Opinion

Election integrity: Above all, the Presidential Advisory Commission must protect the right to vote

Among the benefits of U.S. citizenship, the right to vote is one of the least tangible, but arguably the most precious. Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet is concerned that the new Presidential...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

MVMA move

At the close of business this week, the Mesa Verde Museum Association store will vacate the Colorado Welcome Center at the corner of Mildred Road and Main Street in Cortez. No longer will the...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Commissioners lose credibility with ‘fake news’ ploy

The Montezuma County board of commissioners now say they didn’t intend their Oct. 2 vote to discontinue funding for the local extension office to be viewed as, well, a decision to discontinue...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Election time: Montezuma County voters need to turn out and support our local schools

Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 – Thanks to the Taxpayers Bill of Rights which was passed in 1992, all tax increases must come before the voters. Those who want to continue to improve schools in Cortez hope...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Rural struggles: Sparsely populated counties are left in the dust as cities and coasts thrive

A recent survey of bankers in a 10-state region has confirmed what rural residents already know: While the more densely populated portions of the country are seeing economic recovery, rural areas...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

CSU Extension: Commissioners should be wary of losing valuable services

Among the deeply held values that thread through rural communities is the belief that common sense, practical experience and face-to-face cooperation are at least as essential as “book learning.” ...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Special session: Hospital district, regional transit victims of partisan legislative games

Last week’s special legislative session, aimed at correcting a marijuana-tax error, accomplished exactly nothing good, and the stubbornness of a few GOP committee members will mean some Colorado...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Sand Canyon: While not overwhelmingly welcome, plans for adequate parking are overdue

A parking lot at Sand Canyon? What a novel idea, considering that right now there isn’t one at the most popular spot in all the 176,000 acres of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Some...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Yucca House: Land deal would solve longstanding access issue to this isolated site

Thank you to the Montezuma County commissioners for voting not to block a land donation that will allow improved access to the tiny Yucca House National Monument southwest of Cortez. Thanks are due...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public Lands Day: Manage resources for Americans, not for the profits of corporate ‘citizens’

Public lands are among our greatest treasures and our shared ownership of them is one of this nation’s greatest strengths. Americans celebrate National Public Lands Day tomorrow in a political...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Health care 3.0: Penalizing kids is not good policy, nor a sound investment in our future

If your head is spinning from the news – natural disasters, security threats and the most recent GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act – you are not alone. There is a dizzying amount of...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Boutique Air: Rise in ticket prices rightly worries local passengers who depend on air service

When Boutique Air proposed to provide service to the Cortez Municipal Airport, and when the Cortez City Council welcomed Boutique, local travelers had hopes that issues experienced with Great Lakes...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials