gateway-fair-and-balanced-immigration/article/1619318?custom_click=rss

Park could become a gateway

Thanks to Bill Ruskin for his letter concerning Antlers Park. I think that we will lose a large part of the history of Colorado Springs if this park is converted into an athletic stadium/facility. Also the traffic problems that would result in this very small area can only be imagined.

Let's get some plans from landscape architects that would beautify this space. It could become a gateway to Colorado Springs when passenger rail traffic once again becomes a viable method of transportation in the state.

Bob Armintor

Colorado Springs

Issues about event center in park

As someone who has worked across from Antlers Park for years, I have been closely following the stories

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:28:59 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Biased 'study' says pot helps economy]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-biased-study-says-pot-helps-economy/article/1619256?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-biased-study-says-pot-helps-economy/article/1619256?custom_click=rss

The Washington Post reports on a new "study" that shows nationwide legalization of pot would create economic growth, to the tune of $132 billion in federal tax money and a million new jobs in a decade.

New Frontier Data compiled the findings, and the Post failed to disclose the company's self-professed partnerships with several major marijuana investment firms. Marijuana financiers controlled and commissioned the study and the Post described their research arm as "a data analytics firm focused on the cannabis industry." As if it is merely observes.

The study's self-serving conclusions appeal to a long-held myth that says destructive behavior is good for our wallets.

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:19:38 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Dealing with the homeless, fires, taxes and lawsuits]]> http://gazette.com/letters-dealing-with-the-homeless-fires-taxes-and-lawsuits/article/1619255?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-dealing-with-the-homeless-fires-taxes-and-lawsuits/article/1619255?custom_click=rss

Letters from Gazette readers.

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:13:50 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Tax cuts bring jobs back to Motor City]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-tax-cuts-bring-jobs-back-to-motor-city/article/1619179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-tax-cuts-bring-jobs-back-to-motor-city/article/1619179?custom_click=rss

Fiat Chrysler will make Ram trucks in Michigan instead of Mexico beginning in 2020, and the company says this will mean 2,500 extra jobs at the plant in Warren, Detroit's largest suburb.

While this isn't the first bit of good economic news in the wake of big corporate tax cuts Republicans just passed, it's the one that cheers us the most, because it best reflects the way lower corporate taxes work.

Lower corporate taxes will lead to higher pay, but the barrage of year-end bonuses major employers announced led to an oversimplified understanding of the economics here.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:09:05 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Prematurely anointing one candidate; the kindness of strangers]]> http://gazette.com/letters-prematurely-anointing-one-candidate-the-kindness-of-strangers/article/1619180?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-prematurely-anointing-one-candidate-the-kindness-of-strangers/article/1619180?custom_click=rss

Prematurely anointing one candidate

It was with great disappointment that we read The Gazette's editorial yesterday, which called for a pre-emptive conclusion to our democratic primary process in favor of prematurely anointing one candidate. Such strident favoritism for a candidate in the Republican primary is unbecoming of a paper that is quickly becoming Colorado's paper of record, particularly among conservatives.

We believe that our party is at its strongest when the democratic process is allowed to play out, allowing battle-tested candidates to emerge from the primaries.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Consequences of an inability to have constructive political dialog]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-consequences-of-an-inability-to-have-constructive-political-dialog/article/1619181?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-consequences-of-an-inability-to-have-constructive-political-dialog/article/1619181?custom_click=rss

The start of a new year - a time to reflect back on past decisions and actions and make resolutions to do better in the new year. After a month of holiday festivities, we return to our work with renewed vigor.

As a political scientist, part of my work involves reading political news on a regular basis. On New Year's Day, I was taken aback by a video posted on Colorado Pols, a left-leaning blog focused on statewide political commentary. It showed a group called Atlantis Adapt protesting at Sen. Cory Gardner's Yuma home at midnight on New Year's Eve. The group claimed it wanted to talk to the senator about Medicaid, and proceeded to chant and yell.

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]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:30:04 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Welcome 'the Ridge' to Broadmoor Bluffs]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-welcome-the-ridge-to-broadmoor-bluffs/article/1619101?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-welcome-the-ridge-to-broadmoor-bluffs/article/1619101?custom_click=rss

Too many hard-working people struggle to find a warm safe place to call home.

Without more entry-level homes, Colorado Springs cannot attract and retain residents to work in a variety of vital fields, including tourism, construction, public safety, retail, education and manufacturing.

Additionally, the dearth of "affordable housing" contributes to the growing dilemma of homelessness.

For these reasons, the community should applaud anticipated construction of The Ridge. The three apartment buildings, near South Academy and Colorado 115, would provide housing designed for low-income residents who meet wage criteria.

City planners approved the development in mid-December, but not everyone celebrates.

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:04:32 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Developing not always the best option; politically correct times]]> http://gazette.com/letters-developing-not-always-the-best-option-politically-correct-times/article/1619099?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-developing-not-always-the-best-option-politically-correct-times/article/1619099?custom_click=rss

Not always the best option

Downtown Colorado Springs offers much to enjoy including Antlers Park - a natural oasis with its giant cottonwood trees. In the summer it provides a green canopy and shade from the intense sun. In the fall the golden leaves against the blue sky are a striking sight.

Developing this city park all in the name of spending the gift of taxpayer dollars would remove this oasis forever. Decision makers should consider the implications as erasing a natural buffer from commercial structures is not always the best option.

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:24:24 -0700
<![CDATA[COLUMN: Giving blood contributes to community]]> http://gazette.com/column-giving-blood-contributes-to-community/article/1619100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-giving-blood-contributes-to-community/article/1619100?custom_click=rss

Two seconds. One.two. Every second, second.

That's how often blood is needed each day in the United States, according to the American Red Cross.

One car accident victim can require as much as 100 pints, and the American Cancer Society tells us that of the nearly 1.7 million people who'll receive a cancer diagnosis this year, many will need blood, even daily, during chemotherapy.

But while roughly 40 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at a given time, less than 10 percent do every year. And since blood can't be manufactured or created in a lab, it'd be good if we better understood what gets people to give.

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]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:05:08 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of peace and tolerance still echoes for Colorado Springs residents]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-martin-luther-king-jr.s-legacy-of-peace-and-tolerance-still-echoes-for-colorado-springs-residents/article/1619045?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-martin-luther-king-jr.s-legacy-of-peace-and-tolerance-still-echoes-for-colorado-springs-residents/article/1619045?custom_click=rss

Today the nation commemorates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The day celebrates Martin Luther King's role in civil rights and the struggle for racial equality.

As time has passed, King has come to symbolize many things - commitment to one's principles, having a vision and a search for excellence. What his legacy is today varies, depending on one's perspective. The Gazette asked several prominent African-Americans to comment on King's legacy.

Here are some of their responses:

Janice Frazier, board of directors, Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region:

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a constant reminder for me to not harbor hate when I observe clear and deliberate injustice and bigotry.

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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:51:55 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Where is America, 50 years after MLK's assassination?]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-where-is-america-50-years-after-mlks-assassination/article/1619046?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-where-is-america-50-years-after-mlks-assassination/article/1619046?custom_click=rss

Today, across America, communities will celebrate the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with marches, rallies and other programs. If Dr. King were alive today, he would be 89-years-old. April 4, 2018, will be 50 years since his assassination.

The national Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an African-American civil rights organization, had a large role in the American civil rights movement. Dr. King was the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's first president.

As the president of the Pikes Peak Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the local chapter of the national SCLC, I often contemplate what if Dr. King were still alive and able to provide his opinions on the state of America and the lives of

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