Cleaner air Downwind plants also must be improved

Federal regulators and environmentalists have arrived at an agreement to reduce visible pollution from older coal-fired power plants in four states, including Colorado. Even though the Arizona and...

DATE: June 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Fathers Loving male presence makes a huge difference

Fathers who participate actively in their children’s lives confer tremendous advantages for their children’s futures. Conversely, the absence of a father leaves a huge gap in a child’s life....

DATE: June 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Forest fires Quit pointing fingers and study the science

As a record wildfire continues to rage in Arizona and others pop up around the West, a popular topic of conversation is whom to blame. The general consensus is that at least a century of U.S....

DATE: June 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Renewable energy funding Cutting research is the wrong sacrifice

In the quest to find spending reductions in the federal budget, it is appropriate to place all programs on the table. It is equally appropriate to spare those items that are essential investments...

DATE: June 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Rodeo Big event of the summer is this weekend

This is a weekend to which some folks around Southwest Colorado look forward for a whole year. The Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo, with world-class riders and stock, begins tonight at the Montezuma...

DATE: June 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Education Employers demand better-prepared workers

For years, pundits have been citing an eighth-grade final exam from 1895 as proof that the state of education in the United States is dire indeed. It must be; after all, how many modern students...

DATE: June 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Pedestrians Walkers, drivers must be aware of one another

As demonstrated by new snow on mountain peaks on Memorial Day, weather is an unreliable indicator of the coming of summer.Traffic, however, is sure giveaway. Toward the middle of May, drivers...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Clean water Regulate, but don’t block mine cleanup efforts

As the snowpack melts, much of Colorado’s water rushes across rocks and still-frozen ground, collecting in streams that pour from the high country. On the way, it picks up evidence of everything it...

DATE: June 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Speculators Role in oil pricing should be investigated

The Atlantic magazine recently offered a guide to the factors that go into determining the pump price of gas. It was a clear and persuasive exposition that, in part, dismissed the role of...

DATE: May 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Graduation Earning an education is a long trip with many companions

Congratulations to the area’s graduates.In late spring, quite a few young people move up a rank, graduating from preschool, middle school or high school, or earning college degrees and vocational...

DATE: May 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Heedless choices California prisons case shows some results

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state of California’s must dramatically reduce overcrowding in its prison system. The 5-4 decision was immediately decried by those concerned...

DATE: May 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Disasters FEMA isn’t perfect, but thank goodness it’s there

Earthquakes followed by tsunamis followed by nuclear disasters will require decades of cleanup, and the affected area may not be inhabitable in the foreseeable future.Widespread flooding has...

DATE: May 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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