Durango real estate is glass half-full

The idea that Durango's real estate market is slow, with prices having backed off their peak, is hardly surprising. Quite a few "for sale" signs can be seen around town and a number of them have...

DATE: July 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Funding health care

We can be glad the current administration has put its shoulder behind creating health-insurance plans for most of the 40 million or so in this country who lack it, and reducing the cost of...

DATE: July 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Nightclub promoter's life transformed to clean water charity

People always ask, "What can I do to make a difference?"So many people in poor countries desperately need assistance. So many people in rich countries would like to help but fear their donations...

DATE: July 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Nicholas Kristof

Killings show true colors of 'border-watch' groups

SAN DIEGO - I can usually count on amusement from a band of border vigilantes and their Minuteman-tics.In April 2006, when Sen. John McCain dared unemployed union members to pick lettuce to...

DATE: July 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Lost in space

On Feb. 10, an event happened in space that many thought was statistically impossible. Just before noon Eastern Standard Time, two satellites collided 470 miles above Siberia at a combined velocity...

DATE: July 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Seen from the '70s, Durango's future looked bright

As Durango entered the decade of the 1970s, a group of residents talked about their town. Durango, like most of Colorado, had been growing and overall economically booming since the end of World...

DATE: July 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Against the Wind

Just then they came in sight of 30 or 40 windmills that rise from that plain. And no sooner did Don Quixote see them that he said to his squire, 'Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, 30 or 40...

DATE: July 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Congressional politics still reflect Clinton-era health defeat

Freud said we're forever changed by the traumas of our youth, and so it is with the Democrats and "Clintoncare."Even as you watch the leading Democrats today in their moment of glory, you still can...

DATE: July 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Looking at the population explosion in two different ways

Two friends recently sent me two magazine articles on human population. At first they appear to be conflicting, but,amazingly, I agree with parts of both. Both comment on recent demographic changes...

DATE: June 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Will Mousavi become the Yeltsin that Iran now needs?

WASHINGTON - Iran today is a revolution in search of its Yeltsin.Without leadership, demonstrators will take to the street only so many times to face tear gas, batons and bullets.They need a leader...

DATE: June 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Obama team's financial cures are not equal to its diagnosis

Would the Obama administration's plan for financial reform do what has to be done? Yes and no.Yes, the plan would plug some big holes in regulation. But as described, it wouldn't end the skewed...

DATE: June 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Obama too readily succumbs to old political games

This has been a tough week for the hopeful ones who believed President Obama's vow to break with the old politics. Every day, it seems, the president caved in to another Democratic interest group...

DATE: June 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

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