<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:02:41 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[LETTERS: Kara Tippetts tribute; who's the boss?; poor attendance at local musical]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-kara-tippetts-tribute-whos-the-boss-poor-attendance-at-local-musical/article/1548805?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-kara-tippetts-tribute-whos-the-boss-poor-attendance-at-local-musical/article/1548805?custom_click=rss

Tribute to Kara Tippetts

As a personal friend of Kara Tippetts, I want to thank you for including a story on her life in Monday's paper. While the headline did express one element of Kara's story, there was much more to her. Since I had the privilege of knowing her, I would like to share with your readers a fuller picture of this beautiful woman.

Kara Tippetts left a legacy of grace. Anyone who knew her knew that she loved big. She showed such kindness to everyone she touched. In spite of the incredible suffering she endured, she made a point to love the person right in front of her and never diminish the pain in that person's life. As we watched the heartbreaking story unfold in her journey with cancer, we saw her pain and



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Tribute to Kara Tippetts

As a personal friend of Kara Tippetts, I want to thank you for including a story on her life in Monday's paper. While the headline did express one element of Kara's story, there was much more to her. Since I had the privilege of knowing her, I would like to share with your readers a fuller picture of this beautiful woman.

Kara Tippetts left a legacy of grace. Anyone who knew her knew that she loved big. She showed such kindness to everyone she touched. In spite of the incredible suffering she endured, she made a point to love the person right in front of her and never diminish the pain in that person's life. As we watched the heartbreaking story unfold in her journey with cancer, we saw her pain and

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:21:35 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: More on 'Clearing The Haze' marijuana series]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-more-on-clearing-the-haze-marijuana-series/article/1548801?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-more-on-clearing-the-haze-marijuana-series/article/1548801?custom_click=rss

Highly politicized issue

Thank you for your objective questioning of the topic and your willingness to dive into a highly politicized issue with objective analysis. The industry seems to be populated with highly motivated promoters of pot. However, there is, I think, a large majority of quietly concerned people who know that there is a dark underbelly.

The data that I have seen show an increasing utilization of pot, especially by teenagers, which does not bode well for our future economically. As an economist, I see issues through the lens of long-term productivity and expansion of opportunity.



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Highly politicized issue

Thank you for your objective questioning of the topic and your willingness to dive into a highly politicized issue with objective analysis. The industry seems to be populated with highly motivated promoters of pot. However, there is, I think, a large majority of quietly concerned people who know that there is a dark underbelly.

The data that I have seen show an increasing utilization of pot, especially by teenagers, which does not bode well for our future economically. As an economist, I see issues through the lens of long-term productivity and expansion of opportunity.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:13:22 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Articles, information on marijuana empowering]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-articles-information-on-marijuana-empowering/article/1548800?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-articles-information-on-marijuana-empowering/article/1548800?custom_click=rss Articles, information empowering

I just wanted to reach out to thank you for all of your work putting this project together. While it may be a difficult position to defend, even when the facts are on our side, it's comforting to know that there are journalists and other high-profile individuals who still fight for what's right. It's empowering to me to read through the articles and information, and makes me happy to continue working in the fields I am.

My name is Teddy McCullough and I am a senior at American University studying political science. As a Native American, I know all to well the travesties that drug and alcohol abuse brings.



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Articles, information empowering

I just wanted to reach out to thank you for all of your work putting this project together. While it may be a difficult position to defend, even when the facts are on our side, it's comforting to know that there are journalists and other high-profile individuals who still fight for what's right. It's empowering to me to read through the articles and information, and makes me happy to continue working in the fields I am.

My name is Teddy McCullough and I am a senior at American University studying political science. As a Native American, I know all to well the travesties that drug and alcohol abuse brings.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:10:23 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Start fixing law on Monday]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-start-fixing-law-on-monday/article/1548730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-start-fixing-law-on-monday/article/1548730?custom_click=rss

The first order of business Monday for the Colorado Legislature must be introduction of a late-status bill to protect unborn humans from violent crimes. Do not wait a day to start fixing a barbaric void in the state's criminal code.

Uncompromising activists on each extreme of the abortion debate need to sit this one out. They are part of the reason Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett could find no practical way Friday to charge a violent killer with murder.

Dynel Lane, 34, was arrested March 18 after police say she lured 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins to her Longmont home with a Craigslist ad for baby clothes.

Police say Lane used a kitchen knife to remove a nearly 8-month-old fetus from Wilkins.

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]]> The first order of business Monday for the Colorado Legislature must be introduction of a late-status bill to protect unborn humans from violent crimes. Do not wait a day to start fixing a barbaric void in the state's criminal code.

Uncompromising activists on each extreme of the abortion debate need to sit this one out. They are part of the reason Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett could find no practical way Friday to charge a violent killer with murder.

Dynel Lane, 34, was arrested March 18 after police say she lured 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins to her Longmont home with a Craigslist ad for baby clothes.

Police say Lane used a kitchen knife to remove a nearly 8-month-old fetus from Wilkins.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:35:10 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST OPINION: City streets department addresses potholes, works to prevent new ones]]> Travis Easton http://gazette.com/guest-opinion-city-streets-department-addresses-potholes-works-to-prevent-new-ones/article/1548732?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-opinion-city-streets-department-addresses-potholes-works-to-prevent-new-ones/article/1548732?custom_click=rss

If you have read The Gazette's recent letters to the editor or overheard conversations at your local coffee shop, it seems as though everyone is talking about potholes. The poor conditions of our city's roadways are a major concern for us here at the City's Public Works Department as well. It's certainly not a new problem, but I would like to shed a little light on why our roads are in such bad condition and, more importantly, what we are doing about it.

Like your home or car, properly maintained roads can last for many, many years. Unfortunately, proper maintenance of our city's roadways - such as sealing cracks in the road, putting down a protective surface treatment, or laying down new asphalt - has not been occurring at

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]]> If you have read The Gazette's recent letters to the editor or overheard conversations at your local coffee shop, it seems as though everyone is talking about potholes. The poor conditions of our city's roadways are a major concern for us here at the City's Public Works Department as well. It's certainly not a new problem, but I would like to shed a little light on why our roads are in such bad condition and, more importantly, what we are doing about it.

Like your home or car, properly maintained roads can last for many, many years. Unfortunately, proper maintenance of our city's roadways - such as sealing cracks in the road, putting down a protective surface treatment, or laying down new asphalt - has not been occurring at]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:35:06 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Public lands in Colorado are under attack]]> Stacie Gilmore http://gazette.com/guest-column-public-lands-in-colorado-are-under-attack/article/1548731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-public-lands-in-colorado-are-under-attack/article/1548731?custom_click=rss

As the founder and executive director of Environmental Learning for Kids, an environmental education nonprofit based in Denver, I've spent my career promoting the social value of our public lands and creating opportunities for young people to get out and explore the outdoors. National public lands are the backbone of our program; without these places, there's no way we could have taken 160,000 children from northeast Denver into our woods, mountains, and rivers over the last 20 years. I have been very fortunate to see children catch their first fish, see a shooting star, and I have witnessed our youths grow up to be productive citizens in our society and stewards of our land.

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]]> As the founder and executive director of Environmental Learning for Kids, an environmental education nonprofit based in Denver, I've spent my career promoting the social value of our public lands and creating opportunities for young people to get out and explore the outdoors. National public lands are the backbone of our program; without these places, there's no way we could have taken 160,000 children from northeast Denver into our woods, mountains, and rivers over the last 20 years. I have been very fortunate to see children catch their first fish, see a shooting star, and I have witnessed our youths grow up to be productive citizens in our society and stewards of our land.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:35:04 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Nation can't afford another "popularity pick"]]> Gary Dylewski http://gazette.com/guest-column-nation-cant-afford-another-popularity-pick/article/1548685?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-nation-cant-afford-another-popularity-pick/article/1548685?custom_click=rss

Why Hillary?

I find it troubling that Hillary Clinton is considered by many to be the presumptive favorite in the 2016 presidential election.

Assuming we select individuals for that office based on significant accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, integrity, wisdom, statesmanship, etc. (the past two presidential elections not withstanding), why would Hillary Clinton be the favorite?

What has Mrs. Clinton actually accomplished since she arrived on the public scene? As first lady, the most important official task she was given was "fixing" health care. She failed. Upon leaving the White House, she ran for the Senate in a state she wasn't from and won election because of her impressive record? Or, was it because her

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I find it troubling that Hillary Clinton is considered by many to be the presumptive favorite in the 2016 presidential election.

Assuming we select individuals for that office based on significant accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, integrity, wisdom, statesmanship, etc. (the past two presidential elections not withstanding), why would Hillary Clinton be the favorite?

What has Mrs. Clinton actually accomplished since she arrived on the public scene? As first lady, the most important official task she was given was "fixing" health care. She failed. Upon leaving the White House, she ran for the Senate in a state she wasn't from and won election because of her impressive record? Or, was it because her]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:10:06 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Employee Rights Act would help workers]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-employee-rights-act-would-help-workers/article/1548625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-employee-rights-act-would-help-workers/article/1548625?custom_click=rss

The Employee Rights Act (employeerightsact.com) is a common sense solution to provide an array of protections in the workplace. Imagine an act of Congress that empowers individuals over big business and unions that no longer earn the support of dues-paying members.

The proposal is long overdue and may be introduced as a bill within the next month. The concept of employee rights over entrenched unions has more than 80 percent support across all major voter demographics, including union members and their families.

Here's what the Employee Rights Act might do:

- Guarantee the right to federally supervised secret paper ballot elections to counter union pressure on employers to deny privacy in votes on company matters.

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]]> The Employee Rights Act (employeerightsact.com) is a common sense solution to provide an array of protections in the workplace. Imagine an act of Congress that empowers individuals over big business and unions that no longer earn the support of dues-paying members.

The proposal is long overdue and may be introduced as a bill within the next month. The concept of employee rights over entrenched unions has more than 80 percent support across all major voter demographics, including union members and their families.

Here's what the Employee Rights Act might do:

- Guarantee the right to federally supervised secret paper ballot elections to counter union pressure on employers to deny privacy in votes on company matters.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:10:28 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Salazar's bill silences meaningful conversations]]> Ellie Reynolds http://gazette.com/guest-column-salazars-bill-silences-meaningful-conversations/article/1548635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-salazars-bill-silences-meaningful-conversations/article/1548635?custom_click=rss

Native Americans have become the pawn in a high stakes chess match between politics and political correctness.

A national spotlight will shine on Colorado's legislature as Rep. Joe Salazar's (D-Thornton) misguided bill, House Bill 15-1165, to ban Native American mascots in Colorado's public schools begins the journey toward state law. On the heels of the Washington Redskins' national controversy, Salazar's legislation would prevent public schools from using a name, mascot, or school symbol referencing Native Americans unless that school is granted a permission waiver from the originating tribe.

I grew up outside of the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. My great grandfather, Orville Sr. "Paha Ska" Salway, was an honorary

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]]> Native Americans have become the pawn in a high stakes chess match between politics and political correctness.

A national spotlight will shine on Colorado's legislature as Rep. Joe Salazar's (D-Thornton) misguided bill, House Bill 15-1165, to ban Native American mascots in Colorado's public schools begins the journey toward state law. On the heels of the Washington Redskins' national controversy, Salazar's legislation would prevent public schools from using a name, mascot, or school symbol referencing Native Americans unless that school is granted a permission waiver from the originating tribe.

I grew up outside of the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. My great grandfather, Orville Sr. "Paha Ska" Salway, was an honorary]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:10:23 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: The city's priorities; racist and undemocratic]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/letters-the-citys-priorities-racist-and-undemocratic/article/1548573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-the-citys-priorities-racist-and-undemocratic/article/1548573?custom_click=rss Get the city's priorities right

Last week's horrific and violent harvesting of a child in the womb of a young mother in Longmont has once again brought us face to face with the reality that a pre-born child has no legal rights in Colorado. As a consequence, the perpetrator of this mortal crime (the baby died) will not be charged with a homicide. When are those we elect at the state Capitol going to have the courage to right this terrible wrong in our justice system? The surviving mother has lost a child who would have been born in May of this year.

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Last week's horrific and violent harvesting of a child in the womb of a young mother in Longmont has once again brought us face to face with the reality that a pre-born child has no legal rights in Colorado. As a consequence, the perpetrator of this mortal crime (the baby died) will not be charged with a homicide. When are those we elect at the state Capitol going to have the courage to right this terrible wrong in our justice system? The surviving mother has lost a child who would have been born in May of this year.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:10:33 -0600 <![CDATA[FAGIN: Ukraine endangered by tradition of corrupt government]]> Barry Fagin http://gazette.com/fagin-ukraine-endangered-by-tradition-of-corrupt-government/article/1548572?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fagin-ukraine-endangered-by-tradition-of-corrupt-government/article/1548572?custom_click=rss

Things are a mess here in Ukraine, worse than any time since I started visiting my ancestral homeland five years ago. I had visited the Maidan a couple of years before the protests, the Crimea before the Russians took it over, and even interviewed Ukrainian high school students applying for admission at my alma mater. The situation here is very bleak. And it may have to get worse before it gets better.

To hear my lady friend Mila tell it, what we Americans call "corruption" is simply the norm here. Politics is commonly understood to be a means for amassing personal wealth and power. Everyone knows this, but feels powerless to do anything about it.

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]]> Things are a mess here in Ukraine, worse than any time since I started visiting my ancestral homeland five years ago. I had visited the Maidan a couple of years before the protests, the Crimea before the Russians took it over, and even interviewed Ukrainian high school students applying for admission at my alma mater. The situation here is very bleak. And it may have to get worse before it gets better.

To hear my lady friend Mila tell it, what we Americans call "corruption" is simply the norm here. Politics is commonly understood to be a means for amassing personal wealth and power. Everyone knows this, but feels powerless to do anything about it.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:10:32 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Fix Colorado's pot problems]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-fix-colorados-pot-problems/article/1548520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-fix-colorados-pot-problems/article/1548520?custom_click=rss

Today concludes The Gazette's four-part perspective on the world's boldest public policy experiment with commercialized recreational and medical pot.

The Gazette created a special project team made up of editorial staff and a seasoned reporter to look into these claims and compare them to information compiled after a year of legal recreational marijuana sales in Colorado. We wanted to examine whether claims of legalization are on a path to realization. We also looked for stories that have not been reported to create a clearer picture of the state of the industry.

Since publication began Sunday, the series has ignited controversy across social media platforms and generated media interest. The Gazette has received letters from

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]]> Today concludes The Gazette's four-part perspective on the world's boldest public policy experiment with commercialized recreational and medical pot.

The Gazette created a special project team made up of editorial staff and a seasoned reporter to look into these claims and compare them to information compiled after a year of legal recreational marijuana sales in Colorado. We wanted to examine whether claims of legalization are on a path to realization. We also looked for stories that have not been reported to create a clearer picture of the state of the industry.

Since publication began Sunday, the series has ignited controversy across social media platforms and generated media interest. The Gazette has received letters from]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:10:13 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Bill takes on Indian mascots]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-bill-takes-on-indian-mascots/article/1548462?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-bill-takes-on-indian-mascots/article/1548462?custom_click=rss

A bill that passed in a state House committee Monday could force nearly 50 Colorado public schools to part with American Indian mascots.

Local schools that may have to change identities include: Charles M. Russell Middle School (Raiders); Cheyenne Mountain Canon Elementary (Indians); Cheyenne Mountain High (Indians); Mitchell High School (Marauders); Stetson Elementary (Raiders); West Junior High (Warriors); La Vita Schools (Redskins); Lamar High School (Savages); and Centennial's Arapahoe High School (Warriors). All are listed by the American Indian Cultural Support organization as having "Native American Racial Mascots.

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Local schools that may have to change identities include: Charles M. Russell Middle School (Raiders); Cheyenne Mountain Canon Elementary (Indians); Cheyenne Mountain High (Indians); Mitchell High School (Marauders); Stetson Elementary (Raiders); West Junior High (Warriors); La Vita Schools (Redskins); Lamar High School (Savages); and Centennial's Arapahoe High School (Warriors). All are listed by the American Indian Cultural Support organization as having "Native American Racial Mascots.]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:05:11 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Fix potholes, not global warming]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-fix-potholes-not-global-warming/article/1548387?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-fix-potholes-not-global-warming/article/1548387?custom_click=rss

Whomever gets elected mayor of the country's 41st largest city next month will have a big job. That person will have the power to fill potholes, build sewers and more. But he or she will not control the weather.

Nevertheless, Colorado Springs mayoral candidates have been asked about "global warming" throughout the campaign. Anthropogenic global warming hypothesis holds that human activity substantially warms the planet to the peril of all life on Earth.

At Thursday's mayoral debate, co-sponsored by The Gazette, candidates John Suthers and Joel Miller gave noncommittal, nonspecific answers to the global warming question. Candidate Amy Lathen minced no words, saying she does not believe humans cause global warming.



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Whomever gets elected mayor of the country's 41st largest city next month will have a big job. That person will have the power to fill potholes, build sewers and more. But he or she will not control the weather.

Nevertheless, Colorado Springs mayoral candidates have been asked about "global warming" throughout the campaign. Anthropogenic global warming hypothesis holds that human activity substantially warms the planet to the peril of all life on Earth.

At Thursday's mayoral debate, co-sponsored by The Gazette, candidates John Suthers and Joel Miller gave noncommittal, nonspecific answers to the global warming question. Candidate Amy Lathen minced no words, saying she does not believe humans cause global warming.

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:31:29 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Family and Medical Leave Insurance is a solution for everyone]]> Erin Bennett http://gazette.com/guest-column-family-and-medical-leave-insurance-is-a-solution-for-everyone/article/1548385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-family-and-medical-leave-insurance-is-a-solution-for-everyone/article/1548385?custom_click=rss

The Gazette editorial "Paid leave mandate would kill jobs" is not only a gross mischaracterization of the reality facing low-wage workers, the piece is full of factual errors about the FAMLI Act (Family and Medical Leave Insurance) in Colorado and the movement for paid family leave across the country.

Virtually all of us have a seriously ill relative or a new baby to care for at some point, yet almost nine out of 10 Coloradans don't have any form of paid family leave to fulfill these basic family responsibilities. The FAMLI Act (HB 1258) creates an employee-funded family and medical leave insurance program, allowing employees to receive wage replacement when they need to care for themselves or a seriously ill family member, or

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]]> The Gazette editorial "Paid leave mandate would kill jobs" is not only a gross mischaracterization of the reality facing low-wage workers, the piece is full of factual errors about the FAMLI Act (Family and Medical Leave Insurance) in Colorado and the movement for paid family leave across the country.

Virtually all of us have a seriously ill relative or a new baby to care for at some point, yet almost nine out of 10 Coloradans don't have any form of paid family leave to fulfill these basic family responsibilities. The FAMLI Act (HB 1258) creates an employee-funded family and medical leave insurance program, allowing employees to receive wage replacement when they need to care for themselves or a seriously ill family member, or]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:50:01 -0600