Opinion

Western Excelsior: Fire was a disaster, an opportunity and a lesson for our community

The fire at Western Excelsior is a major disaster not only for the company and its employees, but for the Town of Mancos. It is also an opportunity. Not one Mancos would have sought, but one that...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Kids Count: Childhood poverty harms entire communities, and generations

The future of children growing up in poverty is bleak in many ways. Such children are at risk for poor health, low educational achievement, teen pregnancy and remaining impoverished as adults. ...

DATE: May 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Firestone blast: Governor Hickenlooper is right to demand maps from producers

The most expensive single purchase most people will ever make is a home. They deserve reasonable certainty that it is not going to explode in flames. Last month, in a new housing development in...

DATE: May 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

House Bill 1321 should not be a shock to hunters and anglers

Hunters and anglers who claim to be sideswiped by Colorado House Bill 1321 – a bill that would allow Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Commission to hike the fees for resident hunting and fishing...

DATE: May 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

National monuments: preserving our nation’s historic, cultural and natural heritage for over 100 years.

President Donald Trump has asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review national monuments created using the Antiquities Act by presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama since Jan. 1, 1996. The review,...

DATE: May 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

President’s travel ban is discouraging far more tourists than terrorists

It should go without saying that any U.S. travel ban will reduce incoming travel. That, after all, is the point. But when the Trump administration moved, so far unsuccessfully, to restrict travel...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Making the vaccine opt-out process even easier is unnecessary and puts kids at risk

The Colorado state senate will consider a bill that allows parents to use a letter rather than a form to opt out of immunizing their children against certain preventable diseases. Senate Bill 250,...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

4CORE’s ‘group buy program’ a novel, affordable way to break gasoline habit

Common sense reminds us that when a deal sounds too good to be true, there’s probably a catch. But in the case of 4CORE’s “group buy program” for electric vehicles (EV), there might not be one....

DATE: April 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

While the runoff will be big this year, future water availability is uncertain

There were only a couple of certainties expressed at the recent annual water meeting: that boating on the Dolores is taking place in some of the coldest water in the state, and that more beer than...

DATE: April 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Student loan repayment burden is tough on those who want to live in rural communities

In Colorado, more than two-thirds of the students who graduate from college have substantial student-loan debt, averaging more than $30,000. At Fort Lewis, the total is somewhat lower, just over...

DATE: April 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Hospital fee

Colorado legislature’s budget decisions threaten to put the state’s small, rural hospitals at risk by pulling a funding source on which they depend. Paying for health care for individuals who have...

DATE: April 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Facing a threat from mussel invasion, managers right to restrict watercraft

After initially banning all boating on Narraguinnep Reservoir, operators eased that ban to allow small, non-motorized craft, including canoes, kayaks, rafts, windsurfing boards, sailboards,...

DATE: April 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials