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Tipton needs to recognize all constituents

I received an e-mail update from Rep. Scott Tipton last week: “Debate went late into the night this week as Republicans continue the fight to cut spending by $100 billion and beyond. The Democrats...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Managing forests is not destroying them

In response to Dug Ward’s letter, “Logging a part of good forestry management” (Herald, Feb. 21): This seemingly emotionally motivated response to a disagreement with Nathan Coe (Letters, Herald,...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Quit supporting Democrats, pay the state

If the public service union executives and staff in Wisconsin took a pay cut and these same unions no longer gave 92 percent of their dues money to Democratic candidates, they could initiate a...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Senate should save federal arts funding

The U.S. House of Representatives is on track to cut $43 million from the National Endowment for the Arts’ budget of $167.5 million. That’s a 26 percent cut – the deepest in 16 years.Our senators...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Local retailers better than big-box stores

Big-box stores welcome in Durango? How sad it is that our local “officials unanimously agreed that the potential payoff in sales-tax revenue – which currently is lost to Farmington and Albuquerque...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Why cut teachers and classroom time?

Why is it that when we speak of cuts in education spending, we automatically talk of cutting teachers’ jobs or salaries, shortening school days or weeks?Why do we not speak of cutting...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Community needs responsible pet owners

An excellent letter by Wendy Haugen (Herald, Feb. 17) addressed spaying or neutering pets. La Plata County is blessed with one of the finest humane societies in the country, but there is only so...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Union-busting threatens the middle class

If you believe the Wisconsin governor’s attempt to bust unions does not affect you because you live in Colorado or do not belong to a union, you are wrong. Unions have long been a driving force in...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Arts funding also makes economic sense

The U.S. House of Representatives is on track to cut $43 million from the National Endowment for the Arts’ budget of $167.5 million. That’s a 26 percent cut – the deepest in 16 years.Our senators...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Logging part of good forest management

Nathan Coe’s letter (“Forestry shouldn’t be an industry,” Herald, Feb. 13) mixed with the story about the pine beetle (Herald, Feb. 17), made me ponder just how unhealthy our forests in America...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Park leadership deserves our recognition

Our state parks may be strapped for cash in this down economy, but their leadership deserves recognition for its vision and hard work. Last summer, the State Parks Board unanimously approved...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Numbers illustrate government spending

I recently looked up the annual budgets for the city, county, state and federal governments. After deducting intergovernmental transfers and dividing by the population of each, I found that total...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

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