<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:00:15 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Support humanely raised local food]]> Eric Swafford http://gazette.com/guest-column-support-humanely-raised-local-food/article/1541765?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-support-humanely-raised-local-food/article/1541765?custom_click=rss This morning, I pulled up to the barn that sits high on one of the many rolling hills of our family farm. I thought just how lucky I was that fall was finally here and I was able to look out over the same couple of hundred acres that my great-great grandfather did and see those new born calves just starting to stir. This cool, foggy morning reminded me that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

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This morning, I pulled up to the barn that sits high on one of the many rolling hills of our family farm. I thought just how lucky I was that fall was finally here and I was able to look out over the same couple of hundred acres that my great-great grandfather did and see those new born calves just starting to stir. This cool, foggy morning reminded me that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:15:06 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Discipline your children; world needs love]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/letters-discipline-your-children-world-needs-love/article/1541764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-discipline-your-children-world-needs-love/article/1541764?custom_click=rss Parents: Discipline your children

In regards to marijuana edible packaging: I would like to know why it is the packaging that needs to be changed because parents can't teach their children to behave and to stay out of things that don't belong to them. If the parents are old enough to buy these edibles, they should be old enough to store these in their bedrooms or any other place that is off-limits to children. Even a cabinet too high for the children to reach or keep it locked. Don't let the children be climbing up on the cupboard to get them. This also goes for the pod detergent - it's not the manufacturer's fault - parents please disciple your children, not the manufacturing companies.

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In regards to marijuana edible packaging: I would like to know why it is the packaging that needs to be changed because parents can't teach their children to behave and to stay out of things that don't belong to them. If the parents are old enough to buy these edibles, they should be old enough to store these in their bedrooms or any other place that is off-limits to children. Even a cabinet too high for the children to reach or keep it locked. Don't let the children be climbing up on the cupboard to get them. This also goes for the pod detergent - it's not the manufacturer's fault - parents please disciple your children, not the manufacturing companies.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:15:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Give thanks for the safety provided by police officers]]> http://gazette.com/give-thanks-for-the-safety-provided-by-police-officers/article/1541701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/give-thanks-for-the-safety-provided-by-police-officers/article/1541701?custom_click=rss

As we spend cold holiday-season nights with our families and friends, we should keep in mind the men and women on the streets who risk their lives so the rest of us can enjoy comfort, safety and peace.

Remember, for example, Colorado Springs officer Allison Detwiler and her 22 years of service to the Colorado Springs police force. This year, Detwiler was called to what she and other cops considered a routine welfare check at a home in a northeast neighborhood. It became that call every officer dreads.

Detwiler was first on the scene and ended up outside the residence on the wrong side of a maniac's gun, as he shot at her repeatedly and missed. She could have run or tried to flee in her patrol car.

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]]> As we spend cold holiday-season nights with our families and friends, we should keep in mind the men and women on the streets who risk their lives so the rest of us can enjoy comfort, safety and peace.

Remember, for example, Colorado Springs officer Allison Detwiler and her 22 years of service to the Colorado Springs police force. This year, Detwiler was called to what she and other cops considered a routine welfare check at a home in a northeast neighborhood. It became that call every officer dreads.

Detwiler was first on the scene and ended up outside the residence on the wrong side of a maniac's gun, as he shot at her repeatedly and missed. She could have run or tried to flee in her patrol car.]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:10:17 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: The moral case for fossil fuels]]> Alex Epstein http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-moral-case-for-fossil-fuels/article/1541700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-moral-case-for-fossil-fuels/article/1541700?custom_click=rss

Here's a question for Coloradans to ponder: Is it good that your state generates 88 percent of its electricity from fossil fuels?

I'd wager that most of you would say no. So would many of the politicians and bureaucrats directing America's energy policy. This was on full display this month, when President Barack Obama announced that the United States and China have reached an agreement to limit both countries' carbon dioxide emissions, which primarily come from fossil fuels.

Such efforts have broad support from the general public - one recent poll (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/surprising-poll-finds-most-republicans-want-to-reduce-use-of-fossil-fuels/)shows that 51 percent of voters want to reduce fossil fuel usage,

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I'd wager that most of you would say no. So would many of the politicians and bureaucrats directing America's energy policy. This was on full display this month, when President Barack Obama announced that the United States and China have reached an agreement to limit both countries' carbon dioxide emissions, which primarily come from fossil fuels.

Such efforts have broad support from the general public - one recent poll (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/surprising-poll-finds-most-republicans-want-to-reduce-use-of-fossil-fuels/)shows that 51 percent of voters want to reduce fossil fuel usage,]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:10:15 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Questioning Pine Creek decisions; No need for brutality]]> http://gazette.com/letters-questioning-pine-creek-decisions-no-need-for-brutality/article/1541699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-questioning-pine-creek-decisions-no-need-for-brutality/article/1541699?custom_click=rss Air Force football in the cold

David Ramsey,

Re: Your story - nobody was there for the Falcon game:

We are "Falcon Fans"! We love our team and have so for many, many years.

My family was at the game until our faces were numb. We were dressed for cold weather, but nobody can dress warm enough for "0" degrees with blowing snow. When we arrived home, we watched the game on TV. My ear drums are still numb for all the clapping from my wife.

When you consider that most of the fan base for the cadets are retired - they stayed around as long as they could without risking their general health.

For the Falcon football team, we will always support you, good times and bad times!

For Mr. Ramsey, stay warm in

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David Ramsey,

Re: Your story - nobody was there for the Falcon game:

We are "Falcon Fans"! We love our team and have so for many, many years.

My family was at the game until our faces were numb. We were dressed for cold weather, but nobody can dress warm enough for "0" degrees with blowing snow. When we arrived home, we watched the game on TV. My ear drums are still numb for all the clapping from my wife.

When you consider that most of the fan base for the cadets are retired - they stayed around as long as they could without risking their general health.

For the Falcon football team, we will always support you, good times and bad times!

For Mr. Ramsey, stay warm in]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:10:14 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Sad state of education; separated from common sense]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-sad-state-of-education-separated-from-common-sense/article/1541640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-sad-state-of-education-separated-from-common-sense/article/1541640?custom_click=rss

Horrible lack of knowledge

Too many have fallen for the lie that the term "separation of church and state" is in our nation's Constitution.

The First Amendment to the Constitution comes as close to a separation of the two as anything in the document. Its intent was to keep the state away from the church rather than the other way around. Like everything else that began with good intentions, the amendment is now used against itself to prevent students from praying even on their own time.

When asked who fought in the Revolutionary War and who won and who did we declare our independence from, or who fought in the Civil War and who won and what did it accomplish, college students and even people in their 30s and 40s don't

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Too many have fallen for the lie that the term "separation of church and state" is in our nation's Constitution.

The First Amendment to the Constitution comes as close to a separation of the two as anything in the document. Its intent was to keep the state away from the church rather than the other way around. Like everything else that began with good intentions, the amendment is now used against itself to prevent students from praying even on their own time.

When asked who fought in the Revolutionary War and who won and who did we declare our independence from, or who fought in the Civil War and who won and what did it accomplish, college students and even people in their 30s and 40s don't]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:40:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Caregivers of those 
with Alzheimer's 
overlook a key ally]]> Amy Tucci http://gazette.com/caregivers-of-those-with-alzheimers-overlook-a-key-ally/article/1541639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/caregivers-of-those-with-alzheimers-overlook-a-key-ally/article/1541639?custom_click=rss

The recent death of Tom Magliozzi, co-host of NPR's popular show "Car Talk," from complications of Alzheimer's disease is a reminder that dementia is a terminal illness. While Alzheimer's is just one type of dementia, it accounts for at least 
60 percent to 80 percent of all dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

People don't often think of Alzheimer's as a terminal condition, but it is a crippling affliction that slowly robs the brain of its ability to direct normal bodily function. Now the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., it accounts for more than 500,000 deaths each year, more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

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60 percent to 80 percent of all dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

People don't often think of Alzheimer's as a terminal condition, but it is a crippling affliction that slowly robs the brain of its ability to direct normal bodily function. Now the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., it accounts for more than 500,000 deaths each year, more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:40:03 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Schools may not promote or prohibit religious expression]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-schools-may-not-promote-or-prohibit-religious-expression/article/1541578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-schools-may-not-promote-or-prohibit-religious-expression/article/1541578?custom_click=rss

Public schools should not proselytize beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam or any other religion. Nor should they prohibit a student, or group of students, from praying during free time that allows the exchange of nearly all other ideas.

A federal lawsuit claims District 20's Pine Creek High School administrators have forbidden senior Chase Windebank and other students from praying and discussing religious topics during a portion of the school day known as "seminar." The lawsuit argues students who have earned special privilege get to leave class during the second half of seminar and use the time as they see fit.

"Students use this time for a whole slew of non-school-related purposes .



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Public schools should not proselytize beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam or any other religion. Nor should they prohibit a student, or group of students, from praying during free time that allows the exchange of nearly all other ideas.

A federal lawsuit claims District 20's Pine Creek High School administrators have forbidden senior Chase Windebank and other students from praying and discussing religious topics during a portion of the school day known as "seminar." The lawsuit argues students who have earned special privilege get to leave class during the second half of seminar and use the time as they see fit.

"Students use this time for a whole slew of non-school-related purposes .

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<![CDATA[LETTERS: An explosive and intricate ruse; diabetes epidemic]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-an-explosive-and-intricate-ruse-diabetes-epidemic/article/1541577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-an-explosive-and-intricate-ruse-diabetes-epidemic/article/1541577?custom_click=rss

An explosive and intricate ruse

This should be the biggest bombshell of a story in the new century! As I understand it, one of the framers of the ACA, Jonathan Gruber, has admitted to committing fraud. He and his "co-conspirators" intentionally crafted a document used by the Congress of the United States to defraud taxpayers of billions of dollars to construct a nationalized medical insurance bureaucracy under the guise of what amounts to another income-, transfer-, socialized-benefit program.

He further admitted that his intension was to disguise the real purpose of the act so as to not have "transparency" for those stupid voters, and it would be a "tremendous advantage" for voters not to know what was in it.

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This should be the biggest bombshell of a story in the new century! As I understand it, one of the framers of the ACA, Jonathan Gruber, has admitted to committing fraud. He and his "co-conspirators" intentionally crafted a document used by the Congress of the United States to defraud taxpayers of billions of dollars to construct a nationalized medical insurance bureaucracy under the guise of what amounts to another income-, transfer-, socialized-benefit program.

He further admitted that his intension was to disguise the real purpose of the act so as to not have "transparency" for those stupid voters, and it would be a "tremendous advantage" for voters not to know what was in it.]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:10:21 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Understanding an unjust law; disappointed in political parties]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-understanding-an-unjust-law-disappointed-in-political-parties/article/1541521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-understanding-an-unjust-law-disappointed-in-political-parties/article/1541521?custom_click=rss

Understanding an unjust law

E.J. Dionne's column in the Nov. 14 Gazette argues - in my thinking correctly - that the Affordable Care Act should be understood "holistically and textually" and in line with the "original intent" of the law when it comes before the Supreme Court for judicial review. Would that mean all the justices all the time judge with these criteria in mind. Of course, as a tried and true progressive, Dionne's argument is meant to defend the law. However, if he is serious about the "original intent" principle, there is a problem.

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E.J. Dionne's column in the Nov. 14 Gazette argues - in my thinking correctly - that the Affordable Care Act should be understood "holistically and textually" and in line with the "original intent" of the law when it comes before the Supreme Court for judicial review. Would that mean all the justices all the time judge with these criteria in mind. Of course, as a tried and true progressive, Dionne's argument is meant to defend the law. However, if he is serious about the "original intent" principle, there is a problem.]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:30:03 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Obamacare a target for GOP]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-obamacare-a-target-for-gop/article/1541520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-obamacare-a-target-for-gop/article/1541520?custom_click=rss

These are not good days for Obamacare.

The law remains as unpopular as ever in polls, and voters just removed four more incumbent senators who voted for it in 2009. (A fifth removal is likely next month.) In addition, Obamacare is entering its second year with a new round of insurance cancellations and the unveiling of even higher premiums when open enrollment begins Saturday.

And then, of course, there are all of these newly unearthed comments from Jonathan Gruber, one of the White House's key paid consultants in drafting the law. With refreshing candor and with cameras rolling, Gruber discusses the procedural and substantive cynicism that went into passing Obamacare.

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The law remains as unpopular as ever in polls, and voters just removed four more incumbent senators who voted for it in 2009. (A fifth removal is likely next month.) In addition, Obamacare is entering its second year with a new round of insurance cancellations and the unveiling of even higher premiums when open enrollment begins Saturday.

And then, of course, there are all of these newly unearthed comments from Jonathan Gruber, one of the White House's key paid consultants in drafting the law. With refreshing candor and with cameras rolling, Gruber discusses the procedural and substantive cynicism that went into passing Obamacare.]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:30:01 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Obama's final two years: A sprint on regulation?]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-obamas-final-two-years-a-sprint-on-regulation/article/1541456?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-obamas-final-two-years-a-sprint-on-regulation/article/1541456?custom_click=rss

The election results were a crushing political blow for the Obama administration, giving Republicans firm control of both houses of Congress for the final two years of his term. But this in no way signals the end of the president's policy agenda. It simply shifts the action to regulatory agencies.

In the days since the vote, this has already begun. President Barack Obama is moving forward with his immigration plans and pushing his appointees on the Federal Communications Commission for stronger Internet regulation. While most modern presidents have routinely ended their terms by unspooling red tape, the regulatory hyperactivity of this administration may take the tactic to new levels.

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In the days since the vote, this has already begun. President Barack Obama is moving forward with his immigration plans and pushing his appointees on the Federal Communications Commission for stronger Internet regulation. While most modern presidents have routinely ended their terms by unspooling red tape, the regulatory hyperactivity of this administration may take the tactic to new levels.]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 04:25:22 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Family trying to get by; EEOC broken]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-family-trying-to-get-by-eeoc-broken/article/1541423?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-family-trying-to-get-by-eeoc-broken/article/1541423?custom_click=rss A family just trying to get by

In the midst of this polar plunge, I find myself with a wife and a 21/2-year-old going through the minus 5 degree night with a furnace that stopped working overnight. In the morning, I troubleshot it and identified the circuit card was bad. Something that does not take a technician to figure out.

When I started calling around for parts, I found that only one company in all of Colorado Springs sells to the "public." Every other company that sells parts requires the buyer to be a contractor. Even during this weather they refuse to sell to the public even if they say they don't have the money to pay a contractor. What makes their money any different than ours?

This is a true letdown for the

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In the midst of this polar plunge, I find myself with a wife and a 21/2-year-old going through the minus 5 degree night with a furnace that stopped working overnight. In the morning, I troubleshot it and identified the circuit card was bad. Something that does not take a technician to figure out.

When I started calling around for parts, I found that only one company in all of Colorado Springs sells to the "public." Every other company that sells parts requires the buyer to be a contractor. Even during this weather they refuse to sell to the public even if they say they don't have the money to pay a contractor. What makes their money any different than ours?

This is a true letdown for the]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 04:10:41 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: President's purported plans dismember immigration law]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-presidents-purported-plans-dismember-immigration-law/article/1541382?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-presidents-purported-plans-dismember-immigration-law/article/1541382?custom_click=rss

The executive actions reportedly planned by President Barack Obama, as outlined by Fox News, are shocking in their scope and disregard for the well-being of Americans, not to mention their contempt for the democratic process and the wishes of the public. The purported actions are not an overhaul of immigration policy, or a set of reforms, but a dismemberment of immigration law.

Amnesty for 5 million illegal aliens will impose an enormous fiscal burden on American communities and close off job opportunities for Americans and legal immigrants - even as more than 4 million people who have been legally sponsored by U.S. citizens and employers and are waiting their turn will be relegated to the back of the processing line.

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Amnesty for 5 million illegal aliens will impose an enormous fiscal burden on American communities and close off job opportunities for Americans and legal immigrants - even as more than 4 million people who have been legally sponsored by U.S. citizens and employers and are waiting their turn will be relegated to the back of the processing line.]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:55:02 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Can Iran be trusted? Dealings on nuke program worrisome]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-can-iran-be-trusted-dealings-on-nuke-program-worrisome/article/1541381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-can-iran-be-trusted-dealings-on-nuke-program-worrisome/article/1541381?custom_click=rss

When dealing with the Soviets and their nuclear aggression, President Ronald Reagan famously cited an old Russian proverb: "Trust, but verify."

In his current dealings with Iran and its nuclear ambitions, President Barack Obama seems to be forgetting about that second part. He is asking Americans to trust a negotiating adversary who keeps trying to remind the world that it remains the same bad actor it was during the 1979 hostage crisis.

Nearly a year into the Obama administration's nuclear negotiations with Iran, it becomes more and more apparent that the American people are watching a bad deal unfold as it gets hatched in their name. Several new and alarming hints have emerged in just the past few days that should make

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]]> When dealing with the Soviets and their nuclear aggression, President Ronald Reagan famously cited an old Russian proverb: "Trust, but verify."

In his current dealings with Iran and its nuclear ambitions, President Barack Obama seems to be forgetting about that second part. He is asking Americans to trust a negotiating adversary who keeps trying to remind the world that it remains the same bad actor it was during the 1979 hostage crisis.

Nearly a year into the Obama administration's nuclear negotiations with Iran, it becomes more and more apparent that the American people are watching a bad deal unfold as it gets hatched in their name. Several new and alarming hints have emerged in just the past few days that should make]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:55:01 -0700