Opinion

Monuments review: Secrecy is the wrong way to approach public land discussions and decisions

The public has not seen Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s draft recommendations to President Donald Trump about changing the size and use of several national monuments. Since the topic is public...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

RE-1 override

On the November ballot, Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 will ask voters to approve a mill levy override for three purposes: bus replacement, up-to-date technology and raising teacher...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Civility: Model decency and dignity to help bring order to messy business of democracy

Most Americans have little reluctance to state firmly that race-based superiority is wrong. At the same time, too many fall into the belief that their political opponents are inherently inferior....

DATE: Aug. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Parks pass: At new price, Senior Pass will still be worth far more than it costs

On Monday, the price for a lifetime national park pass for senior citizens will jump from $10 to $80. If you’re 62 or older, now is the time to get yours because that’s a huge price hike. But this...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Town halls: Sen. Gardner should keep meeting his Colorado constituents face to face

During the first half of the year, few of Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s constituents saw him in person. Earlier in August, he visited Durango with fellow Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Rep....

DATE: Aug. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public meetings: Advance notice of public meetings is an essential protection

When a governmental entity tells journalists of a special meeting, and encourages them to attend, that’s a pretty good indication that board members aren’t trying to hide anything. In June, a...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Back to school

The idea that “it takes a village” to rear strong, resilient children is unpopular in certain circles. Fair enough. Healthy families place much less stress on the village. As children return to...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Ozone rules: Political expedience cannot be the only consideration in controlling pollutant

In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump administration would give states an extra year to comply stricter ozone standards enacted by the Obama administration in 2015. On...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Solar eclipse: How will Montezuma County celebrate?

In just over a few weeks, a 70-mile wide strip across the U.S. will turn dark during daylight hours. It is being called the Great American Eclipse (never mind that the eclipse will travel across a...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Canyons of Ancients is safe, but what about hidden agenda?

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced officially what he said informally a few weeks ago: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument has survived the review process intact. That decision is...

DATE: July 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Every Kid Outdoors: Introducing kids to America is priceless

Kudos to Rep. Scott Tipton for recommending that a good government program be made permanent. The Every Kid Outdoors Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, asks the Department of the...

DATE: July 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Lower Dolores D-minus: Low flows hamper native fish, trout

Conservation Colorado’s grade of D-minus for the Lower Dolores River must be put into context. Conservation Colorado is an environmental organization, and the score is not based on how well the...

DATE: July 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials