By Monday, Libyan rebels held most of the capital city of Tripoli, jubilantly flashing V-for-victory signs and waving their nation’s pre-1969 flag in Moammar Gadhafi’s Green Square, which they have...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Back to school

K-12 pupils begin another school year this week with politics swirling over their heads.Most students aren’t aware of that. What they know is that the lazy days of summer are over and the...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Mob riots

Concerned about possible riots, officials at Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco blocked cell phone reception at train stations for three last Thursday. The officials said they had learned that...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


The world watched the gyrations of the stock market last week with the fascination normally reserved for car crashes. Then the Iowa straw poll picked Michele Bachmann as the front runner for the...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


For most of the summer, political rhetoric has been focused on the economy. The word “recession” is back in common usage.Various plans for reducing the national debt have analyzed based on their...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

No Child Left Behind

With Congress having plum exhausted itself with the debt-deficit discussions that kept lawmakers squabbling right up until the Aug. 2 deadline for raising the country’s debt ceiling, it is no...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Open government

Suppose a local public body voted by a close margin to do something controversial — for example, to award a large no-bid contract, or to grant a large tax abatement to a new industry that would...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Livestock tradition

Today, beginning at 3 p.m.. is the livestock auction at the fair. Young people have put months of planning and hard work into raising market animals. They’ve got their ribbons, so they know how...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

School funding

When it comes to the amendments that limit lawmakers’ ability to govern as they ought to be empowered, Colorado’s constitution is a case study in dysfunction. Competing clauses have been added...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Debt deal

Congress and the president have a debt deal. It’s not a perfect plan, but it’s better than nothing, better than a default, better than a constitutional crisis. Nobody is completely satisfied, and...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


When vehicles and pedestrians share the same space, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Distractions abound, especially in downtown Cortez, with four packed traffic lanes and a turn lane, and with...

DATE: July 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Budget ‘debate’

Missing from the political theater passing as debate over raising the federal debt limit is any sort of specificity as to what spending cuts are being proposed. This reflects several factors, chief...

DATE: July 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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