Opinion

Open enrollment: Though embattled, the ACA stands and residents should access it starting today

It’s complicated. In his late February comments describing the complexity of health care, President Donald Trump got it right. But that’s about the only time. Prior to being sworn in as president,...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

Cortez schools: after election, board and administrators face cuts

School District Re-1 voters said “no” last week to a mill levy increase that would have raised about $2.7 million in its first year to fund teachers’ salaries, technology additions and upgrades,...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Arctic refuge: With no good reason to drill, Gardner should oppose oil lease sales in ANWR

President Donald Trump and many of his colleagues in Washington seem to have no affinity for landscapes any wilder than the rough on a golf course. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., knows better, and he...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Honoring veterans: Repaying our debt with quality care, not mere words

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Offline October: Student-led social media blackout tells teens ‘Don’t post a story, live one’

What started as an inspired response to tragedy by some Littleton middle and high school students – after two student suicides in just two days at the beginning of the school year – has grown into...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Be sure to vote: Area schools counting on your ballots for improvements and guidance

Reiterating the Journal editorial board recommendations for the 2017 Coordinated Election: Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 – The school district is seeking a mill levy override of 4.96 mills for funds to...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Election integrity: Above all, the Presidential Advisory Commission must protect the right to vote

Among the benefits of U.S. citizenship, the right to vote is one of the least tangible, but arguably the most precious. Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet is concerned that the new Presidential...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

MVMA move

At the close of business this week, the Mesa Verde Museum Association store will vacate the Colorado Welcome Center at the corner of Mildred Road and Main Street in Cortez. No longer will the...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Commissioners lose credibility with ‘fake news’ ploy

The Montezuma County board of commissioners now say they didn’t intend their Oct. 2 vote to discontinue funding for the local extension office to be viewed as, well, a decision to discontinue...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Election time: Montezuma County voters need to turn out and support our local schools

Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 – Thanks to the Taxpayers Bill of Rights which was passed in 1992, all tax increases must come before the voters. Those who want to continue to improve schools in Cortez hope...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Rural struggles: Sparsely populated counties are left in the dust as cities and coasts thrive

A recent survey of bankers in a 10-state region has confirmed what rural residents already know: While the more densely populated portions of the country are seeing economic recovery, rural areas...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

CSU Extension: Commissioners should be wary of losing valuable services

Among the deeply held values that thread through rural communities is the belief that common sense, practical experience and face-to-face cooperation are at least as essential as “book learning.” ...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials