Opinion

Civility

Americans claim, overwhelmingly, to value civility in politics.According to the Arizona Republic, “Eighty percent of Americans surveyed believe that political campaigns are uncivil and many believe...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

2011 in retrospect

If 2011 had a theme, it was this: The more things change, the more they stay the same. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICSLocal communities rallied to support their post offices, which have since received a...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Cleaning up mercury

For more than 20 years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been acutely aware of the damage that mercury pollution wreaks on public health and the environment, and has been busily limiting...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Don’t be afraid of the dark

It is only 5 p.m., but it feels like I should be getting ready for bed. I am supposed to go to sleep when it gets dark out, right? That is how it goes in the summer when the last light hangs in the...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Amazon’s ‘Price Check’

Just in time for Christmas shopping, the online giant Amazon.com launched, and heavily promoted, a new comparison-shopping app.Sounds good, right?Using their mobile phones and Amazon’s software,...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Good tidings of great joy

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Keeping Christmas

“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,” returned [Scrooge’s] nephew. “Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Politics and payroll taxes

The Republicans in control of the House of Representatives outdid themselves this week. In a politically tone-deaf trifecta, they refused to extend the payroll tax cut, agreed to allow unemployment...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Nuclear N. Korea

Nearly 50 years have passed since the Cuban missile crisis. Generations of nuclear weapons have been created and retired. The Soviet Union has dissolved and Russia has risen. The EU has been...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Local, local

Montezuma County’s budget is increasing by approximately $1.6 million, or somewhere around $60 per resident. County employees will get a cost-of-living raise.The City of Cortez plans to spend less...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Supreme Court

One of the more interesting aspects of the 2012 general election is the developing role of the United States Supreme Court. With three cases on track to be decided in June, the court could...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

School funding

A Denver judge ruled last Friday that Colorado’s public education system is “seriously underfunded.” In Lobato vs. State of Colorado, District Judge Sheila Rappaport did not go so far as to endorse...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials