Dave Marston: Drought moves Colorado toward water speculation

There’s a concept called “demand management” in the news in Colorado, and here’s a simple definition: Landowners get paid to temporarily stop irrigating, and that water gets sent downstream to hang...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 minutes ago | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Jennifer Senior: Biden is old. That’s a good thing.

When Joe Biden is sworn in on Inauguration Day, he will be 78, the oldest president to take the oath of office since the birth of our republic. No shortage of observers on the left and the right...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Chairman’s Note: Herald has a new editorial page editor

Veteran journalist Hollis Walker has joined the Herald as its editorial page editor. Walker has journalism degrees from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and wrote and edited for nine...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Third term of the Obama presidency

Barack Obama – his policies and his posture – just won a third term. Joe Biden will be president because of his close association with Obama, because he espoused many of the same centrist...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Find social connections to overcome loneliness

When stay-at-home restrictions, physical distancing and masking became important for reducing transmission of COVID-19, we all learned something about loneliness and the importance of our social...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Update to comedy comparison of debate

On second thought, what I should have said about the Trump-Biden debate (Letters, Sept. 30) was we have a new act for a comedy routine on TV. Not Abbot and Costello, but the Smothers Brothers, live...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Colorado bucks partisanship to deliver Amendment B

By Kent Thiry, Michael Johnston and Joe Zimlich In 2003, Colorado voters were asked to repeal the state’s so-called Gallagher Amendment. Gallagher’s approach to property taxes was already starting...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 8 hours ago | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Our View: More self-expression, better behavior

A big to-do was made recently of a group of Miller Middle School students who organized a climate change rally and march downtown after school. Some ended up making what were described as “vulgar...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 8 hours ago | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Reducing occupancy won’t reduce virus spread

Just finished reading your article on San Juan Basin Public Health reducing the capacity to 25% occupancy at businesses. I would like the SJBPH to show me proof that the spread of the virus has...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Our View: Back to school will require sacrifice

This fall, nearly every local student – at Fort Lewis College or in 9-R schools – had an option to learn in person. Nationally, only 19% of districts offered a full in-person option and less than...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Letter: Porter-Norton expresses gratitude

Dear Durango Herald editors: I would like to thank the voters for selecting me as the next La Plata County commissioner from District 2. Thank you to the people who voted for me. It was a close...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 22 hours ago | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Letters: Grocers should enforce mask mandate

The voters have spoken. They rejected Trump’s dangerous anti-science rhetoric, especially here in Colorado and La Plata County. It’s time now for local grocery stores to enforce the mask mandate...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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