<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:17:41 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: City of Colorado Springs should protect 'Jesus' on signs]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-city-of-colorado-springs-should-protect-jesus-on-signs/article/1579121?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-city-of-colorado-springs-should-protect-jesus-on-signs/article/1579121?custom_click=rss

"Jesus lives," says a local pastor, just not for long on city transit benches.

At issue are ads local preacher Lawson Perdue has placed on city transit space for the past three years. The first year his signs said "Celebrate Jesus." Last year they said "Experience Jesus," and this year they say "Jesus is Lord."

Perdue said a city official told him "Jesus" will be barred from future ads after his contract expires July 10, because one person complained the signs established religion in violation of the First Amendment. City transit officials told The Gazette the matter was under review by the city Attorney's Office.

Contrary to Perdue's complaint, Mayor John Suthers told a member of The Gazette's editorial board the law



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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:55:36 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: One person impacting others' rights; destroying due process protection]]> http://gazette.com/letters-one-person-impacting-others-rights-destroying-due-process-protection/article/1579122?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-one-person-impacting-others-rights-destroying-due-process-protection/article/1579122?custom_click=rss

One person impacting others' rights

So one person's complaint about the word "Jesus" on transit benches for the city is causing the transit company to ban the word from being used by the Charis Christian Center. This center pays for the advertisements and has the right to say what it wants in its ads.

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States addresses this issue: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Two items are at stake with this one person's complaint: (1) Freedom of

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]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:10:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado should lead the way in regulatory reform]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-should-lead-the-way-in-regulatory-reform/article/1579055?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-should-lead-the-way-in-regulatory-reform/article/1579055?custom_click=rss

American farmers have been forced to spend hundreds of millions of dollars assuring the federal government that they're prepared to prevent one of the deadliest environmental disasters known to man: spilled milk.

Yes, that's right. For decades, federal regulations mistakenly classified milk as "oil." That misclassification made milk spills officially an environmental hazard and required dairy farmers to take expensive precautionary steps. Despite the obvious absurdity of this rule, it was only fixed a few years ago.

The federal regulatory system is full of such problems. It hasn't undergone a substantial upgrade since the Truman administration. Colorado's legislators should lead the way in fixing it.



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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:25:24 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Immigration system is cruel]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-immigration-system-is-cruel/article/1579030?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-immigration-system-is-cruel/article/1579030?custom_click=rss

The Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday negated President Barack Obama's executive amnesty order to help 4 million illegal immigrants avoid potential deportation. The court issued a one-sentence statement that leaves in effect a lower-court ruling to block the president's move.

Among those the president wanted to help are illegal immigrants who are parents of American citizens. His executive programs were also designed to benefit foreigners brought into this country as infants, who know only the United States as home.

The outcome resulted from a 4-4 deadlock as the court proceeds without a replacement for deceased Justice Antonin Scalia, increasing the court's relevance in the upcoming presidential election.



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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:57:21 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Beware of deceptive language in anti-energy ballot measures]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-beware-of-deceptive-language-in-anti-energy-ballot-measures/article/1579019?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-beware-of-deceptive-language-in-anti-energy-ballot-measures/article/1579019?custom_click=rss

So far this year, Americans for Prosperity-Colorado has reached out to over 700,000 Coloradans on the phones and at their doors discussing issues critical to economic freedom. Now, we've just launched a grass-roots effort to Protect Property Rights & Safe Energy Development in Colorado. Our eight field directors, with a cadre of part-timers and volunteers, are informing Coloradans on a grass-roots level about the potential anti-energy measures that may appear on our ballots in November.

Why all the fuss? Because people deserve to be alerted to the manipulative techniques employed by the proponents of these measures. Coloradans must be made aware that the ballot language found in these initiatives is highly misleading.



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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:19:55 -0600
<![CDATA[A stunt unworthy of the people's House]]> http://gazette.com/a-stunt-unworthy-of-the-peoples-house/article/1578980?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-stunt-unworthy-of-the-peoples-house/article/1578980?custom_click=rss

For more than a year after the swearing-in of the 111th Congress in 2009, Democrats held strong majorities in both houses of Congress. They passed the stimulus, the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law and Obamacare, among other major pieces of legislation. One thing they didn't even consider was gun control. Why not?

For the same reason Congress hasn't passed major gun control legislation in more than 20 years: Because there just isn't much appetite among lawmakers for the types of extreme proposals liberals typically put forward on guns.

Despite some high-profile cases, gun violence is also a problem that's getting better, not worse.



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Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:11:50 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Government-mandated higher wages: Fewer jobs for all of us]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-government-mandated-higher-wages-fewer-jobs-for-all-of-us/article/1578979?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-government-mandated-higher-wages-fewer-jobs-for-all-of-us/article/1578979?custom_click=rss

In Colorado, our identity is rooted in innovation, a good quality of life and a wealth of new opportunities for citizens across the state. We work hard, play hard and look out for each other - it's what we do.

Because of this, Colorado is experiencing one of the lowest unemployment rates and most competitive workforces in the nation.

Other states are looking to Colorado as a model of economic success. Native Coloradans are regularly complaining about how many new people are moving in all over the state to help fulfill all of these "new job!" needs. Colorado is regularly ranked by national outlets as one of the best places - if not the best - to live from coast to coast.

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]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Court serves a blow to civil rights]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-court-serves-a-blow-to-civil-rights/article/1578905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-court-serves-a-blow-to-civil-rights/article/1578905?custom_click=rss

The Supreme Court ratified state-based racial discrimination Thursday, setting our country back.

America fought a war bloodier than all of its others combined in the interest of racial equality.

Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, blacks, whites, homosexuals, heterosexual and people of nearly every background imaginable have marched in the streets toward the goal of a society in which individuals are assessed by intellect, character and ability - without regard for skin pigmentation, sexual orientation, gender or other characteristics not relevant to human performance.

We have come a long way toward creating a society of merit-based equality, and we have a long way to go.

So it is shocking and



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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:25:00 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Going after guns again; changing state constitution easy]]> http://gazette.com/letters-going-after-guns-again-changing-state-constitution-easy/article/1578904?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-going-after-guns-again-changing-state-constitution-easy/article/1578904?custom_click=rss

Going after guns again

The current administration and the Democratic Party have once again seized the opportunity provided by a tragedy to push their gun control agenda.

To use the tragic event in Orlando to attempt to advance their political objective should be viewed as an exploitation of the people who lost their lives and were injured in that massacre.

If we are serious about stopping these acts of violence, we need to focus our efforts on how we can effectively identify the terrorists and stop them. Additional controls on guns and the erosion of our Second Amendment rights will not do that. Although a gun can be a convenient tool for a terrorist to use, it is only one of many options available to them. On 9/11, the

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:05:06 -0600 <![CDATA[A reminder to combat drunken driving wisely]]> http://gazette.com/a-reminder-to-combat-drunken-driving-wisely/article/1578903?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-reminder-to-combat-drunken-driving-wisely/article/1578903?custom_click=rss

With July Fourth right around the corner, Americans are preparing for backyard barbecues and firework fiestas. While drunken driving has been on the decline for decades, America's birthday still brings a heightened risk of drunken driving - and alcohol-related traffic accidents.

This often spurs policymakers to support poorly targeted or ineffective tactics in an attempt to keep drunken drivers off the roads - such as lowering the legal limit to 0.05 BAC or increasing the use of sobriety checkpoints.

While headlines often hail these efforts as "cracking down on drunk driving," in reality such policies target moderate and responsible social drinkers and fail to adequately address drunken driving.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Bugs must die so trees may live]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-bugs-must-die-so-trees-may-live/article/1578879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-bugs-must-die-so-trees-may-live/article/1578879?custom_click=rss

A war on bugs, waged by helicopter, stands to save the Pikes Peak region's tourism industry from long-term devastation. It is all thanks to a public-private partnership between a variety of local businesses, neighborhoods and government entities.

"This is a classic example of an excellent public/private partnership, when federal, state, city and county governments, along with private entities, come together to solve a common issue in the best interest of the community," said Jack Damioli, CEO of The Broadmoor resort. "To me, this is vitally important for the city of Colorado Springs and the long-term success and welfare of our vibrant tourism and hospitality industry.



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:42:51 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Minimum wage plan is smoke and mirrors]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-minimum-wage-plan-is-smoke-and-mirrors/article/1578761?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-minimum-wage-plan-is-smoke-and-mirrors/article/1578761?custom_click=rss

It's official: The proposed increase in Colorado's minimum wage would kill jobs and raise poverty.

We wish a simple law could cause higher pay. If it were that simple, we could outlaw poverty. We could enact laws forcing employers to create high-wage jobs for all who need them.

Of course, it does not work that way. Market forces obey unworkable mandates the way ocean waves respect sand castles.

We all benefit when employers pay high wages, but arbitrary minimums make no more sense than arbitrary price controls of any type. Set prices too high, and products won't sell. Set them too low, and no one will provide them. Paying $12 or $15 an hour to someone who sells 99-cent burgers may present a net loss. In this likely



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:27:58 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Getting a high return on investment in a college degree]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-getting-a-high-return-on-investment-in-a-college-degree/article/1578722?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-getting-a-high-return-on-investment-in-a-college-degree/article/1578722?custom_click=rss

A college degree is an investment of time and money. A decision to begin such a task should be heavily researched and considered using as much information as available for the student and their support system. The recent launch of the website Launchmycareercolorado.org providing information on possible income expectations for specific majors and programs at numerous Colorado higher education institutions does just that - it provides valuable information.

This site is a resource for people considering a college degree and its impact on future earning potentials.

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]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:20:04 -0600 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Who goes on the no-buy list?; removing street signs]]> http://gazette.com/letters-who-goes-on-the-no-buy-list-removing-street-signs/article/1578721?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-who-goes-on-the-no-buy-list-removing-street-signs/article/1578721?custom_click=rss

Who goes on the no-buy list?

Anybody remember Lois Lerner - IRS targets tea party groups? That suspected terrorist and nut-cases shouldn't have access to guns is common sense! I'm an ol' Nam vet, and I don't think the general public needs assault rifles or 30-round magazines, but that's not the issue with the NRA - the issue is the slippery slope and who will decide who goes on the no-buy list? What's the criteria?

You've got gang-banners in every major city, most have felony records . and guns! The war on drugs? How's that working? Now, most drugs being abused are legally prescribed.

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]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Mail in ballots for Blaha today]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-mail-in-ballots-for-blaha-today/article/1578668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-mail-in-ballots-for-blaha-today/article/1578668?custom_click=rss

Republicans who have not mailed in their primary ballots have an important decision to make in the next few days. They must choose from a field of five candidates the one most likely to unseat vulnerable Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in November.

As stated in The Gazette's June 10 endorsement, Colorado Springs businessman Robert Blaha is the superior choice.

Aside from Fort Collins businessman Jack Graham, Blaha is the only contender who has not held public office - an asset in a year voters are in open rebellion against politics-as-usual. Both men have created jobs and made personal fortunes. Each has spent at least a million dollars to fund his campaign. That's where similarities end.

When Graham entered the race, he



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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:10:50 -0600