<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:53:37 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Jill Gaebler is conservative impostor]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-jill-gaebler-is-conservative-impostor/article/1599723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-jill-gaebler-is-conservative-impostor/article/1599723?custom_click=rss

City Councilwoman Jill Gaebler has been a bold liberal progressive for four years in office. In her re-election bid, she wants a new image. Suddenly, she is "conservative."

We were not the least surprised, or disappointed, when Gaebler teamed up with liberal Democratic State Sen. Michael Merrifield in 2013 to address a transgender crowd and proclaim "they're just my people."

Like most liberal politicians, Gaebler prioritizes public policies to stop global warming. On the "The Little London Show" podcast in November, Gaebler laughed at fellow council member Andres Pico for not sharing her global warming fears. As chairman of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors, Pico has protected locals from rushed efforts to

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:59:33 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Health care will take bipartisan work; regression of knowledge]]> http://gazette.com/letters-health-care-will-take-bipartisan-work-regression-of-knowledge/article/1599763?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-health-care-will-take-bipartisan-work-regression-of-knowledge/article/1599763?custom_click=rss

Health care will take bipartisan work

Here we are again, one party trying to gain the upper hand in the health insurance journey. I have two thoughts on the fiasco going on in Congress.

First, neither party is interested in involving the other in this incredible journey to find a solution in this political minefield. Democrats pushed their agenda without Republican input and got a bill passed for health care. We can all debate the merits and problems. Now the Republicans who were angry with the Democrats are in the same situation, eliminating the Democrats and pushing to have their brand of health care.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:47:14 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Setting the record straight; millennials in the workplace]]> http://gazette.com/letters-setting-the-record-straight-millennials-in-the-workplace/article/1599722?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-setting-the-record-straight-millennials-in-the-workplace/article/1599722?custom_click=rss Revisiting history of stormwater

To respond to The Gazette's editorials on March 14 and 22, on who's to blame for our stormwater problems, I would like to set the record straight.

Yes, in 2005, Mayor Lionel Rivera, myself and the majority of a then fiscally conservative City Council created the Stormwater Enterprise without a vote. At the time, we were responding to the threat of EPA lawsuits for violations of the Clean Water Act the same way nearly every community across the country had responded before and has since. There are nearly 1,500 such enterprises and authorities in the United States and maybe a dozen have gone to a vote. Most of those have lost.

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:57:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Point/Counterpoint: Does the business community have the right amount of influence on local politics?]]> http://gazette.com/pointcounterpoint-does-the-business-community-have-the-right-amount-of-influence-on-local-politics/article/1599703?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pointcounterpoint-does-the-business-community-have-the-right-amount-of-influence-on-local-politics/article/1599703?custom_click=rss

Steve Schuck

Quality of life for individuals begins with a good job! Quality of life for a community begins with a good economy! Both depend on a healthy and thriving business climate attractive to small and large employers alike. No one better understands what it takes to create and sustain the political conditions necessary for employers to grow and prosper than business leaders.

So, it is in the interest of all our citizens that the voice of business be heard and respected continually, but especially at election time. Business leaders generally, and real estate developers in particular, understand politics and economics. They are uniquely qualified to use their private-sector expertise to oversee and enhance public-sector

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:24:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Start over but don't rush health care law]]> http://gazette.com/start-over-but-dont-rush-health-care-law/article/1599660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/start-over-but-dont-rush-health-care-law/article/1599660?custom_click=rss House Speaker Paul Ryan didn't have votes to pass the American Health Care Act.

Republicans ought to take their time and write a better bill that, unlike the AHCA, repeals Obamacare and institutes real reform of the broken health care system.

Needlessly rushing policy has become the ignominious hallmark of the all-Republican government that is two months old, and the dangers are predictable.

Just as the White House rushed through an executive order on border security, GOP House leadership rushed out a bill without the requisite advance work.

There was no real committee process. The bill was drafted behind closed doors, and party leaders made it clear that no amendments were to be accepted. There was insufficient

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:10:27 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Solving the affordable housing crisis]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-solving-the-affordable-housing-crisis/article/1599661?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-solving-the-affordable-housing-crisis/article/1599661?custom_click=rss

Colorado is facing an affordable housing crisis as both the demand and the cost of entry-level homes continues to skyrocket, while housing construction, particularly in the areas of condominiums, remains largely nonexistent.

Some have argued the absence of affordable housing construction, which condominiums and starter single-family homes provide, is simply due to a lack of demand. That is just not the case. New research from the Common Sense Policy Roundtable suggests that there is in fact strong demand for diverse and affordable housing, but that many consumers have been priced out of the market because of well-intentioned but overly burdensome construction defect liability laws.

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]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:10:01 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Governor should back Colorado first]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-governor-should-back-colorado-first/article/1599652?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-governor-should-back-colorado-first/article/1599652?custom_click=rss

When The Gazette endorsed Democrat John Hickenlooper for governor in 2010, political insiders raised a concern. They liked Hickenlooper, but warned he was a staunch party loyalist. They worried he could be manipulated by the party machine, sometimes to the detriment of Colorado.

The governor has done a lot worthy of praise, but the warning was not unfounded. Example: Even though Colorado helped block the federal Clean Power Plan, Hickenlooper backed President Barack Obama by moving forward with a similar plan. Only after Hillary Clinton lost the election did the governor back off a plan to impose standards nearly identical to those the U.S. Supreme Court delayed to avoid "irreparable harm" to Colorado and other states that sued.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:03:09 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: 'Repeal and replace' falls short]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-repeal-and-replace-falls-short/article/1599521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-repeal-and-replace-falls-short/article/1599521?custom_click=rss

Among the most promising things about the election of Donald Trump as president, in conjunction with a Republican-controlled Congress, was the long-awaited realization of the repeal of Obamacare - the expensive government takeover of health care that was President Barack Obama's signal "achievement" - which drove up health insurance premiums and deductibles, priced millions out of the health insurance market, cost taxpayers billions of dollars and instituted a Medicaid expansion that will be the fiscal undoing of several states in the nation, including Colorado, if not reversed and accompanied with serious reform.

The failures of Obamacare are clear to most and plentiful. The law was built upon faulty and myopic economic theories

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:25:17 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: The nightmare that is the Republican Party]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-nightmare-that-is-the-republican-party/article/1599438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-nightmare-that-is-the-republican-party/article/1599438?custom_click=rss

Well, the Republicans are in control and it seems as though they possess an incredible ability to fumble the ball inside the 20-yard-line. Whether it's repealing and replacing Obamacare, dealing with wiretap narratives, faking governance or just trying to create some form of a unified image - the incompetence is stunning.

This shocking admittance from an ardent conservative activist who - unfortunately is a realist.

It seems that Republicans idea of leadership is being part of a subgroup that constantly attacks other groups with the objective of finding a way to "lose the day.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:24:56 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Safe sport is a high priority for USOC]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-safe-sport-is-a-high-priority-for-usoc/article/1599437?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-safe-sport-is-a-high-priority-for-usoc/article/1599437?custom_click=rss

The existence of sexual abuse in sports has been the subject of a number of recent media reports and other inquiries. Sexual abuse, particularly when it involves a child, is horrific.

The United States Olympic Committee cares deeply about the welfare of young athletes who participate in Olympic and Paralympic sports. Like many others, we became more acutely aware of the potential scope and scale of the problem in 2010 when several sexual abuse cases in swimming were widely reported.

Since 2010, the USOC has been actively and transparently investing in programs to protect young athletes from abuse. In early 2010, the USOC appointed a working group to assess the problem and make recommendations regarding child protection in

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:23:43 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Colorado's broken marijuana revenue model]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-colorados-broken-marijuana-revenue-model/article/1599402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-colorados-broken-marijuana-revenue-model/article/1599402?custom_click=rss

A few weeks ago, Gov. John Hickenlooper proposed a 50 percent sales tax increase on recreational marijuana in hopes of restoring $40 million to public schools. While the governor is searching high and low for pots of money, he may want to look right under his nose at the most glaring revenue problem associated with the marijuana industry in Colorado.

The fraud and abuse around the issuance of medical marijuana cards has undercut the economic contributions this industry should be making to Colorado. Legal marijuana contributed roughly $150 million to Colorado's $28 billion dollar budget, through the end of October.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:22:12 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Addressing our state transportation funding crisis]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-addressing-our-state-transportation-funding-crisis/article/1599361?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-addressing-our-state-transportation-funding-crisis/article/1599361?custom_click=rss

The roads and bridges throughout Colorado are deteriorating. We have not adequately funded our transportation infrastructure to keep pace with our growing population. There are several bills in this legislative session on increased transportation funding. I have introduced legislation (HB 1171) with Rep. Perry Buck to address three components of our state transportation infrastructure crisis:

Fund our Priority Projects: The bill would send a ballot measure to the voters in November seeking approval of a $3.5 billion transportation bond issue. The bond issue would be used for state-wide priority projects already identified and listed in HB 1171. One of the listed priority projects is the widening of I-25 from Monument to Castle

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:16:06 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Governor's assessment was accurate; health of Colorado kids]]> http://gazette.com/letters-governors-assessment-was-accurate-health-of-colorado-kids/article/1599592?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-governors-assessment-was-accurate-health-of-colorado-kids/article/1599592?custom_click=rss

Governor's assessment was accurate

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper correctly stated the state has not seen a spike in teen marijuana usage. He was referring to 2015 data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Your March 16 editorial cited a group of scientists from Harvard, the University of Colorado and other institutions apparently asking for a correction. Those folks sought to discredit a robust Colorado-based survey (HKCS) and cite the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) claiming youth marijuana use in Colorado has risen. Their claims about HKCS and what the NSDUH shows are irresponsible and misleading.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:10:44 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: The joys and hopes of youth; how to write a budget]]> http://gazette.com/letters-the-joys-and-hopes-of-youth-how-to-write-a-budget/article/1599531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-the-joys-and-hopes-of-youth-how-to-write-a-budget/article/1599531?custom_click=rss

Letters from Gazette readers.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:42:30 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: The Sierra Club's costly agenda]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-the-sierra-clubs-costly-agenda/article/1599532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-the-sierra-clubs-costly-agenda/article/1599532?custom_click=rss

Hoping to stack the Colorado Springs City Council with those who support their cause, the Sierra Club has endorsed former Councilman Richard Skorman in District 3, Yolanda Avila in District 4 and Jill Gaebler in District 5.

The local Sierra Club fights global warming and defends the planet by suing our community at every opportunity, imposing extraordinary costs on taxpayers.

Former City Councilman John Hazlehurst explained it with eloquence few mortal writers could match, in his column for the Colorado Springs Independent.

"Don't screw with the Sierra Club," Hazlehurst wrote. "These folks aren't friendly, long-haired do-gooders, but ruthless litigators. Unless you're absolutely sure of your ground, figure out what you

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:20:54 -0600