Opinion

The big prizes: Shoe leather for the Pulitzer wins

This year’s Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, announced Monday, are a cornucopia of reporting, of working the phones, and sources and email and Twitter, as well as shoe leather. (The winners and...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Walrus down: It’s time to care about pinnipeds

Watching a nature documentary these days, despite great technical strides in film-making and perhaps because of them, it is hard not to feel we are saying goodbye to everything – every species,...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

No do-overs: There’s always the next election

We have had roughly the same two parties in the U.S. competing and, over the long haul, checking one another, for more than 160 years. For the second half of that span, each has believed at various...

DATE: April 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Kinds of mayor: How strong should she be?

We were joking the other day that we ought to keep calling Pete Buttigieg “Mayor Pete” even after he wins the presidency in 2020. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is a come-from-behind contender...

DATE: April 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Net neutrality: Colorado gets it

There was a Depression-era sign we saw once, in a photograph of a gas station. It said: “Free air – It’s your country, don’t let the big boys take it away from you.” We admired the simplicity,...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

The Great Gatsby at 94

In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald, his wife Zelda and their baby girl Scottie moved to Great Neck, a peninsula on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. It was farm country then, becoming railroad...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Durango won: City elections yield tax for roads and a new Council

The narrow passage Tuesday of the city’s half-cent sales tax is good news for Durango, not because the city needs the money to fix the roads, which it does, but because the narrowness shows...

DATE: April 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

LPEA elections

Four of the 12 seats on the La Plata Electric Association board are up for renewal in April, as four are every year. One seat is tied to Archuleta County to the west, where newcomers Holly Metzler...

DATE: April 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Flummoxed: The southern border is out of control

Who said children who cross the U.S. border from the south should be deported as quickly as possible? Who said, “We have to send a clear message that just because your child gets across the border,...

DATE: April 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Two good wins

Downtown merchants are apparently just about evenly split on whether sidewalks should be a place for signboards, and city government, as governments always do, is looking for some parameters as to...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Long, strange trip: Four years ago, it was all different – or was it?

One of the great things about the study of animal intelligence is that it is an unending pageant of discovery. Every attribute we thought was uniquely human, from language to tools and thinking to...

DATE: March 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our bad: Mueller report makes Democrats, news media look unwell

No one gets vindicated, not in this world and not in our politics – that is our first takeaway as the dust slowly settles from Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the final report of Special...

DATE: March 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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