Opinion

Pesticide studies: Shutting down pesticide studies will not make health risks to humans disappear

At the request of Dow Chemical and two other pesticide manufacturers, the Trump administration is poised to ignore federal scientists’ findings about the risks of three pesticides. That is politics...

DATE: July 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Rosa Sabido: Immigration reform must address cases like hers

Rosa Sabido, now receiving sanctuary in a Mancos church since her last application to stay in the country was denied, is not an example of problems caused by uncontrolled immigration. For the past...

DATE: July 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Wildfire funding: One wet year does not justify cuts to federal firefighting funds or crews

In southwest Colorado this past winter, high country snowfall was abundant – overly so, from the viewpoint of mountain dwellers who had few breaks during the season of snow removal. The snowpack...

DATE: July 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Diamond disgrace: Model good sportsmanship or stay home

Tens of thousands of viewers have now seen a video of local T-ball spectators engaging in a knock-down, drag-out fight at Parque de Vida. The video is embarrassing for the whole community, because...

DATE: June 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Canyons of the Ancients: Zinke is right - It’s fine the way it is

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke apparently has told members of Colorado’s congressional delegation that he is not inclined to alter or eliminate Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Both of...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Fossil water: Use of dust retardant deserves closer look

The Montezuma County commissioners have done the right thing in temporarily halting use of “fossil water” as a dust retardant on county-maintained gravel roads. The arguments for the liquid, a...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Asset forfeiture: Colorado reforms strike a fair balance

Earlier this month, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a controversial bill that, he says, begins to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture system. The legislation mandated new reporting...

DATE: June 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Ray Harriman: Students have lost an energetic advocate

It’s a testament to Ray Harriman’s influence on his students’ lives that many of them will attend the celebration of his own life tonight. Those students remember him as caring and supportive, and...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Sanitation district: Taking another look at infrastructure costs is important

The Cortez Sanitation District is right to revisit tap fees, or plant investment fees, for hotels and RV parks. Kudos to board members for their willingness to do that. While some of them don’t...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Do you wonder where your letters went?

Some of your letters to the editor were misplaced. After a recent update to The-Journal.com , some letters to the editor – about 50 of them – languished in our website’s out basket, never reaching...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Airport subsidies

In 1978, when the airline industry was deregulated and airlines wanted to pull out of small markets to focus on profitable large airports, the Essential Air Service program of subsidies was created...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Trump slump: Uneasy foreigners may spend travel budgets elsewhere

Tourism is an important economic force in Southwest Colorado, and its success depends on multiple factors: weather, wildfires, gas prices, airfares, news coverage, terror threats, violence against...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials