Opinion

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

Graduation Earning an education is a long trip with many companions

Congratulations to the area’s graduates.In late spring, quite a few young people move up a rank, graduating from preschool, middle school or high school, or earning college degrees and vocational...

DATE: May 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Heedless choices California prisons case shows some results

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state of California’s must dramatically reduce overcrowding in its prison system. The 5-4 decision was immediately decried by those concerned...

DATE: May 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Disasters FEMA isn’t perfect, but thank goodness it’s there

Earthquakes followed by tsunamis followed by nuclear disasters will require decades of cleanup, and the affected area may not be inhabitable in the foreseeable future.Widespread flooding has...

DATE: May 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

‘Extremists’ National coverage will not accurately illuminate issues, identity

Anyone who has relocated to a small community knows that figuring out who’s who and what’s what is no quick task. The Southern Poverty Law Center writers who came to Southwest Colorado to write...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Voting on taxes Ballot measure may mean money for schools

To convince Colorado taxpayers to dig deeper into their pockets at this moment in the economy and against the current political mood requires both an appealing public need and well-considered...

DATE: May 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Tax amnesty Useful revenue tool carries a mixed message

Coloradans who have neglected to pay their state taxes may have an opportunity to come clean this fall thanks to a bill that would waive penalties for those who pay in full between Oct. 1 and Nov....

DATE: May 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Debt limit Playing dangerous games with the U.S. economy

Speaker of the House John Boehner gave a talk Monday to the New York Economic Club in which he outlined his demands for agreeing to raising the federal deficit limit. It was good theater and...

DATE: May 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Recovery Rural areas lag, but not very visibly

Last week, two separate sets of employment data were released. One showed that the U.S. economy had added 244,000 jobs in April. The other reported that the unemployment rate had increased from 8.8...

DATE: May 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Who we are A time to meditate on U.S. identity

In declining to reduce photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse, President Barack Obama told the nation, “That’s not who we are.”“We don’t trot this stuff out as trophies,” he said. “We don’t need to...

DATE: May 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Recall The wrong solution to a valid complaint

Cortez voters, in rejecting the recall of five city council members, made the right choice among those they were offered.A recall election is always an uphill struggle, even when the targets are...

DATE: May 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Bin Laden A major triumph, but not the end of terror

The New York Times called him “the most wanted face of terrorism.” For almost 10 years, that has been true. Islamic militants saw Osama bin Laden as a symbol of their cause, his ability to elude...

DATE: May 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials