<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:24:17 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Civil rights battles rage at cake shops]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-civil-rights-battles-rage-at-cake-shops/article/1545209?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-civil-rights-battles-rage-at-cake-shops/article/1545209?custom_click=rss

Whites-only drinking fountains. Blacks to the back of the bus. Separate entrances.

And, of course . cake

When historians study civil rights struggles of the 20th and 21st centuries, the wedding cake will emerge as a curious symbol of strife.

Right here in Colorado, two cake controversies stand to determine whether business owners have the right to discriminate against customers based on moral convictions.

Oh, we know, the answer should be simple. Discrimination is wrong and should never be tolerated in places of public accommodation. We are a far better country without restaurants that refuse to serve black people, and few of sound mind would argue to the contrary.

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]]> Whites-only drinking fountains. Blacks to the back of the bus. Separate entrances.

And, of course . cake

When historians study civil rights struggles of the 20th and 21st centuries, the wedding cake will emerge as a curious symbol of strife.

Right here in Colorado, two cake controversies stand to determine whether business owners have the right to discriminate against customers based on moral convictions.

Oh, we know, the answer should be simple. Discrimination is wrong and should never be tolerated in places of public accommodation. We are a far better country without restaurants that refuse to serve black people, and few of sound mind would argue to the contrary.]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:15:25 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Poverty and urban decay; bring your A-game]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/letters-poverty-and-urban-decay-bring-your-a-game/article/1545208?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-poverty-and-urban-decay-bring-your-a-game/article/1545208?custom_click=rss

Quarterback Brady is correct

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was correct in his assessment of the controversy over deflated footballs: Ridiculous! But as soon as the media adds the suffix "-gate" to a word, you know that it's going to be a long drawn-out "scandal." The pundits, in their rush to assess guilt and punishment, have ignored an obvious fact. Two of the game officials, the side judge and head linesman, handled the game balls more than any player on either team, including the quarterbacks. After every play, one decides where the ball should be put in play and the other places the ball down at or inside the yard markers.

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was correct in his assessment of the controversy over deflated footballs: Ridiculous! But as soon as the media adds the suffix "-gate" to a word, you know that it's going to be a long drawn-out "scandal." The pundits, in their rush to assess guilt and punishment, have ignored an obvious fact. Two of the game officials, the side judge and head linesman, handled the game balls more than any player on either team, including the quarterbacks. After every play, one decides where the ball should be put in play and the other places the ball down at or inside the yard markers.]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:15:22 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: City may land better balloon fest]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-city-may-land-better-balloon-fest/article/1545161?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-city-may-land-better-balloon-fest/article/1545161?custom_click=rss

The balloon festival lives and may become bigger and better than before. It's just the latest sign of this region's resilience and renewed resolve to soar.

The community mourned an announcement last summer by organizers of the Colorado Balloon Classic, who said 2014's event would be their last. It had been a Colorado tradition for 
38 years. Without offering much detail, organizers blamed "politics within the city" and an "onerous" new application process. The new application process was required for receiving a share of special event subsidies generated by the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART). They tried to capitalize on unrelated political strife to justify an unwillingness to play by new standards.

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]]> The balloon festival lives and may become bigger and better than before. It's just the latest sign of this region's resilience and renewed resolve to soar.

The community mourned an announcement last summer by organizers of the Colorado Balloon Classic, who said 2014's event would be their last. It had been a Colorado tradition for 
38 years. Without offering much detail, organizers blamed "politics within the city" and an "onerous" new application process. The new application process was required for receiving a share of special event subsidies generated by the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART). They tried to capitalize on unrelated political strife to justify an unwillingness to play by new standards.]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:10:19 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Drones pose danger and potential]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-drones-pose-danger-and-potential/article/1545097?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-drones-pose-danger-and-potential/article/1545097?custom_click=rss

A young Wyoming couple posed for wedding photos when the photographer's drone whacked the groom in the head, injuring him slightly. A drone smacked Australian triathlete Raija Ogden in the head during a race. She survived after paramedics dislodged a propeller blade from her flesh. A drone carrying 6 pounds of crystal meth, headed north to the United States, crashed in Tijuana, Mexico, just south of the border this week.

Drone chaos becomes more common each day, and lawmakers are beginning to take note.

The swift commercial proliferation of drones hit home in our region late last year when a dedicated drone store - Multicopter Warehouse - opened in Castle Rock in time for Christmas.

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]]> A young Wyoming couple posed for wedding photos when the photographer's drone whacked the groom in the head, injuring him slightly. A drone smacked Australian triathlete Raija Ogden in the head during a race. She survived after paramedics dislodged a propeller blade from her flesh. A drone carrying 6 pounds of crystal meth, headed north to the United States, crashed in Tijuana, Mexico, just south of the border this week.

Drone chaos becomes more common each day, and lawmakers are beginning to take note.

The swift commercial proliferation of drones hit home in our region late last year when a dedicated drone store - Multicopter Warehouse - opened in Castle Rock in time for Christmas.]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:15:22 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Standing around doing nothing; danger lurking on the roads]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-standing-around-doing-nothing-danger-lurking-on-the-roads/article/1545026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-standing-around-doing-nothing-danger-lurking-on-the-roads/article/1545026?custom_click=rss

Standing around doing nothing

In the paper today (Denver Post) the headline was something like: "State of Colorado overwhelmed due to Holmes criminal trial, could take a toll on everyone".

On the way to work Jan. 19 at the corner of Old Ranch Road and Powers Blvd. in Colorado Springs I saw a dozen grown men standing around doing nothing. They were city of Colorado Springs workers. Only one piece of machinery was at the site and it was idle when I drove by. Let's face it, government workers do as little as possible every day they can.

It was about 11:15 a.m. the middle of the morning on MLK day.

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In the paper today (Denver Post) the headline was something like: "State of Colorado overwhelmed due to Holmes criminal trial, could take a toll on everyone".

On the way to work Jan. 19 at the corner of Old Ranch Road and Powers Blvd. in Colorado Springs I saw a dozen grown men standing around doing nothing. They were city of Colorado Springs workers. Only one piece of machinery was at the site and it was idle when I drove by. Let's face it, government workers do as little as possible every day they can.

It was about 11:15 a.m. the middle of the morning on MLK day.]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:10:03 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Soak-the-rich scheme would hurt us all]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-soak-the-rich-scheme-would-hurt-us-all/article/1544950?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-soak-the-rich-scheme-would-hurt-us-all/article/1544950?custom_click=rss

President Barack O'Robin Hood spoke to the American people Tuesday and promised everything short of maid service. In his last two years, the president will take from the rich and give to the poor - if the Republicans will let him.

To fund free college, a tripling of child care support, tax benefits for a select group and higher mandatory wages for entry-level jobs, he wants to raise taxes on the rich. Never mind the little matter of an $18 trillion debt that grows by a half billion dollars each day. We can enjoy all of these promises and more - and the rich can afford to pay for them - because of economic recovery.

Most working-class and middle-class Americans aren't exactly feeling recovered, aside from relief at the gas

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]]> President Barack O'Robin Hood spoke to the American people Tuesday and promised everything short of maid service. In his last two years, the president will take from the rich and give to the poor - if the Republicans will let him.

To fund free college, a tripling of child care support, tax benefits for a select group and higher mandatory wages for entry-level jobs, he wants to raise taxes on the rich. Never mind the little matter of an $18 trillion debt that grows by a half billion dollars each day. We can enjoy all of these promises and more - and the rich can afford to pay for them - because of economic recovery.

Most working-class and middle-class Americans aren't exactly feeling recovered, aside from relief at the gas]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:10:20 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Parents Challenge evens the field]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-parents-challenge-evens-the-field/article/1544902?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-parents-challenge-evens-the-field/article/1544902?custom_click=rss

The Pikes Peak region is blessed with an abundance of nonprofits. One such organization is Parents Challenge, a group that helps parents and guardians give their children a hand up in their pursuits of successful futures.

After taking two years to reorganize, Parents Challenge is back in full form just in time for Sunday's kickoff of national School Choice Week.

Too often we hear of underprivileged children missing out on extraordinary educational opportunities available to their peers who have upper-middle-class or wealthy parents with time and resources to choose the best schools. Students trapped in underperforming schools are susceptible to dropping out or learning so little they are unlikely to succeed later in

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]]> The Pikes Peak region is blessed with an abundance of nonprofits. One such organization is Parents Challenge, a group that helps parents and guardians give their children a hand up in their pursuits of successful futures.

After taking two years to reorganize, Parents Challenge is back in full form just in time for Sunday's kickoff of national School Choice Week.

Too often we hear of underprivileged children missing out on extraordinary educational opportunities available to their peers who have upper-middle-class or wealthy parents with time and resources to choose the best schools. Students trapped in underperforming schools are susceptible to dropping out or learning so little they are unlikely to succeed later in]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:00:02 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: A call for support; maybe Muslims learned from us]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-a-call-for-support-maybe-muslims-learned-from-us/article/1544847?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-a-call-for-support-maybe-muslims-learned-from-us/article/1544847?custom_click=rss

A similar response is needed

Dear editor and people of Colorado Springs and surrounding area:

Exactly 50 years ago this month a voting rights campaign began in Selma, Ala., that resulted in a nonviolent, peaceful, 54 mile march from Selma to Montgomery, onto the steps of the state capital building on March 25, where Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to a crowd estimated at 25,000 or more. At an earlier march attempt, the marchers were attacked and beaten by police officers so badly it became known as "Bloody Sunday".

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Dear editor and people of Colorado Springs and surrounding area:

Exactly 50 years ago this month a voting rights campaign began in Selma, Ala., that resulted in a nonviolent, peaceful, 54 mile march from Selma to Montgomery, onto the steps of the state capital building on March 25, where Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to a crowd estimated at 25,000 or more. At an earlier march attempt, the marchers were attacked and beaten by police officers so badly it became known as "Bloody Sunday".]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:05:12 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Country needs leadership like King provided]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-country-needs-leadership-like-king-provided/article/1544846?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-country-needs-leadership-like-king-provided/article/1544846?custom_click=rss

Today America honors a great leader and iconic figure, Martin Luther King Jr. His dynamic leadership resounds in history. He was ready to and did give his life for a noble cause. He believed in equality, humankind and sacrifice. He has taken his place in history and his legacy has become clear - his legacy was about freedom and leadership. If you have any doubt about the spirit and the fire that burned in King's mind a new movie, "Selma," makes everything crystal clear.

"Selma" tells the story of a short period during the Civil Rights era when King led a march from Selma to Montgomery to demand voting rights for blacks, who had despite the Voting Rights Act of 1965, still been denied the right to register. We see the horrors of the

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]]> Today America honors a great leader and iconic figure, Martin Luther King Jr. His dynamic leadership resounds in history. He was ready to and did give his life for a noble cause. He believed in equality, humankind and sacrifice. He has taken his place in history and his legacy has become clear - his legacy was about freedom and leadership. If you have any doubt about the spirit and the fire that burned in King's mind a new movie, "Selma," makes everything crystal clear.

"Selma" tells the story of a short period during the Civil Rights era when King led a march from Selma to Montgomery to demand voting rights for blacks, who had despite the Voting Rights Act of 1965, still been denied the right to register. We see the horrors of the]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:05:09 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: State of confusion address; life worth less than a printed page]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-state-of-confusion-address-life-worth-less-than-a-printed-page/article/1544833?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-state-of-confusion-address-life-worth-less-than-a-printed-page/article/1544833?custom_click=rss

The state of confusion address

Most Americans are aware of the upcoming State of the Union this Tuesday; if not, this is a reminder and a critique of some of the rhetoric that will be addressed by Barack Hussein Obama.

The economy will be addressed for sure, 
and Obama will use manipulated numbers 
to confuse the listening audience and claim that the recovery is robust. The fact is the economy has been based on more debt, over 
$18 trillion, a 70 percent increase since Obama took over as the leader of the free world in 2008.

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Most Americans are aware of the upcoming State of the Union this Tuesday; if not, this is a reminder and a critique of some of the rhetoric that will be addressed by Barack Hussein Obama.

The economy will be addressed for sure, 
and Obama will use manipulated numbers 
to confuse the listening audience and claim that the recovery is robust. The fact is the economy has been based on more debt, over 
$18 trillion, a 70 percent increase since Obama took over as the leader of the free world in 2008.]]> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:50:01 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: What president should say Tuesday]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-what-president-should-say-tuesday/article/1544811?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-what-president-should-say-tuesday/article/1544811?custom_click=rss President Barack Obama will address the country Tuesday for his first State of the Union address since November's revolutionary election, which marked the worst drubbing for a sitting president's party since the 1940s.

Obama's speech comes at a time when Americans are more worried about terrorism than any other issue, including the economy, as determined by a Pew Research poll released last week. It comes on the heels of race riots in the streets that have Americans wondering if they've lost decades of progress on civil rights. It comes as the federal government's $18 trillion debt grows by a half billion each day, deepening the unseemly burden mature Americans have imposed the young.

Yet, we're told the president wants to

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]]> President Barack Obama will address the country Tuesday for his first State of the Union address since November's revolutionary election, which marked the worst drubbing for a sitting president's party since the 1940s.

Obama's speech comes at a time when Americans are more worried about terrorism than any other issue, including the economy, as determined by a Pew Research poll released last week. It comes on the heels of race riots in the streets that have Americans wondering if they've lost decades of progress on civil rights. It comes as the federal government's $18 trillion debt grows by a half billion each day, deepening the unseemly burden mature Americans have imposed the young.

Yet, we're told the president wants to]]> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:25:13 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Must do SCIP right or skip it; the land of the free]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-must-do-scip-right-or-skip-it-the-land-of-the-free/article/1544765?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-must-do-scip-right-or-skip-it-the-land-of-the-free/article/1544765?custom_click=rss

The land of the free

I was thinking about the country I love, where I live. I thought of the many times I have left and re-entered my homeland. What makes it special? It, the USA, is after all one of the younger nations - less than 300 years old. I was also thinking about what is happening to it today.

Every leader from George Washington to George W. Bush has served as president out of love for this country and a desire to indeed make it "the land of the free and the home of the brave." Each one hoped to see it strong and eventually the strongest nation and protector of the weak.

We got there but are now rapidly losing this standing.

It seems to me that President Barack Obama is pretending to be Robin Hood.

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I was thinking about the country I love, where I live. I thought of the many times I have left and re-entered my homeland. What makes it special? It, the USA, is after all one of the younger nations - less than 300 years old. I was also thinking about what is happening to it today.

Every leader from George Washington to George W. Bush has served as president out of love for this country and a desire to indeed make it "the land of the free and the home of the brave." Each one hoped to see it strong and eventually the strongest nation and protector of the weak.

We got there but are now rapidly losing this standing.

It seems to me that President Barack Obama is pretending to be Robin Hood.]]> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 04:10:04 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Priest responds to hate crime with love]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-priest-responds-to-hate-crime-with-love/article/1544712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-priest-responds-to-hate-crime-with-love/article/1544712?custom_click=rss

Desecrate something sacred to Islam - even joke about the religion - and a retaliatory beheading, bombing or mass shooting may ensue. Dead cartoonists are only the latest reminder.

Desecrate something dear to Christians, and the victims will pray for the perpetrator and offer support.

For evidence, look to the latest local hate crime. A person or group recently desecrated four characters from the Nativity scene outside Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Manitou Springs. Characters in the display, including baby Jesus, were broken into bits. It is the second attack on local Catholic property in six weeks, after a statue of the Virgin Mary outside St.



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Desecrate something sacred to Islam - even joke about the religion - and a retaliatory beheading, bombing or mass shooting may ensue. Dead cartoonists are only the latest reminder.

Desecrate something dear to Christians, and the victims will pray for the perpetrator and offer support.

For evidence, look to the latest local hate crime. A person or group recently desecrated four characters from the Nativity scene outside Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Manitou Springs. Characters in the display, including baby Jesus, were broken into bits. It is the second attack on local Catholic property in six weeks, after a statue of the Virgin Mary outside St.

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<![CDATA[LETTERS: Millions left at the station; a message from South Africa]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-millions-left-at-the-station-a-message-from-south-africa/article/1544711?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-millions-left-at-the-station-a-message-from-south-africa/article/1544711?custom_click=rss

Millions left at the station

Dr. Martin Luther King Day, what has it meant? I believe it's about a man and his dreams, his hopes for others. The dreams of millions of others that have been left at the station, waiting and hoping for a change that's not happening for them, their dreams and hopes disappearing. A chance to live in a stable, and safer environment, food to feed their children regularly, jobs, an opportunity for their children to go to a school similar to what's taken for granted in most of America, an opportunity to attend colleges, become doctors, lawyers, on a scale that the rest of America enjoys.

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]]> Millions left at the station

Dr. Martin Luther King Day, what has it meant? I believe it's about a man and his dreams, his hopes for others. The dreams of millions of others that have been left at the station, waiting and hoping for a change that's not happening for them, their dreams and hopes disappearing. A chance to live in a stable, and safer environment, food to feed their children regularly, jobs, an opportunity for their children to go to a school similar to what's taken for granted in most of America, an opportunity to attend colleges, become doctors, lawyers, on a scale that the rest of America enjoys.]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 04:20:22 -0700 <![CDATA[City Council made right choice on Jones Park]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/city-council-made-right-choice-on-jones-park/article/1544709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/city-council-made-right-choice-on-jones-park/article/1544709?custom_click=rss

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Colorado Springs City Council wisely chose to transfer ownership of historic Jones Park to El Paso County. This decision ensures that the property will remain open and under local control, giving our citizens and therefore our elected officials power to maintain the property.

The principle of local control was key in the Jones Park transfer; we can clearly manage our own assets better than Denver or D.C. Local elected officials are accountable to their constituents, whereas federal bureaucrats and officials seem to be accountable to nobody. The EPA and U.S. Forest Service, at a fundamental level, would have made poor managers of this particular site, roughly northwest of Cheyenne Canon and accessible by

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]]> On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Colorado Springs City Council wisely chose to transfer ownership of historic Jones Park to El Paso County. This decision ensures that the property will remain open and under local control, giving our citizens and therefore our elected officials power to maintain the property.

The principle of local control was key in the Jones Park transfer; we can clearly manage our own assets better than Denver or D.C. Local elected officials are accountable to their constituents, whereas federal bureaucrats and officials seem to be accountable to nobody. The EPA and U.S. Forest Service, at a fundamental level, would have made poor managers of this particular site, roughly northwest of Cheyenne Canon and accessible by]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 04:20:19 -0700