Opinion

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A closer look at administration’s ‘pro-life’ policies

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — When President Donald Trump and his (male) aides sit at a conference table deciding to cut off money to women’s health programs abroad, they call it a “pro-life” move. Yet...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

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With North Korea, we do have some cards to play

WASHINGTON – The crisis with North Korea may appear trumped up. It’s not. Given that Pyongyang has had nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for more than a decade, why the panic now? Because...

DATE: April 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

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A dog’s death in the rural West teaches an uncommon lesson

One day this winter, as the light was fading, my 12-year-old Basset hound mutt, Belle, joined the rest of us on a walk down the way. The road is gravel, largely untraveled and follows a north-south...

DATE: April 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

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Voting the first step on new path for LPEA

Ballots for the election of directors to the board of La Plata Electric Association are in this week’s mail. If you have an electric meter, you are an LPEA member/owner of our electric utility...

DATE: April 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

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The thankfully short ascendancy of Steve Bannon

President Trump didn’t exactly boot Steve Bannon from his ruling circle of relatives and Wall Street hotshots he might like to have as relatives. True, he threw Bannon off the National Security...

DATE: April 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

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Coal museum sees future in solar; Trump does not

Did you catch this gem on CNN.com from April 6? “The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham, owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, is switching to solar power to save money....

DATE: April 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

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N.Y. college plan tries, fails to do good with government

Donald Trump sets the bar very high, but the award for the worst public policy idea of the year goes to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo presides over a state with a rich diversity of educational...

DATE: April 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

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The Financial CHOICE Act is needed to create jobs and opportunities for Americans

The months following the 2008 financial crisis were devastating for many Americans. Hardworking men and women lost their jobs, their savings, their pensions, and their homes. But instead of taking...

DATE: April 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

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Why don’t all jobs matter?

President Donald Trump is still promising to bring back coal jobs. But the underlying reasons for coal employment’s decline – automation, falling electricity demand, cheap natural gas,...

DATE: April 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

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Trump’s stunning foreign policy reversal is an overdue wake up call

WASHINGTON – The world is agog at Donald Trump’s head-snapping foreign policy reversal. He runs on a platform of America First. He renounces the role of world policeman. He excoriates parasitic...

DATE: April 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

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Publicity stunts do not add up to sound policy

Does anyone still remember the Carrier deal? Back in December, President-elect Donald Trump announced, triumphantly, that he had reached a deal with the air-conditioner manufacturer to keep 1,100...

DATE: April 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

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Why the natural gas industry opposes the BLM’s new “methane rule.”

At the end of 2016, the Bureau of Land Management adopted a controversial new rule, “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation,” also known as the “methane rule.”...

DATE: April 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed