<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:47:29 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: The flag and anthem represent civil rights]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-the-flag-and-anthem-represent-civil-rights/article/1611932?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-the-flag-and-anthem-represent-civil-rights/article/1611932?custom_click=rss

The American flag and national anthem were sacred symbols of hope for pioneering black civil rights leaders who fought for racial justice.

Five months before giving his patriotic "I Have a Dream" speech in August 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led marchers 54 miles from Selma, Ala., to the state capitol in Montgomery. The march helped forge the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Marchers carried a large American flag every step. Thousands carried hand-held flags.

Before reaching Montgomery, marchers planted an American flag on the side of the road in a gesture reminiscent of Iwo Jima.

Later that day, marchers stopped in the village of St. Jude on the outskirts of Montgomery. Supporters greeted them with the national anthem.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:38:10 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Cleaning up parks a thankless job; bill would be devastating]]> http://gazette.com/letters-cleaning-up-parks-a-thankless-job-bill-would-be-devastating/article/1611887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-cleaning-up-parks-a-thankless-job-bill-would-be-devastating/article/1611887?custom_click=rss

Cleaning up parks a thankless job

A group of volunteers picked up trash in Monument Valley Park on Sept. 9. These photos shows what was done to the bags a few days later before the city picked up the garbage. Why bother?

Fred Nelson

Colorado Springs

Power to directly guide education

At the last School District 11 Board of Education meeting, the board voted on two documents directly related to the upcoming vote on a mill levy override, ballot issue 3E, for District 11. The two very important documents were the 2017 Mill Levy Override Governance Document and the 2017 Mill Levy Override Program Implementation Plan.

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]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:05:50 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: John McCain owns Obamacare]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-john-mccain-owns-obamacare/article/1611847?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-john-mccain-owns-obamacare/article/1611847?custom_click=rss

Don't call it Obamacare. President Barack Obama served his country and quietly left office.

The Affordable Care Act survives as the legacy of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. He led the charge against repealing the law in July and pledges to defeat another repeal this month.

He won't let anyone stop the failed health care law, so long as the left rewards him for defending it. He offers no ideas for improving access and lowering costs.

Call the failed system McCain Care, after a man who values media adoration above all.

McCain was in a political dogfight last fall for what would become his sixth consecutive six-year term.

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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:48:10 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Republicans, don't try suicide]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-republicans-dont-try-suicide/article/1611767?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-republicans-dont-try-suicide/article/1611767?custom_click=rss

Don't jump. It's not worth it. Step back from the ledge so we can talk about this.

The Colorado Republican Party's central committee will decide Saturday whether to commit suicide. Given our preference for a two-party system, rather than a state controlled by a lone Democratic Party, we hope the central committee chooses life.

Colorado's Proposition 108, approved in a 2016 statewide vote, opens Democratic and Republican primaries to the state's 1.2 million unaffiliated voters. Each unaffiliated voter can choose to vote in one of the primaries, without joining a party. The law contains a suicide provision, in which a party can close its primary with the support of 75 percent of central committee members.

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]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:05:13 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: School choice at stake in November]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-school-choice-at-stake-in-november/article/1611766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-school-choice-at-stake-in-november/article/1611766?custom_click=rss

As Republicans gather for their central committee meeting Saturday in Englewood, they should consider a looming threat to school choice.

Douglas County School board members had no idea they would ignite a First Amendment battle for the ages when they enacted a scholarship program to enhance school choice.

The knew the best schools in and near the district included those run by religious organizations, whether Christian, Jewish or other.

They wanted a program to expand school choice by allowing parents to use scholarship vouchers, funded by the district, to enroll kids in sectarian or secular private schools. The program would end discriminate on a basis of religion, which the First Amendment forbids.

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]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:05:10 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Saving our forests before they go up in smoke]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-saving-our-forests-before-they-go-up-in-smoke/article/1611768?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-saving-our-forests-before-they-go-up-in-smoke/article/1611768?custom_click=rss

Tucked between the Midwestern plains and the Western prairies lie some of our nation's most iconic forests. These lands make up an incredibly diverse ecosystem, support local economies, and provide critical water supplies, recreational opportunities and sanctuary for wildlife populations. However, our publicly and privately owned forests are facing increased threats, ranging from insect infestation, development pressure, extreme forest fires, unstable timber markets and perhaps most threatening - dwindling forest service budgets and diminishing private land management assistance. Hundreds of fires are burning across the West in another devastating fire season. It is time for Congress to act.

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]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:05:06 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Why Amazon should choose Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-why-amazon-should-choose-colorado/article/1611704?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-why-amazon-should-choose-colorado/article/1611704?custom_click=rss

Bring it, Amazon.

Bring your second headquarters to the Front Range of Colorado, where executives and other employees will find a quality of life that is hard, if not impossible, to match. The best and brightest will choose working for Amazon just for the chance to live here.

In Colorado, Amazon will find a bustling economy, a desirable climate, and youthful, educated, and diverse population that values innovation.

Google so benefit from Colorado's workforce the company recently embarked on another major expansion of its Boulder operations.

The scenery and outdoor amenities are obvious, but it is the culture that distinguishes Colorado most. This state attracts people with bright minds and big ideas from all over

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:42:35 -0600
<![CDATA[COLUMN: Good marriage is a connection where two shine as one]]> http://gazette.com/column-good-marriage-is-a-connection-where-two-shine-as-one/article/1611696?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-good-marriage-is-a-connection-where-two-shine-as-one/article/1611696?custom_click=rss

Chances are you're going to a wedding soon. 40 percent of weddings now take place as the fall sets in and leaves change color, up from 30 percent in 2009, according to the largest industry survey of its kind. And September and October are tied for the months of the year with the most marriages.

These numbers make my wife a walking statistic: she's currently on a two week excursion to two weddings, one overseas in Croatia and one domestic in Pennsylvania.

With all the time and expense that weddings entail, as the average one nowadays tops $35,000 (without the honeymoon), it's worth thinking a bit about why we go to so much trouble. What does marriage really do for us? Why do we bother?

I'm certainly no expert on the

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:10:06 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Why we're paying more for utilities; an added threat to our safety]]> http://gazette.com/letters-why-were-paying-more-for-utilities-an-added-threat-to-our-safety/article/1611695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-why-were-paying-more-for-utilities-an-added-threat-to-our-safety/article/1611695?custom_click=rss

Why we're paying more for energy

You have probably seen a number of stories highlighting increased energy costs in Pueblo on TV and in the paper recently. As someone who served in the Legislature back when many of the energy mandates were passed and that we are paying for today, it's important for readers to remember who was responsible for these crushing mandates.

Energy mandates driven by Democrats from Boulder and Denver to Pueblo and regulatory edicts from our prior president are the main reason driving up electricity costs in Colorado. Colorado's many energy mandates passed by the Legislature from 2005-17 have driven up costs and closed power plants throughout our state. I know this, as I was in the Legislature from

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:10:04 -0600 <![CDATA['Rocket Man' speech marks a major shift]]> http://gazette.com/rocket-man-speech-marks-a-major-shift/article/1611612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rocket-man-speech-marks-a-major-shift/article/1611612?custom_click=rss

No sooner had President Donald Trump finished his United Nations speech Tuesday than the media had already latched onto its most colorful phrases. Naturally, when a U.S. president refers to Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man" and threatens to "totally destroy North Korea" if it attacks, that's the part of the speech that everyone is going to dwell on.

In fact, it would surprise us if this doesn't become Trump's "Rocket Man" speech in future history texts.

But Trump did much more than rattle that saber. Probably his more important contribution was to restore a sense of realism in U.N. diplomats who have in many cases lost sight of how the world really works. His discussion of sovereignty and a U.S. foreign policy that serves U.S.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:49:46 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Rigs that actually tear up roads; overstepping on immigration]]> http://gazette.com/letters-rigs-that-actually-tear-up-roads-overstepping-on-immigration/article/1611610?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-rigs-that-actually-tear-up-roads-overstepping-on-immigration/article/1611610?custom_click=rss

Rigs that actually tear up roads

A long stream of letter writers to The Gazette seem to think that bicyclers in Colorado Springs don't pay enough taxes. This theory relies on several false premises and a small dose of hypocrisy. First, as bicyclers, we already do pay taxes for the bicycle lanes. The city took in $86,000 in taxes from the sale of bicycles in 2016. Second, almost all bicyclers over age 15 also drive cars, so we are already paying taxes for the maintenance of Colorado Springs' roads.

So what exactly is it that leads to the need for road maintenance? The two primary causes of road decay are weather and heavy vehicles.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:32:55 -0600
<![CDATA[COLUMN: Potential solutions for the affordable housing crisis]]> http://gazette.com/column-potential-solutions-for-the-affordable-housing-crisis/article/1611611?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-potential-solutions-for-the-affordable-housing-crisis/article/1611611?custom_click=rss

We have an affordable housing crisis in Colorado Springs. We have known this for some time.

As housing prices continue to rise, everyone is looking for solutions. Traditional for profit builders can't offer any. Their profit making standards are only met when they build high end housing. This is due to costs, worker shortages and requirements to avoid lawsuit.

Enter a surprising new source of problem solving ideas for affordable housing: The arts/culture industry.

Shocked? Like you, I applaud and admire the talents of artists. I like seeing the dancer on pointe. I enjoy music. I love paintings. I don't, however, think of art and culture as a economic driver of revenue. I also don't think of arts and culture as a

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]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:05:05 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Rosh Hashanah a time of intense self-examination]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-rosh-hashanah-a-time-of-intense-self-examination/article/1611515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-rosh-hashanah-a-time-of-intense-self-examination/article/1611515?custom_click=rss

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts at sundown tonight. It begins the Ten Days of Penitence, when God and each of us Jews evaluate our deeds of the past year. One measure of our goodness is our ability to balance the principles in the first two of Rabbi Hillel's three famous questions: "If I am not for myself, who will be for me?" and "If I am only for myself, what am I?"

A few years ago, a rabbi spoke with passion to me on behalf of Palestinians, the group who, along with other Arabs, in essence wants no Israel. Unfortunately, this rabbi is not alone among American Jews and rabbis. Perhaps to his credit, however, when I asked, "What about Rabbi Hillel's, 'If I am not for myself, who will be for me?'," he became silent.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:53:34 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Study shows high cost of 'clean power' in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-study-shows-high-cost-of-clean-power-in-colorado/article/1611517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-study-shows-high-cost-of-clean-power-in-colorado/article/1611517?custom_click=rss

Colorado efforts to fix global warming financially burden the working class and poor.

This is no longer speculation. Numbers tell the story in a new report released Saturday by the Colorado-based Independence Institute.

Colorado leads the country in renewable energy standards that force electric utilities to replace coal-fired plants with solar and wind. Voters statewide enacted higher renewable standards in 2004. Since then, the Legislature has three times raised the minimal percentage of "renewable" kilowatts produced by cooperatives and investor-owned utilities.

During that time, the report shows, electric rates throughout Colorado have increased an average of 62.1 percent. Median household incomes, which pay these

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:36:01 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Questions about Hickenlooper's Obamacare "fix"]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-questions-about-hickenloopers-obamacare-fix/article/1611571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-questions-about-hickenloopers-obamacare-fix/article/1611571?custom_click=rss

In his Aug. 31 news conference at the state Capitol, and again the following week in testimony before a committee of the U.S. Senate, Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled a "bipartisan plan" for improving the disastrous health care reform system dumped on the nation by very partisan Democrats in 2010.

Yet, the "pragmatic proposals" put forward by Hickenlooper and his six partnering governors do not address many of the most serious problems created by the Affordable Care Act, known to its millions of victims as Obamacare.

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