Opinion

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Fossil water: Use of dust retardant deserves closer look

The Montezuma County commissioners have done the right thing in temporarily halting use of “fossil water” as a dust retardant on county-maintained gravel roads. The arguments for the liquid, a...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Asset forfeiture: Colorado reforms strike a fair balance

Earlier this month, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a controversial bill that, he says, begins to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture system. The legislation mandated new reporting...

DATE: June 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ray Harriman: Students have lost an energetic advocate

It’s a testament to Ray Harriman’s influence on his students’ lives that many of them will attend the celebration of his own life tonight. Those students remember him as caring and supportive, and...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Sanitation district: Taking another look at infrastructure costs is important

The Cortez Sanitation District is right to revisit tap fees, or plant investment fees, for hotels and RV parks. Kudos to board members for their willingness to do that. While some of them don’t...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Do you wonder where your letters went?

Some of your letters to the editor were misplaced. After a recent update to The-Journal.com , some letters to the editor – about 50 of them – languished in our website’s out basket, never reaching...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Airport subsidies

In 1978, when the airline industry was deregulated and airlines wanted to pull out of small markets to focus on profitable large airports, the Essential Air Service program of subsidies was created...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Trump slump: Uneasy foreigners may spend travel budgets elsewhere

Tourism is an important economic force in Southwest Colorado, and its success depends on multiple factors: weather, wildfires, gas prices, airfares, news coverage, terror threats, violence against...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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White Mesa: Remote location does not excuse radioactive spills

At least twice over the past two years, radioactive sludge has leaked from a truck traveling between an eastern Wyoming uranium mine and White Mesa, Utah, south of Blanding. En route, the trucks...

DATE: June 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Hemp and H20: Legislation signed in Cortez removes hurdle to hemp farming in Colorado

It is good to find simple solutions to what seem to be complicated problems. That is the case with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature on Senate Bill 117, now a law that declares Colorado water...

DATE: June 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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71st General Assembly: Legislative session touted as most production in years

The 71st session of the Colorado General Assembly moved the state forward on a variety of fronts, to a degree not seen in previous years, thanks to a willingness to compromise by both parties, and...

DATE: May 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Public Lands: Spring is a great time to get outside and informed about a threat to public lands

Some Americans are not so lucky. They will never experience the majesty of the American West and the bounty and the beauty of its public lands. These lands and the waters that flow through them...

DATE: May 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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City of parks: Celebration recognizes history and public parks as community assets

Cortez celebrated its parks on Saturday, with a little assistance from city preservation board members. It was the city’s 8th annual Historic Preservation Day in the midst of National Historic...

DATE: May 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials