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Despite progress, many challenges remain for black Americans in 2017

Today, the day that recognizes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and the 1960s, is a time to reflect on the relations between whites and blacks in...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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ACA and suicide

Suicide. It is a hard word to read and an even more shocking physical act. Yet our community and region has felt this loss intensely in the past year as our fellow community members, especially our...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Opinion page editor of 26 years leaves a remarkable legacy of excellence

Bill Roberts always remained calm as he orchestrated the content of the Herald’s popular opinion pages for 26 years. That was sometimes not easy to do. In a year’s time, letters could amount to...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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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: Editorial

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Stillwater Music

It can be quite a conundrum. While one important goal of any nonprofit organization is to grow successfully, finding that success often means outgrowing available space. Funding a move — or just...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Proposed development could stimulate re-development; many questions remain

Fittingly, the headline ended with a question mark: “A new hotel on Camino del Rio?” It is the first of many to be prompted by Monday’s news of an 86-room hotel being proposed for 1111 Camino del...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Montrose legislator should prove a worthy successor to Ellen 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. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Restaurant’s response to October fire inspires extraordinary volunteer results

The fire itself was out of the ordinary, out of the blue. Not due to negligence or an act of anger or arson, the early morning fire at El Moro Spirits & Tavern in early October started at a...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Mental health

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: Editorial

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Dairy Queen: Closing of iconic spot marked with nostalgia, concerns of change

What is more American than fast food? It is quite possibly one of our most successful exports. Durango’s Dairy Queen, which closed in June after 39 years on North Main Avenue, started in 1938 as a...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Women’s access to family planning key to social, economic and health gains

Government can be a force for good, a woman has a right to choose and there are too many guns in the world. These three statements are creeds passed down from Morley Cowles Ballantine, Durango...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Gary Kubiak

Denver Bronco fans who enjoyed the team’s 24-6 win over arch rival Oakland on Sunday likely saw that small measure of pleasure dashed upon learning that head coach Gary Kubiak has retired after his...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial