To really undermine America, keep present health-care system

Critics fret that health-care reform would undermine American family values, not least by convening somber death panels to wheel away Grandma as if she were Old Yeller.But peel away the emotions...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Nicholas Kristof

Kennedy's death highlights the lines dividing our two Americas

WASHINGTON - Reaction to Sen. Ted Kennedy's death suggests there really are two Americas. One side sees in Kennedy a liberal lion who fought for the greater good, the other sees a sinner lionized...

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

Tips on how to survive a heart attack in the high country

Live to cherish the memories.The state song was playing while I was driving to a trailhead in the high country, and one particular line keeps replaying in my mind. "He lost a friend, but kept the...

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

Preventing blackout

On July 25, La Plata County kicked off the visioning process for the update of its Comprehensive Plan with an all-day meeting, in which about 50 residents shared views about the past and present...

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

Constituent contact shapes work

As the summer winds down, I had a chance to take several days to go camping with my husband. It was my first break since last December, and I was ready to step away from the phone, computer and...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Children should not be used as props on reality television

In the beginning, "Jon & Kate Plus 8" had a sweet charm. The little ones would scamper and shout toddler things, as their harried parents tried to keep order.This was Americana for the 21st...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

Family farm a reminder of what is missing in today's food

YAMHILL, Ore. - On a summer visit back to the farm here where I grew up, I think I figured out the central problem with modern industrial agriculture. It's not just that it produces unhealthful...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Nicholas Kristof

Population points to limits in thorny issue of immigration

Immigration is an important part of the study of human population. It is a part that I have tried to ignore because Ihave strong, but conflicted, feelings about it. In December 2007, a large...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Looking forward, Durango must balance vision with vitality

The national economic crisis hit the city budget with all the subtlety of a jet that lost its engine.The forces that caused our municipal finances to soar for the last decade quit as disposable...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Capturing Carbon

The proposed Desert Rock coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico has encountered numerous roadblocks because of poor planning, inadequate analysis of adverse and cumulative environmental...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Denny's shooting

It is important to point out errors or mistakes made by police, prosecutors or the courts when they occur. But it is also heartening to see a case unfold in which everything appears to have...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Editorial cartoon

DATE: Aug. 16, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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