<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - opinion]]> http://gazette.com/rss/opinion Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:36:03 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: CPAC showcases GOP governors]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-cpac-showcases-gop-governors/article/1547136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-cpac-showcases-gop-governors/article/1547136?custom_click=rss

If Republicans want to elect a president in 2016, they might be wise to nominate a governor. The presidency is, after all, the executive branch of government.

CPAC 2016, south of Washington, D.C., in National Harbor, Md., showcased an impressive cast of Republicans last week who all want the job. While the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party is Hillary Clinton, Republicans and the media have no clue which candidate will emerge as front-runner for the GOP.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was brave to even take the stage at an event that draws thousands of mostly young conservatives who, in general, loath his support for immigration amnesty and Common Core.

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CPAC 2016, south of Washington, D.C., in National Harbor, Md., showcased an impressive cast of Republicans last week who all want the job. While the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party is Hillary Clinton, Republicans and the media have no clue which candidate will emerge as front-runner for the GOP.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was brave to even take the stage at an event that draws thousands of mostly young conservatives who, in general, loath his support for immigration amnesty and Common Core.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:25:28 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Charitable giving]]> by Gene A. Budig and Alan Heaps Guest columnists - http://gazette.com/guest-column-charitable-giving/article/1547131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-charitable-giving/article/1547131?custom_click=rss We continue to receive good news about the economy. But one part of the story has not received the attention it deserves. That part is charitable giving.

The year 2007 set a record high for contributions. But the recession brought the trend to a halt. In 2008, charitable giving experienced the largest decline in more than fifty years. But the good news is that trend has been reversed and we are now in a period of steady growth. And that bodes well for the nation.

In 2013, individuals gave $241 billion to charity. Add $50 billion from foundations, $27 billion from bequests, $17 billion from corporations and the subtotal is $335 billion. Add $163 billion worth of volunteer time - more than 25 percent of adults in America do

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]]> We continue to receive good news about the economy. But one part of the story has not received the attention it deserves. That part is charitable giving.

The year 2007 set a record high for contributions. But the recession brought the trend to a halt. In 2008, charitable giving experienced the largest decline in more than fifty years. But the good news is that trend has been reversed and we are now in a period of steady growth. And that bodes well for the nation.

In 2013, individuals gave $241 billion to charity. Add $50 billion from foundations, $27 billion from bequests, $17 billion from corporations and the subtotal is $335 billion. Add $163 billion worth of volunteer time - more than 25 percent of adults in America do]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:25:18 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Colorado legislature takes a stand for military voters]]> Dan Nordberg http://gazette.com/guest-column-colorado-legislature-takes-a-stand-for-military-voters/article/1547130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-colorado-legislature-takes-a-stand-for-military-voters/article/1547130?custom_click=rss

Our country's military men and women serving overseas should have the same rights and privileges that we enjoy stateside. One of those fundamental rights is the right to vote in our republican system. A bill I'm sponsoring this year in the House of Representatives, HB 1130, ensures that military personnel serving overseas have access to ballots in local elections.

My bill, co-sponsored in the State Senate by Sen. Owen Hill, updates Colorado law and conforms it to the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), a standard for local election administrators that establishes guidelines for how to administer elections overseas.

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My bill, co-sponsored in the State Senate by Sen. Owen Hill, updates Colorado law and conforms it to the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), a standard for local election administrators that establishes guidelines for how to administer elections overseas.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:25:14 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: During rest of term, Obama will serve as President No]]> http://gazette.com/editorial-during-rest-of-term-obama-will-serve-as-president-no/article/1547099?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-during-rest-of-term-obama-will-serve-as-president-no/article/1547099?custom_click=rss

As he enters the final phase of his term in office, President Barack Obama now has a mostly negative role in the governing process. His suggestions for transformative policy changes are nearly irrelevant now that his party has squandered the firm control of Congress it enjoyed in 2009. He cannot count on getting the votes to pass anything new.

Obama's contribution from this point forward will be to use vetoes and threats to obstruct whatever the recently elected Republican Congress passes. So far in this session of Congress, the media have focused on Republicans' struggles to fulfill their base's expectations while avoiding a government shutdown. But at some point, they will have to acknowledge Obama's role as President No.



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As he enters the final phase of his term in office, President Barack Obama now has a mostly negative role in the governing process. His suggestions for transformative policy changes are nearly irrelevant now that his party has squandered the firm control of Congress it enjoyed in 2009. He cannot count on getting the votes to pass anything new.

Obama's contribution from this point forward will be to use vetoes and threats to obstruct whatever the recently elected Republican Congress passes. So far in this session of Congress, the media have focused on Republicans' struggles to fulfill their base's expectations while avoiding a government shutdown. But at some point, they will have to acknowledge Obama's role as President No.

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:30:02 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Conservatives strike positive vibe]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-conservatives-strike-positive-vibe/article/1546986?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-conservatives-strike-positive-vibe/article/1546986?custom_click=rss

"Run Scott run, run Scott run." So went the mantra at CPAC Thursday evening as Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., completed a speech that frequently brought a crowd of thousands to their feet. If he's the current rock star of the right, it's because he has governed in a manner that has made life better in his state.

The 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, D.C., signifies a conservative resurgence in the making, in time for the 2016 general election. This is not the lackluster, negative and confused conservative movement of the century's first decade.

Beginning with Dr.



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"Run Scott run, run Scott run." So went the mantra at CPAC Thursday evening as Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., completed a speech that frequently brought a crowd of thousands to their feet. If he's the current rock star of the right, it's because he has governed in a manner that has made life better in his state.

The 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, D.C., signifies a conservative resurgence in the making, in time for the 2016 general election. This is not the lackluster, negative and confused conservative movement of the century's first decade.

Beginning with Dr.

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:28:38 -0700
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: The state of Colorado's 5th Congressional District]]> Doug Lamborn http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-state-of-colorados-5th-congressional-district/article/1546974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-the-state-of-colorados-5th-congressional-district/article/1546974?custom_click=rss

We stand poised to make incredible progress this year. Colorado Springs continues to rapidly expand in many areas. New defense companies are spinning off in our direction, new nonprofit organizations and churches are starting up, property groups are acquiring more land for business parks and major tourism projects, local hospitals, medical groups and surgery centers are expanding to meet the demand, sports medicine is on the rise to be the next center of excellence, technology incubators, medical device and advanced manufacturing companies are becoming more prevalent, major new aircraft manufacturing is on the horizon, and a steady stream of new highly-skilled veterans and military retirees are coming into our community.

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]]> We stand poised to make incredible progress this year. Colorado Springs continues to rapidly expand in many areas. New defense companies are spinning off in our direction, new nonprofit organizations and churches are starting up, property groups are acquiring more land for business parks and major tourism projects, local hospitals, medical groups and surgery centers are expanding to meet the demand, sports medicine is on the rise to be the next center of excellence, technology incubators, medical device and advanced manufacturing companies are becoming more prevalent, major new aircraft manufacturing is on the horizon, and a steady stream of new highly-skilled veterans and military retirees are coming into our community.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:20:07 -0700 <![CDATA[EDITORIAL: President kills jobs with his pen]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-president-kills-jobs-with-his-pen/article/1546855?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-president-kills-jobs-with-his-pen/article/1546855?custom_click=rss

With the stroke of a pen Tuesday, President Barack Obama removed any doubt we have a left-wing ideologue running the executive branch of government. Siding with global warming activists, by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline, the president signed away up to 42,000 good jobs and obstructed progress toward North American oil independence.

But that's just us putting it lightly.

"In one fell swoop President Obama killed thousands of American jobs, raised domestic energy prices, and ensured greater U.S. dependence on oil from nations that are openly hostile to freedom, democracy, and the United States of America," wrote James Taylor, a Forbes columnist, attorney and atmospheric scientist.



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With the stroke of a pen Tuesday, President Barack Obama removed any doubt we have a left-wing ideologue running the executive branch of government. Siding with global warming activists, by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline, the president signed away up to 42,000 good jobs and obstructed progress toward North American oil independence.

But that's just us putting it lightly.

"In one fell swoop President Obama killed thousands of American jobs, raised domestic energy prices, and ensured greater U.S. dependence on oil from nations that are openly hostile to freedom, democracy, and the United States of America," wrote James Taylor, a Forbes columnist, attorney and atmospheric scientist.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:06:19 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Water parks part of local resurgence]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-water-parks-part-of-local-resurgence/article/1546911?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-water-parks-part-of-local-resurgence/article/1546911?custom_click=rss

We're on the verge of an economic renaissance few could have predicted a year ago for Colorado Springs. Things are looking so hot that recent announcements of two indoor water parks on the city's north side almost get lost in the mix.

Oh, we know what the naysayers think. Water parks are silly amenities for kids. They provide low-wage starter jobs for teenagers. The community cannot possibly support both.

Two words stood out in a recent news story about the proposed developments: Wisconsin and Dells.

Water parks are in the business of attracting people to them. They are tourist magnets. Wisconsin Dells, a community of 2,678 residents, hosts about a dozen water parks. With each new park, the town draws more visitors.

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Oh, we know what the naysayers think. Water parks are silly amenities for kids. They provide low-wage starter jobs for teenagers. The community cannot possibly support both.

Two words stood out in a recent news story about the proposed developments: Wisconsin and Dells.

Water parks are in the business of attracting people to them. They are tourist magnets. Wisconsin Dells, a community of 2,678 residents, hosts about a dozen water parks. With each new park, the town draws more visitors.]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:10:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Empower patients to control health costs]]> http://gazette.com/empower-patients-to-control-health-costs/article/1546910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/empower-patients-to-control-health-costs/article/1546910?custom_click=rss

While you're reading this and sipping your morning coffee, a surgeon is cutting four holes in my abdomen. I'm lying unconscious on an operating table and paid $2,500 for the privilege.

An outrage, you say? Hardly. I was happy to do it.

I understand it's not fashionable nowadays for people to use their own money to pay for health care. This includes the rich (definitely not me), the poor and everybody in between. We pay for care not with our own money but with health "insurance." If we don't, we pay a fine (oops, I mean a tax) or go to jail.

The problem with "health insurance" as it's traditionally defined is that it has nothing to do with insurance and very little to do with health.

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]]> While you're reading this and sipping your morning coffee, a surgeon is cutting four holes in my abdomen. I'm lying unconscious on an operating table and paid $2,500 for the privilege.

An outrage, you say? Hardly. I was happy to do it.

I understand it's not fashionable nowadays for people to use their own money to pay for health care. This includes the rich (definitely not me), the poor and everybody in between. We pay for care not with our own money but with health "insurance." If we don't, we pay a fine (oops, I mean a tax) or go to jail.

The problem with "health insurance" as it's traditionally defined is that it has nothing to do with insurance and very little to do with health.]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:10:21 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Appreciation for Springs airport; clearing sidewalks of snow]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-appreciation-for-springs-airport-clearing-sidewalks-of-snow/article/1546856?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-appreciation-for-springs-airport-clearing-sidewalks-of-snow/article/1546856?custom_click=rss Appreciation for Springs airport

I want to write a quick letter because I am not sure who to thank.

I love flying from the Colorado Springs Airport when I can afford it and when I can't get a direct flight out of Denver. It is a luxury but an affordable luxury. The Colorado Springs Airport is very convenient - the best part is the long-term parking. The van drivers take you directly to your car and even load/unload your luggage. This last trip (early Wednesday morning, Feb. 18), the van driver even circled back around to let a passenger check that he had locked his car. I love the van drivers (do tip them - they deserve it!) There is almost no traffic to/from the airport, and it is super quick to check bags, find the gate and

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]]> Appreciation for Springs airport

I want to write a quick letter because I am not sure who to thank.

I love flying from the Colorado Springs Airport when I can afford it and when I can't get a direct flight out of Denver. It is a luxury but an affordable luxury. The Colorado Springs Airport is very convenient - the best part is the long-term parking. The van drivers take you directly to your car and even load/unload your luggage. This last trip (early Wednesday morning, Feb. 18), the van driver even circled back around to let a passenger check that he had locked his car. I love the van drivers (do tip them - they deserve it!) There is almost no traffic to/from the airport, and it is super quick to check bags, find the gate and]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:10:02 -0700 <![CDATA[LETTERS: Sometimes war is necessary; free parking downtown]]> Letters http://gazette.com/letters-sometimes-war-is-necessary-free-parking-downtown/article/1546796?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letters-sometimes-war-is-necessary-free-parking-downtown/article/1546796?custom_click=rss Sometimes war is necessary

Dr. Ben Carson's opinion (The Gazette, February 19) was right on target. As a veteran of the United States Air Force, it is refreshing to hear from a potential presidential candidate that actually "gets it" when it comes to waging war against an enemy. Our country has not declared war since WWII and our military has not been allowed to win a war since WWII. We have the finest fighting force in the world but we have had to fight "politically correct" wars with one hand tied behind our back. Ridiculous rules of engagements that only serve to aid the enemy and prolong a war has been the rule of the day.

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Dr. Ben Carson's opinion (The Gazette, February 19) was right on target. As a veteran of the United States Air Force, it is refreshing to hear from a potential presidential candidate that actually "gets it" when it comes to waging war against an enemy. Our country has not declared war since WWII and our military has not been allowed to win a war since WWII. We have the finest fighting force in the world but we have had to fight "politically correct" wars with one hand tied behind our back. Ridiculous rules of engagements that only serve to aid the enemy and prolong a war has been the rule of the day.]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:25:36 -0700 <![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Rebranding: Positioning a conservative message for victory]]> Robert Blaha http://gazette.com/guest-column-rebranding-positioning-a-conservative-message-for-victory/article/1546751?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-rebranding-positioning-a-conservative-message-for-victory/article/1546751?custom_click=rss

The facts are in and they are not pleasant to acknowledge or accept. Surveys, interviews and demographic trends show that the conservative message is not resonating broadly to the degree necessary for victory. Numerous groups have defected or remain unmotivated by conservatism today. Action is required!

The brand has been diminished by a well-thought-out onslaught of communications, public relations, and media that has negatively driven public opinion. Communications by left-leaning parties have attempted (with a good degree of success) to position conservatives as: pious, noninclusive, socially small-minded, racially biased and in opposition to many women.

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]]> The facts are in and they are not pleasant to acknowledge or accept. Surveys, interviews and demographic trends show that the conservative message is not resonating broadly to the degree necessary for victory. Numerous groups have defected or remain unmotivated by conservatism today. Action is required!

The brand has been diminished by a well-thought-out onslaught of communications, public relations, and media that has negatively driven public opinion. Communications by left-leaning parties have attempted (with a good degree of success) to position conservatives as: pious, noninclusive, socially small-minded, racially biased and in opposition to many women.]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:55:01 -0700 <![CDATA[ENDORSEMENT: John Suthers can make good city great]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/endorsement-john-suthers-can-make-good-city-great/article/1546714?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/endorsement-john-suthers-can-make-good-city-great/article/1546714?custom_click=rss

All four major candidates in the Colorado Springs mayoral election care deeply about this community. Each could probably carry out the task.

In a field of strong candidates, one stands high above the rest. We are fortunate to have former Colorado Attorney General John Suthers asking to run the executive branch of city government. If elected, he is likely to rank among the best big city mayors in the country.

Suthers will learn in office, for sure, but he does not need to. He grew up in this city and speaks with expert detail about everything from stormwater infrastructure to urban planning to transportation.



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All four major candidates in the Colorado Springs mayoral election care deeply about this community. Each could probably carry out the task.

In a field of strong candidates, one stands high above the rest. We are fortunate to have former Colorado Attorney General John Suthers asking to run the executive branch of city government. If elected, he is likely to rank among the best big city mayors in the country.

Suthers will learn in office, for sure, but he does not need to. He grew up in this city and speaks with expert detail about everything from stormwater infrastructure to urban planning to transportation.

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Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:39:47 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Protect kids from pot-infused candy]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-protect-kids-from-pot-infused-candy/article/1546570?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-protect-kids-from-pot-infused-candy/article/1546570?custom_click=rss

It is heart-wrenching to visualize a toddler in the emergency room for mistaking marijuana food with an innocent helping of cinnamon bears. So we respectfully ask state Sen. Owen Hill to stop messing around with a popular law intended to protect children. He is better than this.

Hill's Senate Bill 136 would water down House Bill 1366, passed unanimously last year and signed into law as an effort to address problems with marijuana-laced food. The bill wisely forbids adding marijuana to products "primarily marketed to children." That's common sense, regardless of how one feels about legalized marijuana.



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It is heart-wrenching to visualize a toddler in the emergency room for mistaking marijuana food with an innocent helping of cinnamon bears. So we respectfully ask state Sen. Owen Hill to stop messing around with a popular law intended to protect children. He is better than this.

Hill's Senate Bill 136 would water down House Bill 1366, passed unanimously last year and signed into law as an effort to address problems with marijuana-laced food. The bill wisely forbids adding marijuana to products "primarily marketed to children." That's common sense, regardless of how one feels about legalized marijuana.

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Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:33:46 -0700
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Keystone is latest battle in left's war on the poor]]> The Gazette editorial http://gazette.com/editorial-keystone-is-latest-battle-in-lefts-war-on-the-poor/article/1546512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorial-keystone-is-latest-battle-in-lefts-war-on-the-poor/article/1546512?custom_click=rss

President Barack Obama's looming veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline should become a pivotal moment in American politics. It should mark the day when left-wing politicians lose their reputation as defenders of the middle class and poor against the powerful and rich.

If conservatives are wise, they'll use Obama's veto as just one glaring example of liberal policies harming the working class and poor.

No one questions whether the Keystone will create good jobs. The question is how many. Obama's State Department claims the pipeline would generate 42,000 jobs, though most of them temporary. Skeptics claim the number of temporary jobs would be a few thousand and permanent jobs as few as 35. All pipeline-related employment predictions

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]]> President Barack Obama's looming veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline should become a pivotal moment in American politics. It should mark the day when left-wing politicians lose their reputation as defenders of the middle class and poor against the powerful and rich.

If conservatives are wise, they'll use Obama's veto as just one glaring example of liberal policies harming the working class and poor.

No one questions whether the Keystone will create good jobs. The question is how many. Obama's State Department claims the pipeline would generate 42,000 jobs, though most of them temporary. Skeptics claim the number of temporary jobs would be a few thousand and permanent jobs as few as 35. All pipeline-related employment predictions]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:15:02 -0700