Opinion

BOCC: Say “no” to the Lachelt recall; Westendorff comments not helpful

County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt, almost a year and a half into her second term, is under attack. Her critics accuse her of being too green in opposition to the fossil fuel industry, and of being...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Kuss legacy: Dolph Kuss introduced Durango, FLC to its future rooted in the great outdoors

For a 2016 graduate of Fort Lewis College, the climbing, rafting and hiking offered by the college’s Outdoor Pursuits program instilled self-confidence, leadership training and broadened horizons....

DATE: March 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public opinion: Elected officials and agency staff need to care what their constituents think

An important aspect of the decision-making process of governmental agencies is the gathering and analysis of public comments. Unfortunately, that essential component has experienced some...

DATE: March 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Immigration: Lawmakers abdicating responsibility, harm families, communities, economies

The issue of immigration – past and future – is at the top, or near of the top, of every political party poll in this country. If the strength of the economy and resulting employment is not the...

DATE: March 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Ag Expo: A great way to spend a day or two with the region’s many faces of agriculture

If you haven’t attended the Four States Agricultural Exposition in recent years, you’re likely to be surprised at the breadth of agriculture in the region. It goes far beyond cattle, hay and grain,...

DATE: March 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Outdoor Pursuits: Outdoor offerings and natural setting, FLC recruitment should leverage both

One of Durango’s best views of the La Plata Mountains is from Rim Drive on the Fort Lewis College campus. As the college seeks to increase its attractiveness to potential students and its...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Sunshine week: A yearly celebration of public and press access to government information

The belief that good government flourishes when it is well-supervised by citizens has been deeply held in this country since its founding. As firmly entrenched as that value is, Americans shouldn’t...

DATE: March 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

DHS and PCCS: Educational partnership makes career and college offerings more accessible

College class offerings for Durango High School students will be much more accessible this fall when the newly renamed Pueblo Community College Southwest – formerly Southwest Colorado Community...

DATE: March 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Chaco landscape A powerful union of land and sky, Zinke defers leases but threats remains

In response to public outcry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has deferred the sale of oil and gas leases near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. That may, or may not, be a positive sign for...

DATE: March 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Student walkout: An opportunity for youth locally and nationally to lead the way on gun safety

Building on the frustration of the lack of gun safety in our schools and nation, expressed so articulately and emotionally by the students of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, youth...

DATE: March 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Caucus! Shape the future of your party, get in on the ground floor of the political process

Colorado’s political precinct caucuses, which will be held Tuesday, March 6, are the first formal opportunity for voters to weigh-in on the candidates and issues in the 2018 election. Precinct...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

FLC president: ISO collaborator, unifier with ability to tap into region’s assets, opportunities

Fort Lewis College benefits from a wealth of resources colleges in other parts of the country can only wish for. Outdoor classrooms draw on our region’s extraordinary natural and cultural assets....

DATE: March 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials