Opinion

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

Unneeded limits on Plan B Politics trumps science in Sebelius’ decision

Rare is the time when politics and medicine mix well, but that seldom prevents various interests from using the former to influence the latter. Nowhere is that tendency more problematic than in...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Mineral rights disclosure Information a plus for property owners

For those who have lived in Southwest Colorado for any length of time, it might not seem odd that property ownership does not extend to that which lies beneath the surface of that land, and that...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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