Getting the county land use code right is critical

Don’t look now, but summer suddenly disappeared on us. With cool mornings and evenings beckoning the coming fall foliage, jumping in leaf piles and sipping apple cider are replacing summer time...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

The time has come to stop calling Trump a racist

WASHINGTON – President Trump is a horrendous racist. And it’s time for Democrats to stop calling him one. Substantial evidence shows that labeling Trump “racist” backfires against Democrats. It...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 minutes ago | COLUMN: Dana Milbank

The Trump administration is throttling the BLM

WASHINGTON – This is how the Trump administration goes about the quiet business of incapacitating the U.S. government. President Trump spent his summer making war on Denmark, sending an imaginary...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2019 | COLUMN: Dana Milbank

Relocating bears won’t solve problem of people

The bear came in the afternoon. Having learned that neighborhoods contained a bounty of high-calorie foods, the bear had abandoned its natural wariness of people in exchange for easy meals. Bird...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Mercy and Centura are focused on their mission

For 137 years, Mercy Regional Medical Center has provided quality, comprehensive medical care to Durango and the surrounding communities. We have been recognized as one of the “100 Great Community...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Colorado GOP is on a lengthening losing streak

Everyone knew, and many predicted, that the effort to recall Gov. Jared Polis effort would end not just in failure, but in spectacular failure. But what I didn’t predict was that the Dismiss Polis...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 4 hours ago | COLUMN: Mike Littwin

As the world’s most successful political party ends

NEW YORK – Britain’s Tories are arguably the most successful political party of the modern age. The Conservatives have ruled Britain for nearly 60 of the 90 years since 1929 (the country’s first...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Fareed Zakaria

It’s the age of American despair – can we fix it?

Last week, CNN devoted seven hours of programming to climate change, bringing the leading Democratic candidates onstage to grill them on the issue. I have no complaints about the decision, but I...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Ross Douthat

Fed shouldn’t pick a fight with President Trump

WASHINGTON – ”To the barricades.” That’s one way to characterize Bill Dudley’s idea that the Federal Reserve fight off President Trump’s attacks. It’s a bad idea, but it also shows the defects of...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2019 | COLUMN: Robert Samuelson

I know firsthand about buried atomic-age dangers

In May, 1955, the U.S. Navy participated in a test of a nuclear depth charge 500 miles off the coast of San Diego. The explosion was powerful enough that a merchant ship leaving San Francisco Bay,...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Reverse shocking city rules on nonprofit funding

Fact: Nonprofit organizations enrich our community in many ways. During my hikes, I regularly meet new arrivals who have relocated to Durango. Almost invariably, we end up talking about the special...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Mike Johnston: No good answer to why-not-Hick

The only thing that surprises me about Mike Johnston’s decision to leave the U.S. Senate race is that it happened so quickly. The pool is now open for which candidate drops out next. I didn’t think...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Mike Littwin

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