Opinion

President Stritikus: 1st generation graduate poised to build on FLC’s quality, cost and community

Depending on whom you talk to, Fort Lewis College’s trustees appear to have chosen for its next president the candidate most likely to lead the college in innovative ways and with some urgency. Dr....

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public notices: SB 156 is another attack on the public’s right to know

Public notices — the legal notices that governmental entities pay to place in newspapers as a means of informing the public — have played an important role in informing citizens about the actions...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Earth Day: Economy cannot ignore scientific realities

Earth Day on Sunday springs from the understanding that our physical environment can be irreversibly damaged and how we treat it matters, every day of the year. That admission was not always...

DATE: April 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Purgatory: Good for us James Coleman’s business model prioritizes family and recreation

Purgatory’s season is coming to a close this weekend with free lift tickets both Saturday and Sunday. It wasn’t an easy winter, by any means, and owner James Coleman and his snowmaking and mountain...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Real, local news matters: A community’s strength depends on a strong press

The annual Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week, and as usual, they include examples of exceptional journalism: sexual harassment in major industries, the senate race in Alabama, white...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Childhood poverty: Invest in kids to improve their well-being and grow healthy communities

Child poverty persists in La Plata and Montezuma counties despite low unemployment,” the headline read (Herald, April 1 ). That’s just one nutshell of information from the “2018 KIDS COUNT in...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

LPEA election: Cooperative is a complex business demanding knowledge and experience

Ballots for the annual La Plata Electric Association election will be mailed next week, and all three incumbents in La Plata County have challengers. With LPEA delivering safe and reliable power...

DATE: April 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Wildfire funding: Both fire prevention and response funds are necessary and should not compete

The $1.3 trillion spending package passed by Congress in time to avert a government shut down last month includes something western states have long wanted: money dedicated specifically to fighting...

DATE: April 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Fuel efficiency: EPA emissions rollback will hurt rural pocketbooks, fuel economy and clean air

The Environmental Protection Agency, under its embattled Administrator Scott Pruitt, announced last week that it will roll back Obama-era emissions standards for cars and light trucks. Those...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

River of Lost Souls: The people and land of the Animas river watershed tie history to today

From an early age, Jonathan Thompson wanted to be a writer. Today, he makes a distinction between being a journalist reporting on events — something he’s done since signing on with the Silverton...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Import tariffs: Trade policy can cost and save jobs, have unintended consequences for communities

Controlling trade is one of the ways President Donald Trump intends to fulfill his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” By levying tariffs on the importation of goods that can be produced...

DATE: April 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Trail etiquette: Respecting and sharing the land should be a source of pride for all Durangoans

Though our mild winter would suggest otherwise, March 20 marked the Vernal Equinox and the official first day of spring. It’s a good time to remember that everyone’s enjoyment of our trails, and...

DATE: April 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials