East Fork Ranch

Terrorists, economic crises and politics notwithstanding, the year 2009 ends on a high note for Southwest Colorado withnews that the East Fork Ranch will be protected by conservation easements. The...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Health care

There is a lot to dislike in the House and Senate versions of the health-care legislation that the Democrats aredetermined to merge and approve before the end of the year. Partisanship can be...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Schools - Kids = Cuts

 I am a parent of four children, a former school board member, and I have a deep and profound appreciation forquality education.As the person responsible for compiling the School District 9-R...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Merry Christmas

Southwest Colorado is made for Christmas. The combination of snow-capped peaks and the impossibly blue skies makes thisas beautiful a place as any on Earth. And there is nothing like small-town...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Taxing the Net End handicap for hometown merchants

As the Christmas shopping season draws to a close, Congress should adopt a New Year's resolution to revisit the idea oftaxing Internet purchases. Web retailers no longer need a government subsidy...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Bomb threats Schools'

It is a shame that anyone needs such skills, but in these times, people at all levels in public institutions need to bewell-versed in responding to threats of all sorts. When someone called in a...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

It's all about jobs

uring recent meetings with La Plata County commissioners and staff, I was struck with their relative unfamiliarity withthe Durango Industrial Development Foundation. While we've never been a flashy...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Tort reform Udall

Thursday, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall introduced an amendment to the health-care-reform bill aimed at reducing the cost ofmedical-malpractice lawsuits. It is neither a panacea nor partisan...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Ballot madness

Colorado's initiative process is once again the preferred tool for nihilists who oppose all public institutions. Thereare already three such measures approved for the 2010 ballot. All three should...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

LEED Measures Up

Green building. Sustainable design. High- performance building. All of these names have been used to describe themultidisciplinary field that results in buildings with healthy indoor environments...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Legislative program

Tuesday, the Durango City Council will have a chance to vote on a proposal called the city's legislative program. Thecouncil should reject it. City councilors face enough problems right now without...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Obama in Oslo An eloquent defense of U.S. policy and goals

President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with his trademark eloquence Thursday. It was probably not thespeech either his supporters or detractors had expected. It was instead the one...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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