Opinion

Editorial update

Today’s letter from Edward Packard, “Readers wonder about influence,” and another from Michael Black, “Did editorial constitute breach of ethics? (Herald, 12/18 ) got us thinking: it is time for an...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Common sense: May our state legislators continue to embrace what’s missing nationally

Reading Colorado Public Radio’s review of significant new state laws from the 2017 legislative session (Herald, Jan. 3 ), two shared characteristics stand out. The first is the amount of clear...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Cooking again: The return of a culinary program proves popular with all kinds of DHS students

When Durango High School ended its culinary arts program four years ago, it was not because the classes were unpopular with students. Quite the contrary. Students, parents and some local...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

2018: Slow and significant progress expected, with revenue a continued uncertainty

If there is one thing we know to be true about any new year, it is that there is no shortage of issues to address. With as active and engaged a community as ours, one has reason to be encouraged....

DATE: Jan. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Durango Chamber: Chamber should be a role model, add housing, or better yet, locate elsewhere

Durango’s Chamber of Commerce has begun the planning for a new location and building between 22th and 24nd streets on Main Avenue, adjacent to Brookside Park across from the high school. The...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A livable wage: Pathways from poverty tied to wages, living costs and, for now, outside support

Colorado’s minimum wage quietly went up on Jan. 1, as planned by the passage of Amendment 70 in November 2016 with 55.4 percent of the vote. The second of four stepped increases the ballot measure...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A fresh start: Proud GED grads face the new year, eager to put their degrees to work

There is no better example of the promise the New Year can bring than the mid-December ceremony for GED graduates of the Durango Adult Education Center. On the evening of Dec. 19, eleven students...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Call for submissions: Headlines we would like to see in 2018

The new year is nearly upon us. It is time to start crafting resolutions and think about things we would like to see happen, or not, in 2018. “Bridge to nowhere connects to somewhere.” “Lake...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

2017: Our review of a surprising year in which politics often eclipsed good judgment

The beginning of 2017 delivered a lot – a lot of snow, for one – snow that residents and tourists are missing now like a dear, old friend. We all watched the inauguration of an unconventional...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A smart step: Bayfield decides to find out if town might benefit from legal pot sales

It was just a first step, but it was significant, especially for a small Southwest Colorado town well known for its traditional attitudes. And for its view on the sale of pot. At a Bayfield town...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Tax reform: GOP wager bets on business-aided economic benefits that time will tell

Tax legislation passed by the Republicans last week does not significantly simplify tax filing, nor does it provide tax reductions for everyone. Lower- and moderate-income payers will have about...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Christmas: This holiday season, there is reason to celebrate all that is good in the world

In the United States of America, Christmas has come to encompass a great variety of activities and ideas, and peace and goodwill are the goal of most. The religious emphasis remains fully available...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials