Opinion

Pickaxing stars won’t do anything to clean up the mess we’ve made

Recently, a young man took a pickax to President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Austin Clay, 24, absolutely pulverized the terrazzo-and-brass emblem. After, he said, “I feel...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Sand Canyon: A modest proposal

Those looking forward to a hike in the Sand Canyon and Rock Creek trails west of Cortez now find their adventure beginning sooner than expected as they pull off County Road G to the parking area. ...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Road show: Montezuma County claims over historic routes not in public’s interest

Montezuma County Commissioners James Lambert, Keenan Ertel and Larry Don Suckla created a stir when they passed a resolution in June asserting that 17 roads and trails in the San Juan National...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

We can agree: Candidates for governor vow to continue some of Hickenlooper’s work

Friction over the environment and the use of natural resources, from forests to oil, only seems to increase in the West. Take the Endangered Species Act. Signed into law by President Nixon in 1973,...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Congress vs Nature: Tipton’s forest proposals are really no help at all

We need a new word to describe that feeling when we’re both cross and bemused. That, at any rate, is how we felt when we read about Rep. Scott Tipton’s latest initiative. At a congressional hearing...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Party in the Park

With mud and debris flows from recent rainstorms and a summer economy feeling the impacts of cancellations and fewer visitors to our region, it is no wonder we feel like we are still dwelling in...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Whither Wheeler: Will Pruitt’s replacement at EPA be an improvement?

Many conservationists, environmentalists and public land advocates let out an it’s-about-time sigh of relief when Scott Pruitt resigned as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. But as soon...

DATE: July 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A pass on arson

On Tuesday, between nominating Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court and flying off to a NATO meeting, President Donald Trump found the time to pardon Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven, the...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Bold move

The announcement by Fort Lewis College that the school is purchasing a river-running company may strike many in the Four Corners as an odd way to spend money at this point in time. After all, FLC,...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

What we do: At the Capital Gazette, and all across the U.S., journalists got right back to work

The news alerts flooded our email and social media feeds when an active shooter was reported at an office building in Maryland. We clicked on links and scanned wire feeds, as we always do when news...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Ground them

It’s hard to imagine that a piece of federal legislation introduced this week by Colorado’s congressional delegation would have any opposition. In fact, the Securing Airspace for Emergency...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Independence Day

Most Americans apparently didn’t pay much attention in their U.S. history classes, and many don’t understand how our government works, according to numerous studies and polls. And that’s likely not...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials