Opinion

Making the vaccine opt-out process even easier is unnecessary and puts kids at risk

The Colorado state senate will consider a bill that allows parents to use a letter rather than a form to opt out of immunizing their children against certain preventable diseases. Senate Bill 250,...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

4CORE’s ‘group buy program’ a novel, affordable way to break gasoline habit

Common sense reminds us that when a deal sounds too good to be true, there’s probably a catch. But in the case of 4CORE’s “group buy program” for electric vehicles (EV), there might not be one....

DATE: April 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

While the runoff will be big this year, future water availability is uncertain

There were only a couple of certainties expressed at the recent annual water meeting: that boating on the Dolores is taking place in some of the coldest water in the state, and that more beer than...

DATE: April 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Student loan repayment burden is tough on those who want to live in rural communities

In Colorado, more than two-thirds of the students who graduate from college have substantial student-loan debt, averaging more than $30,000. At Fort Lewis, the total is somewhat lower, just over...

DATE: April 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Hospital fee

Colorado legislature’s budget decisions threaten to put the state’s small, rural hospitals at risk by pulling a funding source on which they depend. Paying for health care for individuals who have...

DATE: April 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Facing a threat from mussel invasion, managers right to restrict watercraft

After initially banning all boating on Narraguinnep Reservoir, operators eased that ban to allow small, non-motorized craft, including canoes, kayaks, rafts, windsurfing boards, sailboards,...

DATE: April 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Small, rural school districts require fact-based solution to teacher shortage

Many Colorado school districts have a growing problem attracting qualified teachers. A large number of teachers will be eligible to retire over the next few years, and others are leaving the...

DATE: April 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Cuts would hurt rural communities and our local media landscape

We have been here before. Six years ago, Republicans in Congress, led by Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs), introduced legislation to eliminate federal funding for the...

DATE: March 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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