A real estate transaction among city figures raises doubts about candor

When City Manager Ron LeBlanc wanted to sell his Durango home , it made sense in some respects that he asked Christina Rinderle, a local real estate agent, to handle it. A partner in Durango Land...

DATE: July 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Bennet’s book

In his new book, “The Land of Flickering Lights: Restoring America in an Age of Broken Politics,” Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet relates five situations he experienced first-hand of “Washington’s...

DATE: July 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

We don’t know about a sick joke, but ‘sick’ sure fits this callous act

A video made the rounds of social media last week that is painful. It began as an Instagram post labeled “big game kill” and it was hard to know how facetious that was; Michael Garcia of Antonito...

DATE: July 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

What does it mean to be the world’s smartest dog, and have to say goodbye?

When Chaser, a lovely Blue Merle border collie that resided in Spartanburg, South Carolina, died July 23, it made news as far as The New York Times which even ran something of an obituary the...

DATE: July 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Still wrong

Why do we kill people to show people that killing people is wrong? The question has a child’s logic – and wisdom – which is why it is unanswerable. Instead, the U.S. and the states go back and...

DATE: July 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

In Portland, Oregon, are they trying to help the homeless or crush them?

Cities and towns across the U.S. have been trying everything they can think of to combat homelessness lately, from building shelters to trying to outlaw it. The latter approach is like thinking you...

DATE: July 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Let it wash you

Tinariwen is Tuareg musicians from the Sahara who make astoundingly good music. There is no need to take our word for it – go to YouTube and look for any of the band’s music; “Sastanàqqàm ,” for...

DATE: July 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

And then Boris Johnson blew it up

We were reading the news the other morning about Boris Johnson, who is charming, smart, able, possessed of extraordinary privilege that no head of government will have again and completely without...

DATE: July 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

It’s not just Colorado that has questionable pension fund portfolios

A correspondent from Carbondale called our attention to the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association’s investment in the GEO Group, which operates private prisons (“Teachers: PERA owns...

DATE: July 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Left and right fight for authenticity with words, voices and tweets

Words matter,” said Congressman Joaquin Castro on his website last week, as he introduced his bill which would strike the word “alien” in the Immigration and Nationality Act and replace it with...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Giving it a shot: Can we force people to vaccinate?

We are not giving away secrets to say Thomas Jefferson was a peculiar man. His faults today are as well known as his virtues; both are ample. On the plus side of the ledger, he was the nearest...

DATE: July 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Take this thing from my paw

We live with two creamy orange cats – but not in the having-a-pet or litter box fashion. We think these two smallish felines were born outdoors last summer. We do not know anything about their...

DATE: July 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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