<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:52:39 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Don't change course on recreational pot in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-dont-change-course-on-recreational-pot-in-colorado-springs/article/1607806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-dont-change-course-on-recreational-pot-in-colorado-springs/article/1607806?custom_click=rss

This is not a good time to invest in recreational pot, as detailed by The New York Times, The Gazette and a variety of marijuana publications.

"States Keep Saying Yes to Marijuana Use. Now Comes the Federal No," says the headline of a July 15 Times story.

The Times told of a federal "task force" convened reviewing links between violent crimes and state marijuana legalization.

Given the perilous state of legalization under the Trump administration, the Colorado Springs City Council would be wise to set aside aspirations of investing in an election to allow commercial sales.



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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:06:35 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: What some cyclists do believe; interfering in an election]]> http://gazette.com/letters-what-some-cyclists-do-believe-interfering-in-an-election/article/1607807?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-what-some-cyclists-do-believe-interfering-in-an-election/article/1607807?custom_click=rss

Letters from Gazette readers.



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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:31:49 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Children getting left behind; new tax is not the answer]]> http://gazette.com/letters-children-getting-left-behind-new-tax-is-not-the-answer/article/1607727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-children-getting-left-behind-new-tax-is-not-the-answer/article/1607727?custom_click=rss

Children are getting left behind

My daughter started school last week at Turman Elementary School in District 2. Her classroom has no teacher. There are nine students in her class: all intellectually disabled, all nonverbal, most are also physically disabled. District 2 posted the position on July 10, and there is no applicant thus far. Colorado ranks 42 in funding education. It's quite likely that when a teacher is hired, they will probably be inexperienced and/or under qualified to manage nine complicated special needs children who need large and involved Individual Education Plans.

Right now it looks like my daughter is not going to get the education she needs or deserves. I'm heartbroken and frustrated.



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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:44:17 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Manitou Incline could help utility rates; much ado about nothing]]> http://gazette.com/letters-manitou-incline-could-help-utility-rates-much-ado-about-nothing/article/1607684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-manitou-incline-could-help-utility-rates-much-ado-about-nothing/article/1607684?custom_click=rss

Incline could help utility rates

Next time your utility rates go up, be sure and ask how the Incline can help. The Barr Trail parking lot, which costs $10/hr. to park in, belongs to Colorado Springs Utilities. You see, the utility company gave the city of Manitou that lot (via a revocable permit) in an effort to help get the Incline legalized and open back in 2013. Manitou has been less than welcoming to Incline users and continues to raise parking rates and restrict access to the Incline, all while lining their pockets with approximately $260,000 in budgeted income from this parking lot.



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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:53:02 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: How to make goodness fashionable]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-how-to-make-goodness-fashionable/article/1607680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-how-to-make-goodness-fashionable/article/1607680?custom_click=rss

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had a message of peace for center-right attendees of the Western Conservative Summit this weekend.

"The war on American energy is over," Zinke said.

He gave a solid defense of domestic energy production as a form of social and environmental justice, during a conference themed "making goodness fashionable." The summit, Friday through Sunday, is the largest annual gathering of conservatives outside Washington, D.C.

A retired Navy SEAL commander, Zinke knows how dependence on foreign energy kills men, women and children around the globe.

"I've fought in a lot of countries, and I never want to see our children have to go to war - over resources we have here," said Zinke, a geologist,



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Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:36:34 -0600
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Colorado Springs considers urban deer hunt]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-colorado-springs-considers-urban-deer-hunt/article/1607681?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-colorado-springs-considers-urban-deer-hunt/article/1607681?custom_click=rss

The peaceful sight of all those deer grazing throughout Colorado Springs comes with a sad and dangerous side effect. The population has become so large it threatens human safety. The dense herd is so inbred many of the deer aren't healthy, and hundreds end up dead on city streets each year.

Car-deer collisions have become so common in our state the insurance industry reports each Colorado motorist has a 1-in-169 risk of hitting a deer.

The Colorado Department of Transportation reported 7,706 car-deer collisions throughout the state in 2016, and the agency believes the public reports only half of deer-related accidents. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates 175 annual motorist deaths caused by collisions with



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Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:03:27 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Investing in early childhood development crucial]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-investing-in-early-childhood-development-crucial/article/1607683?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-investing-in-early-childhood-development-crucial/article/1607683?custom_click=rss

There's good reason that the first few years of a child's life are referred to as the "magic years."

During this time, more than 1 million neural connections are formed every second. These are the connections that build the brain's architecture.

Decades of research show that when young children have positive experiences and caring and consistent relationships, a strong foundation is created for lifelong learning, health and well-being.

It's not just parents and professional caregivers who are responsible for giving kids a strong start in life - we all have a role to play in preparing Colorado's kids for a healthy and successful future. Colorado prospers when our kids thrive because they are our future workers,

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]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 04:31:18 -0600 <![CDATA[COLUMN: President should launch the GlobalSuperTanker]]> http://gazette.com/column-president-should-launch-the-globalsupertanker/article/1607628?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-president-should-launch-the-globalsupertanker/article/1607628?custom_click=rss

We now know why the 747 firefighting jet is just sitting on the tarmac at the Colorado Springs Airport.

Some federal government bureaucrat has decided it is more important to glue thousands of paper cups to thousands of posts, arrange them in a grid, have the aircraft drop water on the grid and then weigh each cup to see how much water is in each of them than it is to put out fires.

This ridiculous exercise in bureaucracy is a required part of federal approval for an aircraft to dump water onto a raging forest fire.

Evidently the dispersion pattern of an air drop must be just so, must meet some exacting standard set up by the government that cannot possibly be set aside for now, so that lives and property can be

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]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:20:11 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Sen. Bennet wants competition in care]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-sen.-bennet-wants-competition-in-care/article/1607561?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-sen.-bennet-wants-competition-in-care/article/1607561?custom_click=rss

Republicans and Democrats should listen to Sen. Michael Bennet's plea for meaningful health care reform.

Calling for bipartisan cooperation, the Colorado Democrat said "we should turn our attention to competition, transparency, and affordability so that we can create a system that serves all Coloradans."

Of note, he did not mention "insurance" reform in his statement about turning our attention. He seems to understand the problems with confusing insurance and care.

"I visited a clinic in Frisco (Colo.)," Bennet told The Gazette separately Thursday. "I asked, 'What's the payer mix here?' She said 33 percent Medicaid. Then she said 53 percent is uncompensated care. They are people who earn too much to be on Medicaid,



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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:07:08 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: Taking Republicans to task; troubling ties with Russia]]> http://gazette.com/letters-taking-republicans-to-task-troubling-ties-with-russia/article/1607559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-taking-republicans-to-task-troubling-ties-with-russia/article/1607559?custom_click=rss

Taking the Republicans to task

Many of us worked and voted to get the Republicans in control of all three branches of government the last election. They bragged about repealing Obamacare but now cannot seem to repeal it. They talk about replacing it. We don't want it replaced, we want it repealed! It is one of the worst monstrosities visited on the American public.

However, we also want to call the Republicans to task on the immigration issue. Illegals (people here without proper citizenship) are not only a security threat but a threat to our economy. We are so happy that Kate's law was passed - sadly too little, too late. Republicans don't seem to have a stomach for a good fight.



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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:02:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Hickenlooper orders Colorado to start using less electricity]]> http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-orders-colorado-to-start-using-less-electricity/article/1607560?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-orders-colorado-to-start-using-less-electricity/article/1607560?custom_click=rss

When the U.S. withdrew from the Paris accord, Gov. John Hickenlooper proclaimed that climate change is "the single most pressing issue facing humanity." His newest executive order imposes the Paris accord's petty tyrannies on Coloradans.

The order directs the "State of Colorado" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the "electricity sector" by 35 percent between 2012 and 2025 and to support "locally led climate goals."

It directs the state to reduce electricity sales by 2 percent despite requiring it to increase electricity use by spending the $61.3 million from the Volkswagen settlement to create a "plan" to "build out" "key charging corridors" for electric vehicles to "boost tourism.

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]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:50:07 -0600 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Conservative makes case for taxing bicycles]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-conservative-makes-case-for-taxing-bicycles/article/1607500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-conservative-makes-case-for-taxing-bicycles/article/1607500?custom_click=rss

Baby boomers saw the bicycle transition from toy status to a mainstream transportation device that competes with cars on the road. Cyclists demand more pavement, but motorists pay the bill. At least one state legislature wants that to change.

Colorado drivers encounter a proliferation of new bicycle lanes on streets throughout state, often narrowing capacity for cars. Cities and counties build on-road and off-road bicycle lanes, competing to become the most bike-friendly communities. Bicycles are everywhere, and their numbers are growing.

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced last summer a commitment to spend more than $100 million over four years to make Colorado "the best state for biking," even as state government cannot afford



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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:43:43 -0600
<![CDATA[LETTERS: In lieu of legitimate scholarship; public records are public]]> http://gazette.com/letters-in-lieu-of-legitimate-scholarship-public-records-are-public/article/1607499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-in-lieu-of-legitimate-scholarship-public-records-are-public/article/1607499?custom_click=rss

Letters from Gazette readers.



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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:41:24 -0600
<![CDATA[COLUMN: Drug dogs dealt a devastating blow]]> http://gazette.com/column-drug-dogs-dealt-a-devastating-blow/article/1607498?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-drug-dogs-dealt-a-devastating-blow/article/1607498?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Court of Appeals recently issued a ruling in a traffic-stop case from Craig, that puts a muzzle on the use of drug-sniffing police dogs statewide.

The court threw out evidence found in Kevin McKnight's truck by Craig Police Cpl. Bryan Gonzales after Kilo, a Moffat County Sheriff's Department drug detection dog was brought to the scene and alerted, indicating the presence of one of several possible contraband drugs he had been trained to detect.

The court ruled that a glass pipe "commonly used to smoke methamphetamine" and the residue of meth in it must be suppressed because "a dog sniff of a vehicle could infringe upon a legitimate expectation of privacy solely under state law...

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]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:20:09 -0600 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: So-called renewable energy wastes scarce resources]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-so-called-renewable-energy-wastes-scarce-resources/article/1607431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-so-called-renewable-energy-wastes-scarce-resources/article/1607431?custom_click=rss

A recent Gazette headline and story, "Renewable energy lab forges ahead" (July 10), contains much false information. If this information is believed and acted upon it will lead to a tremendous waste of scarce resources. In doing so, it will create more poverty, not less.

The news story actually reads more like a press release from the renewable energy industry than like a serious investigative report. It presents no dissenting arguments or facts. It is just assumed that there is an energy problem and there is something right and virtuous about taxpayer funding of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden.

The article presents all the pros but none of the cons. A news article should present both sides of such an



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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:11:25 -0600