Opinion

The right move

The unanimous vote by the Dolores School District Re-4A Board of Education to approve a raise in teacher salaries for the 2018-19 school year was the right move, even if in financial terms the...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Class of 2018

In the past couple of weeks, area high schools have graduated a class of fine young people whose accomplishments and ambitions are evidence that a lot is going right in our hometowns and our...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Culture of secrecy

One of the challenges of environmental protection is that human activity produces pollution. Driving is a good example, from the extraction of mineral resources that eventually will become a...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Remember Me: Veteran Bob Harms commemorates the Memorial Day holiday in verse

Bob Harms of Durango is a part-time poet. Very part-time. Harms, now retired from a firefighting career and a grandfather of four, writes just one poem a year, during the holiday season. The poems...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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 | 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