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Early childhood the most important place to invest

Bravo! Nicholas Kristof and his column “Science finds biological basis for cycle of poverty” (Herald, Jan. 10) speaks to the importance – no, the necessity – of investing in early childhood if we...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Property-tax notices to arrive in mailboxes soon

Where’s the snow? One thing I know will reach your door soon will be the property-tax notice. Some things rarely change.To recap the assessment activities of 2011, we started by mailing the 2010...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Mentoring does a world of good for children, community, self

January is National Mentoring Month. In support of the event, I’d like to share my experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado’s Study Connection program. I responded to the...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Spies brouhaha good fodder for Snowdown

Praise should accrue to the five student editors of the Durango High School yearbook for refusing to publish the outrageous photograph of Sydney Spies that is more appropriate for an add in...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Spies will live to regret photo choice

I am appalled that Sydney Spies’ mother would think it is OK to let her daughter want to post a photo like that in a yearbook. She will look back on this when she has children and regret the...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Baby boomers contribute to local economy

Sheila Casey, director of Senior Services in La Plata County, said baby boomers, “affect the overall economy, too, because they tend to use public services but don’t contribute to productivity,”...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Everybody wins with volunteer mentoring

Webster’s Dictionary defines a mentor as “a wise and trusted teacher, guide and friend.” That is an appropriate description of what Big Brothers Big Sisters offers to kids in our community. A...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Teen photo talk eclipses issues that matter

Recently, I logged into my computer and pulled up my Web browser. My home page, Yahoo, revealed to me a picture of a student whom I know, Sydney Spies, scantily clad in a senior portrait. I am sure...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Americans would prefer U.S. focus on its own problems

Recently on CNN, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made a speech about cutting $487 billion out of the military budget by trimming troop size, not being in two wars at once and increasing the use...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

National Mentoring Month a great time to volunteer

At Durango School District 9-R, we understand that community partnerships are vital to the success of our students and their families. Study Connection is a partnership program between 9-R and Big...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

FAA will have to find crash’s causes

Thank you for the opportunity to comment. I am an old, bold pilot who rides a bicycle now. But 20 years ago, I flew around Cape Horn without much help from air traffic control, flight following or...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Use comp plan lessons to avoid mistakes in Animas corridor plan

Surely with Megan Graham’s experience she understands that you can’t win on every political issue. Whining about outcomes accomplishes nothing (Herald, Jan. 8).The disproportionate effect of the...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

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