<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:44:17 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[LETTERS: Cory Gardner for Senate; bad Springs drivers]]> http://gazette.com/letters-cory-gardner-for-senate-bad-springs-drivers/article/1534377?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-cory-gardner-for-senate-bad-springs-drivers/article/1534377?custom_click=rss

Corey Gardner for Senate

It is my opinion that we should elect Corey Gardner to the U.S. Senate. I grant that his views on birth control need to be substantially changed or negated, particularly if we are to believe what Mark Udall has quoted Gardner as saying. However, it is unlikely that the extreme views quoted could ever be made into law.

There is a much larger issue here. That is the issue of Democratic control of the U.S. Senate and the obstructionist behavior of the Senate leader, Harry Reid. The basic problem is that as long as the Dems control the Senate, we cannot successfully impeach the worst president of the U.S. in the past 100 years or more.



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Corey Gardner for Senate

It is my opinion that we should elect Corey Gardner to the U.S. Senate. I grant that his views on birth control need to be substantially changed or negated, particularly if we are to believe what Mark Udall has quoted Gardner as saying. However, it is unlikely that the extreme views quoted could ever be made into law.

There is a much larger issue here. That is the issue of Democratic control of the U.S. Senate and the obstructionist behavior of the Senate leader, Harry Reid. The basic problem is that as long as the Dems control the Senate, we cannot successfully impeach the worst president of the U.S. in the past 100 years or more.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:48:23 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: To help city's economy, end the war on business]]> helen
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Fourteen months ago, The Gazette printed my plan to end business fees. I later made major compromises. Liquor and medical marijuana fees and license filings, would remain, but other fees would no longer be collected. The annual "cost" of $400,000 was under 1/10th of 1 percent of City Hall revenue. Since annual revenue grows 30-60 times faster than that 0.1 percent, net revenue would continue to rise.

In 2012, the city collected $354,471 in license fees, $476,638 in liquor fees, and $291,500 in medical marijuana fees, so I settled for cutting 32 percent of fee revenue.

The city used to pay retailers for their efforts 3½ percent of what they collected in city sales tax.

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]]> Fourteen months ago, The Gazette printed my plan to end business fees. I later made major compromises. Liquor and medical marijuana fees and license filings, would remain, but other fees would no longer be collected. The annual "cost" of $400,000 was under 1/10th of 1 percent of City Hall revenue. Since annual revenue grows 30-60 times faster than that 0.1 percent, net revenue would continue to rise.

In 2012, the city collected $354,471 in license fees, $476,638 in liquor fees, and $291,500 in medical marijuana fees, so I settled for cutting 32 percent of fee revenue.

The city used to pay retailers for their efforts 3½ percent of what they collected in city sales tax.]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Polis endangers Democrats with uncharacteristic crusade]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-polis-endangers-democrats-with-uncharacteristic-crusade/article/1534430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-polis-endangers-democrats-with-uncharacteristic-crusade/article/1534430?custom_click=rss Mr. Polis, end this crusade. That's a growing sentiment among mainstream Democrats who are dismayed by the continued support of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis for two anti-fracking measures he wants on November's ballot.

Colorado's 2nd Congressional District is a safe seat for Democrats, consisting of Boulder, Breckenridge, Keystone and an assortment of liberal-leaning mountain towns. Given the nature of the district, limited-government conservatives and libertarians could do far worse than Polis - a magnificently successful Boulder entrepreneur who has created jobs and community-building profits through hard work, innovation and persistence.

A former member of Colorado's state board of education, he's a school choice advocate who

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]]> Mr. Polis, end this crusade. That's a growing sentiment among mainstream Democrats who are dismayed by the continued support of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis for two anti-fracking measures he wants on November's ballot.

Colorado's 2nd Congressional District is a safe seat for Democrats, consisting of Boulder, Breckenridge, Keystone and an assortment of liberal-leaning mountain towns. Given the nature of the district, limited-government conservatives and libertarians could do far worse than Polis - a magnificently successful Boulder entrepreneur who has created jobs and community-building profits through hard work, innovation and persistence.

A former member of Colorado's state board of education, he's a school choice advocate who]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: New gun laws passed with exaggerated assumptions]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-new-gun-laws-passed-with-exaggerated-assumptions/article/1534378?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-new-gun-laws-passed-with-exaggerated-assumptions/article/1534378?custom_click=rss

Three state senators lost their jobs. A major employer abandoned Colorado. The governor faces a tough re-election bid that should have been easy. It's all because Democratic legislators took on guns in a state where gun rights are sacred on the left, right and all points between. And they did so with faulty data.

Love or hate the new gun laws, their value was greatly overestimated from the start. When they passed, with no bipartisan support, Democrats relied on assumptions from the Colorado Legislative Council, a nonpartisan research arm of the Legislature.

The council said new background check standards, which would include gun transactions among noncommercial private buyers and sellers, would add 420,000 new background

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]]> Three state senators lost their jobs. A major employer abandoned Colorado. The governor faces a tough re-election bid that should have been easy. It's all because Democratic legislators took on guns in a state where gun rights are sacred on the left, right and all points between. And they did so with faulty data.

Love or hate the new gun laws, their value was greatly overestimated from the start. When they passed, with no bipartisan support, Democrats relied on assumptions from the Colorado Legislative Council, a nonpartisan research arm of the Legislature.

The council said new background check standards, which would include gun transactions among noncommercial private buyers and sellers, would add 420,000 new background]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:50:01 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Eliminate fees to make the most of downtown Springs]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-eliminate-fees-to-make-the-most-of-downtown-springs/article/1534348?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-eliminate-fees-to-make-the-most-of-downtown-springs/article/1534348?custom_click=rss

If we want a flourishing downtown as the centerpiece of our metropolitan area, we should eliminate all possible barriers to entry and success. We should make downtown more inviting for new businesses and residences. It's common sense. Downtown is what defines a great city. It gives a region a strong, accessible hub for attractions, events, nightlife and culture. It enables taxpayers to focus resources - from parking facilities to art to infrastructure - in a core location. All world-class cities have awe-inspiring downtowns.

Sprawl by contrast creates infrastructure needs. Developers are accustomed to paying for new roads, access to power and such and new homeowners pay taxes to help fund new schools, transportation and other

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]]> If we want a flourishing downtown as the centerpiece of our metropolitan area, we should eliminate all possible barriers to entry and success. We should make downtown more inviting for new businesses and residences. It's common sense. Downtown is what defines a great city. It gives a region a strong, accessible hub for attractions, events, nightlife and culture. It enables taxpayers to focus resources - from parking facilities to art to infrastructure - in a core location. All world-class cities have awe-inspiring downtowns.

Sprawl by contrast creates infrastructure needs. Developers are accustomed to paying for new roads, access to power and such and new homeowners pay taxes to help fund new schools, transportation and other]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:25:11 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Jariah Walker excitement; Myron Stratton Home]]> http://gazette.com/letters-jariah-walker-excitement-myron-stratton-home/article/1534347?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-jariah-walker-excitement-myron-stratton-home/article/1534347?custom_click=rss Jariah Walker excitement

This November, we will have an exciting opportunity to bring fresh ideas and passionate representation to our county government. I am thrilled that Jariah Walker is running for county commissioner in District 5. He is a man that I have known for many years. He is exactly the kind of person we all want to see in office. He is a well-respected businessman. He is a family man, who, along with his wife, is raising two young girls in our wonderful city. And he has given back to our community through his work with nonprofits. His tireless work to protect our county's neglected and abused children is admirable, and, for me, highlights his exemplary character.

Jariah is a third-generation native of Colorado

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This November, we will have an exciting opportunity to bring fresh ideas and passionate representation to our county government. I am thrilled that Jariah Walker is running for county commissioner in District 5. He is a man that I have known for many years. He is exactly the kind of person we all want to see in office. He is a well-respected businessman. He is a family man, who, along with his wife, is raising two young girls in our wonderful city. And he has given back to our community through his work with nonprofits. His tireless work to protect our county's neglected and abused children is admirable, and, for me, highlights his exemplary character.

Jariah is a third-generation native of Colorado]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Authorities should vet charges against Planned Parenthood]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-authorities-should-vet-charges-against-planned-parenthood/article/1534278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-authorities-should-vet-charges-against-planned-parenthood/article/1534278?custom_click=rss

The most ardent supporters of Planned Parenthood should insist the organization maintain a reputation of integrity. Linked to the nonprofit's image are federal funds, donations and continued support of the public.

So it's important that politicians and authorities find out what's really going on in the wake of serious new allegations of impropriety at two Colorado Planned Parenthood locations.

Late last year, Timothy David Smith was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing his 13-year-old step daughter. The girl's mother filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood this summer claiming at least four employees of a Denver office should have reported suspicion of sexual abuse when the girl came in for an

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]]> The most ardent supporters of Planned Parenthood should insist the organization maintain a reputation of integrity. Linked to the nonprofit's image are federal funds, donations and continued support of the public.

So it's important that politicians and authorities find out what's really going on in the wake of serious new allegations of impropriety at two Colorado Planned Parenthood locations.

Late last year, Timothy David Smith was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing his 13-year-old step daughter. The girl's mother filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood this summer claiming at least four employees of a Denver office should have reported suspicion of sexual abuse when the girl came in for an]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:05:01 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Thankful for right wing friends; political bias everywhere]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-thankful-for-right-wing-friends-political-bias-everywhere/article/1534265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-thankful-for-right-wing-friends-political-bias-everywhere/article/1534265?custom_click=rss

Thank you, right-wing friends

Dear right-wing Americans: I have a challenge for you - I know you love a good challenge; isn't that why we started two unnecessary wars during the Bush administration? You stop fixating on the word "Obama" for one hour and we free thinkers will promise to let you steal the presidency again like you did in 2000. If you have nothing more intelligent or constructive to say than, "the sky is falling, the sky is falling, It's Obama's fault, It's Obama's fault," then perhaps you might be wiser to say nothing at all - but just for one hour.

Remember, you can take comfort in the fact that 2016 is not far away and after your next demi-god candidate wins the presidential election, America will be perfect

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Dear right-wing Americans: I have a challenge for you - I know you love a good challenge; isn't that why we started two unnecessary wars during the Bush administration? You stop fixating on the word "Obama" for one hour and we free thinkers will promise to let you steal the presidency again like you did in 2000. If you have nothing more intelligent or constructive to say than, "the sky is falling, the sky is falling, It's Obama's fault, It's Obama's fault," then perhaps you might be wiser to say nothing at all - but just for one hour.

Remember, you can take comfort in the fact that 2016 is not far away and after your next demi-god candidate wins the presidential election, America will be perfect]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:55:01 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Planned Parenthood having a rocky summer]]> Lila Rose http://gazette.com/guest-column-planned-parenthood-having-a-rocky-summer/article/1534207?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-planned-parenthood-having-a-rocky-summer/article/1534207?custom_click=rss

This past week, Live Action released undercover footage showing two Planned Parenthood facilities in Denver encouraging what they think are underage girls to practice BDSM - bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism. The staffers, in tax-funded counseling sessions, teach the girls how to whip and choke each other, which sex shops in the neighborhood to visit, and which Internet porn sites to seek out for "ideas" ... not to mention how to hide all this from parents.

Then there is the news out of an Aurora Planned Parenthood facility whose wall is adorned with an award "For Exceeding Abortion Visits First Half of FY12 Compared to First Half of FY13.



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This past week, Live Action released undercover footage showing two Planned Parenthood facilities in Denver encouraging what they think are underage girls to practice BDSM - bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism. The staffers, in tax-funded counseling sessions, teach the girls how to whip and choke each other, which sex shops in the neighborhood to visit, and which Internet porn sites to seek out for "ideas" ... not to mention how to hide all this from parents.

Then there is the news out of an Aurora Planned Parenthood facility whose wall is adorned with an award "For Exceeding Abortion Visits First Half of FY12 Compared to First Half of FY13.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:58 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Stormwater situation; Texas National Guard troops]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-stormwater-situation-texas-national-guard-troops/article/1534208?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-stormwater-situation-texas-national-guard-troops/article/1534208?custom_click=rss Stormwater situation

Instead of charging citizens $10 a month to raise money for fixing the failing stormwater system, how about we take all the ambition and monies allocated for the City for Champions. It is ridiculous that the city let it get to this stage. Same old story from our city government, spend money on ridiculous surveys and far fetched ideas rather than fixing what we have.

Brian Secrest

Colorado Springs

Research before forming opinions

In response to "Carson should stick to medicine," letter in the July 22 Gazette: Maybe David Baker should do some research and get his facts straight before he starts shooting off his mouth. I have read all of Dr.

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]]> Stormwater situation

Instead of charging citizens $10 a month to raise money for fixing the failing stormwater system, how about we take all the ambition and monies allocated for the City for Champions. It is ridiculous that the city let it get to this stage. Same old story from our city government, spend money on ridiculous surveys and far fetched ideas rather than fixing what we have.

Brian Secrest

Colorado Springs

Research before forming opinions

In response to "Carson should stick to medicine," letter in the July 22 Gazette: Maybe David Baker should do some research and get his facts straight before he starts shooting off his mouth. I have read all of Dr.]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Council should form long-term strategy for eliminating fees]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-council-should-form-long-term-strategy-for-eliminating-fees/article/1534157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-council-should-form-long-term-strategy-for-eliminating-fees/article/1534157?custom_click=rss

City government’s executive and legislative branches are grappling with the best way to eliminate fees imposed on businesses. Most agree the fees should go, but the devil’s in the details. The reason they should go seems obvious.

If society wants less of an activity, it has the option of taxing it or imposing taxes disguised “fees.” To get less consumption of sugary snacks, raise taxes on sugar. It’s a near-exact science. A market that can afford $10 million in junk food can afford 10 percent less if the offending products come with a new 10 percent tax. Want fewer businesses? Impose taxes and fees on them.

Conversely, governments can encourage activity by reducing taxes and fees.

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]]> City government’s executive and legislative branches are grappling with the best way to eliminate fees imposed on businesses. Most agree the fees should go, but the devil’s in the details. The reason they should go seems obvious.

If society wants less of an activity, it has the option of taxing it or imposing taxes disguised “fees.” To get less consumption of sugary snacks, raise taxes on sugar. It’s a near-exact science. A market that can afford $10 million in junk food can afford 10 percent less if the offending products come with a new 10 percent tax. Want fewer businesses? Impose taxes and fees on them.

Conversely, governments can encourage activity by reducing taxes and fees.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Reality check; Udall on birth control; and more]]> The Gazette letters http://gazette.com/reality-check-udall-on-birth-control-and-more/article/1534102?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reality-check-udall-on-birth-control-and-more/article/1534102?custom_click=rss

Udall has it right on birth control

Your editorial lambasting Sen. Mark Udall for supporting access to contraceptives for American women got one thing right: bosses should not control a woman's health care decisions. Birth control conversations belong solely between a woman and her health care provider.

Unfortunately, the editorial got almost everything else wrong, trivializing the role that contraception has in health care, marginalizing women who can't afford out-of-pocket contraceptive costs, and dismissing the importance of certain forms of birth control.

Family planning, including birth control, helps promote healthier mothers and babies, as well as a stronger health care system.



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Udall has it right on birth control

Your editorial lambasting Sen. Mark Udall for supporting access to contraceptives for American women got one thing right: bosses should not control a woman's health care decisions. Birth control conversations belong solely between a woman and her health care provider.

Unfortunately, the editorial got almost everything else wrong, trivializing the role that contraception has in health care, marginalizing women who can't afford out-of-pocket contraceptive costs, and dismissing the importance of certain forms of birth control.

Family planning, including birth control, helps promote healthier mothers and babies, as well as a stronger health care system.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:07:41 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Stars at summit inspire hopes of another Reagan Revolution]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-stars-at-summit-inspire-hopes-of-another-reagan-revolution/article/1534070?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-stars-at-summit-inspire-hopes-of-another-reagan-revolution/article/1534070?custom_click=rss

Conservatives, do not despair. Genuine change may be on the way.

That's the message repeated by speakers this weekend at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, where the conservative movement of Ronald Reagan appeared alive and prepared for resurgence. The Republican bench is formidable and deep.

In fact, more than 3,000 attendees at the summit may have met and heard from the next Republican to serve as president of the United States.

Plastic key cards at the Hyatt Regency, epicenter of the event that runs through Sunday, featured a photo of Dr. Ben Carson and the words "Run Ben Run!" Carson, a famous brain surgeon and bestselling public policy author, wasn't the only presidential hopeful on hand.

Sen. Ted

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]]> Conservatives, do not despair. Genuine change may be on the way.

That's the message repeated by speakers this weekend at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, where the conservative movement of Ronald Reagan appeared alive and prepared for resurgence. The Republican bench is formidable and deep.

In fact, more than 3,000 attendees at the summit may have met and heard from the next Republican to serve as president of the United States.

Plastic key cards at the Hyatt Regency, epicenter of the event that runs through Sunday, featured a photo of Dr. Ben Carson and the words "Run Ben Run!" Carson, a famous brain surgeon and bestselling public policy author, wasn't the only presidential hopeful on hand.

Sen. Ted]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:45:02 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Suthers acted correctly; pot for potholes]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-suthers-acted-correctly-pot-for-potholes/article/1534069?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-suthers-acted-correctly-pot-for-potholes/article/1534069?custom_click=rss

Suthers acted correctly

Mike Littwin, in his opinion column Monday, July 14, has it all wrong about John Suthers.

It is the job of the attorney general to uphold the laws of the state of Colorado. In opposing the Boulder clerk's action to issue marriage license to same-sex couples, Suthers is enforcing the properly enacted laws of the state.

Hillary Hall, the Boulder clerk, who Littwin calls a "hero," is violating the law by her actions. Her job is to obey the law.

It is not her job to make new laws or void existing laws by refusing to follow them. Judge Hartman likewise is supposed to follow the law.

There are two proper routes to changing state law.

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Mike Littwin, in his opinion column Monday, July 14, has it all wrong about John Suthers.

It is the job of the attorney general to uphold the laws of the state of Colorado. In opposing the Boulder clerk's action to issue marriage license to same-sex couples, Suthers is enforcing the properly enacted laws of the state.

Hillary Hall, the Boulder clerk, who Littwin calls a "hero," is violating the law by her actions. Her job is to obey the law.

It is not her job to make new laws or void existing laws by refusing to follow them. Judge Hartman likewise is supposed to follow the law.

There are two proper routes to changing state law.]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Sen. Mark Udall's conflicting views on freedom a tasteless joke]]> Mark Hillman http://gazette.com/guest-column-sen.-mark-udalls-conflicting-views-on-freedom-a-tasteless-joke/article/1534068?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-sen.-mark-udalls-conflicting-views-on-freedom-a-tasteless-joke/article/1534068?custom_click=rss

Fortune cookies and Mark Udall have more in common than Colorado's Democrat U.S. senator might like to admit.

You probably know the juvenile prank of reading the message inside a fortune cookie - like "Now is the time to try something new" - and then adding " . in bed" to give it an off - color twist.

Sadly, Udall's campaign rhetoric is strikingly similar.

The 64-year-old Udall hasn't had a for-profit job in more than 30 years. But he has made a political career by telling ordinary Americans that he and his Washington cronies know better than the rest of us about everything from educating our children to the type of vehicle we drive.

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]]> Fortune cookies and Mark Udall have more in common than Colorado's Democrat U.S. senator might like to admit.

You probably know the juvenile prank of reading the message inside a fortune cookie - like "Now is the time to try something new" - and then adding " . in bed" to give it an off - color twist.

Sadly, Udall's campaign rhetoric is strikingly similar.

The 64-year-old Udall hasn't had a for-profit job in more than 30 years. But he has made a political career by telling ordinary Americans that he and his Washington cronies know better than the rest of us about everything from educating our children to the type of vehicle we drive.]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:35:02 -0600