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The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: Abusers of freedom behead free speech

We live in a complex, exciting and dangerous time when social media and 24-hour entertainment networks give everyone an open microphone. The potential benefits and pitfalls loom large. Free speech has never been put to a greater test. The most recent example of open mic derangement syndrome comes courtesy of comedienne Kathy Griffin. It is […]

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Colorado’s high school graduation rates lag behind other states’, but new programs offer hope

Colorado’s four-year graduation rate has been creeping upward in this decade and is nearing 80 percent, but a 2017 report released earlier this month pegs it as the seventh worst in the nation. “Graduation rates are definitely too low, and a lot of students who should graduate don’t because they lose sight,” said Natalia Taylor, […]

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Death of Colorado Springs Marine prompts Coffman to call for probe

The death of a Colorado Springs Marine profiled in Sunday’s Gazette has prompted a measure before Congress that mandates an outside investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs handling of suicidal patients. Aurora Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman said his measure would require the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine review veterans’ deaths within […]

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The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: VA failed to save a local vet in need

Noah Harter was so exceptional that he survived 300 combat missions as a Marine. Department of Veterans Affairs employees, by contrast, are notoriously substandard. Exhibiting typical VA underachievement, they declined to give Harter the minimal, fundamental care extended to suicidal patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. The heart-wrenching details of Harter’s death are spelled out in […]

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The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: NATO is essential to a strong Western alliance

President Donald Trump has corrected his error about NATO, making it clear in recent days that he does not regard it as “obsolete,” which was how he described it during the election campaign. Instead he affirmed his commitment to that crucial alliance in Europe. He is also, as a corollary, right to call on European […]

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Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: Carson calls poverty ‘a state of mind’

Moments after Dr. Ben Carson called poverty “a state of mind,” much of the mainstream media and other foes of the Trump administration went hysterical. The director of Housing and Urban Development is callous toward the poor, we were told. NBC News instantly determined Carson was “under fire.” Lawyer and New York Times writer Zerlina […]

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Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: Protect charitable deductions in tax reform

Congress and President Donald Trump hope to pass sweeping tax reform, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he hopes to have a bill ready for Trump to sign before the Dec. 23 congressional recess. Give us tax reform, and give it to us soon. Just be careful to protect the country’s private-sector safety […]

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The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: Activists target ‘Big Wind’ in war against energy

A Washington headline Wednesday asks “Is ‘Big Wind’ making people sick?” “Everyone would be well served if Colorado led the way on the study of health impacts of commercial scale wind projects,” the article states, explaining Colorado’s aggressive embrace of wind turbines. We know only this: The war on energy will not end. No new […]

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The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: Activists target ‘Big Wind’ in war against energy

A Washington headline Wednesday asks “Is ‘Big Wind’ making people sick?” “Everyone would be well served if Colorado led the way on the study of health impacts of commercial scale wind projects,” the article states, explaining Colorado’s aggressive embrace of wind turbines. We know only this: The war on energy will not end. No new […]

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Trump budget would boost Colorado Springs defense programs

The Pentagon on Tuesday released details on the Trump administration’s proposed $54 billion hike in defense spending, including proposals that boost programs in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. The 2018 budget would increase spending for satellite programs, missile defense and the destruction of chemical weapons. The Air Force also would get an extra […]

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