Opinion

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Justice Center: A good idea, an attractive building in a blossoming part of town

Montezuma County’s new Justice Center on Empire Street opens Monday. It’s beautiful, functional and a substantial improvement over the outdated judicial facilities at the downtown courthouse. ...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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NPS maintenance: Deferred repairs at our nation’s parks and monuments put them all at risk

Mesa Verde National Park has deferred $65.7 million worth of maintenance, according to figures by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Mesa Verde is just one of 400 park units that account for a total of...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Disasters

The trouble with agendas is that real life can get in the way. Lately, the sky in Southwest Colorado has ranged from dull brownish-blue to just plain brown as catastrophic wildfires in states to...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Monuments review: Secrecy is the wrong way to approach public land discussions and decisions

The public has not seen Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s draft recommendations to President Donald Trump about changing the size and use of several national monuments. Since the topic is public...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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RE-1 override

On the November ballot, Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 will ask voters to approve a mill levy override for three purposes: bus replacement, up-to-date technology and raising teacher...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Civility: Model decency and dignity to help bring order to messy business of democracy

Most Americans have little reluctance to state firmly that race-based superiority is wrong. At the same time, too many fall into the belief that their political opponents are inherently inferior....

DATE: Aug. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Parks pass: At new price, Senior Pass will still be worth far more than it costs

On Monday, the price for a lifetime national park pass for senior citizens will jump from $10 to $80. If you’re 62 or older, now is the time to get yours because that’s a huge price hike. But this...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Town halls: Sen. Gardner should keep meeting his Colorado constituents face to face

During the first half of the year, few of Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s constituents saw him in person. Earlier in August, he visited Durango with fellow Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Rep....

DATE: Aug. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Public meetings: Advance notice of public meetings is an essential protection

When a governmental entity tells journalists of a special meeting, and encourages them to attend, that’s a pretty good indication that board members aren’t trying to hide anything. In June, a...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Back to school

The idea that “it takes a village” to rear strong, resilient children is unpopular in certain circles. Fair enough. Healthy families place much less stress on the village. As children return to...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ozone rules: Political expedience cannot be the only consideration in controlling pollutant

In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump administration would give states an extra year to comply stricter ozone standards enacted by the Obama administration in 2015. On...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Solar eclipse: How will Montezuma County celebrate?

In just over a few weeks, a 70-mile wide strip across the U.S. will turn dark during daylight hours. It is being called the Great American Eclipse (never mind that the eclipse will travel across a...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials