Opinion

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

Water District: 50-plus years of experience is water under the bridge with recent changes

The decision of commissioners in two counties to appoint different representatives to the Southwestern Water Conservation District is a change worth watching, especially in a year that may well...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Trump administration needs to slow down, show nation a comprehensive plan

Since before Inauguration Day, President Donald Trump has moved quickly to act on his campaign promises. Unfortunately, his actions do not yet – and may not ever – add up to a cohesive policy...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public access is most important factor

As Montezuma County moves forward with plans to pay Mesa TV to broadcast and rebroadcast video of commission meetings, it confronts an important issue: By paying for that service, the county...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Decision on Road BB intersection seems popular, but dangerous

County residents have persuaded the county commissioners to leave the intersection of U.S. Highway 491 and County Road BB alone. That’s well and good as a political decision. Elected officials...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Repeal of methane rule is short-sighted; method is extreme

In 2014, NASA discovered a methane cloud the size of Delaware hovering over the San Juan Basin. Although this area includes a vast outcrop that releases methane naturally, there are more than...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Storms build snowpack, but almost too much of a good thing

Remember back in November when it seemed like the snow would never fall? Now, after a month of storms, it seems like another era altogether. Then again, so does a winter that reminds us of a...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Animal shelter

As Montezuma County, with its ever-shrinking budget, considers whether to continue supporting the Cortez Animal Shelter, we hope the commissioners can find a way. They have already heard that many...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Goodwill In the face of snow, and tragedy, the best in people shines through

The Rico community has benefited from an outpouring of assistance recently, from the area emergency-response agencies who gave mutual aid in the response to a recent house explosion, to the...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Hospitals are opting out of aid-in-dying law

In November, Coloradans approved, by a margin of nearly 2 to 1, a measure that allows terminally ill patients to request a prescription they can self-ingest to bring about a peaceful death. In La...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Let’s hope agriculture nomination wasn't an afterthought

Much has been made of the fact that incoming President Donald Trump’s support centered on the heartland, while Hillary Clinton’s came from more populous cities and coastal areas. For that reason,...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Despite progress, many challenges remain for black Americans in 2017

Yesterday, the day that recognized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and the 1960s, was a time to reflect on the relations between whites and blacks...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials