Opinion

Spy birds: A vulture gets snared in Yemen’s civil war

We were minding our business the other day when we heard about Nelson, a griffon vulture that was arrested in Yemen. It is not every day that non-human animals are arrested. On the man-bites-dog...

DATE: May 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

It’s just country: And it’s all good

Who are the great country music artists? Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, of course, but there are three other names that belong in the canon who seldom get roped in: Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich...

DATE: May 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Convention centers

For the Montezuma County commissioners to offer to undertake the construction of a convention center at the county fairgrounds east of Cortez is an auspicious step in county-city cooperation on...

DATE: May 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Michael Bennet: The senator joins the race

Colorado senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet once seemed apt facets of purple politics. Bennet, 54, is a moderate Democrat, a distinction that matters in his party when Sen. Bernie Sanders,...

DATE: May 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Court packing: Seldom a good idea

The biggest story of last year, measured by cable news coverage, was Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation. There was something in it to horrify everyone and everyone was left dissatisfied,...

DATE: May 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

The Troubles: When David and Goliath switch places

Late in Patrick Radden Keefe’s riveting new account of the Irish Republican Army, he quotes anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, who observed, “for the majority of the human species, and for tens of...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

No lie: Sensible bill compels candor from police

Every now and then, you send your representatives off to the state capitol and though they do not write when they find work, they manage to stay out of trouble long enough to do something good. It...

DATE: May 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

What is torture: Immigration protesters might give it some thought

About 40 protesters gathered in front of the Durango headquarters of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week. All protest is good for the body politic. We have a First Amendment tailored...

DATE: April 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Walrus down: It’s time to care about pinnipeds

Watching a nature documentary these days, despite great technical strides in film-making and perhaps because of them, it is hard not to feel we are saying goodbye to everything – every species,...

DATE: April 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

No do-overs: There’s always the next election

We have had roughly the same two parties in the U.S. competing and, over the long haul, checking one another, for more than 160 years. For the second half of that span, each has believed at various...

DATE: April 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Kinds of mayor: How strong should she be?

We were joking the other day that we ought to keep calling Pete Buttigieg “Mayor Pete” even after he wins the presidency in 2020. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana has attracted attention for his...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Net neutrality: Colorado gets it

There was a Depression-era sign we saw once, in a photograph of a gas station. It said, “Free air – It’s your country, don’t let the big boys take it away from you.” We admired the simplicity,...

DATE: April 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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