Opinion

That old magic: Bob Dylan is timelessly alive

One thing we always wondered: When Bob Dylan was growing up in the 1940s in Hibbing, Minnesota, in the home of his parents, Abe and Beatty Zimmerman, and one of his schoolmates had a birthday and...

DATE: June 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

The people who thanked the firefighters

We heard La Plata County Manager Chuck Stevens at a Durango Chamber of Commerce breakfast last week talking about the 416 Fire. It was a cool, sunny morning. The air was fresh and clear. Stevens,...

DATE: June 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

The waiting game

We met a young couple in the Durango Dog Park the other evening who were visiting from Colorado Springs. They did not have a dog, they just wanted to see the park; they had never seen such a big...

DATE: June 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Democratic candidates talk – and talk – about climate change

We read an opinion piece in The New York Times the other day entitled “The Democratic Party Is Trying to Downplay Climate Change. Don’t Let It .” What we have seen, in these early days of the...

DATE: June 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

That boulder on Highway 145 needs a better name

First there was the 8.5 million-pound boulder that moseyed down to a spot alongside Highway 145, between Cortez and Telluride, over Memorial Day weekend. Then, last week, Gov. Jared Polis announced...

DATE: June 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Hancock again: The runoff in Denver’s mayor’s race ends with tall orders

Denver finally has its next mayor, after runoff voting concluded Tuesday night. Democrat Michael Hancock was winning a third term with about 56 percent of the vote when challenger Jamie Giellis, an...

DATE: June 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Brat lion’s OK

W e lead circumspect lives on the whole or so we endeavor, and we must say, people sure are funny over in Walsenburg – a few of them, anyway. Perhaps we should back up: We have nothing against...

DATE: June 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Ahoy, dog

We know a border collie – Charlie is his name – who loves fast water. When he was a pup, he discovered the Clark Fork in Montana. He learned to swim on the Chama, in northern New Mexico. Now he...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A cold morning

Our assault boat hit a sandbar. I looked over the ramp and we were at least 75 yards from the shore... I told the coxswain... to drop the ramp or we were going to die right there.” That is Lt....

DATE: June 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Send in the clown

When we pass through cataclysmic times such as the run-up to World War II, there are figures who become vivid for a while despite their dullness and then fade away. Every now and then it is worth...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

To markets we go

With the first televised debates just a month away, the field for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination looks set at 23 candidates , from Colorado’s Michael Bennet to New York’s Andrew Yang....

DATE: June 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

I’m a Democrat!

Ages ago, when we looked at the 2018 race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, Diane Mitsch Bush, the Democrat from Steamboat Springs, was challenging Scott Tipton, the Republican incumbent...

DATE: June 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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