Opinion

FFA: Celebration showcases the importance of agriculture, training and education

The annual national Future Farmers of America celebratory week is upon us, which makes for a good time to reflect on the value of agriculture and how young people can find a place in agriculture to...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

‘Frozen out’: Secretary Zinke ignored NPS advisory board members until they walked away

In the normal course of political transitions, appointees of the former administration know they may be replaced by people more amenable to the new administration’s positions. Some are thanked in...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

XXIII Olympics: Let winter games in South Korea serve as symbol of peace

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games are now open, and 242 athletes, both famous and all-but-unknown, are representing the United States in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Thirty-one of them (more than any...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

SOTU: Trump’s first state of the union full of proposals, but short on specifics

President Donald Trump rightly boasted of the economic bump the changes to the tax code are creating, and identified some areas of focus for his administration. But his continued ill-founded...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Colorado lottery: Reauthorize and audit this valuable program that makes our lives better

Sometime this spring, the Colorado General Assembly will vote to reauthorize the Colorado Lottery so that it will not sunset in 2024. That effort made progress Jan. 25 as the state Senate...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Wilderness: Legislation in Congress presses for a fundamental change in the rules

Should bicycles be allowed in wilderness areas? The question tends to provoke an immediate answer – thumbs up or thumbs down – and it is at the heart of the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A livable wage: Pathways from poverty tied to age, living costs and, for now, outside support

Colorado’s minimum wage quietly went up on Jan. 1, as planned by the passage of Amendment 70 in November 2016. The second of four stepped increases the ballot measure authorized between 2016 and...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Cory and the A.G.: Sen. Gardner may be the man to hold Sessions and Trump to their word

Our hats go off to Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) for standing up for Coloradans earlier this month and against what he viewed as the federal government trampling on the will of the voters in Colorado...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

MB McAfee: It’s time to listen to other voices

Mary Beth “MB” McAfee is a welcome addition to the District 1 race for the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners. She will raise awareness of issues that affect a substantial number of the...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Welcome changes: Earlier access to McPhee, addition to Phil’s World improve area recreation

Outdoor recreation in Southwest Colorado is benefiting from a change in an operating date, and a much expanded resource. At McPhee Reservoir north of Cortez, boat launching will be possible in...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

2018: Federal changes may create local opportunities and uncertainties

In contrast with last year’s abundance of snow, this winter, so far, has been extremely dry. Water managers, ag producers, skiers and river runners alike are now eyeing the sky and the weather...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Tax reform: GOP wager bets on business-aided economic benefits; only time will tell

Tax legislation passed by the Republicans in late December does not significantly simplify tax filing, nor does it provide tax reductions for everyone. Lower- and moderate-income payers will have...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials