<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:30:58 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Letters: More on Peggy Parr; give good teachers a million]]> http://gazette.com/letters-more-on-peggy-parr-give-good-teachers-a-million/article/1554861?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-more-on-peggy-parr-give-good-teachers-a-million/article/1554861?custom_click=rss

Story stirred special memories

Re: MyColorado piece about Peggy Parr, June 29. How delightful to be reminded, by her daughter Josephine, of Peggy Parr, whom many of us in the southwest Colorado Springs area considered to be the "Mother of Cheyenne Canyon." How frequently we would spot her actually cleaning debris from her beloved creek in almost any kind of weather, usually readily identified by her beloved Irish Aran sweater.

But I knew her from a different angle. Peggy and I were volunteers at the Marian House Soup Kitchen for a number of years.

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Re: MyColorado piece about Peggy Parr, June 29. How delightful to be reminded, by her daughter Josephine, of Peggy Parr, whom many of us in the southwest Colorado Springs area considered to be the "Mother of Cheyenne Canyon." How frequently we would spot her actually cleaning debris from her beloved creek in almost any kind of weather, usually readily identified by her beloved Irish Aran sweater.

But I knew her from a different angle. Peggy and I were volunteers at the Marian House Soup Kitchen for a number of years.]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:05:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Prison system must tighten]]> http://gazette.com/prison-system-must-tighten/article/1554793?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prison-system-must-tighten/article/1554793?custom_click=rss
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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:10:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality should be celebrated]]> http://gazette.com/supreme-court-ruling-on-marriage-equality-should-be-celebrated/article/1554792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/supreme-court-ruling-on-marriage-equality-should-be-celebrated/article/1554792?custom_click=rss

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:10:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Large Greek fallout, but modest for rest of world]]> http://gazette.com/large-greek-fallout-but-modest-for-rest-of-world/article/1554791?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/large-greek-fallout-but-modest-for-rest-of-world/article/1554791?custom_click=rss

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:10:06 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Woman on the ten dollar bill; impending national suicide]]> http://gazette.com/letters-woman-on-the-ten-dollar-bill-impending-national-suicide/article/1554790?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-woman-on-the-ten-dollar-bill-impending-national-suicide/article/1554790?custom_click=rss

Woman on the $10 bill

A recent survey selected a group of American women as possible candidates for a redesigned $10 bill. All on the list are admirable women who have done any number of beneficial acts for the good of American women and Americans in general.

One of the most influential women in American history has been overlooked. She is Martha Washington, the very "first lady" of the new United States and wife of a beloved general and the first president, George Washington.

She was a gracious woman who supported Gen. Washington and the Revolutionary War troops with her own money to provide warm clothing and food during the harsh winter at Valley Forge. She gave up her own comfort at Mount Vernon to stay with Gen.

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A recent survey selected a group of American women as possible candidates for a redesigned $10 bill. All on the list are admirable women who have done any number of beneficial acts for the good of American women and Americans in general.

One of the most influential women in American history has been overlooked. She is Martha Washington, the very "first lady" of the new United States and wife of a beloved general and the first president, George Washington.

She was a gracious woman who supported Gen. Washington and the Revolutionary War troops with her own money to provide warm clothing and food during the harsh winter at Valley Forge. She gave up her own comfort at Mount Vernon to stay with Gen.]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Walker's record speaks for itself]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-walkers-record-speaks-for-itself/article/1554729?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-walkers-record-speaks-for-itself/article/1554729?custom_click=rss

One prospective candidate at the Centennial Institute's Western Conservative Summit stood out for bringing considerably more than good ideas and talk. As the final act of Saturday night, Colorado Springs native and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker displayed a record of recent results no other candidate is likely to match.

As the 47-year-old Republican leader of a Democratic state - which hasn't favored a Republican for president since Reagan in 1984 - Walker became the number one target of 100,000 left-wing activists who forcefully occupied the Capitol and tried to overthrow him in a 2012 recall. As such, the two-term governor has won three gubernatorial elections in five years.

Before his first election in 2010, Wisconsin



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One prospective candidate at the Centennial Institute's Western Conservative Summit stood out for bringing considerably more than good ideas and talk. As the final act of Saturday night, Colorado Springs native and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker displayed a record of recent results no other candidate is likely to match.

As the 47-year-old Republican leader of a Democratic state - which hasn't favored a Republican for president since Reagan in 1984 - Walker became the number one target of 100,000 left-wing activists who forcefully occupied the Capitol and tried to overthrow him in a 2012 recall. As such, the two-term governor has won three gubernatorial elections in five years.

Before his first election in 2010, Wisconsin

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:51:11 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: A republic, not a theocracy; not a city for champions]]> http://gazette.com/letters-a-republic-not-a-theocracy-not-a-city-for-champions/article/1554724?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-a-republic-not-a-theocracy-not-a-city-for-champions/article/1554724?custom_click=rss

A republic, not a theocracy

Some Christians expressed disappointment with the Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality. They feel it's an affront to what's taught in the Bible. For those who believe in the absolute inerrancy and rules outlined in their current translation of the Bible (and pick and choose which rules to follow) I understand how the ruling is difficult for them to accept. Yet some may want our country's laws based on their religious text, they are instead based on the Constitution.

No matter how many insist our country was founded as a Christian nation, it's simply not true. This country was founded on religious freedom and the Founding Fathers were explicit about maintaining a wall between religion

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Some Christians expressed disappointment with the Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality. They feel it's an affront to what's taught in the Bible. For those who believe in the absolute inerrancy and rules outlined in their current translation of the Bible (and pick and choose which rules to follow) I understand how the ruling is difficult for them to accept. Yet some may want our country's laws based on their religious text, they are instead based on the Constitution.

No matter how many insist our country was founded as a Christian nation, it's simply not true. This country was founded on religious freedom and the Founding Fathers were explicit about maintaining a wall between religion]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:10:34 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Death of the Constitution; dangerous narrow roads]]> http://gazette.com/letters-death-of-the-constitution-dangerous-narrow-roads/article/1554659?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-death-of-the-constitution-dangerous-narrow-roads/article/1554659?custom_click=rss

Americans should be proud

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is here to stay. I, for one, am glad. I'm tired of medical decisions being made by beancounters.

I can only assume that persons who don't want the ACA think it's perfectly OK for uninsured patients to stay sick and maybe die without access to medical care. Or it's fine that they become penniless, since the biggest cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S. is medical bills.

If Republican politicians don't believe that the government should provide health insurance, they should drop their taxpayer-provided coverage. Conservatives complain about the Supreme Court overreaching in their latest decision. They said nothing when SCOTUS selected the President of

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The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is here to stay. I, for one, am glad. I'm tired of medical decisions being made by beancounters.

I can only assume that persons who don't want the ACA think it's perfectly OK for uninsured patients to stay sick and maybe die without access to medical care. Or it's fine that they become penniless, since the biggest cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S. is medical bills.

If Republican politicians don't believe that the government should provide health insurance, they should drop their taxpayer-provided coverage. Conservatives complain about the Supreme Court overreaching in their latest decision. They said nothing when SCOTUS selected the President of]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:10:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Greater sage-grouse plan balances interests]]> http://gazette.com/greater-sage-grouse-plan-balances-interests/article/1554658?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/greater-sage-grouse-plan-balances-interests/article/1554658?custom_click=rss

You hear a lot about balance here in Colorado. Our elected officials know they need to strike a balance between oil and gas development and protecting our clean water, open space and wildlife habitat. I am a retired engineer; I designed and built pipelines for oil and gas companies. Now as a rancher, I continue to work to protect Colorado's heritage and outdoor way of life for the next generation.

That's why Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's new plans to protect habitat for the greater sage-grouse in Colorado make sense to me. She's done a remarkable job balancing (there's that word again!) energy interests with proactive conservation of public lands habitat for the beleaguered bird and other species - hopefully avoiding the need

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That's why Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's new plans to protect habitat for the greater sage-grouse in Colorado make sense to me. She's done a remarkable job balancing (there's that word again!) energy interests with proactive conservation of public lands habitat for the beleaguered bird and other species - hopefully avoiding the need]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:10:41 -0600 <![CDATA[State's recovery steady, not strong]]> http://gazette.com/states-recovery-steady-not-strong/article/1554656?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/states-recovery-steady-not-strong/article/1554656?custom_click=rss Colorado's recovery is averaging better than the nation's as a whole but still has some weaknesses.

The study State of Working Colorado 2014 published by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy says, "Colorado is one of only 16 states to have recovered all jobs lost since the 2007 recession," but it has not created enough jobs to match the pace of the growing population. To do so, it would need to create 152,238 more jobs. For May 2015, the unemployment rate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics stood at 4.3 percent for Colorado, lower than the national average of 5.5 percent.

Simultaneously, however, though the number of low- and high-income jobs has increased, the count of mid-wage jobs decreased by 25,500 between 2007 and

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The study State of Working Colorado 2014 published by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy says, "Colorado is one of only 16 states to have recovered all jobs lost since the 2007 recession," but it has not created enough jobs to match the pace of the growing population. To do so, it would need to create 152,238 more jobs. For May 2015, the unemployment rate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics stood at 4.3 percent for Colorado, lower than the national average of 5.5 percent.

Simultaneously, however, though the number of low- and high-income jobs has increased, the count of mid-wage jobs decreased by 25,500 between 2007 and]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:10:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Palestinians, Israelis must protect civilians]]> http://gazette.com/palestinians-israelis-must-protect-civilians/article/1554655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/palestinians-israelis-must-protect-civilians/article/1554655?custom_click=rss A recent report by the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict sheds new light on disturbing practices by both Palestinian militants and Israeli armed forces.

To begin, in the words of the report, "The death toll alone speaks volumes: 2,251 Palestinians were killed, including 1,462 Palestinian civilians, of whom 299 women and 551 children; and 11,231 Palestinians, including 3,540 women and 3,436 children, were injured (A/HRC/28/80/Add.1, para. 24), of whom 10 percent suffered permanent disability as a result." Furthermore, the reports adds, "The death of six civilians in Israel and 67 soldiers and the injury of up to 1,600 others were also the tragic result of the hostilities.

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To begin, in the words of the report, "The death toll alone speaks volumes: 2,251 Palestinians were killed, including 1,462 Palestinian civilians, of whom 299 women and 551 children; and 11,231 Palestinians, including 3,540 women and 3,436 children, were injured (A/HRC/28/80/Add.1, para. 24), of whom 10 percent suffered permanent disability as a result." Furthermore, the reports adds, "The death of six civilians in Israel and 67 soldiers and the injury of up to 1,600 others were also the tragic result of the hostilities.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:10:26 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Conservatives convene at Summit]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-conservatives-convene-at-summit/article/1554597?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-conservatives-convene-at-summit/article/1554597?custom_click=rss

Halfway through this weekend's Western Conservative Summit, sponsored by Colorado Christian University's Centennial Institute, a crowd of about 4,000 was abuzz with enthusiasm for Carly Fiorina. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO stole the show late Saturday morning with a firebrand talk about conservatives valuing all individuals for "God-given" talents she said the left crushes with policies that promote dependence on the political class.

Having emerged in recent years among the country's more important conservative conferences, the summit showcased what can only be seen as an all-star bench for Republicans trying to find a presidential nominee for 2016.



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Halfway through this weekend's Western Conservative Summit, sponsored by Colorado Christian University's Centennial Institute, a crowd of about 4,000 was abuzz with enthusiasm for Carly Fiorina. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO stole the show late Saturday morning with a firebrand talk about conservatives valuing all individuals for "God-given" talents she said the left crushes with policies that promote dependence on the political class.

Having emerged in recent years among the country's more important conservative conferences, the summit showcased what can only be seen as an all-star bench for Republicans trying to find a presidential nominee for 2016.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:03:37 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: A mountain of thanks; a straw-man transaction]]> http://gazette.com/letters-a-mountain-of-thanks-a-straw-man-transaction/article/1554559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-a-mountain-of-thanks-a-straw-man-transaction/article/1554559?custom_click=rss

A mountain of thanks

It has been three very long years for the residents of Mountain Shadows. However, if you drive through our neighborhood today, you would have no idea of the devastation which occurred on June 26, 2012. We are so thankful to the citizens of Colorado Springs and the countless organizations who came to our aid and allowed us to get back on our feet. Today, Mountain Shadows is a symbol of renewal and vibrancy thanks to the resiliency of our neighbors and the work of thousands. #MoShadStrong

Eddie Hurt, Mountain Shadows Community Association

Colorado Springs

Pro players the best of the best

Re: People playing games make more. It's about "market value," not social worth.

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It has been three very long years for the residents of Mountain Shadows. However, if you drive through our neighborhood today, you would have no idea of the devastation which occurred on June 26, 2012. We are so thankful to the citizens of Colorado Springs and the countless organizations who came to our aid and allowed us to get back on our feet. Today, Mountain Shadows is a symbol of renewal and vibrancy thanks to the resiliency of our neighbors and the work of thousands. #MoShadStrong

Eddie Hurt, Mountain Shadows Community Association

Colorado Springs

Pro players the best of the best

Re: People playing games make more. It's about "market value," not social worth.]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:10:05 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-broadmoor-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/article/1554558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-broadmoor-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/article/1554558?custom_click=rss Just about any American loves a little bit of competition. As Vince Lombardi noted, "If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?"

This weekend, racers from the Pikes Peak region and from all around the world will be enjoying a high-level competition at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb of 2015.

The event features a 12.42-mile course, according to the race's website, with 156 turns spanning 4,725 feet in elevation change. Also known as the "Race to the Clouds," this race was first held in 1916, making it the second-oldest motor sports race in the United States, and is now in its 93rd year.

What is great about this event is that it provides an opportunity to showcase the wonderful opportunities

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]]> Just about any American loves a little bit of competition. As Vince Lombardi noted, "If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?"

This weekend, racers from the Pikes Peak region and from all around the world will be enjoying a high-level competition at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb of 2015.

The event features a 12.42-mile course, according to the race's website, with 156 turns spanning 4,725 feet in elevation change. Also known as the "Race to the Clouds," this race was first held in 1916, making it the second-oldest motor sports race in the United States, and is now in its 93rd year.

What is great about this event is that it provides an opportunity to showcase the wonderful opportunities]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:10:05 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Court plays jiggery-pokey with law]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-court-plays-jiggery-pokey-with-law/article/1554504?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-court-plays-jiggery-pokey-with-law/article/1554504?custom_click=rss Thursday's Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell comes as a blow to critics who see the Affordable Care Act as a law that merely redistributes health care and increases demand on an overburdened system. Because the law does nothing to increase the supply of doctors, hospitals, clinics and other fundamental health care assets - while increasing demand on the system - millions of patients have seen health care costs increase.

If there's a silver lining for Republican opponents of Obamacare - which passed without a single Republican vote - it is the prospect of using it as a wedge issue in 2016. Polls continue to show most Americans oppose the law.

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If there's a silver lining for Republican opponents of Obamacare - which passed without a single Republican vote - it is the prospect of using it as a wedge issue in 2016. Polls continue to show most Americans oppose the law.]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:35:56 -0600