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Sunshine week celebrates access to public information, government actions

The premise of Sunshine Week, the annual national celebration of access to public information taking place this week, is that citizens have the right to know what their government is doing. Jim...

DATE: March 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ar 170319949

New city hall welcome, for staff and constituents

Congratulations to the City of Cortez on their new city hall south of the Cortez Recreation Center. Take a tour on Friday; you’ll be favorably impressed. This is a success story. The City has...

DATE: March 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ar 170309849

Bill to enable licenses for immigrants makes good sense

A bill before the Legislature aims to enable undocumented immigrants to more easily apply for a Colorado driver’s license. It is a good idea that probably does not go far enough. House Bill 17-1206...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Power station closure carries impacts across region

The news is stunning, though anyone studying the changing economics of electrical power generation and distribution might have suspected it on the distant horizon. Still, it is hard to fathom: The...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ar 170309962

An adjustment to Gallagher is needed to maintain local services amid plummeting revenue

Colorado’s Gallagher Amendment to the state constitution is a good example of how a too-rigid mandate, which at the time seems an ideal solution to a problem, can cause significant trouble in the...

DATE: March 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Recreational pot

In retrospect, Coloradans were naïve to believe that medical marijuana wasn’t a foot in the door for recreational use, or that once recreational pot was decriminalized here, the marijuana business...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ar 170229928

Basing TABOR formula on state costs may be the best way forward

There are several components to the Taxpayer’s Bill Of Rights amendment to Colorado’s Constitution, but the two which residents pay the greatest attention to are the requirement that voters approve...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ar 170229983

Rural broadband

Access to technology, and removing impediments to that access, should not be partisan issues. Last week, though, Colorado’s Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee killed, on a party-line...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ar 170219905

Nation’s 33rd president had many words of wisdom to offer our present 45th

There has been speculation that no one in the nation was more surprised by President Trump’s election than Donald Trump himself. This claim, popular with his detractors but admitted by some...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ar 170219964

Water District: 50-plus years of experience is water under the bridge with recent changes

The decision of commissioners in two counties to appoint different representatives to the Southwestern Water Conservation District is a change worth watching, especially in a year that may well...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ar 170209842

Trump administration needs to slow down, show nation a comprehensive plan

Since before Inauguration Day, President Donald Trump has moved quickly to act on his campaign promises. Unfortunately, his actions do not yet – and may not ever – add up to a cohesive policy...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ar 170209905

Public access is most important factor

As Montezuma County moves forward with plans to pay Mesa TV to broadcast and rebroadcast video of commission meetings, it confronts an important issue: By paying for that service, the county...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials