<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:44:32 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Vote 'no' in Colorado on more suicide]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-vote-no-in-colorado-on-more-suicide/article/1586396?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-vote-no-in-colorado-on-more-suicide/article/1586396?custom_click=rss

Proposition 106 would establish the assisted suicide trade for doctors willing to participate. An out-of-state special interest, funded mostly by billionaire George Soros, has marketed this measure as a form of compassion.

Suicide rates are a crisis in Colorado, and a poorly written plan to legitimize these tragedies raises big concerns.

Monday began with another teen suicide in Colorado Springs, where last year 15 teens killed themselves and doubled 2014's suicide rate. Throughout Colorado, we lost 1,000 kids to suicide in 2015.

Suicide is climbing among all demographics throughout the state, as reported in May by The Denver Post. "Colorado's suicide rate, one of the highest in the country, is climbing, with 19.4



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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:36:59 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Colorado Springs Police Department in crisis; person's right to decide]]> http://gazette.com/letters-colorado-springs-police-department-in-crisis-persons-right-to-decide/article/1586458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-colorado-springs-police-department-in-crisis-persons-right-to-decide/article/1586458?custom_click=rss

A police department in crisis

Government's most important job is protecting people. We should demand it and, if necessary, pay increased taxes to fund it. The Gazette has reported extensively on our police force problems and steps to solve them. Our city's greatest problem is that we have far too few sworn police officers for a city our size. Mayor Rudy Giuliani doubled the size of the New York police force, cut crime to a small fraction of what it was, and brought greatly increased prosperity to what was then a huge, rapidly declining city. Our mayor and City Council must also act decisively.

There have been substantial recent increases in crime in Colorado Springs. Police response times for the most crucial situations



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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:11:28 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Did Americans learn anything new about Clinton, Trump during first debate?]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-did-americans-learn-anything-new-about-clinton-trump-during-first-debate/article/1586457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-did-americans-learn-anything-new-about-clinton-trump-during-first-debate/article/1586457?custom_click=rss

Anyone expecting a knockout blow, or a debate that would substantially change the election's trajectory, was probably disappointed Monday night. It was more of the same. Few Americans are ecstatic over the prospect of either outcome in November, and Tuesday did not change the dynamic.

As expected, Hillary Clinton showcased an experienced insider's command of details. Donald Trump maintained his image as an outsider seeking to reform the executive branch, which he considers dysfunctional, with a business perspective on economics, jobs and deals.

Clinton berated Trump for declining to disclose his tax returns, saying he had something to hide. It's hard to imagine a viewer who wasn't thinking about the 33,000 destroyed emails.



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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:26:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Empathy is essential in bringing us all together]]> http://gazette.com/empathy-is-essential-in-bringing-us-all-together/article/1586181?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/empathy-is-essential-in-bringing-us-all-together/article/1586181?custom_click=rss

The Gazette's Sept. 18 editorial calling for racial dialogue in Colorado Springs was on target, but it didn't go quite far enough. What is needed most is empathy, the ability to look out at the world through another person's eyes. Such an ability rarely comes naturally, but it can be learned. The solution is learning how to do it, and then making it happen on a large enough scale to be effective.

Sociologists know that people tend to group themselves according to interest and education. College professors associate with college professors. Police officers, particularly, like to associate with other cops. Musicians, doctors, pro football players, pilots, politicians and teachers all feel more comfortable around people who think the



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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:27:23 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Time to bring education back into the conversation]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-time-to-bring-education-back-into-the-conversation/article/1586381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-time-to-bring-education-back-into-the-conversation/article/1586381?custom_click=rss

It is time for a reality check.

Americans are losing confidence in higher education, its quality and its availability. According to a recent poll by Public Agenda, 57 percent of the public are uncertain about the necessity of college; 46 percent say a college education is a questionable investment; and 59 percent say colleges care most about the bottom line.

Americans are also unhappy with our K-12 schools. According to the 2016 PDK-Gallup poll, 68 percent of the public give our nation's K-12 public schools a grade of C or lower. The 2016 Ed Next poll tells us that 75 percent of the public grade our K-12 schools C or lower.

The concerns are backed by hard data.



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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:26:48 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Reasonable parking options in Manitou; no mule deer shortage]]> http://gazette.com/letters-reasonable-parking-options-in-manitou-no-mule-deer-shortage/article/1586339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-reasonable-parking-options-in-manitou-no-mule-deer-shortage/article/1586339?custom_click=rss

Reasonable parking options

I would like to add my 2 cents into the discussion about Manitou's parking. I do not live in Manitou but drive there about twice a month in order to hike on Barr Trail. I believe there are several very reasonable options for parking. The first is the free parking and free shuttle area. The shuttle is clean, convenient, runs frequently and is driven by friendly people. The parking along Manitou Boulevard is about $1.25 an hour, which is very reasonable. The meters are easy to use, and they offer the option of texting me when my time is about to run out and allowing me to add more time over my phone.

If somebody wants to park right at the base of Pikes Peak, that parking is $10 for an entire day.



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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:04:56 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Invitation to Woodland Park; snap shot of our country today]]> http://gazette.com/letters-invitation-to-woodland-park-snap-shot-of-our-country-today/article/1586382?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-invitation-to-woodland-park-snap-shot-of-our-country-today/article/1586382?custom_click=rss

Invitation to visit Woodland Park

I personally invite David Zerinque to come visit Woodland Park when he's ready to "explore a different venue". (Gazette, Your Viewpoint, September 22)

He will enjoy a much prettier drive up Ute Pass than he does driving from Security to Manitou Springs. There is the Dinosaur Museum to visit, beautiful biking and hiking trails to enjoy, and easy access to Rampart Range Road and the reservoir.

After you explore/enjoy our area, Mr. Zerinque, Woodland Park has a variety of restaurants and breweries where you can rest and revive yourself before returning home to Security.

And parking is free!

Susan Spiller Frindt

Woodland Park

Free parking options are

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]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:10:09 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: We are judged by how we treat the poor]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-we-are-judged-by-how-we-treat-the-poor/article/1586274?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-we-are-judged-by-how-we-treat-the-poor/article/1586274?custom_click=rss

An ambitious new multimillion-dollar development partnership will help improve Colorado Springs and its ever-improving reputation. It is not a fancy glass sky-rise or glitzy new neighborhood showing off our community's wealth.

It is a home for the homeless and poor, proposed in a partnership of the Springs Rescue Mission and Nor'wood Development Group. The mission and Nor'wood, one of the city's preeminent developers, plan to build a $14 million apartment complex catering to the homeless.

At first, we expect some to take this news with mixed emotions. Colorado Springs has been criticized for making the homeless "too comfortable." Critics of soup kitchens and shelters say too much charity attracts the homeless.



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:58:23 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Vote 'no' on proposal that will kill good jobs]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-vote-no-on-proposal-that-will-kill-good-jobs/article/1586183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-vote-no-on-proposal-that-will-kill-good-jobs/article/1586183?custom_click=rss

Most of us know and love good people who work hard for too little in return. We want their lives to improve. If someone says we can help them by passing a law, we're all ears.

That is the dynamic at work with Amendment 70, a popular proposal to raise Colorado's minimum wage to $12.

Most voters are not economists or researchers who understand the true pitfalls of this move. They are busy with their lives and want to cast votes that will improve the world around them. Higher pay for low-wage work sounds like a good idea.

Unfortunately, it is nowhere near that simple. Raising the minimum wage helps high-wage union employees, but it threatens low-wage workers with nonunion, entry-level jobs.



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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:41:32 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Goodbye Manitou; disputing 'vicious' dog claim; calling Brandon Marshall a 'patriot' an insult]]> http://gazette.com/letters-goodbye-manitou-disputing-vicious-dog-claim-calling-brandon-marshall-a-patriot-an-insult/article/1586094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-goodbye-manitou-disputing-vicious-dog-claim-calling-brandon-marshall-a-patriot-an-insult/article/1586094?custom_click=rss

Will take money elsewhere

The mayor of Manitou has pulled in the welcome mat, turned out the lights and posted the "If you don't live here don't bother to stop" sign. How else can the excessive parking rates be justified? I no longer feel welcome and will take my money elsewhere, say, Woodland Park or CaƱon City whenever I want to explore a different venue.

Maybe Manitou should take a page from one of our presidential candidates and pledge to build a wall to keep out the "illegal parkers."

David G.



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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:07:33 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: No respect for traffic laws; enough taxes on cigarettes]]> http://gazette.com/letters-no-respect-for-traffic-laws-enough-taxes-on-cigarettes/article/1586182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-no-respect-for-traffic-laws-enough-taxes-on-cigarettes/article/1586182?custom_click=rss No respect for traffic laws

This has been bothering me for some time concerning the mentality of the drivers in Colorado Springs. First of all, the Police Department is understaffed to take care of all traffic control. This does not give you the right to drive like maniacs. I live on Montebello Drive - 25-mph speed limit, and it's nothing to watch people go flying by at 45-plus mph. There are children on this street and people backing cars out of their driveways. Since when is it legal to make U-turns against a red-arrow traffic light? That happens all the time. Austin Bluffs? What a joke, a 40-mph speed limit and people think it's a freeway. You are not only endangering yourself, but the lives of others.

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]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:05:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Commentary: Clinton's hypocrisy over birtherism indefensible]]> http://gazette.com/commentary-clintons-hypocrisy-over-birtherism-indefensible/article/1586095?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/commentary-clintons-hypocrisy-over-birtherism-indefensible/article/1586095?custom_click=rss

Hillary Clinton did not "start" birtherism, as Donald Trump says. But we now know that her 2008 campaign actively fanned the flames of the toxic rumor, and she needs to take responsibility for that.

Junior volunteers were fired from her campaign for passing the rumor around. But it turns out that a very senior lieutenant and personal friend did a lot more than that to sow doubts about Obama's origins than anyone had realized before this week. And she didn't fire him for it but rewarded him.



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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Pot sellers in Colorado Springs think they're above the law]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-pot-sellers-in-colorado-springs-think-theyre-above-the-law/article/1586017?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-pot-sellers-in-colorado-springs-think-theyre-above-the-law/article/1586017?custom_click=rss

Marijuana sellers don't have special rights to break the law and defy the orders of a judge. Yet, that's just what they're doing in Colorado Springs.

The law:

- Amendment 64. This law, approved by Colorado voters, guarantees cities the option to ban sales of recreational marijuana regardless of statewide majority will or the actions of other communities.

- Ban of recreational sales in Colorado Springs, under authority granted by Amendment 64.

Love it or hate it, recreational pot sales are not allowed in Colorado Springs.

This simple fact did not faze a handful of entrepreneurs who wanted to sell marijuana here anyway. They decided in 2012 to open "cannabis consumption clubs" that sell recreational pot but



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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:10:50 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Sign in Colorado Springs evokes happy memories; huge wildlife slaughter]]> http://gazette.com/letters-sign-in-colorado-springs-evokes-happy-memories-huge-wildlife-slaughter/article/1585891?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-sign-in-colorado-springs-evokes-happy-memories-huge-wildlife-slaughter/article/1585891?custom_click=rss

Sign filled with happy memories

It was with mixed emotions that I read about the Chief Motel sign going up for sale. We moved to Colorado Springs in January of 1963 when my Dad was stationed at Ent AFB with the U.S. Air Force. When we arrived in town, our family stayed temporarily at the Chief Motel. I remember walking down the street to have dinner at the Red Top Restaurant, a special treat for a family of seven that rarely went out to eat. We sat on bar stools at the counter and as kids our eyes were popping out at the sight of those hamburgers as big as the plate!

I've lived here all of my life since then, and every time I've traveled down south Nevada Avenue I would see the Chief Motel sign and those memories would come



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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:37:49 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Colorado Springs a welcoming city; dangerous dogs at park; Mickey Mouse looking good]]> http://gazette.com/letters-colorado-springs-a-welcoming-city-dangerous-dogs-at-park-mickey-mouse-looking-good/article/1585997?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-colorado-springs-a-welcoming-city-dangerous-dogs-at-park-mickey-mouse-looking-good/article/1585997?custom_click=rss

Springs a welcoming city

This past week was the seventh time that I have come to Colorado Springs to attend the annual IAFF Memorial Service. I usually come out on Wednesday and leave Monday so I can have some time to explore the city. Every year that I have come out here, everyone from the members of Colorado Springs Fire Department Local 5, the Colorado Springs Police Department, the businesses downtown to the local citizens have been welcoming. I would like to thank everyone for their hospitality and look forward to returning to Colorado Springs.



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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:31:03 -0600