Opinion

Student assessment Testing is valuable if done properly

Like most states, Colorado’s K-12 education system is in a perpetual state of evaluation and adjustment. That reality results from a range of pressures from all directions: federal mandates...

DATE: April 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Joblessness Colorado is attractive even without job offers

Colorado’s unemployment rate is too high. Few people would argue otherwise.Most people think they know why. The economy slumped and jobs disappeared. At the same time, many believe, undocumented...

DATE: April 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Politics Better government needs citizens to build it

At its best, politics is a community conversation about ideas and ideals. It’s a dynamic, positive force for the common good.When it devolves into a fight for power — when participants are most...

DATE: April 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Magical thinking

Monday the state House passed a bill to exempt all business equipment purchased in the next two years from Colorado’s business personal property tax. The logic behind it rests squarely on the twin...

DATE: April 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Border war

Colorado Republicans and West Slope residents are upset about a Democratic proposal to redesign the state’s congressional districts.All of the Dems’ redistricting maps divide the state from west to...

DATE: April 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Recall

Vote no on the recall.Removing four Cortez City Council members and the mayor would not result in better municipal government, for a multitude of reasons.Transparency is a hallmark of good...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

‘Beer bill’ Recurring push is about much more than beer

Monday the Colorado House of Representatives defeated House Bill 1284. Reps. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, and Don Coram, R-Montrose, voted with the majority to kill it. That was the right thing to do,...

DATE: April 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Meth Proposed bill would restrict real patients

Just as allergy season revs up, a bill before the Colorado Senate would make pseudoephedrine — commonly sold as Sudafed — a prescription drug, to make it less available to meth cooks.The cold...

DATE: April 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Shutdown Playing chicken with ‘non-essential’ jobs

As the federal government inched toward shutting down, large numbers of federal employees learned which of them are considered essential.A story in the Friday Washington Post said that 75 percent...

DATE: April 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Budget shenanigans

Lawmakers across the country are busy playing out the ground game of their campaign season politics — this time as budget deadlines come, and go, at the state and national level. From the Colorado...

DATE: April 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Freedom to offend The bonfire of Terry Jones’ insanities

As a strategy for winning friends and influencing people, Terry Jones’ Quran-burning stunt has very little to recommend it. He hasn’t converted any Muslims to Christianity. No one who values...

DATE: April 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Libya

The easy portion - if anything in war is easy - of the Allied-imposed no-fly zone over Libya is now over. Allied forces have control of the air, having knocked out anti-aircraft installations and...

DATE: April 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials