Afghan war

The replacement of Gen. David McKiernan as the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan is an extraordinary development. What it says is that President Obama and his top commanders are serious about...

DATE: May 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

An ode to Mothers and Healers

The Sisters of Mercy arrived here by train in 1882. Ever since, nurses have cared for their friends and neighbors in the San Juan Basin - from birthing through dying.Nurses Week is celebrated May...

DATE: May 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Camps need to move forward

We can understand School District 9-R's reluctance to task its newly formed panel on sports camp procedures with investigating the charges made against Durango High School's soccer coach and the...

DATE: May 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

City-CDOT meeting

The city of Durango and the Colorado Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Durango Community Recreation Center to discuss the future of Camino del...

DATE: May 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Flu scare highlights the need for better health-care system

As swine flu spreads around the country, it's only appropriate that the next political donnybrook may concern health care.Vice President Joe Biden said a few days ago that for the second 100 days...

DATE: May 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Nicholas Kristof

Supreme Court Obama needs to choose carefully

With the news that Supreme Court Justice David Souter will retire next month, speculation about the president's first pick has zipped into high gear. Conservatives fear a sharp move to the left,...

DATE: May 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Electoral College

While the existence of the Electoral College provides the very real possibility of the seating of a presidential candidate who did not win the popular vote, it is a counterbalance that has its...

DATE: May 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Congratulations, FLC graduates

In two ceremonies Saturday morning, Fort Lewis College conferred degrees on 560 graduates, sending them into the world with a quality education. The school and the students it produced deserve...

DATE: May 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Not all is WELL

In the past, La Plata County worked well with both landowners and the gas industry to resolve land-use conflicts. County regulations balanced the rights of surface owners and mineral owners to...

DATE: May 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Session ending with lingering budget concerns

Like the Energizer Bunny, the Legislature keeps going and going and going.Earlier, it was predicted we'd be done by May 1, but that's not to be. We have three possible days left, and then we'll be...

DATE: May 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Collaborative effort produces good water law

There are not many days left in the current legislative session with adjournment scheduled for Wednesday.The budget finally is done, and all the bills that I was the prime sponsor on are finished....

DATE: May 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Joe Biden

In picking the famously loquacious Joe Biden as his running mate, Barack Obama caused many to question his judgment. While obviously bright, and relatively untainted by scandal, the veteran senator...

DATE: May 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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