San Juan Wilderness

When Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., introduced the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act of 2011 in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, it was anything but a seat-of-the-pants initiative. The bill embodies years of...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

District 58

State legislative redistricting is a done deal, and Cortez has been traded to the 58th House District. “Resort towns” Durango, Telluride and Pagosa are now gathered in the 59th.By that very limited...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

CANM road closures

Since it was created in the waning days of the Clinton administration, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument has embodied the divergent interests that tug public lands management in multiple...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Air shows

Air shows are a much-loved relic of the age of empire. Watching highly skilled pilots perform high-speed aerobatics is an intensely patriotic experience evocative of the death-defying exploits of...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Re-1 board District needs everyone’s best ideas

The local Republican women have a right to invite anyone they want to address their organization, and to exclude anyone they don’t want.Still, their decision to hear from only school board...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Fraud, waste Billions overspent in Iraq, Afghanistan

The Commission on Wartime Contracting says at least $30 billion the United States has spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been wasted — one of every six dollars spent. With the nation’s...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


Ten days ago, the stock market was up for the year. Now it’s not. On any given day, the indexes gyrate wildly. On Monday, the New York Times told its readers that such wide market fluctuations may...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


For ordinary Americans, history often is remembered as a series of “Where were you when you heard?” moments. We remember where we were when we learned that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor,...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Air quality Obama’s retreat from ozone rule was wrong

One of the oft and rightly criticized hallmarks of George W. Bush’s environmental policy was its brazen disregard for science, instead favoring political or ideological arguments. To the...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Post office

For months now, residents of small communities have been lobbying to keep their post offices. The U.S. Postal Service argues, logically, that it doesn’t make fiscal sense to maintain post offices...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

School finance

A lawsuit that could have a huge impact on Colorado school funding also offers a preview of this fall’s election. With a measure on the November ballot to boost school funding, the arguments...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

FEMA Lessons learned offer hope for other agencies

Amidst all the debate over the appropriate role of government, one statement is indisputable: Government cannot control the weather. All it can do is move people out of the way and, afterward,...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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