Opinion

Finance and the car companies are sideshows to Obama

WASHINGTON - Five minutes of explanation to James Madison, and he'll have a pretty good idea what a motorcar is (basically a steamboat on wheels; the internal combustion engine might take a few...

DATE: April 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Budget backfill

Facing a $1.5 billion budgetary shortfall over the next two years, Colorado lawmakers are scrambling to find ways to trim spending and backfill the budget with whatever resources are available. It...

DATE: April 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Hospitality dims doubts about the future of newspapers

Last week I wrote about attending a meeting of the Inter American Press Association in Asunción, Paraguay, and that group's efforts to defend freedom of the press throughout the Americas. That was...

DATE: April 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Bike rule fair to all

The Colorado House of Representatives on Monday passed a measure that recognizes what cyclists and drivers often fail to recognize: When it comes to who owns the road, everyone is right.Under...

DATE: April 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Tax credit

Many wage earners should now be receiving a slightly larger paycheck each week, thanks to a federal effort to help reverse the faltering economy. Unlike the billions that are stuck at the highest...

DATE: April 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

It is a wild life

So, a bobcat runs into a bar. ... That line sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but instead it was part of a legitimate news story out of Cottonwood, Ariz., last weekend, at the same time the...

DATE: March 31, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Help is on the way in Mexico's battle with drug cartels

SAN DIEGO - The intricacies of the Mexican drug war suggest that former dictator Porfirio Diaz was onto something with his memorable lament: "Poor Mexico, so far from God - and so close to the...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Regulating finance

The Obama administration, acting through Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, launched an effort Thursday to strengthen regulations governing the financial industry. And while critics were quick to...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Local teams achieve top honors

One of the things that attracts families to Durango is the large menu of opportunities offered for youths to develop new skills. These include outdoor pursuits, educational activities and athletic...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Economic crisis puts stress on political system

The American political system responds rather well to a national security threat.We're united, we identify the enemy, and we debate various strategies for countering the threat. However, we're...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Budget cuts are putting Legislature to the test

There was an abrupt and snowy end to the week at the Legislature with a heavy spring snowstorm hitting the Denver area. We were dismissed at noon Thursday and were told we wouldn't be meeting at...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Lift 8 delay makes sense

Given the sour economic climate, there are few businesses - or families for that matter - making large investments in capital improvements. In large part, that is because of a tight credit market...

DATE: March 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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