‘No’ votes

On Tuesday, voters mostly said “no” to tax increases for education. Locally, the Southwest Open School bond question garnered not quite 44 percent of the vote — a disappointing result but a very...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Tax policy

One of the persistent weaknesses of the Democratic Party has been its inability to influence effectively the tone of political discourse. Republicans have been much more successful at directing...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


Right now, just about everybody claims to be disgusted with “the government” — Congress, the president, state legislatures and governors, perhaps “activist judges.” That part of the government...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


If a newly released poll is to be believed, the next year could be a wild ride for the American people. The only unifying beliefs seems to be that things are messed up and no one is doing anything...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Elder abuse

Today’s elderly are at risk for many reasons. Most don’t live with or near their children. If they no longer drive, and if they live in places where public transportation is limited, their...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


Re-1 taxpayers can’t afford to build schools with all the bells and whistles available to students in Cherry Creek or Telluride. That’s a given, and it’s a good lesson for students.It’s also...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Power plant cleanup

When the Environmental Protection Agency announced, in August, its final rule for cleaning up the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, it came as no surprise that the plant’s parent...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Political posturing

The way talk show hosts tell the story, in Kansas a man is now allowed to beat his wife.The truth is considerably more nuanced. For example, domestic battery is still illegal everywhere except...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


Southwest Open School is asking local voters for $3.4 million to match a $7.4 million state grant to provide new facilities for the alternative high school.That’s a reasonable request, and voters...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Low-altitude flight training

The United States Air Force has a responsibility to ensure its personnel are adequately trained for any conditions they might encounter and, in pursuit of that standard, should avail itself of as...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


Are unemployed Americans lazy because they won’t come to the West Slope to cut corn?Last week, the New York Times published a story about the difficulties of an Olathe, Colo., farmer who tried to...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Yes on Prop. 103 Temporary sales, income tax increase would give schools reprieve

As the Colorado budget has shrunk over recent years — thanks to the perfect storm of the economic downturn as well as conflicting constitutional amendments that ratchet down state spending while...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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