<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:27:45 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Court says do the right thing and treat Hepatitis C]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-court-says-do-the-right-thing-and-treat-hepatitis-c/article/1581065?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-court-says-do-the-right-thing-and-treat-hepatitis-c/article/1581065?custom_click=rss

A new federal ruling could be a game changer for hepatitis C patients, if Medicaid officials read it and do the right thing.

Amazing new drugs can cure hepatitis C before it spreads, leads to expensive medical conditions and kills.

The cures, with success rates exceeding 90 percent, save money and lives. But state Medicaid programs in Colorado and throughout the country refuse to pay for treatment until patients are very ill.

The result: needless suffering, death and expense incurred by taxpayers as Medicaid treats conditions related to decadeslong viral progression.

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle in late May ordered the Washington State Health Care Authority



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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:24:44 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: New email scandal launches Clinton's convention]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-new-email-scandal-launches-clintons-convention/article/1581100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-new-email-scandal-launches-clintons-convention/article/1581100?custom_click=rss

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton kicks off her convention Monday with a new email scandal that casts a pall over her narrow primary victory against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The Democratic National Convention convention begins Monday in Philadelphia with not one email scandal, but two.

Democrats and Republicans alike have long suspected the deck was stacked against Sanders. Regardless of who voters chose, the experts assured us, the party had guaranteed Clinton's selection with a superdelegate system that could override majority will. That wasn't necessary, as Clinton won the delegate count.

Friday, Americans learned the campaign against Sanders involved Democratic party officials

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Treat porn as public health concern]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-treat-porn-as-public-health-concern/article/1581064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-treat-porn-as-public-health-concern/article/1581064?custom_click=rss As a circus of strident speeches and micro controversies captured America's attention last week, Republicans quietly adopted a platform amendment that declared pornography a "public health crisis."

We know, a lot of people will laugh. It's those stodgy old white-haired Republicans getting worked up about naughty photos again. But not so fast. Today's porn is readily available to almost anyone, for free, on cellphones and laptops. Porn is no longer that old stash of Playboys a lot of baby boomers hid away while growing up. Even the most hardcore print magazines can seem tame, compared to what children find with ease on the internet.

Some may think it is harmless, aside from moral objections any adult is free to reject.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:05:04 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: KISS shows that they are rebels with a cause]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-kiss-shows-that-they-are-rebels-with-a-cause/article/1581027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-kiss-shows-that-they-are-rebels-with-a-cause/article/1581027?custom_click=rss

The rock band KISS was a parent-scaring nightmare when it began churning albums and rocking arenas in the 1970s.

The artists' dark costumes and heavy kabuki makeup remain a unique spectacle. Their hit records are popular and relevant today. The band may never lose status as a symbol of rebellion that horrified parents and a society that had been shocked by the relatively tame antics of Elvis Presley in the '50s and The Beatles in the '60s.

"It doesn't matter what you do or say, just forget the things that you've been told" is a lyric symbolic of the band's overarching message.

Fear, and mass inability to process innovative theatrics, fueled a rumor the four musicians were a Satanic cult that craved to eat human flesh.



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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:43:15 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: 5 ways you can experience Rio 2016 right here in Olympic City USA]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-5-ways-you-can-experience-rio-2016-right-here-in-olympic-city-usa/article/1580754?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-5-ways-you-can-experience-rio-2016-right-here-in-olympic-city-usa/article/1580754?custom_click=rss

As chief communications officer for the city of Colorado Springs, I appreciated the letter to the editor on Monday, July 18, recognizing the incredible Olympic and Paralympic events that happen right here in our community. While the local awareness may not be high, the quality of competition, the levels of accomplishment and the ideals are extremely lofty.

And they're headquartered here - in "Olympic City USA."

No other city in the nation can claim the title of Olympic City USA. We are proud of our 4-decade-long relationship with the Olympic Committee and inspired by the more than 10,000 elite athletes who train here each year.



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:02:39 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Donald Trump speech to cap RNC may realign conservatism]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-donald-trump-speech-to-cap-rnc-may-realign-conservatism/article/1580936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-donald-trump-speech-to-cap-rnc-may-realign-conservatism/article/1580936?custom_click=rss

It was a good night for Donald Trump.

Articulate, adoring family members and friends continued telling us the Republican presidential nominee has spent his life working as the defender and voice of the voiceless and oppressed. He is a man of passion and love for his community and the country.

Daughter Ivanka spoke with such eloquence she may have single-handedly improved the unfortunate image of her millennial generation. She told of sitting on the floor of her father's office as he cut out newspaper stories of people facing difficult and unfair circumstances. He would use an extensive network of friends and colleagues to arrange opportunities that helped improve their lives.



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:27:42 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: GOP must work together; signing petitions]]> http://gazette.com/letters-gop-must-work-together-signing-petitions/article/1580937?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-gop-must-work-together-signing-petitions/article/1580937?custom_click=rss

GOP must work together

In response to "Proud to vote for Cruz," I can honestly say I am ashamed of the "Colorado delegate," and more specifically Don Olmstead, who thinks he speaks for Coloradans. He absolutely does not speak for me. I would have voted for Ted Cruz if he in fact had been the Republican nominee, however, he is not. I'm a proud Christian, American, Republican, wife of a retired military member and a man in blue who proudly holds that line, protecting all Americans each day; who realizes that our country is slowing sliding into a very dark hole that we might possibly never recover from if the Democratic party maintains its grip on power.

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]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Melania's speech won't stop giving]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-melanias-speech-wont-stop-giving/article/1580841?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-melanias-speech-wont-stop-giving/article/1580841?custom_click=rss

Melaniagate is over. Winners are the Trump campaign, the Obama administration and the cause of a more unified country. Losers are those elements of the mainstream national media that characterized a speechwriting mishap as a new Watergate for the ages.

Love or loath Donald Trump, few could resist cheering for the beautiful and articulate potential first lady they watched address the country in a Slovenian accent Monday night in English, her second language.

Then came the sad news. Passages, mostly emphasizing common respect for hard work and perseverance, were the words of Michelle Obama. The country, mostly sympathetic to Melania, demanded to know how this could happen.

Trump staff writer Meredith McIver took full



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:06:13 -0600
<![CDATA[If Mr. Hick goes to Washington]]> http://gazette.com/if-mr.-hick-goes-to-washington/article/1580839?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/if-mr.-hick-goes-to-washington/article/1580839?custom_click=rss

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was on Hillary Clinton's short list of potential vice presidential appointees and was seen leaving her private residence in Washington on Friday. Fox News named him among four potentials Wednesday. By Wednesday evening, it was a distant maybe, at best.

If not chosen to run as veep, Hickenlooper would be a logical choice as secretary of interior - or some other position - in a Clinton administration.

All the speculation about our governor's ascendancy has us contemplating life without the Hick.

Whether one supports or opposes Hickenlooper's politics, he has paid more attention than most predecessors to Colorado Springs.



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:02:14 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Poor coverage of GOP convention; gadget with a meaningless game]]> http://gazette.com/letters-poor-coverage-of-gop-convention-gadget-with-a-meaningless-game/article/1580840?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-poor-coverage-of-gop-convention-gadget-with-a-meaningless-game/article/1580840?custom_click=rss

Poor coverage of GOP convention

National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System typically provide excellent coverage of news events across the nation. In Colorado, the statewide affiliates do the same, bringing us news over a broad spectrum of society with minimum commercial breaks. In addition to looking for in-depth news coverage in the newspaper, many of us look to public radio or television for the latest in news coverage.

That's why I was do disappointed - and even shocked - to witness the dismal coverage of the Republican National Convention on Monday evening over the Public Broadcasting System. The anchor ladies were constantly stumbling over each other, making misstatements and erroneously introducing people.



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:57:36 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: A city of unknown champions; election season]]> http://gazette.com/letters-a-city-of-unknown-champions-election-season/article/1580415?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-a-city-of-unknown-champions-election-season/article/1580415?custom_click=rss A city of unknown champions

The recent men's wheelchair basketball game between the U.S. Olympic team and Great Britain at the Olympic Training Center had it all - speed, agility, brawn, intense competition. The only thing lacking was an audience. The empty bleachers held at most 40 people.

We only knew about this event from a small piece in The Gazette on Tuesday (Thank you, Gazette), since the OTC website had nothing about it and has no listing of events. For 20-plus years we've faced the same struggle; there are outstanding events open to the public at the OTC, but how do we find out? At the moment, Colorado Springs is the City of Unknown Champions. OTC, please give us a way to know of events we can attend to support and



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:56:28 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: A world with so many tragedies; failed attempt at being fair]]> http://gazette.com/letters-a-world-with-so-many-tragedies-failed-attempt-at-being-fair/article/1580672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-a-world-with-so-many-tragedies-failed-attempt-at-being-fair/article/1580672?custom_click=rss Failed attempt at being fair

In "Grievous lack of leadership courage," the Colorado Springs Gazette, July 15, the writer begins his letter with concepts of "leaders and leadership" and "courage," so it seemed this was going to be an objective, level-headed examination on those qualities.

But unfortunately, the only example given of positive leadership and courage was of a Navy SEAL. And the only example of bad leadership and courage? Surprise! - Hillary Clinton.

Not a word of anything regarding Republicans or conservatives, e.g., Reagan pulling out of Lebanon after 241 U.S. Marines were slaughtered in Beirut, George H.W. Bush's "lips" on taxes, former U.S. House Speaker Gingrich resigning after the attempt to impeach



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:56:12 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Human factor most important; gadget and a meaningless game]]> http://gazette.com/letters-human-factor-most-important-gadget-and-a-meaningless-game/article/1580755?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-human-factor-most-important-gadget-and-a-meaningless-game/article/1580755?custom_click=rss

Human factor most important

What if William Palmer or Spencer Penrose designed a bus system in Colorado Springs? Would Penrose and Palmer care about designing a bus system in Colorado Springs?

I thought about these historic heroes when I attended the July 14 transportation meeting at City Hall. One resident of the Old North End who lives in the historic home where George Perkins and James Shearer once resided spoke of the beauty of her neighborhood.

At the meeting, I heard many residents of the Old North End express their disapproval of the changes in the Mountain Metro bus system. They were especially upset with the disappearance of buses along Wahsatch Avenue and Cascade Avenue. At the present time, Nevada Avenue is



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:54:49 -0600
<![CDATA[FAGIN: "Fairness" and "economic justice" sound good in theory]]> http://gazette.com/fagin-fairness-and-economic-justice-sound-good-in-theory/article/1580673?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fagin-fairness-and-economic-justice-sound-good-in-theory/article/1580673?custom_click=rss

Kevin Durant, one of the world's finest basketball players, has signed with the Golden State Warriors. He'll get $54 million over two years. Already stocked with talent, the Warriors are now heavily favored to win the NBA Championship.

This is a travesty of justice that requires immediate government action. I'm not completely clear on the details, but something must be done. Here are some better plans for Mr. Durant's basketball future than whatever he has in mind:

With a 10-72 record last season, the Philadelphia 76ers are the worst team in basketball. The Warriors, by contrast, went 73-9. Truly fair and equitable societies allocate resources where they are needed most. The evidence is clear: Philadelphia needs basketball



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:32:06 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: The positive impact of buying American]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-positive-impact-of-buying-american/article/1580566?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-positive-impact-of-buying-american/article/1580566?custom_click=rss

Recently, I read a slogan that got my attention. It said: "We're willing to die for our country, but are we willing to buy for it?"

This idea came from a documentary, "Made in USA: A 30 Day Journey."

Josh Miller, the film's narrator and primary actor, pledged to live off American-made products and services for 30 days. In this tragicomedy, he struggled from day to day to find American goods for basic living, such as eating, showering and transportation. . It was a challenge.

There has been plenty of other media coverage of this topic. ABC World News produced a series, "Made in America," focusing on American manufacturing. Their research found that in 1960, foreign goods made up only 8 percent of Americans' purchases.



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:29:12 -0600