Opinion

Time for Tipton and Gardner to support local leaders, public lands

On Thursday, as a fitting start to the second annual Colorado Public Lands Day – celebrated Saturday – a bipartisan bill led by Sen. Michael Bennet naming two local mountain peaks after two...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 12 hours 16 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

Chilcoat and Franklin: Don’t prosecute identity politics

Environmental activist Rose Chilcoat and her husband, Mark Franklin, go to court this month to answer felony charges related to closing a corral gate on a federal grazing lease in San Juan County,...

DATE: May 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Energy leases: Let’s hold back some of our last best places

In March, the Bureau of Land Management sold oil and gas leases on parcels totaling 51,400 acres in southeastern Utah, including some near Hovenweep National Monument (Journal, April 20 ). That’s...

DATE: May 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Voting by district: For better government, avoiding further divisiveness, the legislature voted right

In Montezuma County, there is a single school board seat that is chosen not at-large but by the residents of that district. The reason for this outlier is to increase the likelihood that someone...

DATE: May 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public notices: SB 156 is another attack on the public’s right to know

The legal notices that governmental entities pay to place in newspapers as a means of informing the public have played an important role in informing citizens about the actions of their government...

DATE: May 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

School week: Day off not a substitute for adequate pay

Last Friday, over 3,000 teachers from over a dozen school districts gathered at the Capitol to demand an increase in state funding for public education. One of the outcomes of inadequate funding –...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Childhood poverty: Invest in kids to improve their well-being and grow healthy communities

The headline read: “Child poverty persists in Southwest Colorado despite low unemployment” (Journal, April 2 ). That’s just one nutshell of information from the “2018 Kids Count in Colorado!” an...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Conservation districts

In the frightening aftermath of the Dust Bowl, the Soil Conservation Service was established to protect the country’s soil from erosion and depletion. For more than 80 years, conservation districts...

DATE: April 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Earth Day: Economy cannot ignore scientific realities

Earth Day this past Sunday springs from the understanding that our physical environment can be irreversibly damaged and how we treat it matters, every day of the year. That admission was not always...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Real, local news matters – A community’s strength depends on a strong press

The annual Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week, and as usual, they include examples of exceptional journalism: sexual harassment in major industries, the Senate race in Alabama, white...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Wildfire funding: Both fire prevention and response funds are necessary and should not compete

The $1.3 trillion spending package passed by Congress in time to avert a government shutdown last month includes something western states have long wanted: money dedicated specifically to fighting...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Fuel efficiency: EPA emissions rollback will hurt rural pocketbooks, fuel economy and clean air

The Environmental Protection Agency, under its embattled Administrator Scott Pruitt, announced last week that it will roll back Obama-era emissions standards for cars and light trucks. Those...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials