<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:31:50 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: 'Colorado Wants You,' Pentagon]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-colorado-wants-you-pentagon/article/1556329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-colorado-wants-you-pentagon/article/1556329?custom_click=rss

From this point forward, Coloradans should make all reasonable efforts to protect the military's access to Colorado's unique terrain. Our natural assets are probably a factor in the Pentagon's decision this month to spare Fort Carson any immediate and devastating personnel cuts.

After meeting with The Gazette's editorial board in early 2014, then-Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, contacted then-Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs. She asked to discuss our concerns about the potential loss of military operations, which are so important to Colorado's economy.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:05:56 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: GOP should focus on the Springs]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-gop-should-focus-on-the-springs/article/1556330?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-gop-should-focus-on-the-springs/article/1556330?custom_click=rss

Republican presidential candidates should make Colorado Springs a prime focus of their campaigns heading into the 2016 election. Come here, linger and campaign. The road to winning Colorado begins at the base of Pikes Peak - America's most famous mountain.

Beloved by tens of thousands of Democrats and independents who call this place home, the Springs isn't the most conservative city in America. Rather, based on a ranking this week by Forbes magazine, it is the fourth-most conservative of cities with populations exceeding 250,000.

The Springs comes in behind Mesa, Ariz., Oklahoma City and Virginia Beach, Va. Of the three more-conservative cities, only Virginia Beach is in a swing state. The only other Colorado community to

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:01:35 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Questions on local issues; no right to use lethal force]]> http://gazette.com/letters-questions-on-local-issues-no-right-to-use-lethal-force/article/1556322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-questions-on-local-issues-no-right-to-use-lethal-force/article/1556322?custom_click=rss

Comments on city issues

A couple of comments, if I may. First of all, the Bustang numbers in The Gazette are troubling. When on the average only 6 people ride every bus between the Springs and Denver on a bus designed for 50 people I have to question the sanity of the liberal, tax and spend people who authorized this huge waste of taxpayer money. Once again, this proves that social engineering efforts fail. Miserably. Also, can The Gazette do a current piece on the expenditures from the last tax increase that we were promised would go toward roads? The truth needs to be told. Please.

I am guessing that over the last 10 years that tax generated between $100 million to $300 million. The City Council refused to provide an

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]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:11:08 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: First Amendment Defense Act deserves a vote]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-first-amendment-defense-act-deserves-a-vote/article/1556321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-first-amendment-defense-act-deserves-a-vote/article/1556321?custom_click=rss On June 17, Rep. Raul Labrador and Sen. Mike Lee introduced the First Amendment Defense Act in the House and Senate, respectively. Though the bill was introduced before the decision by the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, it is a response to the recent decision that aims to protect the religious freedom of those who believe in traditional marriage. Despite straw man criticisms from leftist sources and a reluctance on the part of Republican leadership to bring the bill up for a vote, the First Amendment Defense Act deserves be put up for a vote.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:11:06 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Scores don't reflect knowledge; don't need vigilantes on guard]]> http://gazette.com/letters-scores-dont-reflect-knowledge-dont-need-vigilantes-on-guard/article/1556278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-scores-dont-reflect-knowledge-dont-need-vigilantes-on-guard/article/1556278?custom_click=rss

Scores don't reflect knowledge

Friday, July 17, the Colorado Department of Education released the results of the new social studies and science test scores for fourth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. I wonder why The Gazette didn't put a picture of me next to my school's scores. This would be a great way to enable people to identify me out in public. Maybe they would notice me in the Wal-Mart grocery line as the teacher whose students didn't learn much last year. Maybe they would also notice the large bag of cereal that I was purchasing for my students. My students who get so hungry that they beg for food around 9 a.m.

What the public probably wouldn't notice is the fact that I poured my heart and soul into my students last

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]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:20:20 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Striking the best cable deal; parents must take responsibility]]> http://gazette.com/letters-striking-the-best-cable-deal-parents-must-take-responsibility/article/1556248?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-striking-the-best-cable-deal-parents-must-take-responsibility/article/1556248?custom_click=rss

Striking the best cable deal

I read today that the Colorado Springs contract with Comcast is up for renewal after 15 years. Hopefully the City Council and Mayor John Suthers will take this opportunity to strike the best deal possible for our citizens. We need to look at successful municipalities in other areas to find a starting point then try and get a better deal than theirs. Cable TV and Internet need to be combined as part of the deal. It's a much different technological world now than it was 15 years ago. People are cutting out cable and going solely with Internet by using subscription services such as Hulu and Netflix in addition to many other services.

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]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 04:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Mayor Suthers off to a running start]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-mayor-suthers-off-to-a-running-start/article/1556221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-mayor-suthers-off-to-a-running-start/article/1556221?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers met with The Gazette's editorial board Thursday, on his 51st day in office, and left no doubt this community is on the fast track to a new level of success. He has wasted no time improving the local political environment, proposing transportation and infrastructure solutions and trying to create more jobs.

Anyone paying attention to local politics can see how the once-tumultuous relations between the mayor's office and the City Council have improved. A stable, functional local government bodes well for the city's image, the business community and the prospect of economic development in the form of businesses relocating or expanding into the region.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:32:42 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: High costs of homelessness; Iran deal a nothing deal]]> http://gazette.com/letters-high-costs-of-homelessness-iran-deal-a-nothing-deal/article/1556125?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-high-costs-of-homelessness-iran-deal-a-nothing-deal/article/1556125?custom_click=rss

High costs of homelessness

The Colorado Springs/El Paso County Continuum of Care (CoC) annual homeless numbers taken in January 2015 were released July 9. This report is the 2015 PIT (Point in Time)/HIC (Housing Inventory Count) Report.

CoC's homeless totals for our county are 2,273. I suspect only 75 percent are counted in the winter months, if that, and the summer months are 50 percent. Totals would then be 2,800 in the winter months and 4,200 in the summer months. Chronic homeless numbers counted at 291 year round.

On April 29, 2014 the mayor's office published the chronic homeless costs of in-kind tax dollars for services at $54,000-$60,000/person a year. For the homeless population, not classified as chronically

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]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:05:05 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Deal with Iran has some major risks]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-deal-with-iran-has-some-major-risks/article/1556050?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-deal-with-iran-has-some-major-risks/article/1556050?custom_click=rss On Sept. 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the infamous Munich Agreement along with French Prime Minister Edouard Daladier and German Führer Adolf Hitler. The pact ceded Sudetenland to Germany and forced Czechoslovakia to evacuate the ceded territory, abandoned as it was by its allies. Chamberlains acclamations of "peace with honor" and "peace in our time," became hollow less than a year later when Chamberlain had to ask Britain to declare war on Germany on Sept. 3, 1939, following the German invasion of Poland.

In another instance, former President John F. Kennedy lived up to the famous words in his inaugural address, "Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.

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]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:05:08 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Potholes and travel mercies; end drug prohibition]]> http://gazette.com/letters-potholes-and-travel-mercies-end-drug-prohibition/article/1556049?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-potholes-and-travel-mercies-end-drug-prohibition/article/1556049?custom_click=rss

Potholes and travel mercies

I chuckled as I read the headlines this morning regarding the number of potholes in the city. Then I recalled my trip in March to visit my daughters who have been long- term missionaries in an African nation. I realized that the worse road for potholes in Colorado Springs would have qualified as an outstanding road in that country. The poverty we observed there was overwhelming in intensity. As we drove from the city out to the village where my daughters lived we drove by "houses" made of sticks and plastic bags tied together. I asked my daughters as our driver and everyone else kept driving through red lights in the city, where we landed, why no one stopped at the red lights. They told me no one pays

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]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Open letter to Trump; thoughts on things today]]> http://gazette.com/letters-open-letter-to-trump-thoughts-on-things-today/article/1555976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-open-letter-to-trump-thoughts-on-things-today/article/1555976?custom_click=rss

Open letter to Donald Trump

Donald, I was seriously considering giving you my vote, if you made it that far, because I agree with most of your expressed thoughts on immigration and its out of control lack of enforcement.

After your comments regarding John McCain you lost me.

No need to drill down too deep here!

1) Were you ever shot down while in service to your country?

2) Were you ever a POW in that little piece of heaven known at that time as North Vietnam?

3) Did you ever serve?

My guess is no to all three questions.

Further words fail me, Donald.

Carson Chism

Colorado Springs

Abortion is a business

Recently, Dr.

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]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 04:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Why Colorado won't miss the Export-Import Bank]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-why-colorado-wont-miss-the-export-import-bank/article/1555913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-why-colorado-wont-miss-the-export-import-bank/article/1555913?custom_click=rss

Has Colorado's economy suffered since July 1? It was supposed to.

At least, that's what lobbyists in Washington predicted would happen after the Export-Import Bank expired June 30. Over the past decade, this little-known federal agency handed out more than $200 billion in taxpayer-backed financing to businesses, supporting only 1.3 percent of Colorado's exports along the way. Many of those companies claimed the sky would fall if Congress didn't keep the taxpayer money flowing.

Then Congress called their bluff.

At midnight on June 30, the bank expired, which means it can't offer new taxpayer-backed financing to companies. And the sky didn't fall, either in Colorado or anywhere else in America.

But this shouldn't

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]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 04:10:09 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: New HUD rule well-intentioned but questionable]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-new-hud-rule-well-intentioned-but-questionable/article/1555911?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-new-hud-rule-well-intentioned-but-questionable/article/1555911?custom_click=rss On July 8, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced a final rule that seeks to equip and require federal grant recipients to reduce historical segregation. The rule, known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, may be founded on good intentions, but those noble aims do not justify its subtle but clear overstepping of HUD's statutory authority.

The history of the rule goes back to the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which formed Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Section 808(e)(5) of the act states that the Secretary shall "administer the programs and activities relating to housing and urban development in a manner affirmatively to further the policies of this subchapter.

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]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 04:10:05 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Stop the methadone clinic]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-stop-the-methadone-clinic/article/1555873?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-stop-the-methadone-clinic/article/1555873?custom_click=rss

An ugly storm is brewing in the beautiful, once-peaceful town of Monument. Residents have been blindsided by a planned outpatient methadone clinic that could open in the historic downtown area, where the business community and taxpayers have invested millions in upgrades.

The drug dispensary would occupy a former pediatric clinic close to several schools and across from Limbach Park, a primary social gathering place that bustles with children.

Methadone is a narcotic some consider helpful as a step-down drug for addiction to heroin and other opiates. Heroin dealers typically operate within close proximity of methadone distributors, preying on concentrations of addicts coming and going.

The methadone business would be

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:49:51 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Share the road and responsibility; tradition of religious responsibility]]> http://gazette.com/letters-share-the-road-and-responsibility-tradition-of-religious-responsibility/article/1555872?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-share-the-road-and-responsibility-tradition-of-religious-responsibility/article/1555872?custom_click=rss

Support our city, police

I totally agree with the two recent letters by Daniel Bradley and Craig Kimball. We need to look at the total picture and support our police officers.

Regarding the proposed tax increase to help with the road situation, I totally support it. My family was a property owner from 1958 until seven years ago. Although I am no longer a property owner, I totally support the sales tax increase. We need to support our city. I like the sales tax approach instead of a property tax increase as it includes everyone. Years ago when we had the stormwater tax, I felt it was fair and should never have been dropped. People who think we should never increase taxes should move elsewhere.

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