Something to cheer about

I've always believed that public schools are the gateway to the future, and should serve as the glue that holds acommunity together. After working in suburban and urban schools for nearly 20...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Green & Greed

Regardless of whether you're a healthy skeptic or a true believer in terms of immediate environmental peril, we shouldseriously scrutinize any organization that hides behind a green façade in order...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Lawmakers can learn from council

October was a busy month for me with the final meeting for the hospice and palliative care interim committee.I'll be carrying three bills resulting from the work of that committee, which focused on...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

New state senator readies for session start in January

In July, Sen. Jim Isgar left the Colorado Senate to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Colorado director for rural development. He was one of the longest-serving senators, and it's...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Bridging the gap to achieve a healthy local community

Durango could possibly be considered one of the greatest places to live. It's a small town with an active community nestled in a beautiful location, which is precisely why so many of us have...

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

Thanksgiving '73 came at a time of great change

Durangoans paused in 1973 to enjoy a holiday and "crammed" themselves with turkey and all the holiday "goodies." Then they could sit back and enjoy football, friendship or just take a nap. Maybe...

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

More cuts

On Wednesday, Gov. Bill Ritter presented his latest plan to cope with Colorado's still-unfolding budget crisis. This move was necessitated by the most recent revenue forecast, which showed the...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

China's currency policy threatens to worsen world economy

Senior monetary officials usually talk in code. So when Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, spoke recently about Asia, international imbalances and the financial crisis, he didn’t...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

County Crunch

The sobering news of budget cuts, layoffs and furloughs in state government and at the city of Durango has caused a number of folks to ask me how La Plata County has managed to avoid the “budget...

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

Copenhagen conference holds hope for action on climate change

Governing a single nation is complex, but building agreement among 200 diverse countries is a monumental task. Getting those nations to solve a global problem, which affects each country...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Population Matters

GOP walked into smear

WASHINGTON – Picking one’s battles has never been trickier, especially if you’re a member of the benighted Republican Party.So the question is this: Do you support rape?And, of course, no one...

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

Bicycle riders and motorists

Most motorists courteously and safely share the roads with cyclists, but then there are all the obnoxious others, the ones who fill with rage when they see anybody on a bicycle on the road...

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

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