<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:08:46 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Keep public notices in the public]]> Terri House http://gazette.com/guest-column-keep-public-notices-in-the-public/article/1540108?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-keep-public-notices-in-the-public/article/1540108?custom_click=rss

Since statehood, Colorado citizens have relied on legal (or public) notice advertising in newspapers throughout the state to be informed of important governmental actions.

State agencies, counties, municipalities and special districts post their legal notices in community newspapers. Publication of these notices in newspapers provides a centralized location for legal notices.

Colorado Counties Inc., the association of county commissioners, voted early this month to pursue legislation to allow counties to post their legal notices on individual county websites instead of printing those notices in community newspapers.

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State agencies, counties, municipalities and special districts post their legal notices in community newspapers. Publication of these notices in newspapers provides a centralized location for legal notices.

Colorado Counties Inc., the association of county commissioners, voted early this month to pursue legislation to allow counties to post their legal notices on individual county websites instead of printing those notices in community newspapers.]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:20:16 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Positive feedback on the airport; remember sequestration]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-positive-feedback-on-the-airport-remember-sequestration/article/1540107?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-positive-feedback-on-the-airport-remember-sequestration/article/1540107?custom_click=rss

Positive feedback on the airport

I had a lovely morning at our Colorado Springs Airport. I recently joined the "COS Premier Lounge" and as I drove to the airport I eagerly anticipated my new travel experience. I pulled right up to the valet parking area, grabbed my luggage, locked my car, and walked the 100 yards into the terminal to deposit my fob with a courteous key custodian.

I whisked through security, as usual, and walked for one minute to the Premier Lounge. Two knowledgeable and hospitable employees welcomed me to my new "Club," reviewed my boarding pass to ensure they could track my flight, took my breakfast order and showed me to the complimentary coffee and snack bar.

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I had a lovely morning at our Colorado Springs Airport. I recently joined the "COS Premier Lounge" and as I drove to the airport I eagerly anticipated my new travel experience. I pulled right up to the valet parking area, grabbed my luggage, locked my car, and walked the 100 yards into the terminal to deposit my fob with a courteous key custodian.

I whisked through security, as usual, and walked for one minute to the Premier Lounge. Two knowledgeable and hospitable employees welcomed me to my new "Club," reviewed my boarding pass to ensure they could track my flight, took my breakfast order and showed me to the complimentary coffee and snack bar.]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:20:15 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: More on IB; Net neutrality]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/letters-more-on-ib-net-neutrality/article/1539966?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-more-on-ib-net-neutrality/article/1539966?custom_click=rss

Stormwater math, pound for pound

Put the numbers to the proposed stormwater rates and then vote NO!

City Council tells us the average monthly tax will be $8 to $12, but they never say how they arrived at that figure other than to say 
it is based on the amount of impervious surface on your lot. Let's assume that is about 
2,000 square feet.

The weather service says Colorado Springs gets an average of 16.4 inches or 1.37 feet of precipitation annually. If all of that water found its way into the drainage system, 
2,700 cubic feet of water would be displaced (1.37 feet x 2,000 square feet). (How much of the water running off your house makes it to the street, not much I would bet.). That is about 228 cubic feet per

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Put the numbers to the proposed stormwater rates and then vote NO!

City Council tells us the average monthly tax will be $8 to $12, but they never say how they arrived at that figure other than to say 
it is based on the amount of impervious surface on your lot. Let's assume that is about 
2,000 square feet.

The weather service says Colorado Springs gets an average of 16.4 inches or 1.37 feet of precipitation annually. If all of that water found its way into the drainage system, 
2,700 cubic feet of water would be displaced (1.37 feet x 2,000 square feet). (How much of the water running off your house makes it to the street, not much I would bet.). That is about 228 cubic feet per]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:10:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Use of marijuana expands across all the age groups]]> By name newspaper -Guest columnists - http://gazette.com/use-of-marijuana-expands-across-all-the-age-groups/article/1539965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/use-of-marijuana-expands-across-all-the-age-groups/article/1539965?custom_click=rss With expansion of marijuana into the medical and now recreational arena, marijuana use has become more prevalent across all age groups. Recent data shows treatment for marijuana dependency in the state of Colorado for those 12-19 years old comprises more than 35 percent of age groups while for alcohol is less than 3 percent for all age groups (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

The medical literature is clear regarding the effects of marijuana on the developing brain, with more recent data demonstrating a negative impact on IQ, higher education performance, and irreversible structural changes in the brain over time, particularly with chronic, more heavy users.

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The medical literature is clear regarding the effects of marijuana on the developing brain, with more recent data demonstrating a negative impact on IQ, higher education performance, and irreversible structural changes in the brain over time, particularly with chronic, more heavy users.]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:10:08 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: One of Detroit's lessons: Use public money for basics first]]> The Washington Examiner http://gazette.com/editorial-one-of-detroits-lessons-use-public-money-for-basics-first/article/1539916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-one-of-detroits-lessons-use-public-money-for-basics-first/article/1539916?custom_click=rss

The city of Detroit agreed this week to raze the Joe Louis Arena, the home of the Red Wings hockey team, and hand the land over to one of its corporate creditors in order to satisfy a small portion of a $1 billion debt.

The move brings the Motor City closer to resolving its June 23, 2013, bankruptcy filing. The settlement will leave creditors with pennies on the dollar and retired public employees with only about half of what they were promised.

Municipal bankruptcy was the only way for Detroit, which until recently ran annual deficits as high as $380 million, to discharge its $18.5 billion in debt.

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]]> The city of Detroit agreed this week to raze the Joe Louis Arena, the home of the Red Wings hockey team, and hand the land over to one of its corporate creditors in order to satisfy a small portion of a $1 billion debt.

The move brings the Motor City closer to resolving its June 23, 2013, bankruptcy filing. The settlement will leave creditors with pennies on the dollar and retired public employees with only about half of what they were promised.

Municipal bankruptcy was the only way for Detroit, which until recently ran annual deficits as high as $380 million, to discharge its $18.5 billion in debt.]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:30:01 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: AP history in Jefferson County; more on IB]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-ap-history-in-jefferson-county-more-on-ib/article/1539895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-ap-history-in-jefferson-county-more-on-ib/article/1539895?custom_click=rss

Reminiscent of the McCarthy era

In the Oct. 8 Gazette, in the context of the Jefferson County AP History program controversy, columnist Walter Williams showed a blatant bias against public school teachers by insinuating that the highly inflammatory anti- American comments made in 2006 by teacher Jay Bennish are common among teachers and that Jefferson County teachers have made similar comments.

I cannot imagine any teacher deliberately starting a controversy like the Jefferson County AP History controversy that led to five consecutive days of student and parent protests. A more likely cause of the protests was Jefferson County school board member Julie Williams' proposal that instructional material promote "positive aspects"

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In the Oct. 8 Gazette, in the context of the Jefferson County AP History program controversy, columnist Walter Williams showed a blatant bias against public school teachers by insinuating that the highly inflammatory anti- American comments made in 2006 by teacher Jay Bennish are common among teachers and that Jefferson County teachers have made similar comments.

I cannot imagine any teacher deliberately starting a controversy like the Jefferson County AP History controversy that led to five consecutive days of student and parent protests. A more likely cause of the protests was Jefferson County school board member Julie Williams' proposal that instructional material promote "positive aspects"]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Ballot Question 1B: A dishonest tax increase]]> By Jeff Crank http://gazette.com/guest-column-ballot-question-1b-a-dishonest-tax-increase/article/1539836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-ballot-question-1b-a-dishonest-tax-increase/article/1539836?custom_click=rss

El Paso County Ballot question 1B is nothing more than a dishonest attempt to fool voters. Its shameful deception rises to the level of the misleading term-limits language of a few years ago. If you remember the term limits language that implied that a "yes" vote "limited" terms when it actually extended them, then question 1B this year might ring a bell. 1B imposes a tax of $92.40 per year on the average household in El Paso County for the next 20 years and beyond. That is a minimum tax increase of $1,848 per property and likely much higher. However, you wouldn't know these facts just by reading the ballot language.

Pretty harsh to say it is deceptive, but the facts leave little doubt. First, the language calls the tax a "fee.

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]]> El Paso County Ballot question 1B is nothing more than a dishonest attempt to fool voters. Its shameful deception rises to the level of the misleading term-limits language of a few years ago. If you remember the term limits language that implied that a "yes" vote "limited" terms when it actually extended them, then question 1B this year might ring a bell. 1B imposes a tax of $92.40 per year on the average household in El Paso County for the next 20 years and beyond. That is a minimum tax increase of $1,848 per property and likely much higher. However, you wouldn't know these facts just by reading the ballot language.

Pretty harsh to say it is deceptive, but the facts leave little doubt. First, the language calls the tax a "fee.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Deadspin owes Corey Gardner a better apology]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/editorial-deadspin-owes-corey-gardner-a-better-apology/article/1539778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-deadspin-owes-corey-gardner-a-better-apology/article/1539778?custom_click=rss

Deadspin? Ever heard of it? Maybe, maybe not. Deadspin is a sports website owned by Gawker Media that launched in September 2005. As of February 2010, the site had attracted over 462 million views and is known for exposing errors in the media. Now it has made its own major mistake.

This past week they tackled (pun intended) Cory Gardner's assertion, in an interview with The Washington Post, that he played football in high school. The headline Deadspin gave the article says it all: "Is a Colorado Senate Candidate Lying About His Football Career?" For some reason Deadspin focused on Gardner's youthful athletic experience and investigated. Unfortunately his former coach, 77-year old Chuck Pfalmer, mistakenly said Gardner was never on the



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Deadspin? Ever heard of it? Maybe, maybe not. Deadspin is a sports website owned by Gawker Media that launched in September 2005. As of February 2010, the site had attracted over 462 million views and is known for exposing errors in the media. Now it has made its own major mistake.

This past week they tackled (pun intended) Cory Gardner's assertion, in an interview with The Washington Post, that he played football in high school. The headline Deadspin gave the article says it all: "Is a Colorado Senate Candidate Lying About His Football Career?" For some reason Deadspin focused on Gardner's youthful athletic experience and investigated. Unfortunately his former coach, 77-year old Chuck Pfalmer, mistakenly said Gardner was never on the

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:35:52 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Merrifield bad for the Springs]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/editorial-merrifield-bad-for-the-springs/article/1539792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-merrifield-bad-for-the-springs/article/1539792?custom_click=rss

When voting, and talking with friends and neighbors, consider the ramifications of a giant step backward. Remember the recent era when an extreme ideologue represented Senate District 11. 
Ponder whether it is wise to elect someone even more extreme and doctrinaire than former Senate President John Morse. Ponder the circus atmosphere of another recall.

After voters recalled Morse, who represented District 11, things got much better. The community replaced Morse with Sen. Bernie Herpin, a moderate who is clearly more concerned with positive outcomes than imposition of a radical agenda that's mostly counter to values of Democrats, Republicans and independents.

Today, big special-interest, out-of-state activists with deep

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]]> When voting, and talking with friends and neighbors, consider the ramifications of a giant step backward. Remember the recent era when an extreme ideologue represented Senate District 11. 
Ponder whether it is wise to elect someone even more extreme and doctrinaire than former Senate President John Morse. Ponder the circus atmosphere of another recall.

After voters recalled Morse, who represented District 11, things got much better. The community replaced Morse with Sen. Bernie Herpin, a moderate who is clearly more concerned with positive outcomes than imposition of a radical agenda that's mostly counter to values of Democrats, Republicans and independents.

Today, big special-interest, out-of-state activists with deep]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Boogeyman around every corner; America's troops]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-boogeyman-around-every-corner-americas-troops/article/1539737?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-boogeyman-around-every-corner-americas-troops/article/1539737?custom_click=rss

Confused by apparent inconsistency

A recent Gazette article (Oct. 1 by Jakob Rodgers) about the tragic killing of Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife included a statement by prosecutor Reggy Short. He was reported as saying that no murder charge for the 13-week-old fetus carried by Whitney Butler was possible because state statutes . kept prosecutors from pressing charges for that death . " The 2014 State Ballot Information Booklet provides information on upcoming ballot issues. For Amendment 67, Definition of Person and Child, it says a person committing an offense against a pregnant woman that results in the loss of her pregnancy can be charged with two crimes - the offense against the woman and the unlawful termination of

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A recent Gazette article (Oct. 1 by Jakob Rodgers) about the tragic killing of Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife included a statement by prosecutor Reggy Short. He was reported as saying that no murder charge for the 13-week-old fetus carried by Whitney Butler was possible because state statutes . kept prosecutors from pressing charges for that death . " The 2014 State Ballot Information Booklet provides information on upcoming ballot issues. For Amendment 67, Definition of Person and Child, it says a person committing an offense against a pregnant woman that results in the loss of her pregnancy can be charged with two crimes - the offense against the woman and the unlawful termination of]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 04:15:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ENDORSEMENT: Vote 'yes' on parks]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/endorsement-vote-yes-on-parks/article/1539672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/endorsement-vote-yes-on-parks/article/1539672?custom_click=rss

Nearly everyone benefits from an abundant array of well-maintained parks, trails and open spaces, which are notoriously expensive to procure and maintain. With El Paso County ballot measure 1A, county commissioners ask voters for permission to keep just over $2 million that would otherwise be rebated to the general public. The money would be used for acquisitions of property and improvements to existing trails, parks and open spaces.

Because of Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, commonly referred to as TABOR, money is refunded according to a formula when positive economic factors result in excess revenues for local, county and state governments. The law requires voter approval for a government entity to keep the money.



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Nearly everyone benefits from an abundant array of well-maintained parks, trails and open spaces, which are notoriously expensive to procure and maintain. With El Paso County ballot measure 1A, county commissioners ask voters for permission to keep just over $2 million that would otherwise be rebated to the general public. The money would be used for acquisitions of property and improvements to existing trails, parks and open spaces.

Because of Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, commonly referred to as TABOR, money is refunded according to a formula when positive economic factors result in excess revenues for local, county and state governments. The law requires voter approval for a government entity to keep the money.

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:38:25 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: What people in Manitou really want; negative ads]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-what-people-in-manitou-really-want-negative-ads/article/1539671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-what-people-in-manitou-really-want-negative-ads/article/1539671?custom_click=rss

What people in Manitou really want

Ballot question 2G is not an attempt to prohibit the use of marijuana in Manitou. It is legal now to buy, smoke, eat, grow, and share marijuana in Colorado according to amendment 64 and that is not going to change. If 2G passes, it will have no impact on the sale of medical marijuana products here either. This initiative is simply about whether we want to embrace commercialized recreational marijuana by selling it in our small town.

As it stands now, Manitou is the only place to purchase recreational pot in El Paso County and the area from Pueblo County north to Denver and west to Breckenridge.

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Ballot question 2G is not an attempt to prohibit the use of marijuana in Manitou. It is legal now to buy, smoke, eat, grow, and share marijuana in Colorado according to amendment 64 and that is not going to change. If 2G passes, it will have no impact on the sale of medical marijuana products here either. This initiative is simply about whether we want to embrace commercialized recreational marijuana by selling it in our small town.

As it stands now, Manitou is the only place to purchase recreational pot in El Paso County and the area from Pueblo County north to Denver and west to Breckenridge.]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:15:12 -0600 <![CDATA[ENDORSEMENT: Gazette endorses Bob Beauprez]]> The Gazette Editorial http://gazette.com/endorsement-gazette-endorses-bob-beauprez/article/1539587?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/endorsement-gazette-endorses-bob-beauprez/article/1539587?custom_click=rss

Colorado needs strong and decisive leadership at the top, which means it's time to elect Bob Beauprez as governor.

It was not an easy decision for The Gazette's editorial board to advocate replacing Gov. John Hickenlooper. He is a good and affable man who has always availed himself to the board with little advanced notice. When he told us in 2010 that he would prioritize widening Interstate 25 from Woodmen Road to Monument Hill, he followed through and did his part. He also has presided over a state economy that has rebounded much faster than national averages.

A successful small businessman, Hickenlooper had the opportunity to rank among the country's top government executives. He came into office as a moderate, willing to



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Colorado needs strong and decisive leadership at the top, which means it's time to elect Bob Beauprez as governor.

It was not an easy decision for The Gazette's editorial board to advocate replacing Gov. John Hickenlooper. He is a good and affable man who has always availed himself to the board with little advanced notice. When he told us in 2010 that he would prioritize widening Interstate 25 from Woodmen Road to Monument Hill, he followed through and did his part. He also has presided over a state economy that has rebounded much faster than national averages.

A successful small businessman, Hickenlooper had the opportunity to rank among the country's top government executives. He came into office as a moderate, willing to

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:34:09 -0600
<![CDATA[FAGIN: Religious Right on wrong side of history]]> Barry Fagin http://gazette.com/fagin-religious-right-on-wrong-side-of-history/article/1539589?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fagin-religious-right-on-wrong-side-of-history/article/1539589?custom_click=rss

How many times have you heard the world is going to hell in a handbasket? That if this or that activity continues unabated, society as we know it will be gravely imperiled? You're not alone. Knee-jerk reactionaries have been with us throughout history. Unfortunately for them, their track record is lousy.

It has been over three years, for example, since "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed, effectively ending the ban on openly gay Americans serving in the military. Over a thousand retired flag-rank officers warned that repeal would "undermine recruiting and retention . and eventually break the all-volunteer force." Opponents bewailed impacts on readiness, unit cohesion and morale.

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]]> How many times have you heard the world is going to hell in a handbasket? That if this or that activity continues unabated, society as we know it will be gravely imperiled? You're not alone. Knee-jerk reactionaries have been with us throughout history. Unfortunately for them, their track record is lousy.

It has been over three years, for example, since "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed, effectively ending the ban on openly gay Americans serving in the military. Over a thousand retired flag-rank officers warned that repeal would "undermine recruiting and retention . and eventually break the all-volunteer force." Opponents bewailed impacts on readiness, unit cohesion and morale.]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:10:05 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Storm water issue's pros and cons]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-storm-water-issues-pros-and-cons/article/1539588?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-storm-water-issues-pros-and-cons/article/1539588?custom_click=rss Support a regional approach 
to stormwater

Caring for your community means standing up for what you believe is right.

And I, like all but one of our county commissioners, want to urge the voters of El Paso County to support 1B, the stormwater ballot question.

In voting no on the resolution supporting a regional approach to stormwater, Peggy Littleton has turned her back on thousands of people in her district. Recently, I was given a unique tour of Park Vista, a hilly, quiet neighborhood of families and retirees. My tour guide was a woman whose life savings is literally being washed away. During seasonal rainfalls, a creek forms and flows through her property, up to her doorway and kitchen window.

She isn't



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Support a regional approach 
to stormwater

Caring for your community means standing up for what you believe is right.

And I, like all but one of our county commissioners, want to urge the voters of El Paso County to support 1B, the stormwater ballot question.

In voting no on the resolution supporting a regional approach to stormwater, Peggy Littleton has turned her back on thousands of people in her district. Recently, I was given a unique tour of Park Vista, a hilly, quiet neighborhood of families and retirees. My tour guide was a woman whose life savings is literally being washed away. During seasonal rainfalls, a creek forms and flows through her property, up to her doorway and kitchen window.

She isn't

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