Opinion

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

A fresh start: Proud GED grads face the new year, eager to put their degrees to work

There is no better example of the promise the New Year can bring than the mid-December ceremony for GED graduates of the Durango Adult Education Center. On the evening of Dec. 19, eleven students...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Call for submissions: Headlines we would like to see in 2018

The new year is nearly upon us. It is time to start crafting resolutions and think about things we would like to see happen, or not, in 2018. “Bridge to nowhere connects to somewhere.” “Lake...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

2017: Our review of a surprising year in which politics often eclipsed good judgment

The beginning of 2017 delivered a lot – a lot of snow, for one – snow that residents and tourists are missing now like a dear, old friend. We all watched the inauguration of an unconventional...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A smart step: Bayfield decides to find out if town might benefit from legal pot sales

It was just a first step, but it was significant, especially for a small Southwest Colorado town well known for its traditional attitudes. And for its view on the sale of pot. At a Bayfield town...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Tax reform: GOP wager bets on business-aided economic benefits that time will tell

Tax legislation passed by the Republicans last week does not significantly simplify tax filing, nor does it provide tax reductions for everyone. Lower- and moderate-income payers will have about...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Christmas: This holiday season, there is reason to celebrate all that is good in the world

In the United States of America, Christmas has come to encompass a great variety of activities and ideas, and peace and goodwill are the goal of most. The religious emphasis remains fully available...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Kids’ health care: CHP-plus program for low-income kids receives a bipartisan reprieve, for now

It is very fortunate for many Colorado children in need that the state has stepped up to provide financial support for a critical insurance program for low-income families. Because of inaction by...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Giving gifts: Last minute shoppers should not despair, local and creative gift ideas abound

Don’t worry. There is still time. It is a busy time of year and many of us have been finishing up year-end projects, socializing and counting down until Christmas – just three days to go – and the...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Send the snow: Lack of moisture is worrisome, but there is still a whole winter ahead

It was a surprising, but welcome sight on Saturday, above Florida Road near the roundabout. A skier. No, several skiers, carving turns and spraying snow across the slope at Chapman Hill. The snow...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Methane rule: Politics and the profits of one sector cannot be allowed to trump science

In 2016, the Bureau of Land Management finalized regulations about venting, flaring or leaking natural gas during energy production on federal and tribal lands. Some provisions took effect early...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public comment: The politics of “winning” leaves little room for the voices of ordinary people

In theory, the United States has a government of, by and for its people. Lately, though, the opinions of most people seem to matter very little. Despite bipartisan opposition from nearly everybody...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials