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 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Is it time to eliminate the mortgage deduction?

WASHINGTON – If you want to understand why the tax code is so hard to overhaul, consider the case of the mortgage interest deduction. The issue is so sensitive that the House and Senate are dealing...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Zakaria: Asia’s turn toward radical Islam is alarming

SINGAPORE – The tragic terror attack in New York was the kind of isolated incident by one troubled man that should not lead to generalizations. In the 16 years since 9/11, the city has proved...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Samuelson: Welcome to the Jerome Powell era at the Fed

WASHINGTON – It will be Powell’s Fed, assuming he’s confirmed by the Senate. Jerome (“Jay”) Powell will become the 16th chairman of the Federal Reserve in early 2018. Almost by definition, he...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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