Opinion

Change in how land transfer values are calculated sparks a spirited debate

To many, it was the opening shot in a long-expected battle over the future of our nation’s public lands.Others argue that it was much ado about nothing much.Either way, a new rule passed by the...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Coram should prove a worthy successor to Roberts

As expected, state Rep. Don Coram, has been named to succeed state Sen. Ellen Roberts. He is a good fit for the district and can be expected to do the job well. The Montrose Republican has...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

End the policy of jailing the mentally ill

A 30-member task force created by Gov. John Hickenlooper has recommended Colorado stop jailing people experiencing a mental health issue who have not committed a crime. It is clearly a...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Money and jurisdiction will be key issues in 2017

The defining moment of the start of the new year has to be President Barack Obama’s protection of Bears Ears National Monument, 1.35 million acres of canyons and plateaus in southeastern Utah. It’s...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

2016

The past year was marked by hard times for young people, an ongoing focus on our water supply, local budgets, schools and more. Sadly, 2016 will be remembered for both overdoses and suicides — some...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Diminished energy

Taxes on energy extractive sources have made living in Southwest Colorado a lot less expensive than it would be otherwise for residents for almost three decades. That is at an end. Montezuma County...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Editorials

White Christmas

Christmas gifts. We stress over them. We drive miles for them, spend hours online “perfecting” them. We break budgets, stretch credit, hammer piggy banks buying them. Still, they sometimes miss...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Requiring ballots written in Ute language ineffective, unnecessary

To learn that because of census tracts, election ballots must also be published in the Ute language understandably came as a surprise to county clerks in La Plata and Montezuma counties. Neither...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Audubon holiday

Imagine, if you can, a Christmas tradition that does not involve shopping, check-out lines or credit cards, but is still considered a gift. One that for over a century has pulled people outside,...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Election highlighted the need to beef up teaching basic civics

In Connecticut, elementary school students learning civics have gone back to the basics. But in a big way. The Associated Press reported that 4,400 fifth-grade students are voting to elect the...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Trump’s attorney general pick could have a huge impact on all of Colorado

In November, eight more states voted to legalize medical or recreational marijuana. In all, 29 states have approved the medicinal use of marijuana and only six have done nothing to ease the...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Colorado Gives unites power and generosity of people

Seasons greetings! The holidays are here. Thanksgiving through New Years is a time of year people both love and loathe for any number of often very personal reasons. Some thrive and others just get...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Editorials