Opinion

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Inspections: Results are not always appetizing, but restaurant inspections remain essential

Of all the tasks San Juan Basin Public Health Department accomplishes every month, few are so public as the restaurant inspections. Not because the actual inspections are publicized. They are not....

DATE: Sept. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Public libraries: Transforming with the times, libraries embracing expanded community role

Cool temperatures and changing colors turn our attention to what we know is coming. As fall gives way to winter, like it or not, soon we will be spending more time indoors. A great place to do so...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

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EPA: Agency’s act first, inform later policy does not engender the public’s trust

Disclosure. Transparency. Accountability. Public input. These words and many synonyms have been used repeatedly by the Environmental Protection Agency in designating and planning the Bonita Peak...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Community media: Amid an evolving industry, a robust media landscape depends upon us all

Many Americans start their mornings with coffee and the news. It turns out that one of the strongest reactions Herald readers had to the change in print frequency from seven to four days per week...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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NPS maintenance: Deferred repairs at our nation’s parks and monuments put them all at risk

Mesa Verde National Park has deferred $65.7 million worth of maintenance, according to figures by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Mesa Verde is just one of 400 park units that account for a total of...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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‘Cities and Towns’: Join other Colorado citizens in shaping the future of your community this week

Durango is participating in a Colorado “Cities and Towns” effort this week, and Durango City Council and staff are offering plenty of opportunities to participate. Take advantage of them to learn...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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DACA: End to program will weaken, not strengthen, U.S. economy and security

The timing of the announcement of Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could not have been worse. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a message...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Disasters: Federal budget must reflect the costs of response, recovery

The trouble with agendas is that real life can get in the way. Lately, the sky in Southwest Colorado has ranged from dull brownish-blue to just plain brown as catastrophic wildfires in states to...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Judge Minot: Recently retired county judge leaves a legacy of fairness and justice

It is regrettable that the title, “The People’s Court,” has been so strongly associated with the sensational, arbitration-based television series that debuted in 1981 with irascible Judge Joseph...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Labor Day: Holiday arrives in time of uncertainties over healthcare, housing, immigration

Working Americans are doing better – somewhat better – on this Labor Day than they were last year, but, of course, it all depends on an individual’s skills, education and location. Those employed...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Monuments review: Secrecy is the wrong way to approach public land discussions and decisions

The public has not seen Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s draft recommendations to President Donald Trump about changing the size and use of several national monuments. Since the topic is public...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Bear proof: Emergency ordinance needed to effect change in human and bear behavior

Bears are following their noses (and using their memories) and dining in Durango seemingly like never before. They have entered a couple of automobiles and done a lot of damage looking for their...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials