Opinion

The code: Draft La Plata County land use code, public participation off to a vigorous start

There is a lot that is included in a land use code, and the La Plata County commissioners have now given residents a peek at their work, which incorporates input from multiple local working groups...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Wilderness: Legislation in Congress presses for a fundamental change in the rules

Should bicycles be allowed in wilderness areas? The question tends to provoke an immediate answer – thumbs up or thumbs down – and it is at the heart of the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Welcome changes: Earlier access to McPhee, addition to Phil’s World improve area recreation

Outdoor recreation in Southwest Colorado is benefiting from a change in an operating date, and a much expanded resource. At McPhee Reservoir north of Cortez, boat launching will be possible in...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Cory and the A.G.: Sen. Gardner may be the man to hold Sessions and Trump to their word

Our hats go off to Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) for standing up for Coloradans earlier this month and against what he viewed as the federal government trampling on the will of the voters in Colorado...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Keep dreaming: The Reverend Martin Luther King’s ideals must live on in our actions

If Martin Luther King. Jr. were alive today, he would be 89 – younger than former presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, younger than evangelist Billy Graham and younger than England’s Queen...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Economic Outlook: Low wages, labor shortage and housing costs persist in constraining growth

Thursday’s economic forum, an annual event sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, provided multiple insights into Colorado’s and La Plata County’s economy. Housing costs, less-than-adequate wages and...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Editorial update

Today’s letter from Edward Packard, “Readers wonder about influence,” and another from Michael Black, “Did editorial constitute breach of ethics? (Herald, 12/18 ) got us thinking: it is time for an...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Common sense: May our state legislators continue to embrace what’s missing nationally

Reading Colorado Public Radio’s review of significant new state laws from the 2017 legislative session (Herald, Jan. 3 ), two shared characteristics stand out. The first is the amount of clear...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Cooking again: The return of a culinary program proves popular with all kinds of DHS students

When Durango High School ended its culinary arts program four years ago, it was not because the classes were unpopular with students. Quite the contrary. Students, parents and some local...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

2018: Slow and significant progress expected, with revenue a continued uncertainty

If there is one thing we know to be true about any new year, it is that there is no shortage of issues to address. With as active and engaged a community as ours, one has reason to be encouraged....

DATE: Jan. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Durango Chamber: Chamber should be a role model, add housing, or better yet, locate elsewhere

Durango’s Chamber of Commerce has begun the planning for a new location and building between 22th and 24nd streets on Main Avenue, adjacent to Brookside Park across from the high school. The...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A livable wage: Pathways from poverty tied to wages, living costs and, for now, outside support

Colorado’s minimum wage quietly went up on Jan. 1, as planned by the passage of Amendment 70 in November 2016 with 55.4 percent of the vote. The second of four stepped increases the ballot measure...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials