<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:26:38 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Democrats adopt states' rights platforms]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-democrats-adopt-states-rights-platforms/article/1591786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-democrats-adopt-states-rights-platforms/article/1591786?custom_click=rss After Donald Trump appoints a Supreme Court justice, Republicans will effectively control all branches of federal government. It poses a dilemma for the party of "states' rights," and Democrats know it.

For a few, the concept of "states' rights" or "federalism" is a sacred principle unaffected by circumstance or expedience. For others, the concept is a tool to embrace or abandon as needed.

Federalism, along with the overall de-emphasis of federal authority, has long been a right-of-center platform shared by moderate Republicans, conservatives, libertarians and all advocates of limiting the size and scope of government.

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:20:04 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Take local story national; freedom of speech or vandalism]]> http://gazette.com/letters-take-local-story-national-freedom-of-speech-or-vandalism/article/1591785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-take-local-story-national-freedom-of-speech-or-vandalism/article/1591785?custom_click=rss

Take the story national

As the old saying goes, "When given a lemon, make lemonade." Instead of complaining, the Christian mother and daughter pictured on the atheist billboard should now take the opportunity to show how bad of a mistake it was to use two lovely Christian women instead of people who espouse atheism.

They should really view the opportunity as if the atheist organization allowed them to be their spokespeople. There have been plenty of times in the past when spokespeople have not exactly performed as expected. In this case, the atheist organization should pay the price for choosing two wonderful people who are Christian.

So ladies, the lord works in strange ways. It's your time to shine.

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:20:01 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: CU professor derided for being a 'climate heretic']]> http://gazette.com/editorial-cu-professor-derided-for-being-a-climate-heretic/article/1591689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-cu-professor-derided-for-being-a-climate-heretic/article/1591689?custom_click=rss

It wasn't CU-Boulder making headlines for cry rooms and therapy dogs after the election. The University of Colorado's flagship campus stands out among its peers for academic excellence and relative cultural sanity.

So it is no surprise the university has harbored one of the world's most knowledgeable climate change skeptics, despite relentless efforts by media types, billionaire activists and the Obama administration to silence and destroy him.

Prof. Roger Pielke, Jr., has long been a professor in the Environmental Studies Program at CU. He has won impressive awards, served a fellowship at Oxford, and earned other professional credentials and accolades too numerous to list here.

We don't know or care about Pielke's

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:54:30 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Cleaner coal should be a priority for Washington]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-cleaner-coal-should-be-a-priority-for-washington/article/1591688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-cleaner-coal-should-be-a-priority-for-washington/article/1591688?custom_click=rss

As the recent election cycle demonstrated, American politics is beset with a number of polarizing issues. Among the most obvious has been the debate over coal. Where Hillary Clinton favored renewable energy at the expense of the coal industry, Donald Trump has promised to launch a coal renaissance. This "either/or" schism overlooks a larger point, though, since technological advances could eventually lead to coal - and the tens of thousands of jobs it supports - playing a key role in the clean energy transformation of the 21st century.

Before this is even possible, however, government policy must find a middle course that balances costs with reasonable goals. Roughly 200 U.S.

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:05:05 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Data on 'right-sizing' Research; respecting citizenship]]> http://gazette.com/letters-data-on-right-sizing-research-respecting-citizenship/article/1591687?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-data-on-right-sizing-research-respecting-citizenship/article/1591687?custom_click=rss

Data on 'right-sizing' Research

Aaron Rosenthal wrote a letter stating data, not rhetoric, was needed on the bike lane on Research Parkway. He spent a whopping 12 minutes gathering his data, but using what he said he gathered, here is how it works out. Since his was the only bike and there were 86 cars, the percentage of bike traffic equates to 1.1 percent compared to cars. That is a meaningful datum. I too have traveled that road a lot during various times of the day, including rush hour and non-rush hour times (a whole lot more than 12 minutes), and I have seen four bikes during the last six weeks that I have been counting.

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:05:03 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Demanding honesty, transparency from CSU; freedom of expression]]> http://gazette.com/letters-demanding-honesty-transparency-from-csu-freedom-of-expression/article/1591565?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-demanding-honesty-transparency-from-csu-freedom-of-expression/article/1591565?custom_click=rss

Demanding honesty, transparency

To the Colorado Springs Utilities Board members:

In light of recent events published by The Gazette, confirming that Utilities is keeping air quality information from the public, I would like to know why the Utilities Board is doing nothing to stop this activity. You have been elected into the position of public servant, and I ask that you provide this data to your constituents and the very Utilities customers whose rates essentially funded the air quality studies.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:56:16 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST OPINION: Manitou Springs addressing issues of parking, access]]> http://gazette.com/guest-opinion-manitou-springs-addressing-issues-of-parking-access/article/1591427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-opinion-manitou-springs-addressing-issues-of-parking-access/article/1591427?custom_click=rss

Manitou Springs is proud of our reputation as a destination for health, fitness and fun. The fame and reputation of the Manitou Incline have brought a tremendous increase in the number of visitors seeking an aggressive fitness challenge.

Manitou Springs is no longer just a summer "tourist season" destination, and we are faced with a huge surge in year-round visitors to our small community. We are thrilled to welcome visitors for every form of recreation: hiking, Inclining, dining and shopping.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:50:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Founding Fathers' separation of powers still serves America well]]> http://gazette.com/founding-fathers-separation-of-powers-still-serves-america-well/article/1590486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/founding-fathers-separation-of-powers-still-serves-america-well/article/1590486?custom_click=rss

After any election, about half of Americans are dissatisfied with the outcome. This year, with two of history's most disliked candidates for president, it was inevitable that many Americans would be looking to the next four years with a sense of dread. With so much hanging in the balance - the makeup of the Supreme Court, an international conflict with ISIS, our increasing national debt, and the American economy, which did not see a year of 3-percent growth during President Barack Obama's tenure - it's natural that so many are feeling uncertain about the future.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:43:52 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Trooper's death spotlights dangers of I-25]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-troopers-death-spotlights-dangers-of-i-25/article/1591577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-troopers-death-spotlights-dangers-of-i-25/article/1591577?custom_click=rss

The widow and other survivors of Colorado State Patrol trooper Cody Donahue want everyone to know the cost of a tragedy that killed the officer the day after Thanksgiving on I-25.

"Two little girls are going to grow up without their Daddy and there's just no good reason," the family wrote in a statement issued Thursday, before Donahue's funeral Friday.

Donahue died instantly when a truck hit him while he investigated another accident.

Crashes are common along the stretch of highway between Monument and Castle Rock, which has become a menace and embarrassment. State highway officials cry poverty, while building offices for themselves at a cost of $150 million. They joke about the bottleneck, calling it "The Wormhole,"

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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:43:39 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: The Pundits, press and Trump]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-pundits-press-and-trump/article/1591564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-pundits-press-and-trump/article/1591564?custom_click=rss

OK, I admit I am a bit behind on my reading as I recently perused the April 30 edition of The Wall Street Journal. Albeit accidentally, it was a good exercise as I read David Greenberg's extensive column comparing the Republicans' situation on that date to that in 1976, to wit: "But as in 1976, there is ominous talk today that the GOP is in crisis - possibly headed for extinction, like the antebellum Whig Party."

However, in short order, the party possibly headed for "extinction" won the presidency, kept control of both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, gained control of 33 out of 50 governorships, and won control of both chambers of the legislatures in 32 states (with Democrats controlling both chambers in only 5 states).

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]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:05:03 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Carrier deal shows how tax cuts save jobs]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-carrier-deal-shows-how-tax-cuts-save-jobs/article/1591503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-carrier-deal-shows-how-tax-cuts-save-jobs/article/1591503?custom_click=rss

Pundits of all stripes have different takes on President-elect Donald Trump's maneuver to keep 1,000 Carrier jobs from going to Mexico.

Pontificators make great arguments for and against the deal, which involved a combination of threats and incentives. The deal involves $7 million in tax incentives for Carrier over 10 years.

Carrier guaranteed the company would keep at least 1,000 jobs in Indiana and invest $16 million more into the operation, which might create more jobs.

Free-market conservative don't like incentives, and the president-elect's progressive detractors are in newfound agreement with them.

No matter what pundits say, it is a public relations coup for Trump and an embarrassment for President Barack

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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:49:52 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Death doesn't make Fidel Castro a saint]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-death-doesnt-make-fidel-castro-a-saint/article/1591428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-death-doesnt-make-fidel-castro-a-saint/article/1591428?custom_click=rss

Former Monument Mayor Rafael Dominguez arrived in the United States from Cuba when he was 9 months old in 1966. His mother and an uncle fled the dictatorial regime of Fidel Castro, Rafael in tow, with hope of a better life in the U.S.

Castro's funeral is Sunday, and we are sure to hear more statements from politicians and celebrities praising Castro for improving the lives of Cubans. We'll hear how he gave them health care, literacy and more.

"It is complete ignorance," Dominguez says. "I heard Colin Kaepernick saying Castro was good because Cuba has a high literacy rate. So you're going to overlook all the human rights atrocities because of a literacy rate? He was a horrible man.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:16:26 -0700
<![CDATA[LETTERS: A true feel good story; bike lanes almost unsafe by definition]]> http://gazette.com/letters-a-true-feel-good-story-bike-lanes-almost-unsafe-by-definition/article/1591426?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-a-true-feel-good-story-bike-lanes-almost-unsafe-by-definition/article/1591426?custom_click=rss

A true feel-good story

I think we all enjoy "a feel-good" story, especially this time of year. What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas than hearing about the good fortune of some of our fellow citizens - this in a country where people are absolutely starved for a few more stories of this nature.

This year, Carrier Air Conditioning and its parent company, United Technologies, announced that they would be relocating their plant from Indiana to Monterey, Mexico. This move would result in the loss of jobs for over 2,000 employees.

Donald Trump made this a focal point in his campaign - promising to fight the move and to fight for the employees' jobs.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:05:05 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Trump benefits from Hollywood snub]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-trump-benefits-from-hollywood-snub/article/1591238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-trump-benefits-from-hollywood-snub/article/1591238?custom_click=rss

Donald Trump's inaugural committee cannot find celebrities to perform at the Jan. 20 celebration. An event planner hoped for Elton John's participation, to include an openly gay performer and establish a sense of inclusion. The bitter musician told Trump to "ask Ted (expletive) Nugent."

The widespread, sanctimonious snubbing by celebrity elites further highlights the cultural divide that elected Trump.

Hillary Clinton would not encounter this phenomenon, had she won. Her star-studded convention rivaled the Academy Awards. We saw Katy Perry, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sheila E., Bryan Cranston, Lenny Kravitz, Star Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Angela Bassett, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Broadway casts and more.

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:12:03 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Trump should pick Romney for secretary of state]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-trump-should-pick-romney-for-secretary-of-state/article/1591343?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-trump-should-pick-romney-for-secretary-of-state/article/1591343?custom_click=rss

After witnessing a dinner meeting with Mitt Romney this week, the country waits anxiously to learn whether President-elect Donald Trump will nominate him for secretary of state.

This week, Trump also met with former Gen. David Petraeus, whom he praised afterward, floating his name for the same position. It is no surprise Trump was impressed with Petraeus' knowledge of foreign affairs, given Petraeus' experience as top Army general and commander and as director of the CIA.

Trump will have to make his own decision, but we urge him to pick Romney.

The former Massachusetts governor met with The Gazette's editorial board when he sought the presidency in 2012 as the GOP nominee. He impressed us with a deep command of foreign

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:48:23 -0700