Opinion

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

Trump is threatening some kind of war with North Korea

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Air Force “sniffer plane” was collecting air samples off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula on Sept. 3, 1949, when it gathered evidence of radioactivity, confirming that the...

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

James: My reading addiction

Have you ever had any licks to the head? I’m not talking about the ones where you bump your head in a doorway or on the underside of the coffee table. I’m talking about the ones where there’s a...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Golombek: Building the workforce of tomorrow begins today

In 1887, Colorado became one of the first states to pass a law officially creating Labor Day. The holiday was established to recognize the contributions of workers and the critical role they play...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

New Afghanistan strategy not designed to win

NEW YORK – There is surely no greater sign of the bankruptcy of American foreign policy than its Afghanistan policy. After 15 years of war and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops, a...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Samuelson: We need higher taxes

WASHINGTON – Can we get real about “tax reform,” the Republican promise to enact deep tax cuts that will spur economic growth? Probably not, but let’s give it a try. For starters, we can stop...

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

James: Thoughts on war for profit

Maybe it’s just me, but it’s been more than 15 years since Sept. 11, 2001. Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden are dead. Reckon enough is enough? Ike warned us against the “military-industrial...

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

Samuelson: Chinese ‘innovation mercantilism’ is a real threat

WASHINGTON — There is much to dislike in President Trump’s trade agenda, but he is correct on one subject: China’s relentless quest to extort American “intellectual property” – technologies,...

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

Samuelson: Economy a puzzing combination of strong and weak

WASHINGTON – A persisting puzzle about the U.S. economy is how it can seem both strong and weak. On the one hand, it remains a citadel of innovation, producing new companies like Uber. On the...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Rankin: What is Colorado doing for its high-achieving students?

Have you ever asked a question and been given the answer, “It’s complicated?” Me, too. It’s a frequently used phrase around the Colorado Department of Education. Recently, I was having a...

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

James: Taking part in celebrations of life

Funerals. Ever been to one? Yeah, me too. Been to a few. It makes me smile that they call it “a celebration of life” these days. That’s nice. Much better than the old organ playing “weepers and...

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