Opinion

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

Child care crisis: Groups addressing regionwide crisis, complex social and community issues

Two-year old Kaliyah Martinez lost her young life last month. Her father, Kristopher Martinez, unable to find a babysitter or affordable child care, brought her to work. Most have read what...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Annika Lewis: Teen gains a worldwide view, shines a global spotlight on rural Colorado

Kudos to 15-year-old Montezuma-Cortez High School student Annika Lewis for representing rural U.S. women at the 2018 session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (Herald, Feb. 25 ). Kudos,...

DATE: April 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

SJBPH: 70 years helping residents achieve their highest potential for health, well-being

National Public Health Week kicks off on Monday. To mark the occasion and 70 years of working to protect human and environmental health, and inspire well-being in the communities they serve, San...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Clean water: Let’s not miss an opportunity to protect water quality from future mining impacts

The Herald editorial board applauds state Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, for her bill introduced last week to hold future mine operators responsible for water contamination caused by their...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

FLC President: Come meet the candidates, campus and community participation is encouraged

Late last May, Fort Lewis College President Dene Thomas announced she would retire as of June 30, 2018. At that time, the board of trustees set a selection process in motion that kicked off in...

DATE: March 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public process: New engagement efforts designed for better decisions, responsive government

You have to go slow to go fast – or do it over.” Hindsight is 20-20, and La Plata County has had since 2011, if not decades, to benefit from its rear-view mirror and the wise words of Martin...

DATE: March 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

March for our lives: Students are right, it’s time to end the national paralysis around gun violence

The first truth to understand about today’s March for Our Lives is that students really do fear for their lives. Their parents are fearful as well. Let’s not insult them by claiming that these...

DATE: March 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

BOCC: Say “no” to the Lachelt recall; Westendorff comments not helpful

County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt, almost a year and a half into her second term, is under attack. Her critics accuse her of being too green in opposition to the fossil fuel industry, and of being...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Kuss legacy: Dolph Kuss introduced Durango, FLC to its future rooted in the great outdoors

For a 2016 graduate of Fort Lewis College, the climbing, rafting and hiking offered by the college’s Outdoor Pursuits program instilled self-confidence, leadership training and broadened horizons....

DATE: March 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public opinion: Elected officials and agency staff need to care what their constituents think

An important aspect of the decision-making process of governmental agencies is the gathering and analysis of public comments. Unfortunately, that essential component has experienced some...

DATE: March 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials