Before more troops, we need a decent Afghan government

BERLIN – If President Barack Obama can find a way to balance the precise number of troops that will stabilize Afghanistan and Pakistan, without tipping America into a Vietnam there, then he indeed...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

Research in neuroscience reshaping views of how people interact

When you go to an academic conference you expect to see some geeks, gravitas and graying professors giving lectures.But the people who showed up at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society’s...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Obama missed chance to demonstrate mere mortality

This was Barack Obama’s chance. Here was an opportunity to cut himself free, in a stroke, from the baggage that’s weighed his presidency down – the implausible expectations, the utopian dreams, the...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

League of Women Voters examined the count of 2008 mail-in ballots

Did you mail in your vote last year, and was it counted? The League of Women Voters of La Plata County pursued the answer to this question earlier this year.Mailing in ballots – or voting early –...

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

Speak your mind

DATE: Oct. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Will women viewers turn off Letterman?

NEW YORK – David Letterman probably should care what women think about him – and not just his wife.His back-to-back scandals this year – a crude joke about Sarah Palin’s daughter and revelations...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

France and Hollywood notwithstanding, Polanski out of luck

WASHINGTON – In a 24/7 media world, one would have expected the story of Roman Polanski to last, oh, about 9½ minutes. He raped a girl, admitted it, fled the country before sentencing, was caught...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Local amenities

City of Durango and La Plata County officials met last Tuesday to discuss efforts in which both entities are involved – principally the Durango Public Library, senior services and the Humane...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Information gathering begins

October is here and students are back into the school routine. The leaves have changed and the temperatures are dropping. What else happens at this time of year? If you’re a state legislator in...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

The fallacy of self-selecting alternative health treatments

An opinion piece by Peter Koedt ("Alternative thinking," Herald, Aug. 16) expresses the belief that anyone with a little common sense can be their own health diagnostician, and can select...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Cautious optimism

In talks with the United States and other western nations, the government of Iran said Thursday that it would allow international inspection of its recently revealed uranium enrichment plant near...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Drug bust showed Durango wasn't isolated from world

Will Rogers observed that "Durango was out of the way and glad of it." But by the 1970s, it sat in the mainstream of America. For example, in the last week of August 1972, shocked Durangoans read...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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