Opinion

Freed school lunch: Mother of slain worker sets examples

In 2016, Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black school cafeteria supervisor, was fatally shot by Minnesota police during a traffic stop. Castile by many accounts was a caring figure at the J.J. Hill...

DATE: May 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Spy birds: A vulture gets snared in Yemen’s civil war

W e were minding our business the other day when we heard about Nelson, a griffon vulture that was arrested in Yemen. It is not every day that non-human animals are arrested. On the man-bites-dog...

DATE: May 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Convention centers

For the Montezuma County commissioners to offer to undertake the construction of a convention center at the county fairgrounds east of Cortez is an auspicious step in county-city cooperation on...

DATE: May 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Michael Bennet

Colorado senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet once seemed apt facets of purple politics. Bennet, 54, is a moderate Democrat, a distinction that matters in his party when Sen. Bernie Sanders,...

DATE: May 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

It’s just country: And it’s all good

Who are the great country music artists? Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, of course, but there are three other names that belong in the canon who seldom get roped in: Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich...

DATE: May 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Court packing: Seldom a good idea

The biggest story of last year, measured by cable news coverage, was Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation. There was something in it to horrify everyone and everyone was left dissatisfied,...

DATE: April 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

The Troubles: When David and Goliath switch places

Late in Patrick Radden Keefe’s riveting new account of the Irish Republican Army, he quotes anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, who observed, “for the majority of the human species, and for tens of...

DATE: April 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Clear choices

Two La Plata Electric Association seats in the current election are competitive, and the Herald’s editorial board likes the incumbents. Dan Huntington, whose district is western La Plata County, is...

DATE: April 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

No lunch for you: School district can’t leave well enough alone

The notion that there are no free lunches is meant to be figurative. So it is with sorrow we discovered it is applied as literally as a hunger pain at schools in Southwest Colorado such as Miller...

DATE: April 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Disclose her pay: LPEA has a transparency problem

We were pleased to see the La Plata Electric Association hire a new CEO last week, Jessica Matlock, an assistant general manager of the Snohomish County Public Utility District, a municipal...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

No lie

Every now and then, you send your representatives off to the state capitol and though they do not write when they find work, they manage to stay out of trouble long enough to do something good. It...

DATE: April 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

What is torture: Immigration protesters might give it some thought

Readers may have noticed that about 40 protesters gathered Tuesday morning in front of the Durango headquarters of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. All protest is good for the body...

DATE: April 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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