Opinion

SCOTUS

Nominating justices to fill vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court is a president’s prerogative. It was Barack Obama’s prerogative to nominate Merrick Garland last year for the vacancy created by...

DATE: March 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Transportation

We all react differently to the “good news, bad news” scenario. Given a choice, which one do you prefer to hear first? On House Bill 1242, which was heard before the House Transportation and...

DATE: March 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Realistic cap to the number of homegrown pot plants is the right approach

How much is enough? The question, when it comes to marijuana plants grown at home for medicinal use, elicits a range of answers from the reasonable to the ridiculous. And that is just one reason...

DATE: March 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Sunshine week celebrates access to public information, government actions

The premise of Sunshine Week, the annual national celebration of access to public information taking place this week, is that citizens have the right to know what their government is doing. Jim...

DATE: March 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

New city hall welcome, for staff and constituents

Congratulations to the City of Cortez on their new city hall south of the Cortez Recreation Center. Take a tour on Friday; you’ll be favorably impressed. This is a success story. The City has...

DATE: March 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Bill to enable licenses for immigrants makes good sense

A bill before the Legislature aims to enable undocumented immigrants to more easily apply for a Colorado driver’s license. It is a good idea that probably does not go far enough. House Bill 17-1206...

DATE: March 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Power station closure carries impacts across region

The news is stunning, though anyone studying the changing economics of electrical power generation and distribution might have suspected it on the distant horizon. Still, it is hard to fathom: The...

DATE: March 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

An adjustment to Gallagher is needed to maintain local services amid plummeting revenue

Colorado’s Gallagher Amendment to the state constitution is a good example of how a too-rigid mandate, which at the time seems an ideal solution to a problem, can cause significant trouble in the...

DATE: March 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Recreational pot

In retrospect, Coloradans were naïve to believe that medical marijuana wasn’t a foot in the door for recreational use, or that once recreational pot was decriminalized here, the marijuana business...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Basing TABOR formula on state costs may be the best way forward

There are several components to the Taxpayer’s Bill Of Rights amendment to Colorado’s Constitution, but the two which residents pay the greatest attention to are the requirement that voters approve...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Rural broadband

Access to technology, and removing impediments to that access, should not be partisan issues. Last week, though, Colorado’s Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee killed, on a party-line...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Nation’s 33rd president had many words of wisdom to offer our present 45th

There has been speculation that no one in the nation was more surprised by President Trump’s election than Donald Trump himself. This claim, popular with his detractors but admitted by some...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials