<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:35:08 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Community begins to rally in favor of local entrepreneurs]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-community-begins-to-rally-in-favor-of-local-entrepreneurs/article/1518574?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-community-begins-to-rally-in-favor-of-local-entrepreneurs/article/1518574?custom_click=rss

Let's innovate, Colorado Springs.

Economic development is too often seen as something that comes into our community from some distant place. If Fortune 500 companies don't come knocking, seeking room to relocate, some believe we have little or no hope.

While it's great to land a big company looking for quality employees, our best hope for a robust, growing economy probably resides right here. For Colorado Springs to enjoy an ever-improving quality of life, the community needs local people to innovate, invent, produce and sell. Wealth is created only when individuals improve lives of others.

People who organized, attended and participated in Innovate Colorado Springs events last week have a constructive and inspirational

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Economic development is too often seen as something that comes into our community from some distant place. If Fortune 500 companies don't come knocking, seeking room to relocate, some believe we have little or no hope.

While it's great to land a big company looking for quality employees, our best hope for a robust, growing economy probably resides right here. For Colorado Springs to enjoy an ever-improving quality of life, the community needs local people to innovate, invent, produce and sell. Wealth is created only when individuals improve lives of others.

People who organized, attended and participated in Innovate Colorado Springs events last week have a constructive and inspirational]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:40:01 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Creating a more compassionate, response to those who live with mental illness]]> Carol Scott and Lori Jarvis-Steinwert http://gazette.com/guest-column-creating-a-more-compassionate-response-to-those-who-live-with-mental-illness/article/1518573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-creating-a-more-compassionate-response-to-those-who-live-with-mental-illness/article/1518573?custom_click=rss

By Carol Scott and Lori Jarvis-Steinwert

Guest columnists

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We read with interest the recent article (Sunday, April 6) by Gazette Editor Joe Hight on the imperative for civility in our online and face-to-face public conversations on issues of importance to our community and state. We couldn't agree more.

We're pleased to report that two recent community gatherings dedicated to discussions on mental health in our community demonstrated that we're capable of conversations that are respectful and productive. (March 6 Community Conversation on Mental Health, hosted by The Gazette, Colorado College and Food for Thought, and April 5 Community Dialogue hosted by UCCS.

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Guest columnists

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We read with interest the recent article (Sunday, April 6) by Gazette Editor Joe Hight on the imperative for civility in our online and face-to-face public conversations on issues of importance to our community and state. We couldn't agree more.

We're pleased to report that two recent community gatherings dedicated to discussions on mental health in our community demonstrated that we're capable of conversations that are respectful and productive. (March 6 Community Conversation on Mental Health, hosted by The Gazette, Colorado College and Food for Thought, and April 5 Community Dialogue hosted by UCCS.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:35:32 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Celebrating the Pulitzer Prize win]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-celebrating-the-pulitzer-prize-win/article/1518572?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-celebrating-the-pulitzer-prize-win/article/1518572?custom_click=rss

Congratulations and thanks

Most local veterans read Dave Philipps "Other than Honorable" series with surprise at the way many of our present-day warriors have been treated when they act out because of their physical and mental wounds. They suffer the horror of war every day of their lives, and have not always been treated with the compassion and respect they deserve and need.

Dave Philipps has done a great service for all veterans, especially our wounded and troubled brothers-in-arms.

On behalf of the veterans and spouses who make up the Pikes Peak National Veterans Cemetery Committee, thanks and congratulations to Dave and The Gazette for writing and publishing such a great series.

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Most local veterans read Dave Philipps "Other than Honorable" series with surprise at the way many of our present-day warriors have been treated when they act out because of their physical and mental wounds. They suffer the horror of war every day of their lives, and have not always been treated with the compassion and respect they deserve and need.

Dave Philipps has done a great service for all veterans, especially our wounded and troubled brothers-in-arms.

On behalf of the veterans and spouses who make up the Pikes Peak National Veterans Cemetery Committee, thanks and congratulations to Dave and The Gazette for writing and publishing such a great series.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:35:01 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Academy should allow many ideas to flourish]]> Bentley Rayburn http://gazette.com/guest-column-academy-should-allow-many-ideas-to-flourish/article/1518571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-academy-should-allow-many-ideas-to-flourish/article/1518571?custom_click=rss

It was reported recently in The Gazette that once again in the face of pressure to do something, Rep. Doug Lamborn wrote another letter. This time it was to the Secretary of the Air Force "urging revision of Air Force regulations to permit more expression of service members' beliefs in the workplace," according to The Gazette.

What caused this latest letter writing episode was the report last month by a variety of websites that after complaints by Mikey Weinstein, the director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Air Force Academy officials "removed" a Bible verse from a white board mounted outside a cadet's room.

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]]> It was reported recently in The Gazette that once again in the face of pressure to do something, Rep. Doug Lamborn wrote another letter. This time it was to the Secretary of the Air Force "urging revision of Air Force regulations to permit more expression of service members' beliefs in the workplace," according to The Gazette.

What caused this latest letter writing episode was the report last month by a variety of websites that after complaints by Mikey Weinstein, the director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Air Force Academy officials "removed" a Bible verse from a white board mounted outside a cadet's room.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:30:01 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Latest delay in pipeline will harm middle-class Americans]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-latest-delay-in-pipeline-will-harm-middle-class-americans/article/1518528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-latest-delay-in-pipeline-will-harm-middle-class-americans/article/1518528?custom_click=rss

The Obama administration has done it again, creating another delay for the Keystone XL pipeline Friday. It's a move to appease radical environmentalists at a cost to working-class Americans who need shovel-ready jobs. It's an insult to our Canadian allies and a gift to hostile oil cartels that despise the United States.

The delay will postpone progress on the pipeline past the November elections, but it's a good bet this pipeline won't be able to proceed until sometime after President Barack Obama leaves office in 2017. This delay will just buy time until the next delay. That's how it has been for more than 2,000 days.

It's Obama who promised "shovel ready" jobs and later explained that his anticipated public works projects

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]]> The Obama administration has done it again, creating another delay for the Keystone XL pipeline Friday. It's a move to appease radical environmentalists at a cost to working-class Americans who need shovel-ready jobs. It's an insult to our Canadian allies and a gift to hostile oil cartels that despise the United States.

The delay will postpone progress on the pipeline past the November elections, but it's a good bet this pipeline won't be able to proceed until sometime after President Barack Obama leaves office in 2017. This delay will just buy time until the next delay. That's how it has been for more than 2,000 days.

It's Obama who promised "shovel ready" jobs and later explained that his anticipated public works projects]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:20:07 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Racism hard to erase; water board candidates]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-racism-hard-to-erase-water-board-candidates/article/1518527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-racism-hard-to-erase-water-board-candidates/article/1518527?custom_click=rss

Racism hard to erase from society

Kathleen Parker's hope of a nonracist society defies history. I too am hopeful that "Perhaps all those suppressed thoughts and feelings of anger, hurt and frustration had to rise to the surface before they finally could be eradicated," meaning that racism in America could be eradicated anytime soon. A quick glance at history will confirm that some groups of humans think they are superior to other groups has always existed, with varying degrees of resulting destruction.

Racism reminds me of a Star Trek episode, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," where the antagonizing characters who hated each other both had divided faces, half-black and half-white, except one was black on the left side and

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Kathleen Parker's hope of a nonracist society defies history. I too am hopeful that "Perhaps all those suppressed thoughts and feelings of anger, hurt and frustration had to rise to the surface before they finally could be eradicated," meaning that racism in America could be eradicated anytime soon. A quick glance at history will confirm that some groups of humans think they are superior to other groups has always existed, with varying degrees of resulting destruction.

Racism reminds me of a Star Trek episode, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," where the antagonizing characters who hated each other both had divided faces, half-black and half-white, except one was black on the left side and]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Public converges on Capitol, says 'no' to another bad idea]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/public-converges-on-capitol-says-no-to-another-bad-idea/article/1518472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/public-converges-on-capitol-says-no-to-another-bad-idea/article/1518472?custom_click=rss

Coloradans have learned it the hard way: No one is safe with the Legislature in session.

Colorado is well known as a political test lab for the left, and this week's experiment stretched the boundaries of absurdity.

Radical experimentation gave us last-year's jobs-killing energy rate hikes. It gave us an election law so poorly written that Boulder resident Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, summoned TV cameras to watch him vote in an election that was only intended for voters from one Colorado Springs Senate district. All the legal scrutiny local and state prosecutors could muster did not result in charges because the law really is that bad.

The latest effort at radical, amateurish, anything-goes

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]]> Coloradans have learned it the hard way: No one is safe with the Legislature in session.

Colorado is well known as a political test lab for the left, and this week's experiment stretched the boundaries of absurdity.

Radical experimentation gave us last-year's jobs-killing energy rate hikes. It gave us an election law so poorly written that Boulder resident Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, summoned TV cameras to watch him vote in an election that was only intended for voters from one Colorado Springs Senate district. All the legal scrutiny local and state prosecutors could muster did not result in charges because the law really is that bad.

The latest effort at radical, amateurish, anything-goes]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:25:08 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Let's focus on our home; prejudice against the overweight]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-lets-focus-on-our-home-prejudice-against-the-overweight/article/1518471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-lets-focus-on-our-home-prejudice-against-the-overweight/article/1518471?custom_click=rss

Let's focus on our home

In response to "Mind-baffling pot decision," it should not be so mind-baffling that the vast majority of counties and municipalities throughout the state have chosen to reject recreational marijuana sales. While there would certainly be some positive economic impacts from recreational marijuana sales, the overall impact for many of the communities would be negative.

Let's focus on our home, the Pikes Peak region. A recent study by the Regional Business Alliance shows the economic impact of military installations in the Pikes Peak region to be between $8-9 billion per year, $5.3 billion directly from the installations, and another $3-4 billion from supporting private companies (Lockheed, Northrup

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In response to "Mind-baffling pot decision," it should not be so mind-baffling that the vast majority of counties and municipalities throughout the state have chosen to reject recreational marijuana sales. While there would certainly be some positive economic impacts from recreational marijuana sales, the overall impact for many of the communities would be negative.

Let's focus on our home, the Pikes Peak region. A recent study by the Regional Business Alliance shows the economic impact of military installations in the Pikes Peak region to be between $8-9 billion per year, $5.3 billion directly from the installations, and another $3-4 billion from supporting private companies (Lockheed, Northrup]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Yakety yak council meetings outlast New York's, Chicago's]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-yakety-yak-council-meetings-outlast-new-yorks-chicagos/article/1518334?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-yakety-yak-council-meetings-outlast-new-yorks-chicagos/article/1518334?custom_click=rss

The City Council met for 13 hours. The April 8 session came one day after the council met informally for more than five hours. That's 18 hours in just two days. A meeting in November lasted 14 hours. Routine marathon sessions have resulted in no substantive progress for residents.

This is not rational behavior for politicians in a large city with a mayor-council government. The council of New York, population 8.3 million, meets twice a month. Council members vote on policy matters that have been vetted and fine-tuned by committees. We asked New York City Council staff member Kevin Pynn how long meetings last.

"About an hour," Pynn said.

Gazette: "Really? Do they ever go longer?"

Pynn: "Sometimes a little. Not too



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The City Council met for 13 hours. The April 8 session came one day after the council met informally for more than five hours. That's 18 hours in just two days. A meeting in November lasted 14 hours. Routine marathon sessions have resulted in no substantive progress for residents.

This is not rational behavior for politicians in a large city with a mayor-council government. The council of New York, population 8.3 million, meets twice a month. Council members vote on policy matters that have been vetted and fine-tuned by committees. We asked New York City Council staff member Kevin Pynn how long meetings last.

"About an hour," Pynn said.

Gazette: "Really? Do they ever go longer?"

Pynn: "Sometimes a little. Not too

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<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Be aware of stigma that surrounds mental illness]]> Melissa Dashner http://gazette.com/guest-column-be-aware-of-stigma-that-surrounds-mental-illness/article/1518333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-be-aware-of-stigma-that-surrounds-mental-illness/article/1518333?custom_click=rss

Stigma. What is the stigma of mental health?

When we think of someone seeking mental health treatment, we think of him or her as weak, incompetent or even crazy. Why? Is it because someone needs help processing his or her thoughts or needs medication?

What do you do when you are upset with a situation in life? You talk to a friend or a family member about it. Isn't that treatment for your mental health?

What do you do when you are sick with a headache or a cold? You take medicine to help you through the day. The stigma of seeking mental health treatment has a negative connotation although we all seek mental health treatment in one form or another. We need to start working to change the negative image of mental health

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When we think of someone seeking mental health treatment, we think of him or her as weak, incompetent or even crazy. Why? Is it because someone needs help processing his or her thoughts or needs medication?

What do you do when you are upset with a situation in life? You talk to a friend or a family member about it. Isn't that treatment for your mental health?

What do you do when you are sick with a headache or a cold? You take medicine to help you through the day. The stigma of seeking mental health treatment has a negative connotation although we all seek mental health treatment in one form or another. We need to start working to change the negative image of mental health]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:30:02 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: City going deeper into a hole; no shortage of teachers]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-city-going-deeper-into-a-hole-no-shortage-of-teachers/article/1518332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-city-going-deeper-into-a-hole-no-shortage-of-teachers/article/1518332?custom_click=rss

Being driven deeper into a hole

We and others believe City for Champions is a brilliant plan to bring the most visible elements of Colorado Springs together - Air Force Academy, UCCS, sports and medicine, art - to fill in the gaps and make the city into a coherent piece, like a beautiful, hand-crafted quilt. A piece where everyone is welcome, encouraged and involved, functioning at the level of their personal best and becoming part of the ever-evolving fabric of the city.

Everybody needs to get behind the CforC initiative and make it happen. So far, certain members of City Council have seemed to want to scuttle - single handedly - the whole idea.

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We and others believe City for Champions is a brilliant plan to bring the most visible elements of Colorado Springs together - Air Force Academy, UCCS, sports and medicine, art - to fill in the gaps and make the city into a coherent piece, like a beautiful, hand-crafted quilt. A piece where everyone is welcome, encouraged and involved, functioning at the level of their personal best and becoming part of the ever-evolving fabric of the city.

Everybody needs to get behind the CforC initiative and make it happen. So far, certain members of City Council have seemed to want to scuttle - single handedly - the whole idea.]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Common Core serves children; Hobby Lobby]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-common-core-serves-children-hobby-lobby/article/1518272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-common-core-serves-children-hobby-lobby/article/1518272?custom_click=rss

Best choice for the future

I have to admit straight off, I have never been employed as a public school teacher. I am the product of public education and my children are as well. I spent middle school and most of high school in eastern Kansas. We transferred between my junior and senior year to western Nebraska where to my surprise, had I taken the required civics class my junior year in Kansas I could have graduated without having to attend a day of my senior year. As it turned out, I took the required civics class that first semester and left school with my diploma after Christmas. I would have to say that Kansas held students to a higher bar than Nebraska.

My three children received IB diplomas from Palmer High School.

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I have to admit straight off, I have never been employed as a public school teacher. I am the product of public education and my children are as well. I spent middle school and most of high school in eastern Kansas. We transferred between my junior and senior year to western Nebraska where to my surprise, had I taken the required civics class my junior year in Kansas I could have graduated without having to attend a day of my senior year. As it turned out, I took the required civics class that first semester and left school with my diploma after Christmas. I would have to say that Kansas held students to a higher bar than Nebraska.

My three children received IB diplomas from Palmer High School.]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Gazette wins Pulitzer Prize in quest to serve community]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-gazette-wins-pulitzer-prize-in-quest-to-serve-community/article/1518271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-gazette-wins-pulitzer-prize-in-quest-to-serve-community/article/1518271?custom_click=rss

The Gazette won the Pulitzer Prize Monday, journalism's top award, because of a series of articles that is improving the plight of military personnel who risk their lives to keep the United States safe and free.

Like all great journalists, reporter Dave Philipps uses his career as a means of improving society. When he heard about soldiers getting discharged without benefits, after suffering injuries in war, he embarked on a no-holds-barred fact-finding mission. His efforts culminated in a three-part series called "Other than Honorable."

Because the information was of such great importance to our community and the country, no effort was spared in making the articles accurate and clear.

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]]> The Gazette won the Pulitzer Prize Monday, journalism's top award, because of a series of articles that is improving the plight of military personnel who risk their lives to keep the United States safe and free.

Like all great journalists, reporter Dave Philipps uses his career as a means of improving society. When he heard about soldiers getting discharged without benefits, after suffering injuries in war, he embarked on a no-holds-barred fact-finding mission. His efforts culminated in a three-part series called "Other than Honorable."

Because the information was of such great importance to our community and the country, no effort was spared in making the articles accurate and clear.]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:00:01 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Proponent of eminent domain law impedes property rights]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-proponent-of-eminent-domain-law-impedes-property-rights/article/1518159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-proponent-of-eminent-domain-law-impedes-property-rights/article/1518159?custom_click=rss

In a 12-hour meeting that ended at 1 a.m. and accomplished little, City Councilman Joel Miller tried to rush through a grandstanding law that would protect residents from a conspiracy theory. Without Miller's ordinance, the story goes, city government will confiscate homes.

We need new businesses, jobs and attractions for young and future generations. Alas, a few on the council are too busy navel-gazing for any of the others to lead.

The eminent domain ordinance is a solution seeking a problem. Miller might as well spend hundreds of staff hours saving us from city confiscation of guns. This community has a history of avoiding condemnation, even for linear infrastructure projects such as the Southern Delivery System.



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In a 12-hour meeting that ended at 1 a.m. and accomplished little, City Councilman Joel Miller tried to rush through a grandstanding law that would protect residents from a conspiracy theory. Without Miller's ordinance, the story goes, city government will confiscate homes.

We need new businesses, jobs and attractions for young and future generations. Alas, a few on the council are too busy navel-gazing for any of the others to lead.

The eminent domain ordinance is a solution seeking a problem. Miller might as well spend hundreds of staff hours saving us from city confiscation of guns. This community has a history of avoiding condemnation, even for linear infrastructure projects such as the Southern Delivery System.

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<![CDATA[LETTERS: Seems like a contradiction; trampling on civil rights]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-seems-like-a-contradiction-trampling-on-civil-rights/article/1518206?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-seems-like-a-contradiction-trampling-on-civil-rights/article/1518206?custom_click=rss

Seems like a contradiction

Barry Fagin suggests that making birth control pills available over the counter would eliminate controversies like that of Hobby Lobby wishing to be exempt from providing birth control to its female employees. He states he discovered that, in his ZIP code, a month's supply would cost only around $50. I would suggest to Barry that $50 a month can be a big expense for some families. It's very possible, since I doubt Hobby Lobby pays extraordinarily high wages, that its very own employees might be among those least able to afford that expenditure which, by law, should be covered under its insurance benefits. Some religions are against vaccinations and cancer treatment.

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Barry Fagin suggests that making birth control pills available over the counter would eliminate controversies like that of Hobby Lobby wishing to be exempt from providing birth control to its female employees. He states he discovered that, in his ZIP code, a month's supply would cost only around $50. I would suggest to Barry that $50 a month can be a big expense for some families. It's very possible, since I doubt Hobby Lobby pays extraordinarily high wages, that its very own employees might be among those least able to afford that expenditure which, by law, should be covered under its insurance benefits. Some religions are against vaccinations and cancer treatment.]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:30:02 -0600