Opinion

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

Colorado women: “We can do it!” 125 years leading the way on women’s suffrage, equal rights

It is during the month of March, designated as Women’s History Month, that women’s achievements are commemorated across the nation. For Colorado women, there is much to celebrate. To date, 152...

DATE: March 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Caucus!

Colorado’s political precinct caucuses, which will be held at 7 p.m. today (for a list of precinct locations in Montezuma County, see Page 8A), are the first formal opportunity for voters to weigh...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

DOI reorganization: The public, elected officials needs more information on Secretary Zinke’s goals

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is redesigning his department to move hundreds of public employees from Washington to out West. In theory, putting decision-makers in closer touch with the landscapes...

DATE: March 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Listen to them: Brave young people with bold ideas were treated reprehensively

The primary responsibility a civilization has to its children – after working to ensure their survival, which surely should go without saying – is to help them grow into strong, engaged adults. ...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

DOI actions: Energy dominance takes a toll on public lands, public input and other industries

Every new administration takes a hard look at the policies of the prior administration and proposes reforms based upon their own ideas and campaign pledges, but few have acted as swiftly and with...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

FFA: Celebration showcases the importance of agriculture, training and education

The annual national Future Farmers of America celebratory week is upon us, which makes for a good time to reflect on the value of agriculture and how young people can find a place in agriculture to...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

‘Frozen out’: Secretary Zinke ignored NPS advisory board members until they walked away

In the normal course of political transitions, appointees of the former administration know they may be replaced by people more amenable to the new administration’s positions. Some are thanked in...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

XXIII Olympics: Let winter games in South Korea serve as symbol of peace

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games are now open, and 242 athletes, both famous and all-but-unknown, are representing the United States in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Thirty-one of them (more than any...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

SOTU: Trump’s first state of the union full of proposals, but short on specifics

President Donald Trump rightly boasted of the economic bump the changes to the tax code are creating, and identified some areas of focus for his administration. But his continued ill-founded...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials