<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:20:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Why we stand for the flag]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-why-we-stand-for-the-flag/article/1583976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-why-we-stand-for-the-flag/article/1583976?custom_click=rss

Go ahead, Colin Kaepernick, take a seat. Standing for the national anthem should be the gesture of Americans, visitors and immigrants who appreciate what this country stands for.

In the United States, a young black man can become a multimillionaire by starting a business, inventing a drug, running a company or throwing a football. That is not what Kaepernick sees. He perceives a country so racially unjust it is beneath him.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," said Kaepernick, a San Francisco 49ers quarterback, referring to police killings of black men.

As Kaepernick sits during our anthem, we hope he conjures a more comprehensive picture of

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:37:08 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Bishop's Castle's dream, vision; what made the country strong]]> http://gazette.com/letters-bishops-castles-dream-vision-what-made-the-country-strong/article/1583977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-bishops-castles-dream-vision-what-made-the-country-strong/article/1583977?custom_click=rss

Thanks for the dream and vision

We have been amazed at the wonder created by Jim Bishop. For 25 years, we have made many trips south to admire and witness his castle. We were surprised to see smoke belching out of the dragon, saddened to hear of the raves and vandalism caused by thoughtless intruders, blessed to see a wedding being performed, and honored to have met Jim and Phoebe Bishop.

Thank you for your dream and our pleasure of experiencing the vision.

Jackie Cowan

Colorado Springs

Where is Darryl Glenn's support?

Four weeks have passed without me hearing a single campaign ad on local TV or KOAA Radio for Darryl Glenn. I called Republican headquarters here in Colorado Springs and they said "they

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Raising the minimum wage in Colorado will hurt, not help]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-raising-the-minimum-wage-in-colorado-will-hurt-not-help/article/1583906?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-raising-the-minimum-wage-in-colorado-will-hurt-not-help/article/1583906?custom_click=rss

Proponents of Amendment 70 are compelled to raise the state's minimum wage to $12 hour, claiming it will help those struggling to make ends meet.

Over the past eight years, wages have stagnated and many are having difficulty finding work. Still, it has been proven time and time again that government intrusion into the free market does more harm than good. In fact, researchers with the Common Sense Policy Roundtable have found that raising minimum wage in Colorado to $12 would lead to 90,000 fewer jobs.

The reality is, raising the price of hiring a worker will mean fewer workers are hired.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:45:02 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Colorado has ignored Black Republicans]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-colorado-has-ignored-black-republicans/article/1583865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-colorado-has-ignored-black-republicans/article/1583865?custom_click=rss

Right now, something historic is happening in Colorado - the rise of conservative black Republicans. Yet few other than those carefully paying attention are aware that the Republican Party is literally making U.S. history in the Centennial State because local and national media have placed the story on blackout. (Pun intended.)

The liberal-leaning or so-called "mainstream" news media are fascinating. They rail, "Republicans have no black people," then when some of us blacks become, reach out to and/or try to work with the Republican Party, they ignore or under-report it, thus keeping their own narrative alive.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:42:52 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Paying for the Manitou Incline; corruption on a grand scale]]> http://gazette.com/letters-paying-for-the-manitou-incline-corruption-on-a-grand-scale/article/1583905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-paying-for-the-manitou-incline-corruption-on-a-grand-scale/article/1583905?custom_click=rss

Users will pay for privilege

Someone tell me how Manitou Springs can effectively shut off access for working people, our military, Olympic athletes and most of the other Colorado Springs residents who wish to use the Incline and Pikes Peak, America's Mountain. The City of Manitou Board Parking Authority Board voted to recommended to Manitou City Council the area of upper Ruxton and Winter Street be added the Residential Parking Permit program. This effectively means no one but Manitou residents can park along Ruxton to access the Incline or America's Mountain.

They also agreed to increase the parking tickets to $70 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense and $150 for the third. They said they may allow people to

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:38:36 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: EpiPen price gouge built on regulation]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-epipen-price-gouge-built-on-regulation/article/1583866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-epipen-price-gouge-built-on-regulation/article/1583866?custom_click=rss

Greed. We hear about it when a corporation bilks consumers with outlandish and burdensome prices. News accounts spawn social media and punditry attacks on capitalism. The free market is the problem, we are told, and government should fix it.

Locally, we have seen price gouging by Black Hills Energy. The company displays an insatiable appetite for soaring profits funded by rate hikes. Pueblo residents call it "Black Heart Energy." Company executives seem unmoved by stories of barren cupboards and small businesses clinging to life after paying some of the highest rates in the country.

A big national story this past week spotlights Mylan, a pharmaceutical company.

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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:30:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Trump must reveal immigration details]]> http://gazette.com/trump-must-reveal-immigration-details/article/1583813?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-must-reveal-immigration-details/article/1583813?custom_click=rss Donald Trump began his presidential campaign with a commentary about immigration that jolted the race and indeed the very idea of what was advisable or acceptable for a candidate to say.

"The U.S.," he declared in June 2015, "has become a dumping ground for everyone else's problems. ... When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. ... They're sending us not the right people."

This set the tone for Trump's campaign - saying it as he saw it, without pulling punches. It won him armies of supporters and critics.

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]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Investigate Clinton's pay-to-play smoke]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-investigate-clintons-pay-to-play-smoke/article/1583732?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-investigate-clintons-pay-to-play-smoke/article/1583732?custom_click=rss

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been our neighbor since 2012. He's lives at the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, where he will stay for at least eight more years.

Blagojevich traded in his government job. Six of his 17 felony convictions involve asking a campaign worker to pressure a hospital executive for a donation. The governor had arranged a health care grant for the hospital and prosecutors proved he wanted quid pro quo for his re-election campaign.

Throughout much of Hillary Clinton's boring email scandal, Americans have lacked a clear motive for the former secretary of state's extraordinary measures to hide government emails. Her lawyers deleted tens of thousands of conversations as an FBI

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:05:07 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: City should find alternative plan; let patients make the decision]]> http://gazette.com/letters-city-should-find-alternative-plan-let-patients-make-the-decision/article/1583731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-city-should-find-alternative-plan-let-patients-make-the-decision/article/1583731?custom_click=rss

Conservation goals within reach

In contrast to what was reported in The Gazette on Aug. 17 "Colorado Springs Utilities predicts failure on conservation goal," the closure of the Martin Drake Power Plant is not dependent on the achievement of our energy conservation goals.

As the Utilities Board directed, the coal-fired Drake Power Plant will be decommissioned no later than 2035, starting with the retirement of the smallest generating unit by the end of this year, one year ahead of the Board's direction.

Last year a demand side potential study was launched. The study was conducted by a third-party with extensive experience working with utility efficiency programs and was designed to assess the potential to reduce energy

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Politically homeless in Colorado: Trump could be 'final straw' for moderate Republicans]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-politically-homeless-in-colorado-trump-could-be-final-straw-for-moderate-republicans/article/1583691?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-politically-homeless-in-colorado-trump-could-be-final-straw-for-moderate-republicans/article/1583691?custom_click=rss

Donald Trump's boisterous and confrontational campaign for president may be the final straw that drives Colorado's few remaining moderate Republicans out of the party.

An outsider candidate, Trump seems to be doing everything in his power to antagonize Republicans with moderate proclivities, a group that 60 years ago was the mainstay of the GOP.

They were called "Eisenhower Republicans" because of their strong support for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who embraced a cooperative and compromising domestic policy along with a strongly internationalist foreign policy.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:38:15 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: How to fix D.C.'s budget dysfunction]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-how-to-fix-d.c.s-budget-dysfunction/article/1583639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-how-to-fix-d.c.s-budget-dysfunction/article/1583639?custom_click=rss

Another year, another looming government shutdown fight.

That's the predicament Colorado's nine-member congressional delegation has put us in. They're currently enjoying a monthlong vacation after leaving D.C. without fulfilling their basic constitutional duty: funding the government for 2017. When they return after Labor Day, they'll have to scramble to avoid a government shutdown Oct. 1.

This government-by-crisis is now a tradition. In fact, it has been more than 20 years since Congress passed a budget on time. The result is almost always the same - and it doesn't benefit Coloradans.

With only days, or maybe just hours, before a shutdown, some lawmakers will advocate for a short-term funding bill that lasts through

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:30:32 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Is Gov. Hickenlooper stealing a page from Obama's executive order playbook?]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-is-gov.-hickenlooper-stealing-a-page-from-obamas-executive-order-playbook/article/1583650?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-is-gov.-hickenlooper-stealing-a-page-from-obamas-executive-order-playbook/article/1583650?custom_click=rss

Gov. John Hickenlooper has quietly prepared the draft of an executive order to impose costly environmental mandates, countering the will of Colorado's General Assembly, state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and a ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States. The order would speed Colorado's move away from coal and toward more costly solar and wind.

The Denver Business Journal obtained draft documents outlining a potential executive order that would require cuts of up to 35 percent in carbon dioxide emissions from the state's power sector by 2035.

Aggressive green energy mandates hurt people financially.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:13:59 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Not much to show for it; don't blame the world's Fondas]]> http://gazette.com/letters-not-much-to-show-for-it-dont-blame-the-worlds-fondas/article/1583638?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-not-much-to-show-for-it-dont-blame-the-worlds-fondas/article/1583638?custom_click=rss Not much to show for it

The city has been collecting the extra collecting sales tax for street repair for almost eight months, and there's not much to show for it. The word a few months ago was that the most heavily traveled streets would be first to get the repairs. I did see some work done on List (not a very busy street). The old surface was scraped away and half of the road was resurfaced. That was two months ago. It remains half-resurfaced and half-scraped away. Roads that do need work (like Centennial between Garden of the Gods and Fillmore) remain untouched.

Bob Winn

Colorado Springs

Do not abandon your vote

I am writing in response to The Gazette article by Megan Schrader ("Complex Vote Ahead for

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:35:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Commentary: America hardly notices while Louisiana drowns]]> http://gazette.com/commentary-america-hardly-notices-while-louisiana-drowns/article/1583616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/commentary-america-hardly-notices-while-louisiana-drowns/article/1583616?custom_click=rss DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (RNS) Louisiana has a tenuous relationship with water. Surrounded by it, from the Gulf of Mexico to lakes, rivers and bayous, Louisiana enjoys a culture based on the fishing, boating, shipping and drilling that happen in and around the water. While the water is usually a blessing, sometimes it rises up and brings disaster. The past 10 days of flooding in South Louisiana have provided one water-oriented disaster after another, but something else has emerged yet again: the faith, resilience and perseverance of this people. While much of America over the past week was focused on Trump vs. Hillary or Ryan Lochte and crew in Brazil, South Louisiana was drowning, almost unnoticed, from severe floods. But local churches sprang into action and became places of refuge with resources to share as those who could help others did. I have seen this response over and over again, from Hurricane Katrina to the Haiti earthquake to the Alabama tornadoes in 2011. Churches, big and small, mobilize quickly to help their neighbors and also those they don’t know with aid, food, a helping hand and lots of sacrificial love. In doing so, they are following the way of Jesus. Troubled by the lack of media coverage, I traveled to Louisiana last Friday from my home in Montgomery, Ala., to assess what had happened so the association of churches that I work with as a missional strategist could help. I am from Louisiana and I grew up right across the state line in Mississippi, so I know the area well. I wanted to find ways for churches in Alabama to connect with churches in Louisiana that were making a difference. Everywhere I went across four parishes (East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension and Tangipahoa), people were working hard, even though they were exhausted and grieving at the loss. Homes were flooded everywhere. Water had risen to 6 feet or more in places — in some cases all the way to the roofs. Floodwaters had still not abated in places like Ascension Parish, but people were not giving up or waiting for help. They were tearing out drywall and pulling out carpet and everything else they could get out of the house. Mounds of their earthly possessions and interiors of their homes were lining the streets in neighborhoods like canyons rising above muddy yards. The 95-degree heat hitting the wet, soggy piles created a smell of mold and rot that was overwhelming. People, wearing masks and gloves and boots, were working — and working and working. Saturday, I joined in helping a family in Denham Springs who lost everything when the floodwaters rose through their home the week before. Sandy Harrell had lived there with her husband and family since 1975. Most of the homes in these areas did not have flood insurance. That isn’t because homeowners were negligent. It is because they lived in areas that had never flooded and they were told they didn’t need it. Sandy’s family was ripping everything out of her home and piling it on the street. They were “hard pressed, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). Before we left, we prayed together in the midst of all of the ruin and we thanked God for his grace and provision. Sunday, I drove to Prairieville, La., in Ascension Parish and went to Fellowship Church. The church had been serving as a distribution site for supplies and food for needy families and had been sending out teams to help with rescue and relief work and with mudding out homes. Pastor Kirk Jones preached a stirring message on the Beatitudes and applied it to the kind of attitude that his listeners needed to have when everything was falling apart and loss was all around them. The service ended, and members went to work setting up the distribution center again, sending out teams to help needy families and delivering hundreds of meals across the parish. Before the volunteers left, the rains came again — in sheets and buckets, with more water filling the streets. This what I saw all over the four parishes. Neighbor helping neighbor and churches opening their doors and sending people out into the waters to help those in need. With the racial conflicts in Baton Rouge after the Alton Sterling killing in early July, the perspective of the nation about racial division in the area was clear: Baton Rouge seemed a city divided. But when the floodwaters came, those divisions were, at least temporarily, washed away. Instead of division and animosity, there were just neighbors helping one another. No one here is talking about racial strife right now. They are just working together trying to save what they can. As I talked with residents, they urged me to let people outside Louisiana know what they are going through and ask them to send help. From Brian Robert, the family pastor tasked with disaster relief coordination at Fellowship Church, to the Louisiana State University and Southern University Baptist college students I met digging out homes, to families everywhere in need, the plea was the same: “Don’t let us be forgotten here. We’re working hard, but we’re getting tired. We need help.” (Alan Cross is executive director of Community Development Initiatives and author of “When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus”)

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:53:27 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: A long overdue project for Colorado Springs drivers; NBC, USOC need to step up]]> http://gazette.com/letters-a-long-overdue-project-for-colorado-springs-drivers-nbc-usoc-need-to-step-up/article/1583558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-a-long-overdue-project-for-colorado-springs-drivers-nbc-usoc-need-to-step-up/article/1583558?custom_click=rss

I-25 widening long overdue

On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy declared that within the decade the U.S. would land a man on the moon and return him safely. That was accomplished within eight years. World War II was won in four years. So the Colorado Department of Transportation is planning 10 years to complete two additional lanes in a 20-mile corridor? Is this ineptitude, incompetence or are certain politicians and their cronies padding their wallets? And what is with this 18-month "study"? Are they going to conclude that we can have two additional lanes but because of environmental "concerns" we will have to build them in far eastern Colorado? If the Denver/Boulder area needed two new lanes, you can bet they would be funded and

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:50:07 -0600