Opinion

Parker: With her new role, Gretchen Carlson wins again

WASHINGTON – If karma is a b---h, then justice is a beauty queen. After recent revelations that the CEO of the Miss America Organization and its pageant scriptwriter were talking trash about past...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

The 10 best things Trump has done in his first year

As we approach the end of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the list of extraordinary things he has done - for both good and ill - is nothing short of remarkable. Trump inspires such...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Rankin: Preparing Colorado’s students for an unforeseen future

I attended the Summit on Education Reform in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeb Bush opened the conference and repeated a quote from the first conference in 2008: “The country’s school system is an 8-track...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Samuelson: GOP tax cut erodes budget discipline even further

WASHINGTON – What I most dislike about the Trump/Republican tax plan is the shameless cynicism with which it has been peddled. Recall how it works: The government borrows $1.5 trillion over a...

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

Childs: Rep. Tipton, do you remember home?

The sun is just up here in Western Colorado, another brilliant blue sky day, which makes me think of you in Washington, far from the canyons, mesas and mountains where you grew up. It must feel...

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

Sheek: Christmas spirit is found year ‘round in Cortez

If you believe the old Christmas carol, this is “the most wonderful time of the year.” I believe that it is. I love all things Christmas – the lights, the music, the food, the hustle-bustle of...

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

Pair arrives in the West like fact-free ‘Bad Santas’

President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke came to the West last week like “Bad Santas” bearing a sack of coal for residents of Utah and Colorado. They came to announce a weakening...

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

Another swing of the boom-bust cycle is underway

WASHINGTON – We don’t necessarily need an economic boom, but that’s what we may be getting. Since the 2016 election, the stock market is up roughly 24 percent, reports Wilshire Associates. The...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Tipton: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will help Colorado

This past week the House of Representatives took a historical step forward and passed a comprehensive tax reform package. The last time the tax code was reformed was 1986, and since then it has...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Samuelson: Trump’s take on trade may well lead to dead end

WASHINGTON – Most Americans likely think that our trade policies have been largely the same since the Republic’s earliest days. The assumptions are that we’re free traders now and always have...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Brown: The past, present and future of a Cortez museum

Our community has always helped support something that would benefit us all. The Montezuma County Historical Society has been offered the use of the social services building south of the courthouse...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Sheek: New guidelines for recycling in Cortez

Recently Colby Earley, the city’s Recycling Coordinator, made a presentation to Cortez City Council on changes in the city’s recycling program. Why the changes? In August, China announced to the...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed