Opinion

California

California is facing a budget deficit of more than $20 billion with no immediate solution. Its real problem, however, is not so much fiscal as political.Colorado voters can learn from our...

DATE: May 24, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Bright Idea

This year marks the 70th anniversary of an important event in Western Colorado: the first annual meeting of the Gunnison County Electric Association.The group had only 116 members when it started...

DATE: May 24, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

CEO study argues against D.C.'s involvement in business

Should CEOs read novels?The question seems to answer itself. After all, CEOs work with people all day. Novel-reading should give them greater psychological insight, a feel for human relationships,...

DATE: May 20, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Credit card reform

The U.S. Senate passed new limits on companies issuing credit cards Tuesday on a 90-5 vote. Resolution of some differences with the version already passed by the House is expected to come quickly...

DATE: May 20, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Simple steps may save many lives, if women are a priority

BO, Sierra Leone - On this trip through West Africa with my "win-a-trip" contest winner, I was reminded of one of the grimmest risks to human life here. Despite threats from warlords and exotic...

DATE: May 19, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Habitat deserves generous gift

In the economic climate that is challenging budgets at all levels, nonprofit organizations across the country are facing cutbacks in funding both from individual donors and foundations. With that...

DATE: May 17, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Tracking dropouts

A study released Thursday recognized several key indicators that can help identify students at risk of dropping out of high school. It is interesting information and probably useful, especially to...

DATE: May 17, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Here's the Drill

Several recent letters and opinion pieces in the Herald have raised concerns about the deletion of a section in La Plata County's code that limited drilling on parcels of 10 acres or less.The...

DATE: May 17, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Study of Harvard students documents complexity of life

In the late 1930s, a group of 268 promising young men, including John F. Kennedy and Ben Bradlee, entered Harvard College. By any normal measure, they had it made. They tended to be bright,...

DATE: May 13, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Afghan war

The replacement of Gen. David McKiernan as the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan is an extraordinary development. What it says is that President Obama and his top commanders are serious about...

DATE: May 13, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

An ode to Mothers and Healers

The Sisters of Mercy arrived here by train in 1882. Ever since, nurses have cared for their friends and neighbors in the San Juan Basin - from birthing through dying.Nurses Week is celebrated May...

DATE: May 10, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Camps need to move forward

We can understand School District 9-R's reluctance to task its newly formed panel on sports camp procedures with investigating the charges made against Durango High School's soccer coach and the...

DATE: May 6, 2009 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed