Opinion

A dearth of virtue and the death of hypocrisy

WASHINGTON – Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody’s a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Today, hypocrisy is the smirk on Harvey Weinstein’s face as...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Sheek: Fall means budget time for Cortez City Council

It’s fall! There’s a crispness in the air, the trees and oak brush have assumed the spectacular colors of the season. Another harbinger of fall is that we now begin the review and approval...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Samuelson: Advance of the ‘spoils society’ is not welcome news

WASHINGTON – The “spoils society” advances. The spoils society is a phrase I coined some years ago to illustrate a basic problem of wealthy societies, including, of course, the United States. After...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Samuelson: How resilient is the typical American consumer?

WASHINGTON – The American consumer is the great engine of growth for the $19 trillion U.S. economy, representing nearly 70 percent of spending. If the consumer is confident and happy, chances are...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Lopez-Whiteskunk: Washing away gains of Bears Ears

When President Obama designated Bears Ears in Southeastern Utah a national monument last year, it represented a major breakthrough for Native American tribes. A movement and vision conceived by a...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Samuelson: No ‘Shark Tank’ nation - entrepreneurs in decline

WASHINGTON – Maybe we’re not “’Shark Tank’ nation” after all. The incredibly popular cable business program, which features budding entrepreneurs pleading for backing from wealthy investors (the...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Rankin: High stakes testing

During the August board meeting of the State Board of Education, the Colorado Department of Education released the Scholastic Aptitude Scores for 2016-17. The SAT is a standardized test that is...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Tipton and Westerman: The truth about forest health

As you read this, tens of thousands of acres are going up in flames across the West. Decades of misguided forest management strategies and decisions are coming home to roost. The U.S. Forest...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Lopez: Deterioration of playground forced its closure

Fellow community members, and friends of the Ron Kotarski, Jr. Memorial Community Playground: It is with great sadness and regret that we, the Dolores Town Board of Trustees, and staff, had to...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

James: TV and Mao’s China

When I was a kid, there was a guy named Mao Zedong who was the “big cheese” in China. He ruled with a pretty hard hand, and demanded that everyone dress, speak and think alike. I’ve noticed, with...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Sheek: Libraries change lives and strengthen communities

I am a retired librarian so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of my favorite places in Cortez is our local library. The libraries of today are very different from the ones many of us grew up...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Samuelson: ‘Progressives’ get their share of the blame as well

WASHINGTON – What has been missing for the past two or three decades is a serious debate about the role of the federal government. What programs are effective and justified? Who deserves government...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed