Our opinion year

In 2018, The Durango Herald’s editorial board liked unsuccessful Colorado gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton and posited that a new state sales tax was just what was needed to fund roads....

DATE: Dec. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

They went West

The U.S. Census Bureau released new data last week showing that Colorado, with an increase of 79,662 residents in the last year, was the seventh-fastest growing state in that time. From July 2017...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

We’re out of there

We understand the alarm people felt last week after President Donald Trump precipitously withdrew about 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria. But in the longer view, it still seems like the best course. To...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Free money

In 1966, sociology professors Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven wrote an article for The Nation magazine contending that many people eligible for welfare were not getting money from the U.S....

DATE: Dec. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Give of yourself

Holiday gift-buying, whether with local retailers or online, is reportedly at record levels this holiday season. There are variations, of course, but close to full employment, slight wage increases...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Not so fast

Earlier this month, Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest utility, a publicly traded company, said it would reduce carbon in its energy generation by 100 percent . It said it would achieve this lofty...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Ancient and small

Earlier this month, the Pacific Legal Foundation filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on behalf of the Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association and the Otero County Cattleman’s...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

And it stoned me

In 1970, the sculptor Robert Smithson traveled from New York to Rozel Point in Utah, on the northeast shore of the Great Salt Lake. He found it starkly beautiful, acquired land rights and...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Grim for grouse?

The greater sage grouse is a funny bird. Not as funny as the cuckoo or the ptarmigan, but still. The male, with its dark brown body, spotted tail feathers and elaborate white ruff, can resemble...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Why we gather

In 1996, Jon Krakauer, a writer for Outside magazine, published “Into The Wild,” a nonfiction account of the cross-country journey of Christopher McCandless from the Los Angeles suburb where he was...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Jingle bell soul

We live in fraught times when Christmas standards are suddenly found wanting and creepy, but the world has always been in the process of becoming. In the meantime, we thought we might help out with...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Voiceless concerns

President Donald Trump’s administration lately resembles a game of musical chairs, or hot potato. Do a stint as a spokesperson and go on to be ambassador to the U.N. – and by the way, who wants to...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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