Opinion

Chris Park

The Herald has taken no editorial position as yet on the so-called Chris Park land exchange. But the importance of public involvement in public affairs and the necessity of hearing from everyone...

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

South Carolinian's outburst explains much about Obama opposition

WASHINGTON - The normally nonchalant Barack Obama looked nonplussed, as Nancy Pelosi glowered behind.Surrounded by middle-aged white guys - a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran...

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

Teed Off

The San Juan National Forest has proposed to exchange 265 acres of public land south of Haviland Lake near Chris Park Group Campground to the Glacier Club.Under Glacier Club ownership, it would be...

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

Obamacare

For some time now, Americans have been hearing critics complain about President Barack Obama's plan to reform the country's health-care system. One problem with that, however, is there has been no...

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

Americans have to own up to treatment of terror suspects

SAN DIEGO - I never knew how conservative I was until the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Or how liberal I was until John Ashcroft revealed his plans to prevent more attacks.So I was glad to...

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

States not waiting for reforms to capital punishment

"To kill for murder is a punishment incomparably worse than the crime itself. Murder by legal sentence is immeasurably more terrible than murder by brigands. Anyone murdered by brigands, whose...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: On the Law

Harris Sherman

When it comes to the land this state so cherishes, Colorado is going to have strong representation in the Obama administration. Thursday, the president named Harris Sherman to be under secretary of...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

FRAC Act a necessary step

Why the fuss about fracing and the Safe Drinking Water Act?In a recent column (Herald, Aug. 21), Christi Zeller, executive director of the La Plata County Energy Council, argued that state rules...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Openness White House visitors log made public

President Barack Obama has been in the news a lot this week, talking to students Tuesday and to the nation about health care Wednesday evening. But a much quieter development concerning the White...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

After Nixon pardon, Durango worried about growth, rising costs

On Monday morning, Sept. 9, 1974, Durangoans mulled over, discussed, and debated Sunday's pardon of disgraced former president Richard Nixon by then-President Gerald Ford.The Ford "honeymoon" was...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Past health problems need not be repeated in uranium mining

George Glasier, a local rancher in Montrose County with experience in previous uranium businesses, announced that he was planning to open a new uranium mill near Naturita to supply the rapidly...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

A drive down Memory Lane

A recent Associated Press story (Herald, Aug. 16) raised the question: "Is it the end of classic cars?"With the involvement of the government in vehicle design, the advent of the "econobox" and...

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

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