<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:38 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Education should be the region's brand]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-education-should-be-the-regions-brand/article/1543279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-education-should-be-the-regions-brand/article/1543279?custom_click=rss In an oddly high-profile conflict involving a simple Twitter exchange, one of the Pikes Peak region's finest craft brewers insulted Colorado Springs. He wrote: "I've pretty much accepted the education level of the city," suggesting the population is stupider than other, more enlightened communities. He threatened to move his business to Denver, which must be better educated. The brewer has since apologized for what became a lot of fuss over nothing.

Though the beer meister's tangent drew much attention, the issue he raised has not been challenged in most gossipy media reports. Here's the real story: The community's above-average level of education, and the quality of its schools, distinguishes Colorado Springs from other large



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In an oddly high-profile conflict involving a simple Twitter exchange, one of the Pikes Peak region's finest craft brewers insulted Colorado Springs. He wrote: "I've pretty much accepted the education level of the city," suggesting the population is stupider than other, more enlightened communities. He threatened to move his business to Denver, which must be better educated. The brewer has since apologized for what became a lot of fuss over nothing.

Though the beer meister's tangent drew much attention, the issue he raised has not been challenged in most gossipy media reports. Here's the real story: The community's above-average level of education, and the quality of its schools, distinguishes Colorado Springs from other large

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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:41:15 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Business model, at cost of principles, not way for Republican Party]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/guest-column-business-model-at-cost-of-principles-not-way-for-republican-party/article/1543276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-business-model-at-cost-of-principles-not-way-for-republican-party/article/1543276?custom_click=rss

Nothing surprises me anymore when pseudo-conservatives talk about how the Republican Party could gain more relevance if they just followed their particular brand of leadership. Those that have succeeded in business, at least by their estimation, are convinced they have the answers to what the Republican Party could do better.

That is what we read in The Gazette's guest column of Dec. 10, written by Robert Blaha, former Congressional candidate for Colorado's 5th District. He has it right in that, for many voters, the party needs to improve its image, outcomes, and increase its effort to reach out to more voters, telling them how and why conservative principles are in their best long-term interests.



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Nothing surprises me anymore when pseudo-conservatives talk about how the Republican Party could gain more relevance if they just followed their particular brand of leadership. Those that have succeeded in business, at least by their estimation, are convinced they have the answers to what the Republican Party could do better.

That is what we read in The Gazette's guest column of Dec. 10, written by Robert Blaha, former Congressional candidate for Colorado's 5th District. He has it right in that, for many voters, the party needs to improve its image, outcomes, and increase its effort to reach out to more voters, telling them how and why conservative principles are in their best long-term interests.

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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:15:25 -0700
<![CDATA[LITTWIN: Having the ugly conversation on race]]> MIKE LITTWIN http://gazette.com/littwin-having-the-ugly-conversation-on-race/article/1543224?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/littwin-having-the-ugly-conversation-on-race/article/1543224?custom_click=rss

If you believe the polls or watch cable TV news, you may be halfway convinced that race relations in America have somehow grown worse during the tenure of the first black president.

But if that seems counterintuitive, that's because, well, it is. It's counterintuitive and it's wrong.

Yes, people are marching in the streets. Yes, NBA stars are wearing "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts. Yes, Bill O'Reilly puts the blame on Barack Obama for facilitating what he calls the racial "grievance industry." Yes, riots broke out in Ferguson after Darren Wilson was not indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Yes, police met the demonstrators with equipment made to kill terrorists. Yes, yes, and yes.

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But if that seems counterintuitive, that's because, well, it is. It's counterintuitive and it's wrong.

Yes, people are marching in the streets. Yes, NBA stars are wearing "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts. Yes, Bill O'Reilly puts the blame on Barack Obama for facilitating what he calls the racial "grievance industry." Yes, riots broke out in Ferguson after Darren Wilson was not indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Yes, police met the demonstrators with equipment made to kill terrorists. Yes, yes, and yes.]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:15:23 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Our republic is in danger]]> ROD BERNSEN http://gazette.com/guest-column-our-republic-is-in-danger/article/1543223?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-our-republic-is-in-danger/article/1543223?custom_click=rss

By now you have to know the legacy big-city newspapers, ABC, CBS, NBC and their JV cable stations have a liberal bias in their presentation of the news. The real danger to our republic is what the mainstream media (MSM) is not reporting.

MSM reports on a Staten Island, N.Y., man who was (illegally) selling individual cigarettes when police put him in a chokehold and took the suspect to the ground, killing the man.

The videotape shown clearly shows the man verbally and physically resisting the officers, but both broadcast and print MSM are not reporting these critical facts.

When the opportunity arose on Fox 11 News or "Good Day L.A.," I challenged the audience to an experiment: Ask their child to not let mommy or daddy

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]]> By now you have to know the legacy big-city newspapers, ABC, CBS, NBC and their JV cable stations have a liberal bias in their presentation of the news. The real danger to our republic is what the mainstream media (MSM) is not reporting.

MSM reports on a Staten Island, N.Y., man who was (illegally) selling individual cigarettes when police put him in a chokehold and took the suspect to the ground, killing the man.

The videotape shown clearly shows the man verbally and physically resisting the officers, but both broadcast and print MSM are not reporting these critical facts.

When the opportunity arose on Fox 11 News or "Good Day L.A.," I challenged the audience to an experiment: Ask their child to not let mommy or daddy]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:15:21 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Thank the police; revolution needed]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/letters-thank-the-police-revolution-needed/article/1543155?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-thank-the-police-revolution-needed/article/1543155?custom_click=rss

Springs should thank the police

I am a bit sick and tired of all this "police against humanity" crap of late. I do not know one police officer who wakes up saying, "I am going to kill a citizen today."

Colorado Springs: I challenge you on every outing to find a police officer, go up to said police officer and shake hands, thanking them for protecting our community. Thank a cop today! Let's start a new trend.

Kathleen Hickman

Colorado Springs

Cause and manner of death

An article in Saturday's paper said that a man was shot twice in the chest by a Canon City police officer and died. An autopsy was being done Friday to determine the cause and manner of death.



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Springs should thank the police

I am a bit sick and tired of all this "police against humanity" crap of late. I do not know one police officer who wakes up saying, "I am going to kill a citizen today."

Colorado Springs: I challenge you on every outing to find a police officer, go up to said police officer and shake hands, thanking them for protecting our community. Thank a cop today! Let's start a new trend.

Kathleen Hickman

Colorado Springs

Cause and manner of death

An article in Saturday's paper said that a man was shot twice in the chest by a Canon City police officer and died. An autopsy was being done Friday to determine the cause and manner of death.

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:06:32 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Mayor Bach overhauled broken bureaucracy]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-mayor-bach-overhauled-broken-bureaucracy/article/1543153?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-mayor-bach-overhauled-broken-bureaucracy/article/1543153?custom_click=rss

It's official. Mayor Steve Bach will not seek re-election.

His replacement will have a tough act to follow. Bach, elected as the first person to lead a new "strong-mayor" form of governance, walked into a mess. The city had been run by a part-time executive branch of government with an executive-for-hire who treated taxpayers like a food source.

The budget, supporting a bloated bureaucracy, was headed for crisis. The city-owned hospital was on a path toward bankruptcy. Business owners felt like flotsam. A passive-aggressive attack on the public, facilitated by the legislative branch and its employee, had the community known nationally for turning off streetlights, removing garbage cans from parks, boarding up public

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]]> It's official. Mayor Steve Bach will not seek re-election.

His replacement will have a tough act to follow. Bach, elected as the first person to lead a new "strong-mayor" form of governance, walked into a mess. The city had been run by a part-time executive branch of government with an executive-for-hire who treated taxpayers like a food source.

The budget, supporting a bloated bureaucracy, was headed for crisis. The city-owned hospital was on a path toward bankruptcy. Business owners felt like flotsam. A passive-aggressive attack on the public, facilitated by the legislative branch and its employee, had the community known nationally for turning off streetlights, removing garbage cans from parks, boarding up public]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:10:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Opinion: Police run toward danger while cowards run away, second-guess their actions]]> Ken Buck http://gazette.com/opinion-police-run-toward-danger-while-cowards-run-away-second-guess-their-actions/article/1543058?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/opinion-police-run-toward-danger-while-cowards-run-away-second-guess-their-actions/article/1543058?custom_click=rss

Have we forgotten 9/11? Do we remember the police officers, firefighters and EMS teams who died trying to save innocent victims of a terrorist attack? Alongside brave firefighters and selfless EMS teams, 23 courageous New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority officers gave their lives that day without hesitation. As district attorney, I see that courage every day from our law enforcement officers and know the price they pay.

I visited an officer in the hospital a few hours after he was shot trying to make an arrest. I have thanked an officer with a broken arm, the result of saving an innocent child.



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Have we forgotten 9/11? Do we remember the police officers, firefighters and EMS teams who died trying to save innocent victims of a terrorist attack? Alongside brave firefighters and selfless EMS teams, 23 courageous New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority officers gave their lives that day without hesitation. As district attorney, I see that courage every day from our law enforcement officers and know the price they pay.

I visited an officer in the hospital a few hours after he was shot trying to make an arrest. I have thanked an officer with a broken arm, the result of saving an innocent child.

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Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:41:08 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Don't get too self-righteous opposing torture]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-dont-get-too-self-righteous-opposing-torture/article/1543059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-dont-get-too-self-righteous-opposing-torture/article/1543059?custom_click=rss

Colorado's outgoing Sen. Mark Udall helped renew the country's longstanding debate about the morality of torture. Oddly, what may be the senator's most defining moment comes at the end of his one-term career.

Udall was sharply critical of the CIA after winning a long-fought battle for release of a torture report. The report, critical of American interrogation tactics after the Sept. 11 attacks, cites poor results from terror techniques that included water boarding, sleep deprivation, threats against relatives and rectal feeding. Former CIA directors George Tenet, Porter Goss and Michael Hayden (a retired Air Force general) joined former deputy directors in writing an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal that characterizes the

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]]> Colorado's outgoing Sen. Mark Udall helped renew the country's longstanding debate about the morality of torture. Oddly, what may be the senator's most defining moment comes at the end of his one-term career.

Udall was sharply critical of the CIA after winning a long-fought battle for release of a torture report. The report, critical of American interrogation tactics after the Sept. 11 attacks, cites poor results from terror techniques that included water boarding, sleep deprivation, threats against relatives and rectal feeding. Former CIA directors George Tenet, Porter Goss and Michael Hayden (a retired Air Force general) joined former deputy directors in writing an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal that characterizes the]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:15:11 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Gruber should apologize for actions, not words]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-gruber-should-apologize-for-actions-not-words/article/1542964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-gruber-should-apologize-for-actions-not-words/article/1542964?custom_click=rss

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is awesome. Americans suffering from Obamacare don't owe him forgiveness for his words. We owe him gratitude. Sometimes it is not the thought that counts most. It is the result.

Gruber spent much of a four-hour congressional hearing Tuesday delivering a dramatic, unconditional apology that will go down in history. The MIT economist regrets insulting others to make himself look smarter. He apologized for calling Americans stupid during multiple lectures he never expected would show up on YouTube. He is sorry for being "arrogant" and "glib." He is sorry for boasting about an intentional "lack of transparency" to obscure the true toll Obamacare would take on some Americans.

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]]> Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is awesome. Americans suffering from Obamacare don't owe him forgiveness for his words. We owe him gratitude. Sometimes it is not the thought that counts most. It is the result.

Gruber spent much of a four-hour congressional hearing Tuesday delivering a dramatic, unconditional apology that will go down in history. The MIT economist regrets insulting others to make himself look smarter. He apologized for calling Americans stupid during multiple lectures he never expected would show up on YouTube. He is sorry for being "arrogant" and "glib." He is sorry for boasting about an intentional "lack of transparency" to obscure the true toll Obamacare would take on some Americans.]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:20:20 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Christians and Satanists should unite]]> By Ashley smith http://gazette.com/guest-column-christians-and-satanists-should-unite/article/1542963?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-christians-and-satanists-should-unite/article/1542963?custom_click=rss

A Christmas angel is on fire at Florida's State's Capitol building this holiday season. Adjacent to a traditional nativity scene, this disturbing display depicts an angel falling from the sky in burning flames with a sign overhead wishing "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple". The New York-based Satanic Temple's holiday message was nearly banned for being offensive. But the Satanist's call for "free speech, tolerance and pluralism" won them a spot on the floor. To most Christians their burning angel is offensive, but I can get over it. Everyone is entitled to how, where and what they believe. I may not like it, but I can respect it; however I do ask for equal respect in return.

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]]> A Christmas angel is on fire at Florida's State's Capitol building this holiday season. Adjacent to a traditional nativity scene, this disturbing display depicts an angel falling from the sky in burning flames with a sign overhead wishing "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple". The New York-based Satanic Temple's holiday message was nearly banned for being offensive. But the Satanist's call for "free speech, tolerance and pluralism" won them a spot on the floor. To most Christians their burning angel is offensive, but I can get over it. Everyone is entitled to how, where and what they believe. I may not like it, but I can respect it; however I do ask for equal respect in return.]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:20:18 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Council undermines will of voters]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-council-undermines-will-of-voters/article/1542889?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-council-undermines-will-of-voters/article/1542889?custom_click=rss An insatiable lust for power is driving the city's legislative branch to undo the will of voters.

Tuesday's City Council meeting provided the latest assault on the executive mayor form of government voters overwhelmingly chose in 2010.

Mark Twain warned about legislative excess with his famous quote: "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session."

Some of the country's most successful cities strictly limit the authority and reach of their legislative branches. The City Council of New York meets twice a month for about one hour. The Chicago City Council meets for 2.5 hours once a month, but never in August.



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An insatiable lust for power is driving the city's legislative branch to undo the will of voters.

Tuesday's City Council meeting provided the latest assault on the executive mayor form of government voters overwhelmingly chose in 2010.

Mark Twain warned about legislative excess with his famous quote: "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session."

Some of the country's most successful cities strictly limit the authority and reach of their legislative branches. The City Council of New York meets twice a month for about one hour. The Chicago City Council meets for 2.5 hours once a month, but never in August.

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Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:58:55 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Amazing holiday experience; cell phone fascination]]> http://gazette.com/letters-amazing-holiday-experience-cell-phone-fascination/article/1542888?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-amazing-holiday-experience-cell-phone-fascination/article/1542888?custom_click=rss

Wonderful holiday experiences

In a city widely known for its scenic beautiful, it's notable that we're also home to a diverse and thriving performing arts community that encompasses a number of organizations and programs that actively encourage, promote and train our next generation of performing artists. We were privileged this past weekend to experience the results of several of these programs and were impressed and excited by what we saw in the space of just over 24 hours. On Saturday afternoon, we attended a wonderful performance of the much beloved Christmas classic "Amahl and the Night Visitors" produced by the Colorado Springs Conservatory, whose motto of "Cultivating Young Performing Artists" was on full display to the

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In a city widely known for its scenic beautiful, it's notable that we're also home to a diverse and thriving performing arts community that encompasses a number of organizations and programs that actively encourage, promote and train our next generation of performing artists. We were privileged this past weekend to experience the results of several of these programs and were impressed and excited by what we saw in the space of just over 24 hours. On Saturday afternoon, we attended a wonderful performance of the much beloved Christmas classic "Amahl and the Night Visitors" produced by the Colorado Springs Conservatory, whose motto of "Cultivating Young Performing Artists" was on full display to the]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 04:10:03 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Conservative movement needs a makeover]]> Robert Blaha http://gazette.com/guest-column-conservative-movement-needs-a-makeover/article/1542825?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-conservative-movement-needs-a-makeover/article/1542825?custom_click=rss

The elections are over, and as conservatives we experienced victory and defeat. After an appropriate celebration, the question becomes: Where do we go from here? How do we remain relevant and escape extinction?

Though we had much to celebrate after the 2014 mid-terms, we must be honest with ourselves. From a state standpoint, we barely won the Senate race, even after placing a dream candidate against an ineffective incumbent who ran an embarrassingly bad campaign. We lost the governor's race against an embattled incumbent known for weak leadership.

Our own Congressman remains virtually unknown and undistinguished after years in D.C.

Latinos and young adults from both coasts are flooding into our state, and we should

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]]> The elections are over, and as conservatives we experienced victory and defeat. After an appropriate celebration, the question becomes: Where do we go from here? How do we remain relevant and escape extinction?

Though we had much to celebrate after the 2014 mid-terms, we must be honest with ourselves. From a state standpoint, we barely won the Senate race, even after placing a dream candidate against an ineffective incumbent who ran an embarrassingly bad campaign. We lost the governor's race against an embattled incumbent known for weak leadership.

Our own Congressman remains virtually unknown and undistinguished after years in D.C.

Latinos and young adults from both coasts are flooding into our state, and we should]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:15:35 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Colorado Springs Manifesto]]> Gregory Olinyk http://gazette.com/guest-column-colorado-springs-manifesto/article/1542588?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-colorado-springs-manifesto/article/1542588?custom_click=rss

On April 6 my Gazette Guest Editorial about revitalizing our economy suddenly opened the “proverbial door” to interview and interact with a broad spectrum of our city’s leading civic, business, military and political leaders; including a majority of our City Council. Their generous contributions of time and insight – eye-opening and at times unsettling – are offered here.



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On April 6 my Gazette Guest Editorial about revitalizing our economy suddenly opened the “proverbial door” to interview and interact with a broad spectrum of our city’s leading civic, business, military and political leaders; including a majority of our City Council. Their generous contributions of time and insight – eye-opening and at times unsettling – are offered here.

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:58:10 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Save Browns Canyon from its would-be saviors]]> Sean Paige - http://gazette.com/guest-column-save-browns-canyon-from-its-would-be-saviors/article/1542761?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-save-browns-canyon-from-its-would-be-saviors/article/1542761?custom_click=rss One problem with most politicians is that they just don't know when to leave well-enough alone. That impulse to fix what isn't broken helps explain why so many of their "solutions" make matters worse.

One prime example of this is the push by Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall to get President Barack Obama to unilaterally designate the Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area as a new national monument. Not only does this encourage abuses of authority for which this president is now notorious, weakening the role of the legislative branch along the way. But it most likely will have the opposite effect of what the canyon's self-anointed saviors intend, by drawing crowds and raising the hassle factor for those who would like to keep

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]]> One problem with most politicians is that they just don't know when to leave well-enough alone. That impulse to fix what isn't broken helps explain why so many of their "solutions" make matters worse.

One prime example of this is the push by Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall to get President Barack Obama to unilaterally designate the Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area as a new national monument. Not only does this encourage abuses of authority for which this president is now notorious, weakening the role of the legislative branch along the way. But it most likely will have the opposite effect of what the canyon's self-anointed saviors intend, by drawing crowds and raising the hassle factor for those who would like to keep]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 08:05:02 -0700