Presidential letters

The families of military men and women killed in combat receive a condolence letter from the president. While perhaps a small thing in the context of such a loss, it is a gesture of respect and an...

DATE: July 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Symbolism and law

While the nation celebrated a symbolic holiday, the Washington Post published a story about how the U.S. House of Representatives, under the leadership of the GOP, has lost its taste for...

DATE: July 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Anthony trial ‘Summer of the shark’ was better

Monday morning offered a clear reminder of the truth about cable news. MSNBCand Fox News — ostensibly polar opposites — were airing identical coverage of the Florida trial of Casey Anthony.The two...

DATE: July 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Shale hype High hopes for deep wells coming back to earth

As the United States struggles to address the two-pronged problem of encouraging economic activity and increasing domestic energy supplies, it is no wonder that the search for energy resources has...

DATE: June 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Floods Nebraska nuclear ‘island’ raises valid concerns

A berm protecting a nuclear power plant from flooding in Nebraska collapsed early Sunday, and water from the Missouri River began seeping into the basement of the turbine building on Monday.None of...

DATE: June 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Districts ‘Resort district’ proposal raises questions

A proposal to redraw Southwest Colorado’s state House districts raises interesting questions about the redistricting process. In particular, what constitutes a community of interest and what should...

DATE: June 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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

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