Opinion

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

Ethics Commission: Coloradans rightly cherish openess; the IEC needs to comply with CORA

One of the most basic values of our democracy is that the people on whose behalf, and by whose charge, the government acts have the right to know what it is doing. The rights of the public to...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

O.R. in CO: Welcoming the Outdoor Retailer Show to Colorado provides a cautionary tale

The front page of the Jan. 17 edition of The Norwood Post features a picture of the Six Dollar String Band, a Durango-based Bluegrass band, playing at the Livery stage after the running of the Lone...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Dan Snowberger: Durango 9-R superintendent has earned a contract extension through June 2020

What have you done for us lately? That is the question we tend to ask when non-elected public officials come up for promotions, raises and contract extensions. In the case of Durango School...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

‘Frozen out’: Secretary Zinke ignored NPS advisory board members until they walked away

In the normal course of political transitions, appointees of the former administration know they may be replaced by people more amenable to the new administration’s positions. Some are thanked in...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

The code: Draft La Plata County land use code, public participation off to a vigorous start

There is a lot that is included in a land use code, and the La Plata County commissioners have now given residents a peek at their work, which incorporates input from multiple local working groups...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Wilderness: Legislation in Congress presses for a fundamental change in the rules

Should bicycles be allowed in wilderness areas? The question tends to provoke an immediate answer – thumbs up or thumbs down – and it is at the heart of the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials