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


Even without the scandals, Herman Cain probably was not going to be elected president. He was too much an outsider; his campaign was too long a shot, and the Republican field was too...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Post offices

A century ago, information was a physical commodity, and the U.S. Postal Service delivered it, providing a connection between individuals and the larger world. Over the years, though, homes...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Legislative boundaries

The protracted and partisan discussion about how to redraw the Colorado legislative district boundaries has taken several turns since the process began last summer, arriving at an almost-conclusion...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


As expected, Black Friday (which seems to have jumped the gun late on Thankful Thursday) provided plenty of examples of how not to act in this season of goodwill or at any other time of the...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A holiday dedicated to gratitude

While the Iraq war is winding down, thousands of Americans are still in danger there, in Afghanistan and around the world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and to their families this...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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