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

Colorado Constitution

Negotiations about the federal debt limit loom large in the foreground of U.S. politics. The next big event on the horizon is the series of Republican presidential primaries, leading up to the 2012...

DATE: July 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

School buildings Not this, not now, but when and how much?

A majority of Re-1 taxpayers won’t vote for a tax increase to fund construction of new school buildings, according to a poll conducted for the Cortez school district.Hardly anyone should be...

DATE: July 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Books Borders’ demise is another loss for readers

The bankrupt Borders bookstore chain, the company that launched the big-box bookstore business, has announced plans to close all 399 of its remaining stores.It seems slightly disloyal for...

DATE: July 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Nonexistent bulb ‘ban’ Manufactured controversy

With the rest of the country focused on whether Congress and the president can reach a budget agreement and keep the economy from plunging off a cliff, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and others in the...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


Let us stipulate that some government programs are worth paying for. Some are either sufficiently popular, sufficiently necessary, or sufficiently interwoven through the life of the nation that few...

DATE: July 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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