Opinion

FFA: Week-long celebration showcases importance of agriculture, education

The annual national Future Farmers of America celebratory week is upon us, which makes for a good time to reflect on the value of agriculture and how young people can find a place in agriculture to...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

DOI reorganization: The public, elected officials needs more information on Secretary Zinke’s goals

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is redesigning his department to move hundreds of public employees from Washington out West. In theory, putting decision-makers in closer touch with the landscapes...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

Discover Goodwill: There’s room for our newest non-profit, its programs and opportunity center

Thrift is in fashion. As is the case with the La Plata County Humane Society, the United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity and the new Discover Goodwill Retail Center opening tomorrow, it can...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Skilled labor: Homebuilders, 9-R trades courses fill a gap in labor and educational offerings

Every cloud is supposed to have a silver lining, but can the same be said for clear skies? It can in Southwest Colorado, if you happen to be in the construction trades. Snow finally arrived on...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Storytelling: Universally human, stories bind us in intimate, beautiful and unknown ways

Storytelling is among the oldest art forms and has likely been around as long as human language, connecting present experiences to the past and future. Storytelling is a way to make sense of the...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Recall effort: Blaming unpopularity of land use code on Gwen Lachelt alone is misguided

Recall elections usually result from a heated blowup over a single issue, rightly or wrongly. More often than not, they have little to do with an elected official’s overall performance. Gwen...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

XXIII Olympics: Let winter games in South Korea serve as symbol of peace

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games are now open, and 242 athletes, both famous and all-but-unknown, are representing the United States in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Thirty-one of them (more than any...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

DOI actions: Energy dominance takes a toll on public lands, public input and other industries

Every new administration takes a hard look at the policies of the prior administration and proposes reforms based upon their own ideas and campaign pledges, but few have acted as swiftly and with...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Colorado lottery: Reauthorize this valuable program that continues to improve our quality of life

Sometime this spring, the Colorado General Assembly will vote to reauthorize the Colorado Lottery Division for another 15 years beyond its scheduled 2024 sunset. That effort made progress Jan. 25...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

LUC Redux: Met by heavy criticism, land use code proposal has sparked healthy debates

It is the local issue of 2018, no doubt about it. And from every corner of La Plata County, folks are writing letters to the editor, packing our inbox as full as it was before the November 2016...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

SOTU: Trump’s first state of the union full of proposals, but short on specifics

President Donald Trump rightly boasted of the economic bump the changes to the tax code are creating, and identified some areas of focus for his administration. But his continued ill-founded...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A Black Tie Affair: Durango pulls together again for Snowdown, the best party of the year

The best part about Snowdown is, well, that there are so many parts. Over 154 events, to be exact. That guarantees there is something for everyone – families, kids, dogs and cats included. There...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials