Opinion

Shale hype High hopes for deep wells coming back to earth

As the United States struggles to address the two-pronged problem of encouraging economic activity and increasing domestic energy supplies, it is no wonder that the search for energy resources has...

DATE: June 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Floods Nebraska nuclear ‘island’ raises valid concerns

A berm protecting a nuclear power plant from flooding in Nebraska collapsed early Sunday, and water from the Missouri River began seeping into the basement of the turbine building on Monday.None of...

DATE: June 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Districts ‘Resort district’ proposal raises questions

A proposal to redraw Southwest Colorado’s state House districts raises interesting questions about the redistricting process. In particular, what constitutes a community of interest and what should...

DATE: June 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Cleaner air Downwind plants also must be improved

Federal regulators and environmentalists have arrived at an agreement to reduce visible pollution from older coal-fired power plants in four states, including Colorado. Even though the Arizona and...

DATE: June 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Fathers Loving male presence makes a huge difference

Fathers who participate actively in their children’s lives confer tremendous advantages for their children’s futures. Conversely, the absence of a father leaves a huge gap in a child’s life....

DATE: June 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Forest fires Quit pointing fingers and study the science

As a record wildfire continues to rage in Arizona and others pop up around the West, a popular topic of conversation is whom to blame. The general consensus is that at least a century of U.S....

DATE: June 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Renewable energy funding Cutting research is the wrong sacrifice

In the quest to find spending reductions in the federal budget, it is appropriate to place all programs on the table. It is equally appropriate to spare those items that are essential investments...

DATE: June 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Rodeo Big event of the summer is this weekend

This is a weekend to which some folks around Southwest Colorado look forward for a whole year. The Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo, with world-class riders and stock, begins tonight at the Montezuma...

DATE: June 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Education Employers demand better-prepared workers

For years, pundits have been citing an eighth-grade final exam from 1895 as proof that the state of education in the United States is dire indeed. It must be; after all, how many modern students...

DATE: June 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Pedestrians Walkers, drivers must be aware of one another

As demonstrated by new snow on mountain peaks on Memorial Day, weather is an unreliable indicator of the coming of summer.Traffic, however, is sure giveaway. Toward the middle of May, drivers...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Clean water Regulate, but don’t block mine cleanup efforts

As the snowpack melts, much of Colorado’s water rushes across rocks and still-frozen ground, collecting in streams that pour from the high country. On the way, it picks up evidence of everything it...

DATE: June 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Speculators Role in oil pricing should be investigated

The Atlantic magazine recently offered a guide to the factors that go into determining the pump price of gas. It was a clear and persuasive exposition that, in part, dismissed the role of...

DATE: May 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials