<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:04:25 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Sen. Bennet should support Neil Gorsuch]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-sen.-bennet-should-support-neil-gorsuch/article/1597697?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-sen.-bennet-should-support-neil-gorsuch/article/1597697?custom_click=rss

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet has battled loyalty concerns for years. Critics blasted him for voting with President Barack Obama "99 percent of the time," without much regard for whether those decisions best suited Colorado.

Fair or not, the charges affected the senator's approval ratings. In November, Bennet defeated a county commissioner with low statewide name recognition, and almost no money, by less than 4 points.

The looming confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, a Boulder resident, presents the loyalty test of Bennet's career.

Democrats may filibuster the confirmation, claiming Republicans stole the Supreme Court seat by refusing to consider Obama's lame-duck nomination of Merrick Garland.

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:02:41 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Aren't we better than this?; work for us, not against]]> http://gazette.com/letters-arent-we-better-than-this-work-for-us-not-against/article/1597731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-arent-we-better-than-this-work-for-us-not-against/article/1597731?custom_click=rss

Aren't we better than this?

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Barnes & Powers in the narrow median on the east side of Powers sat a woman with a dog. The dog was obviously scared with traffic streaming by on both sides within inches of them. The dog had nowhere to relieve itself and was patently being used to gain sympathy.

I called the CSPD to report the woman since the new law states panhandlers can no longer operate from these dangerous median positions, only to be told that "No officer will be sent on such a call."

Apparently, only certain laws are written to be upheld.

I asked the dispatcher if an officer on their way to/from the substation that is very near this intersection could ask the woman to move along and

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:47:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Teachers, public are closely connected]]> http://gazette.com/teachers-public-are-closely-connected/article/1597730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teachers-public-are-closely-connected/article/1597730?custom_click=rss The nation is painfully polarized on many issues and along many lines (e.g. by political party, geography, education, income, race).

But between and among a select number of groups, not all is negative. One example of a nuanced relationship is between teachers and the general public.

For each of the last 10 years, Education Next - a journal sponsored by Harvard, Stanford, and the Thomas Fordham Institute - has surveyed teachers and the general public to gather and contrast opinions on educational practice and policy.

The 2016 survey tells us that there are areas of agreement and disagreement. (Examples of areas of agreement include the general weak state of our schools and the need for increased government funding.

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]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:05:04 -0700 <![CDATA[UCCS focused on making more strides after Shockley-Zalabak]]> http://gazette.com/uccs-focused-on-making-more-strides-after-shockley-zalabak/article/1597696?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uccs-focused-on-making-more-strides-after-shockley-zalabak/article/1597696?custom_click=rss

The University of Colorado's Colorado Springs campus is an integral part of our service to the community and state, in addition to being key to the success of the university system and the students we serve. Our focus is on ensuring not only that it serves those vital roles but also continues its upward trajectory.

UCCS has made tremendous strides since its founding just over a half century ago when community members, including tech entrepreneur David Packard, pushed for a branch of CU to meet industry needs. The campus has been intricately woven into the fabric of the community ever since, and those ties grow stronger every year.

A considerable amount of the credit for UCCS' success goes to Chancellor Emerita Pam

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]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:05:03 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Don't let aggressive drivers define city; warn Russia]]> http://gazette.com/letters-dont-let-aggressive-drivers-define-city-warn-russia/article/1597557?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-dont-let-aggressive-drivers-define-city-warn-russia/article/1597557?custom_click=rss

Aggressive drivers define city

Yes, bring back the red-light cameras. Traffic enforcement in our city has taken a back seat to other priorities. This is not the fault of our heroes in blue. According to FBI statistics, the national average number of police officers for cities our size is 19 officers per 10,000 residents. Colorado Springs has 14 officers per 10K. The next closest cities are Atlanta (38 per 10K), and Raleigh, N.C. (17 per 10K). The next populous city in Colorado, Denver, has 21 officers per 10,000 residents, uses red light cameras, and has an air unit. We force our police to use four generations of police cruisers, some with peeling paint.

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:32:05 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Helping police defuse mental health crises]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-helping-police-defuse-mental-health-crises/article/1597130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-helping-police-defuse-mental-health-crises/article/1597130?custom_click=rss

A knife-wielding boy lunged at Police Lt. Daniel Gannon. But instead of using force, Lt. Gannon calmed the boy, kept him contained and persuaded him to drop the knife.

Although he could have used his weapon, Gannon relied on another tool - the Mental Health First Aid training he received a few months earlier. He credited the training as a key factor in his ability to safely resolve this potentially violent incident.

Too often, law enforcement officers are the de facto first responders to mental health crises, stepping outside the bounds of their job descriptions and facing situations they should never have to face.

Sadly, police encounters with people in mental health crises do not always end as well as they did for

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:23:41 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Support Gorsuch, Colorado native, for Supreme Court]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-support-gorsuch-colorado-native-for-supreme-court/article/1597038?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-support-gorsuch-colorado-native-for-supreme-court/article/1597038?custom_click=rss

In nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump chose a fourth-generation Coloradan to fill the seat left vacant by Justice Scalia's passing last year. Yet even after the two met last week, Colorado's U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has still not declared his support for Judge Gorsuch's confirmation.

The question every Coloradan should be asking is, "Why?"

It shouldn't be a hard decision. As a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Gorsuch has written legal opinions that are consistently brilliant, clearly written, and grounded firmly in the Constitution. He demonstrates all the qualities that we want in a Supreme Court justice.

Chief among these is his desire to understand and uphold the law

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:22:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Opinion: Trump's claim that media 'the enemy' of American people is undignified, but not entirely wrong]]> http://gazette.com/opinion-trumps-claim-that-media-the-enemy-of-american-people-is-undignified-but-not-entirely-wrong/article/1597483?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/opinion-trumps-claim-that-media-the-enemy-of-american-people-is-undignified-but-not-entirely-wrong/article/1597483?custom_click=rss

President Donald Trump has once again gone too far. This time it is with his attack on major news media as "the enemy of the American people." But that doesn't mean the attack is 100 percent wrong.

Trump's declaration, in a tweet, was inappropriate mostly because he is the president. The dignity of his office means such attacks should be beneath him. The power of that office makes such rhetoric menacing.

And it was a calculated, deliberate message, not something off the cuff.

Trump actually deleted the first draft, added a few more news outlets, fixed a typo and reposted it.

Campaigners, especially populist ones like Trump, benefit from having a powerful foe to battle against.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:08:39 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Meaning of protesting women; dealing with rash of crime]]> http://gazette.com/letters-meaning-of-protesting-women-dealing-with-rash-of-crime/article/1597482?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-meaning-of-protesting-women-dealing-with-rash-of-crime/article/1597482?custom_click=rss

Letters from Gazette readers.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:03:16 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Make Colorado Springs a garden for entrepreneurs]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-make-colorado-springs-a-garden-for-entrepreneurs/article/1597390?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-make-colorado-springs-a-garden-for-entrepreneurs/article/1597390?custom_click=rss

As we worry about global warming in 2017, we worried about overpopulation in the 1960s. Entrepreneurs saved us from the population bomb, and they might resolve climate change. So let's give thanks for entrepreneurs and foster their work in Colorado Springs.

"In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate," explained the 1968 version of the bestselling book "The Population Bomb," which warned that much of advanced civilization would not survive the 1980s because of overpopulation.

The opposite occurred. Population grew to exceed some of the more dire predictions.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:16:52 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Not allowed to manage forests; nice article on tournament]]> http://gazette.com/letters-not-allowed-to-manage-forests-nice-article-on-tournament/article/1597389?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-not-allowed-to-manage-forests-nice-article-on-tournament/article/1597389?custom_click=rss

Not allowed to manage forests

A recent letter really bugs me, to wit, the deplorable condition of our public forested lands and who is to blame, and that gets me fired up. First, the referenced forces of nature are at epidemic levels far beyond Colorado; in fact from here well into Canada. Ecosystems work to maintain balance, so when forests become overgrown and stagnant, they become increasingly susceptible to insects, disease and wildfire.

One of the jobs of the U.S. Forest Service is to apply modern scientific forest management practices to the lands under their jurisdiction to help keep things in balance. Given the complexities of natural systems, this is a daunting task for an organization under-staffed and under-funded

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:09:01 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Hiring legal immigrants best; more on presidency]]> http://gazette.com/letters-hiring-legal-immigrants-best-more-on-presidency/article/1597301?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-hiring-legal-immigrants-best-more-on-presidency/article/1597301?custom_click=rss

Hiring legal immigrants

Again the left has misrepresented what Americans want in their position expressed in a "Day without Immigrants." We recognize that the only "non-immigrants" are Native Americans. What we want is a "Day without 'illegal' immigrants." What to do? Consider hiring legal immigrants, the unemployed, military veterans facing challenges, seniors in need of extra income - I suspect the city and county could provide you with a long list of available individuals, instead of us paying a lot of money for people who are here as criminals.

John Gallagher

Colorado Springs

Be wary of statistics and agendas

I am writing with regard to the article, "Liberals undermine police on black crime" by Professor

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:24:05 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: The President defines the country]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-the-president-defines-the-country/article/1597262?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-the-president-defines-the-country/article/1597262?custom_click=rss

You could say that America's presidents have defined our country. Whether in crisis or during boom times, the person at the helm of the ship of state has an enormous responsibility and impact. Today we celebrate Presidents Day, the day to commemorate George Washington's birthday and also Abraham Lincoln's. It has become a time to honor the office, our nation's history and patriotism.

Presidential scholars emphasize that no other job can quite compare to that of the leader of the free world. Former President Obama once called himself the most powerful man in the world, and he was not exaggerating.

Throughout America's history, the role of president has been crucial. George Washington was our first president and led the

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:12:19 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: What they do not tell you; the meaning of our flag]]> http://gazette.com/letters-what-they-do-not-tell-you-the-meaning-of-our-flag/article/1597244?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-what-they-do-not-tell-you-the-meaning-of-our-flag/article/1597244?custom_click=rss

What they do not tell you

Once again another slanted piece that fails to be objective and tell the whole story. The piece in question is "Colorado Springs cyclists applaud downtown plan that would affect drivers". They go on and on about what is going to do for the local special interest group cyclists but not exactly how it is going to affect the motorists.

Well, what they do not tell you is they are going to take away lanes to do so. This is exactly what they did recently on Research Parkway on the north side. They claimed it was to reduce speeds and make it safer. Much to their chagrin, the accidents actually increased as most of us had predicted. The speeds did not go down.

They abandoned the project after mass

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:24:31 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Mr. Pruitt, save Colorado from the EPA]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-mr.-pruitt-save-colorado-from-the-epa/article/1597202?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-mr.-pruitt-save-colorado-from-the-epa/article/1597202?custom_click=rss

With Scott Pruitt confirmed Friday as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, hope is on the way.

The Obama administration's EPA has taken a heavy toll on Colorado's environment. The agency filed a costly lawsuit against Colorado Springs that threatens to enrich lawyers with money the city would otherwise invest to protect the environment from the dangers of outdated stormwater infrastructure.

A year after Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers committed hundreds of millions for environmentally sound stormwater assets, the EPA filed a vindictive lawsuit designed to punish the city for potential harms of a poorly maintained drainage system.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:38:49 -0700