Opinion

Our view: We’re getting these words wrong

One of the things that puzzles us is the confusion we sometimes see over the word “entitlement.” This fuzziness should not exist. “Entitlement” is not a term of art, such as lawyers sometimes use...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our view: What if the veep testified?

There is a branch of fiction and history, counter-factual history, in which we rerun historical events while changing key variables, such as who won World War II. That was the general outline of...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our view: A helpless blunder at The New York Times

The website of New York magazine posted an intriguing piece not long ago by columnist Andrew Sullivan, “The New York Times Has Abandoned Liberalism for Activism .” The occasion was the debut in the...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our view: The year ahead

Events in La Plata County deliver almost endless topics on which to opine, and 2020 will no different. Election candidates, of course, which The Herald’s editorial board will address last....

DATE: Jan. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our view: What a year we had in letters

Consensus between The Durango Herald’s letter writers during 2019 was rare, very rare, and topics often ranged far afield. Thank you, readers and writers: That is what makes for readable opinion...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our view: The perfect winter song in Southern Colorado

Eight years ago this winter, NPR launched a series of winter songs. “The songs we turn to during winter months are as distinct from the light, joyous anthems of summer as tank tops and shorts are...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our view: Our year in Opinion

We found much to praise in 2019: that citizens were demanding Durango be 100% renewable in electricity by 2050, that Monarch butterflies were recovering, Cokie Roberts’ life in journalism and that...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our view: President’s homelessness czar could surprise us

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, a D.C.-based nonprofit which calls itself the only national legal group dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness, has just released an...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our view: On student loan debt, it’s time to exhume Milton Friedman

In 1946, the future Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman was in his first year on the faculty of the University of Chicago and had just co-authored a pamphlet attacking rent controls, “Roofs or...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our view: Could we really reintroduce wolves?

We were hiking once just outside Anchorage, Alaska, skirting the Chugach Mountains as we circled a valley in the early afternoon. From the woods on our far side, we heard one, and then two and...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Bombs away

Holy cow was that some ad for the Colorado Senate primary that Andrew Romanoff set loose in the world Monday. If it has not already come to you on Facebook, you might go to it, on YouTube, and...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our view: The last time the Senate tried a president, it was ugly

Only one elected president has been impeached, and tried in the Senate: Bill Clinton. With the House on the verge of impeaching President Donald Trump 21 years later and with a Senate trial almost...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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