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DATE: June 12, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Denying what everyone knows: Judges make law

This is the season when lawyers left and right cross our fingers behind our backs and solemnly swear that judges don't make law.Conservatives insist they adhere to original intent. Liberals insist...

DATE: June 12, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Obama's health plan prompts questions - and qualms

Barack Obama has said he wants to pass a national health-care bill this year, with a government insurance policy option. Democratic congressional leaders have called for passage of such a bill...

DATE: June 12, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Drilling slowdown

When BP announced this week it has decommissioned one of the two drilling rigs it operates in La Plata County, there was every reason to be concerned about what that means for local employment and...

DATE: June 12, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Lebanese elections show possibility for shift toward moderate politics

I confess. I'm a sucker for free and fair elections. It warms my heart to watch people drop ballots in a box to express their will, especially in a region where that so rarely happens. So I came to...

DATE: June 11, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Editorial Cartoon

DATE: June 11, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Judicial bias

In a 1964 case, then-Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart applied what he called his "Casablanca test." As a Navy lieutenant in World War II, Stewart had seen hard-core pornography that seamen had...

DATE: June 11, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Supreme Court nominee's rulings defy critics' stereotype

Sonia Sotomayor had bad timing. If she'd entered college in the late-1950s or early-1960s, she would have been surrounded by an ethos that encouraged smart, young ethnic kids to assimilate. If...

DATE: June 10, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Legislative session shows that Colorado is on track

With the 2009 legislative session now officially over - the 30-day review period for me to take action on all bills ended June 5 - it's important to take stock of all that was accomplished.As a...

DATE: June 10, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Pearson leaves lasting legacy

When he leaves his position as executive director of San Juan Citizens Alliance this summer, Mark Pearson can look back knowing his legacy will last far into the future.His continuous efforts to...

DATE: June 10, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Bill Mashaw

We did not hear Bill Mashaw deliver a critical word about the Durango community. He liked positives, only positives, and wanted them to grow in size and number.The story is that Mashaw was in...

DATE: June 10, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Successful groups show achievement is not in our genes

In the mosaic of America, three groups that have been unusually successful are Asian-Americans, Jews and West Indian blacks - and in that there may be some lessons for the rest of...

DATE: June 9, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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