<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:26:54 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Standard editor: Obama %u2028failed to revitalize liberalism]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-standard-editor-obama-u2028failed-to-revitalize-liberalism/article/1535926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-standard-editor-obama-u2028failed-to-revitalize-liberalism/article/1535926?custom_click=rss

Last week, The Weekly Standard held a mid-term summit conference at The Broadmoor. The Weekly Standard's editor, Bill Kristol, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer headlined an all-star lineup of conservative minds for two days in discussion about the mid-term elections and the important issues facing America.

Kristol, noted for his wit and clarity, sat down with Gazette editorial board member Pula Davis to give his unique insight on several questions and topics.

Gazette: Right after Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, you wrote that if Obama was a good president he could save liberalism. That probably won't come to fruition, but what do you think will be Obama's legacy?

Kristol: I wrote that in the last



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Last week, The Weekly Standard held a mid-term summit conference at The Broadmoor. The Weekly Standard's editor, Bill Kristol, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer headlined an all-star lineup of conservative minds for two days in discussion about the mid-term elections and the important issues facing America.

Kristol, noted for his wit and clarity, sat down with Gazette editorial board member Pula Davis to give his unique insight on several questions and topics.

Gazette: Right after Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, you wrote that if Obama was a good president he could save liberalism. That probably won't come to fruition, but what do you think will be Obama's legacy?

Kristol: I wrote that in the last

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:35:40 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Looking out the rear view mirror; driving on ratepayer's dime]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-looking-out-the-rear-view-mirror-driving-on-ratepayers-dime/article/1535938?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-looking-out-the-rear-view-mirror-driving-on-ratepayers-dime/article/1535938?custom_click=rss Looking out the rearview mirror

I felt a degree of amusement upon reading "The Gazette's Viewpoint" Aug. 15 that pot on the ballot will be a detriment to local emerging generations. I have some personal experience with legal drug use. I was born and raised within the city limits of our city and at the ripe old age of 16, a junior at Palmer High School, I had become a stage-3 alcoholic. By the time I was 19, my family had kicked me out, I had outstanding warrants and had lost two good jobs. At 21, I was a member of an anonymous treatment group. There's some reinforcement for your opinion on legal drugs. Relax, guys. Sit back, have a beer and watch the sky fall.

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I felt a degree of amusement upon reading "The Gazette's Viewpoint" Aug. 15 that pot on the ballot will be a detriment to local emerging generations. I have some personal experience with legal drug use. I was born and raised within the city limits of our city and at the ripe old age of 16, a junior at Palmer High School, I had become a stage-3 alcoholic. By the time I was 19, my family had kicked me out, I had outstanding warrants and had lost two good jobs. At 21, I was a member of an anonymous treatment group. There's some reinforcement for your opinion on legal drugs. Relax, guys. Sit back, have a beer and watch the sky fall.]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:35:30 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: A memory-making moment; opening a can of worms]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-a-memory-making-moment-opening-a-can-of-worms/article/1535937?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-a-memory-making-moment-opening-a-can-of-worms/article/1535937?custom_click=rss

A memory-making moment

I am disappointed, dismayed and discouraged to learn that the Colorado Balloon Classic apparently is no longer welcome in Colorado Springs. I've lived here for over 30 years, and the Balloon Classic held over Labor Day weekend is one of the highlights of living in the Springs. Heading down to Memorial Park as the sun rises with our kids and out-of-state family and friends in tow (along with tens of thousands of other people) to see the balloons rise over Prospect Lake is a memory-making moment.

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I am disappointed, dismayed and discouraged to learn that the Colorado Balloon Classic apparently is no longer welcome in Colorado Springs. I've lived here for over 30 years, and the Balloon Classic held over Labor Day weekend is one of the highlights of living in the Springs. Heading down to Memorial Park as the sun rises with our kids and out-of-state family and friends in tow (along with tens of thousands of other people) to see the balloons rise over Prospect Lake is a memory-making moment.]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:35:18 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Colorado Springs gets high marks in business friendliness]]> Jon Lieber http://gazette.com/guest-column-colorado-springs-gets-high-marks-in-business-friendliness/article/1535799?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-colorado-springs-gets-high-marks-in-business-friendliness/article/1535799?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs is known for many things - the natural beauty of the nearby mountains and the pleasant atmosphere of downtown have made it the number one city in America across many different surveys. But another superlative now can be added to that list: Colorado Springs has been named the most friendly city in America for small businesses.

Thumbtack, a consumer service that links individuals to small business professionals who can help them accomplish personal projects, partnered with the nonpartisan Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to ask nearly 13,000 small business owners nationwide what they thought made for a friendly business environment.



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Colorado Springs is known for many things - the natural beauty of the nearby mountains and the pleasant atmosphere of downtown have made it the number one city in America across many different surveys. But another superlative now can be added to that list: Colorado Springs has been named the most friendly city in America for small businesses.

Thumbtack, a consumer service that links individuals to small business professionals who can help them accomplish personal projects, partnered with the nonpartisan Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to ask nearly 13,000 small business owners nationwide what they thought made for a friendly business environment.

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:55:02 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Democrats concoct charges, create condemnation in a can]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-democrats-concoct-charges-create-condemnation-in-a-can/article/1535798?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-democrats-concoct-charges-create-condemnation-in-a-can/article/1535798?custom_click=rss

Ham sandwiches, biased reporting and political desperation. Mix them together to get the political prosecution of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and, by association, his Republican colleagues.

Left-wing activists want big returns on this concocted dilemma, even in Colorado's gubernatorial race between Republican Bob Beauprez and incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper.

"If Bob Beauprez doesn't immediately renounce Perry's endorsement, it shows you that Beauprez and Perry are two peas in the same pod," said Michael Huttner, spokesman for Making Colorado Great, in a news release Monday.

Huttner founded ProgressNow, a national political network that promotes a wide-ranging liberal agenda.

"I think Perry's in big trouble,"

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Left-wing activists want big returns on this concocted dilemma, even in Colorado's gubernatorial race between Republican Bob Beauprez and incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper.

"If Bob Beauprez doesn't immediately renounce Perry's endorsement, it shows you that Beauprez and Perry are two peas in the same pod," said Michael Huttner, spokesman for Making Colorado Great, in a news release Monday.

Huttner founded ProgressNow, a national political network that promotes a wide-ranging liberal agenda.

"I think Perry's in big trouble,"]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:45:46 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Littleton can be trusted; utility rate increases]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-littleton-can-be-trusted-utility-rate-increases/article/1535794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-littleton-can-be-trusted-utility-rate-increases/article/1535794?custom_click=rss

Littleton can be trusted

We have watched Commissioner Peggy Littleton stand up for what is right for Colorado Springs and El Paso County. She refuses to back down. The people of our region know that Littleton fights for them and this community.

Throughout her first term, Littleton has fought to protect our Second Amendment rights and our right to property. She is a staunch defender of virtue and morality in a world where the lines are often blurred.

She is a friend and a colleague to me and many others in this community. Her relationships with military staff at all levels is strong and a vital asset, a proven benefit of our local economy.

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We have watched Commissioner Peggy Littleton stand up for what is right for Colorado Springs and El Paso County. She refuses to back down. The people of our region know that Littleton fights for them and this community.

Throughout her first term, Littleton has fought to protect our Second Amendment rights and our right to property. She is a staunch defender of virtue and morality in a world where the lines are often blurred.

She is a friend and a colleague to me and many others in this community. Her relationships with military staff at all levels is strong and a vital asset, a proven benefit of our local economy.]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:40:01 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Taxpayer funds misused to monopolize state tourism]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-taxpayer-funds-misused-to-monopolize-state-tourism/article/1535692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-taxpayer-funds-misused-to-monopolize-state-tourism/article/1535692?custom_click=rss

A development planned near Denver International Airport will come at enormous cost to Colorado Springs and the rest of the state.

The Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center, a taxpayer-funded scheme to benefit one for-profit developer, will keep Colorado tourists from getting beyond I-70 and Pena Boulevard after flying to DIA.

The Gaylord model, as seen in other locations, cannibalizes a state's meeting, convention and tourism industry. When Gaylord captures tourists who would otherwise visit the Springs, every business and individual in the region will feel it. The project could have a more chilling effect on Denver's city-owned convention center and surrounding hotels.



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A development planned near Denver International Airport will come at enormous cost to Colorado Springs and the rest of the state.

The Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center, a taxpayer-funded scheme to benefit one for-profit developer, will keep Colorado tourists from getting beyond I-70 and Pena Boulevard after flying to DIA.

The Gaylord model, as seen in other locations, cannibalizes a state's meeting, convention and tourism industry. When Gaylord captures tourists who would otherwise visit the Springs, every business and individual in the region will feel it. The project could have a more chilling effect on Denver's city-owned convention center and surrounding hotels.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:46:46 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Community Health Centers vital to care, services across state]]> Annette Kowal http://gazette.com/editorial-community-health-centers-vital-to-care-services-across-state/article/1535694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-community-health-centers-vital-to-care-services-across-state/article/1535694?custom_click=rss

For the past 49 years, Colorado's Community Health Centers have provided a backbone of health services across our state.

With a commitment to prevention and quality, Colorado CHCs are the health care home for one in eight Coloradans. But a projected 
70 percent cut in federal grant funding, a loss of at least $50 million to Colorado Community Health Centers, threatens to undermine the gains made by health centers in past years.

Unless lawmakers act, this cut will come in less than 14 months.

We urge Congress to make Community Health Center funding a priority in the next budget cycle and continue investing in the Community Health Center program and therefore in the health of our communities.

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With a commitment to prevention and quality, Colorado CHCs are the health care home for one in eight Coloradans. But a projected 
70 percent cut in federal grant funding, a loss of at least $50 million to Colorado Community Health Centers, threatens to undermine the gains made by health centers in past years.

Unless lawmakers act, this cut will come in less than 14 months.

We urge Congress to make Community Health Center funding a priority in the next budget cycle and continue investing in the Community Health Center program and therefore in the health of our communities.]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:35:01 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Misinformation, money lost; Pillars should be held accountable]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-misinformation-money-lost-pillars-should-be-held-accountable/article/1535693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-misinformation-money-lost-pillars-should-be-held-accountable/article/1535693?custom_click=rss

Much misinformation, money lost

Well, from the facts, we can see that Sharon Beaman says that she is not a fan of Obamacare; that's because if you read her piece in The Gazette's editorial section, she must be a fan of a single-payer system.

After reading Dr. Cynthia Tucker's guest piece, I was not left with the impression that this was just a piece against Sen. Mark Udall. Funny how she seems to have read those words.

First, as of Oct. 1, 2014, the IDC-10-Pcs coding will expand from 20,000 codes to 155,000 codes. That's a lot of codes for any office to understand and make sure they get coded right to be paid. Furthermore, some of those codes will now need two codes on the form to be billed correctly or they are

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Well, from the facts, we can see that Sharon Beaman says that she is not a fan of Obamacare; that's because if you read her piece in The Gazette's editorial section, she must be a fan of a single-payer system.

After reading Dr. Cynthia Tucker's guest piece, I was not left with the impression that this was just a piece against Sen. Mark Udall. Funny how she seems to have read those words.

First, as of Oct. 1, 2014, the IDC-10-Pcs coding will expand from 20,000 codes to 155,000 codes. That's a lot of codes for any office to understand and make sure they get coded right to be paid. Furthermore, some of those codes will now need two codes on the form to be billed correctly or they are]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:30:14 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Increased rail activity polluting Colorado; Colorado Springs' system has many deficiencies]]> http://gazette.com/letters-increased-rail-activity-polluting-colorado-colorado-springs-system-has-many-deficiencies/article/1535650?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-increased-rail-activity-polluting-colorado-colorado-springs-system-has-many-deficiencies/article/1535650?custom_click=rss

Increased rail activity polluting

I understand a Mr. Tom Steyer, some billionaire from another state, polluted our state's atmosphere in Aspen on Tuesday.

He's the guy pledging $50 million on a "climate change" political agenda. He supports Mark Udall.

A question:

"Which is better for Colorado, the XL pipeline or petroleum trains running up and down the front range of Colorado en route to refineries in Texas?"

My personal climate and almost all other (about 90 percent of the state's population) climate have been changed by these trains. Do you know that?

We have and will get more oil spills from derailments or worse from this increased rail activity in our state.

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I understand a Mr. Tom Steyer, some billionaire from another state, polluted our state's atmosphere in Aspen on Tuesday.

He's the guy pledging $50 million on a "climate change" political agenda. He supports Mark Udall.

A question:

"Which is better for Colorado, the XL pipeline or petroleum trains running up and down the front range of Colorado en route to refineries in Texas?"

My personal climate and almost all other (about 90 percent of the state's population) climate have been changed by these trains. Do you know that?

We have and will get more oil spills from derailments or worse from this increased rail activity in our state.]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Gen. William Shelton to be commended for guidance of U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base]]> http://gazette.com/gen.-william-shelton-to-be-commended-for-guidance-of-u.s.-space-command-at-peterson-air-force-base/article/1535649?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gen.-william-shelton-to-be-commended-for-guidance-of-u.s.-space-command-at-peterson-air-force-base/article/1535649?custom_click=rss

A historic change of command took place Friday at Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base. Gen. William Shelton, who redesigned our government's role in space, retired and helped usher in his deputy, Lt. Gen. John Hyten, to replace him. Shelton plans to retire in Colorado Springs.

As explained by The Gazette's senior military reporter, Tom Roeder, Shelton guided Space Command "through unprecedented budget strife that saw it cut $1 billion in annual spending." Despite budgetary challenges, he will be known for initiating a plan to increase on-orbit intelligence and pursue a future of smaller, more efficient satellites.

Foreign policy and military experts believe the next big war could involve shots fired "high above

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As explained by The Gazette's senior military reporter, Tom Roeder, Shelton guided Space Command "through unprecedented budget strife that saw it cut $1 billion in annual spending." Despite budgetary challenges, he will be known for initiating a plan to increase on-orbit intelligence and pursue a future of smaller, more efficient satellites.

Foreign policy and military experts believe the next big war could involve shots fired "high above]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Editorial: Marijuana on ballot will be detriment to local emerging generations]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/editorial-marijuana-on-ballot-will-be-detriment-to-local-emerging-generations/article/1535596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-marijuana-on-ballot-will-be-detriment-to-local-emerging-generations/article/1535596?custom_click=rss

Parents don't need reports and studies to know what's obvious.

State legalization of recreational marijuana has increased use among teens. Keeping children off the drug has become increasingly difficult. It's more widely available than ever, and children no longer fear any serious legal ramifications.

Citing recent federal data, Smart Colorado this week began warning that our state's rate of marijuana use among children ages 12 through 17 is 10.5 percent, compared to 7.6 percent nationally. Though troubling, the statistic may be artificially low. And the disparity between Colorado teens and their national cohort may get larger as society becomes increasingly jaded to the drug.



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Parents don't need reports and studies to know what's obvious.

State legalization of recreational marijuana has increased use among teens. Keeping children off the drug has become increasingly difficult. It's more widely available than ever, and children no longer fear any serious legal ramifications.

Citing recent federal data, Smart Colorado this week began warning that our state's rate of marijuana use among children ages 12 through 17 is 10.5 percent, compared to 7.6 percent nationally. Though troubling, the statistic may be artificially low. And the disparity between Colorado teens and their national cohort may get larger as society becomes increasingly jaded to the drug.

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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:29:35 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Governor seems beholden to Washington operatives]]> Tom Pyle http://gazette.com/guest-column-governor-seems-beholden-to-washington-operatives/article/1535598?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-governor-seems-beholden-to-washington-operatives/article/1535598?custom_click=rss

Last year, Gov. John Hickenlooper, a geologist by trade, famously took a swig of fracking fluid to reassure the public that natural gas production is safe. His recent political maneuvering on hydraulic fracturing initiatives, wavering on the Keystone XL pipeline and his support for costly renewable energy mandates has some asking if he's more concerned about politics than with protecting the interests of Coloradans.

This month, Hickenlooper persuaded Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, to withdraw two ballot initiatives to limit hydraulic fracturing and instead create a task force that can make recommendations to the state legislature.

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This month, Hickenlooper persuaded Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, to withdraw two ballot initiatives to limit hydraulic fracturing and instead create a task force that can make recommendations to the state legislature.]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:55:15 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Concerning elements in editorial; Manitou road rage]]> Letters - http://gazette.com/letters-concerning-elements-in-editorial-manitou-road-rage/article/1535597?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-concerning-elements-in-editorial-manitou-road-rage/article/1535597?custom_click=rss

Concerning elements in editorial

There are a few concerning elements to the editorial "Governor's behavior raises concerns about leadership" published Aug. 11 that deserve further attention.

The editorial criticizes Gov. John Hickenlooper for not taking a position on the Keystone pipeline, an issue where his opinion really doesn't matter because the pipeline would not run through Colorado. Additionally, if President Barack Obama ignores the opinion of the State Department's impact study, it is unlikely the governor's opinion would change his mind, either.

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There are a few concerning elements to the editorial "Governor's behavior raises concerns about leadership" published Aug. 11 that deserve further attention.

The editorial criticizes Gov. John Hickenlooper for not taking a position on the Keystone pipeline, an issue where his opinion really doesn't matter because the pipeline would not run through Colorado. Additionally, if President Barack Obama ignores the opinion of the State Department's impact study, it is unlikely the governor's opinion would change his mind, either.]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:55:01 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Destruction of recreational access; alternatives to Springs airport]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-destruction-of-recreational-access-alternatives-to-springs-airport/article/1535559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-destruction-of-recreational-access-alternatives-to-springs-airport/article/1535559?custom_click=rss

Destruction of recreational access

An open letter to Mayor Steve Bach and Rep. Doug Lamborn:

Can you tell us how it feels to preside over the destruction of recreational access in the Pikes Peak region? Yours are the worst records in history regarding citizen access to public lands in this area. Rampart Range Road, The High Drive, Old Stage Road, numerous trails and Gold Camp Road before those have been closed to the public for nearly a year or more just because you had an excuse to do so.

Sadly, a once proud mountain portal city no longer has a single contiguous mountain access road open in the city limits. Congratulations on your fine work (or lack thereof).

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An open letter to Mayor Steve Bach and Rep. Doug Lamborn:

Can you tell us how it feels to preside over the destruction of recreational access in the Pikes Peak region? Yours are the worst records in history regarding citizen access to public lands in this area. Rampart Range Road, The High Drive, Old Stage Road, numerous trails and Gold Camp Road before those have been closed to the public for nearly a year or more just because you had an excuse to do so.

Sadly, a once proud mountain portal city no longer has a single contiguous mountain access road open in the city limits. Congratulations on your fine work (or lack thereof).]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:40:02 -0600