<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Sun, 24 May 2015 09:22:52 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Attack on Stapleton unfair]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-attack-on-stapleton-unfair/article/1552461?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-attack-on-stapleton-unfair/article/1552461?custom_click=rss

No one has worked harder and smarter than state Treasurer Walker Stapleton to protect Colorado's unstable and underfunded Public Employees' Retirement Association. He has done so while crusading against a billion-dollar-a-year tax increase designed to backfill PERA on a disingenuous promise it would raise cash for classrooms.

Yet Stapleton's recent support for a potential PERA refinance mechanism has generated criticism from the right, center and left. It is a safe bet Stapleton's financial acumen dwarfs that of his critics. He is a successful businessman with a Harvard MBA, a graduate degree from the London School of Economics and a proven record of good results.

Stapleton has conservative political leanings but is not

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]]> No one has worked harder and smarter than state Treasurer Walker Stapleton to protect Colorado's unstable and underfunded Public Employees' Retirement Association. He has done so while crusading against a billion-dollar-a-year tax increase designed to backfill PERA on a disingenuous promise it would raise cash for classrooms.

Yet Stapleton's recent support for a potential PERA refinance mechanism has generated criticism from the right, center and left. It is a safe bet Stapleton's financial acumen dwarfs that of his critics. He is a successful businessman with a Harvard MBA, a graduate degree from the London School of Economics and a proven record of good results.

Stapleton has conservative political leanings but is not]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 04:16:52 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Regulatory state keeps women businesses down]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-regulatory-state-keeps-women-businesses-down/article/1552454?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-regulatory-state-keeps-women-businesses-down/article/1552454?custom_click=rss

The president tells us that the economy is alive, but Main Street tells us that small business is dying. For the first time in recorded history, the number of business closures - appropriately called "deaths" by the Census Bureau - outnumber starts.

That's bad for the country, which depends on small business to employ half of its workforce and create two-thirds of its new jobs. It's especially bad news for women, who disproportionately run small businesses.

There are now more than 10 million women-owned businesses in the country, employing more than 13 million people and generating $1.9 trillion in sales. That's a 60 percent increase since 1997.

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]]> The president tells us that the economy is alive, but Main Street tells us that small business is dying. For the first time in recorded history, the number of business closures - appropriately called "deaths" by the Census Bureau - outnumber starts.

That's bad for the country, which depends on small business to employ half of its workforce and create two-thirds of its new jobs. It's especially bad news for women, who disproportionately run small businesses.

There are now more than 10 million women-owned businesses in the country, employing more than 13 million people and generating $1.9 trillion in sales. That's a 60 percent increase since 1997.]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 04:16:11 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Why sportsmen support fracking]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-why-sportsmen-support-fracking/article/1552453?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-why-sportsmen-support-fracking/article/1552453?custom_click=rss

Trapshooting was my first love.

More than just crushing my target, I lived for that millisecond when the explosion of gunpowder swirled amidst the clear blue skies - a speck in Mother Nature's omnipotent beauty.

The great outdoors are my escape - my second home. It's a feeling unique to any sportsman.

And Colorado sportsmen understand it's our heritage that unites us. When it comes to the great outdoors, we take pride in knowing that generations before us hunted the same mountains, fished the same rivers and hiked through the same spruce forests.

To ensure future generations can have similar love affairs with the wilderness, conservation is crucial. As a sportswoman, I know every Coloradan must play his or her

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]]> Trapshooting was my first love.

More than just crushing my target, I lived for that millisecond when the explosion of gunpowder swirled amidst the clear blue skies - a speck in Mother Nature's omnipotent beauty.

The great outdoors are my escape - my second home. It's a feeling unique to any sportsman.

And Colorado sportsmen understand it's our heritage that unites us. When it comes to the great outdoors, we take pride in knowing that generations before us hunted the same mountains, fished the same rivers and hiked through the same spruce forests.

To ensure future generations can have similar love affairs with the wilderness, conservation is crucial. As a sportswoman, I know every Coloradan must play his or her]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 04:16:08 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Mayor-elect makes solid first appointment]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-mayor-elect-makes-solid-first-appointment/article/1552344?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-mayor-elect-makes-solid-first-appointment/article/1552344?custom_click=rss

President Ronald Reagan had sound advice for government executives:

"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out."

We would repeat this advice to Mayor-elect John Suthers, then gladly take credit if he appeared to follow it. But we are too late. His first order of business Wednesday, after winning with nearly 70 percent of the vote the night before, was to appoint a chief of staff.

Suthers chose county administrator Jeff Greene, sending a clear message that he intends to surround himself with confidence and strength rather than people who merely take orders.



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President Ronald Reagan had sound advice for government executives:

"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out."

We would repeat this advice to Mayor-elect John Suthers, then gladly take credit if he appeared to follow it. But we are too late. His first order of business Wednesday, after winning with nearly 70 percent of the vote the night before, was to appoint a chief of staff.

Suthers chose county administrator Jeff Greene, sending a clear message that he intends to surround himself with confidence and strength rather than people who merely take orders.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 12:10:46 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Plan for, pay for the future; change a bad idea]]> http://gazette.com/letters-plan-for-pay-for-the-future-change-a-bad-idea/article/1552343?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-plan-for-pay-for-the-future-change-a-bad-idea/article/1552343?custom_click=rss

Plan for, pay for the future

It is time for Colorado Springs to grow up and stop living in Uncle Sam's basement! Almost every year recently, Colorado Springs has its hand out to the federal government for some kind of disaster relief.

At the same time, a significant majority of the public expresses it's disdain for the federal government.

Colorado Springs is acting like an immature teenager who is, on one hand, satisfied to take money from their parents and relatives and on the other hand resents the giver of that money.

By now, we should realize that hard rains and other disastrous events are not the exception, but the rule. Rather than ruing our misfortune, we must plan for and pay for our future.

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]]> Plan for, pay for the future

It is time for Colorado Springs to grow up and stop living in Uncle Sam's basement! Almost every year recently, Colorado Springs has its hand out to the federal government for some kind of disaster relief.

At the same time, a significant majority of the public expresses it's disdain for the federal government.

Colorado Springs is acting like an immature teenager who is, on one hand, satisfied to take money from their parents and relatives and on the other hand resents the giver of that money.

By now, we should realize that hard rains and other disastrous events are not the exception, but the rule. Rather than ruing our misfortune, we must plan for and pay for our future.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 04:10:08 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: City fails 'pro-business' survey]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-city-fails-pro-business-survey/article/1552287?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-city-fails-pro-business-survey/article/1552287?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs showed up on another "best of" list this week, and the news is not good. In a ranking of the country's "most pro-business cities," we placed 73rd. We can and should do better and have already made strides.

MarketWatch, a national online sister publication of the Wall Street Journal, compiled and published the rankings based on overall business climate, company performances and economic outcomes. The top-ranked city was Dallas, which comes as no surprise. Denver ranked 10th, placing a whopping 63 places ahead of the Springs - which has a similar population. Others in the top 10 include: San Francisco; Seattle; Des Moines, Iowa; Raleigh, N.C.; San Jose, Calif.; Houston; Provo, Utah; and Oklahoma City. Stockton,



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Colorado Springs showed up on another "best of" list this week, and the news is not good. In a ranking of the country's "most pro-business cities," we placed 73rd. We can and should do better and have already made strides.

MarketWatch, a national online sister publication of the Wall Street Journal, compiled and published the rankings based on overall business climate, company performances and economic outcomes. The top-ranked city was Dallas, which comes as no surprise. Denver ranked 10th, placing a whopping 63 places ahead of the Springs - which has a similar population. Others in the top 10 include: San Francisco; Seattle; Des Moines, Iowa; Raleigh, N.C.; San Jose, Calif.; Houston; Provo, Utah; and Oklahoma City. Stockton,

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Thu, 21 May 2015 07:03:39 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Marijuana and school failure]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-marijuana-and-school-failure/article/1552286?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-marijuana-and-school-failure/article/1552286?custom_click=rss

The dose makes the poison. - Paracelsus

Millennials are the strongest advocates for legalizing marijuana, but they may be paving their own pathway to a problematic educational future through their political support.

Fully 68 percent of millennials - those born after 1980 - want legal dope, according to a recent Pew survey. That's higher than any other generation. The impact of high-potency marijuana use on American educational achievement and even military readiness has been overlooked, if not dismissed. Yet there are serious reasons for concern.

A substantial increase in marijuana potency over the past 20 years is today producing much greater harm than before.

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]]> The dose makes the poison. - Paracelsus

Millennials are the strongest advocates for legalizing marijuana, but they may be paving their own pathway to a problematic educational future through their political support.

Fully 68 percent of millennials - those born after 1980 - want legal dope, according to a recent Pew survey. That's higher than any other generation. The impact of high-potency marijuana use on American educational achievement and even military readiness has been overlooked, if not dismissed. Yet there are serious reasons for concern.

A substantial increase in marijuana potency over the past 20 years is today producing much greater harm than before.]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 04:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Election bodes well for Springs]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-election-bodes-well-for-springs/article/1552219?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-election-bodes-well-for-springs/article/1552219?custom_click=rss

The lyrics "go, Johnny, go!" played in the background as John Suthers prepared to give his acceptance speech Tuesday, and he should heed that advice. With Suthers grabbing nearly 70 percent of the vote, mandates don't get better than this.

The election means more than just a changing of the guard in the executive branch of city government. It initiates a new beginning for the community, which has endured a difficult and necessary shift in governance since voters changed the charter in 2010. By instituting an executive mayor who answers directly to the public, voters established essential checks and balances and added accountability. They replaced the outdated city manager system that was controlled entirely by the City Council.



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The lyrics "go, Johnny, go!" played in the background as John Suthers prepared to give his acceptance speech Tuesday, and he should heed that advice. With Suthers grabbing nearly 70 percent of the vote, mandates don't get better than this.

The election means more than just a changing of the guard in the executive branch of city government. It initiates a new beginning for the community, which has endured a difficult and necessary shift in governance since voters changed the charter in 2010. By instituting an executive mayor who answers directly to the public, voters established essential checks and balances and added accountability. They replaced the outdated city manager system that was controlled entirely by the City Council.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 08:24:13 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Community colleges can help solve nation's education problem]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-community-colleges-can-help-solve-nations-education-problem/article/1552214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-community-colleges-can-help-solve-nations-education-problem/article/1552214?custom_click=rss This year, President Barack Obama introduced a plan "to make community college as free and universal as high school."

This proposal, which generated support and opposition, is important for two reasons.

One, it provides a partial answer to a pressing national problem: the price of higher education. According to a 2014 Gallup poll, young Americans list the cost of college and college debt as their No. 1 financial challenge.

Two, it shines a light on a critical but under-appreciated part of our educational system: community colleges. These 1,100 institutions enroll 12.4 million students, 46 percent of the nation's undergraduates.

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]]> This year, President Barack Obama introduced a plan "to make community college as free and universal as high school."

This proposal, which generated support and opposition, is important for two reasons.

One, it provides a partial answer to a pressing national problem: the price of higher education. According to a 2014 Gallup poll, young Americans list the cost of college and college debt as their No. 1 financial challenge.

Two, it shines a light on a critical but under-appreciated part of our educational system: community colleges. These 1,100 institutions enroll 12.4 million students, 46 percent of the nation's undergraduates.]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 04:10:43 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Show some patriotism; school policies]]> http://gazette.com/letters-show-some-patriotism-school-policies/article/1552211?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-show-some-patriotism-school-policies/article/1552211?custom_click=rss

Show some patriotism

I have written on this subject before and probably will again. On Friday, I attended graduation ceremonies at the World Arena for the UCCS Class of 2015.

I attended in honor of Alexis Raye Bailey, who will go on to make this great country of ours proud.

But, are we, as citizens of this great country, proud? Grateful? Feeling blessed? Appreciative?

It didn't look as if that was a yes, as I stood in the World Arena on Friday.

We were given the opportunity to sing "America the Beautiful" accompanied by young musicians and then to sing our national anthem.

This involves singing, standing proudly and looking at the flag of the United States of America.

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]]> Show some patriotism

I have written on this subject before and probably will again. On Friday, I attended graduation ceremonies at the World Arena for the UCCS Class of 2015.

I attended in honor of Alexis Raye Bailey, who will go on to make this great country of ours proud.

But, are we, as citizens of this great country, proud? Grateful? Feeling blessed? Appreciative?

It didn't look as if that was a yes, as I stood in the World Arena on Friday.

We were given the opportunity to sing "America the Beautiful" accompanied by young musicians and then to sing our national anthem.

This involves singing, standing proudly and looking at the flag of the United States of America.]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 04:10:31 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Graduates face a world of possibilities]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-graduates-face-a-world-of-possibilities/article/1552137?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-graduates-face-a-world-of-possibilities/article/1552137?custom_click=rss

This is a special time of the year marked with thousands graduating from high schools or colleges. It's a time of the year filled with hope and possibility. All around us many young people are beginning their transitions to adult life with all of its challenges and opportunities. It's a time to consider what trajectory those lives will take. Many are pondering what direction to go, what the future holds.

If we had to offer one suggestion, we'd recommend as motivational speaker Iyanla Vanzant often says: "Be willing to do the work". Be constructive, innovative and creative.

Don't expect to have the world handed to you. There really is no free lunch. In the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about redistributing

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]]> This is a special time of the year marked with thousands graduating from high schools or colleges. It's a time of the year filled with hope and possibility. All around us many young people are beginning their transitions to adult life with all of its challenges and opportunities. It's a time to consider what trajectory those lives will take. Many are pondering what direction to go, what the future holds.

If we had to offer one suggestion, we'd recommend as motivational speaker Iyanla Vanzant often says: "Be willing to do the work". Be constructive, innovative and creative.

Don't expect to have the world handed to you. There really is no free lunch. In the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about redistributing]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 04:05:08 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Why does punishment take so long?; more on city's potholes]]> http://gazette.com/letters-why-does-punishment-take-so-long-more-on-citys-potholes/article/1552136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-why-does-punishment-take-so-long-more-on-citys-potholes/article/1552136?custom_click=rss

Punishment is too slow

Well, here we go again - this is why this is so unfair to us that are for the death penalty.

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Well, here we go again - this is why this is so unfair to us that are for the death penalty.]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 04:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[We should return fire to natural role in West]]> http://gazette.com/we-should-return-fire-to-natural-role-in-west/article/1552029?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/we-should-return-fire-to-natural-role-in-west/article/1552029?custom_click=rss

As a young forest scientist on my first job with the U.S. Park Service, I was directed to set the forest on fire. The orders challenged everything I'd learned from Smokey Bear, forest fire of any kind was an evil force that killed wildlife and left behind lifeless, scorched landscapes. But the forests I lit up that day had burned for millennia until modern humans began snuffing them out.

In the West, we live in highly flammable surroundings and only more so every year with drought and home construction encroaching into wild, undeveloped forestlands. The result is a frustrating predicament for forest managers in which fire hysteria shapes forest policy. But sound policy cannot emerge from a dialogue fraught with misperception and

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]]> As a young forest scientist on my first job with the U.S. Park Service, I was directed to set the forest on fire. The orders challenged everything I'd learned from Smokey Bear, forest fire of any kind was an evil force that killed wildlife and left behind lifeless, scorched landscapes. But the forests I lit up that day had burned for millennia until modern humans began snuffing them out.

In the West, we live in highly flammable surroundings and only more so every year with drought and home construction encroaching into wild, undeveloped forestlands. The result is a frustrating predicament for forest managers in which fire hysteria shapes forest policy. But sound policy cannot emerge from a dialogue fraught with misperception and]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 08:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Suthers is poised to help the Springs move to the next level]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-suthers-is-poised-to-help-the-springs-move-to-the-next-level/article/1552015?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-suthers-is-poised-to-help-the-springs-move-to-the-next-level/article/1552015?custom_click=rss

On Tuesday, Colorado Springs will have a new mayor. Our second strong mayor will come from a field of candidates who obviously care about the community. But native Coloradan John Suthers has a proven record of leadership and ability to serve.

From his early achievements as El Paso County district attorney and his tenure as head of the Department of Corrections, Suthers has taken on challenging position and garnered a sterling reputation as a collaborative and trusted leader.

As Colorado attorney general, Suthers' top priorities were criminal justice and consumer protection.

Suthers would bring a wealth of networking and connections to the job of mayor. He has not only a statewide reputation but also is known nationally.

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]]> On Tuesday, Colorado Springs will have a new mayor. Our second strong mayor will come from a field of candidates who obviously care about the community. But native Coloradan John Suthers has a proven record of leadership and ability to serve.

From his early achievements as El Paso County district attorney and his tenure as head of the Department of Corrections, Suthers has taken on challenging position and garnered a sterling reputation as a collaborative and trusted leader.

As Colorado attorney general, Suthers' top priorities were criminal justice and consumer protection.

Suthers would bring a wealth of networking and connections to the job of mayor. He has not only a statewide reputation but also is known nationally.]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 04:30:32 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: School's remarkable achievement; flights from Springs too high]]> http://gazette.com/letters-schools-remarkable-achievement-flights-from-springs-too-high/article/1551960?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-schools-remarkable-achievement-flights-from-springs-too-high/article/1551960?custom_click=rss A remarkable achievement

There have been some interesting articles about high school tennis in the region lately, but they have missed the most interesting and compelling elements about the underdog team triumph of a school that nobody would have expected to perform at the level they did. In fact, The Gazette set the stage for the drama on April 27, when they noted that for anybody to beat Cheyenne Mountain or Air Academy in our region would be "a near impossible [task]."

The Vanguard School rose to the occasion. This is a 2A school that just moved to 3A but competed in 4A and took second place in our region, knocking Air Academy out of the position for the first time in history. Every player/team for Vanguard placed second,

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There have been some interesting articles about high school tennis in the region lately, but they have missed the most interesting and compelling elements about the underdog team triumph of a school that nobody would have expected to perform at the level they did. In fact, The Gazette set the stage for the drama on April 27, when they noted that for anybody to beat Cheyenne Mountain or Air Academy in our region would be "a near impossible [task]."

The Vanguard School rose to the occasion. This is a 2A school that just moved to 3A but competed in 4A and took second place in our region, knocking Air Academy out of the position for the first time in history. Every player/team for Vanguard placed second,]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 04:15:09 -0600