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

Import tariffs: Trade policy can cost and save jobs, have unintended consequences for communities

Controlling trade is one of the ways President Donald Trump intends to fulfill his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” By levying tariffs on the importation of goods that can be produced...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Clean water: Let’s not miss an opportunity to protect water quality from future mining impacts

The Journal editorial board applauds state Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, for her bill introduced last month to hold future mine operators responsible for water contamination caused by their...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Annika Lewis: Teen gains a worldwide view, shines a global spotlight on rural Colorado

Kudos to 15-year-old Montezuma-Cortez High School student Annika Lewis for representing rural U.S. women at the 2018 session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (Journal, Feb. 2 3)....

DATE: April 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Shane Hale: Cortez City manager has done a great job

Cortez City Manager Shane Hale’s recently announced move to Windsor, Colorado, will be a gain for that city and a big loss for Cortez. The city has seen a great deal of progress since his tenure...

DATE: March 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

March for our lives: Students are right, it’s time to end the national paralysis around gun violence

The first truth to understand about Saturday’s March for Our Lives is that students really do fear for their lives. Their parents are fearful as well. Let’s not insult them by claiming that these...

DATE: March 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public opinion: Elected officials and agency staff need to care what their constituents think

An important aspect of the decision-making process of governmental agencies is the gathering and analysis of public comments. Unfortunately, that essential component has experienced some...

DATE: March 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Dolores, Mancos: Dolores voters must look past one-issue, Mancos must select board to boost town

In Dolores, 11 candidates each want one of just four seats on the town board, and two more are running for mayor. That’s a sign of unrest, including division over deteriorating playground...

DATE: March 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Local elections: There are many reasons to vote “Yes” on 2A and for a forward-thinking council

The City of Cortez is asking its voters to do something unusual: renew an existing sales tax at a lower rate. The current 0.55 percent sales tax sales for construction and operation of the...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Ag Expo: A great way to spend a day or two with the region’s many faces of agriculture

If you haven’t attended the Four States Agricultural Exposition in recent years, you’re likely to be surprised at the breadth of agriculture in the region. It goes far beyond cattle, hay and grain,...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Sunshine week: A yearly celebration of public and press access to government information

The belief that good government flourishes when it is well-supervised by citizens has been deeply held in this country since its founding. As firmly entrenched as that value is, Americans shouldn’t...

DATE: March 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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