Sustainability efforts speak well for our community

It's exciting to see how our community has embraced local initiatives to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and La Plata County is working hard to do its part.La Plata County's...

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

Novel tells story about the Great War

Two years ago, a friend gave me a book, A Soldier of the Great War - a large, weighty novel of 860 pages by Mark Helprin. I'm not sure if my friend had read it. She never said.Blurbs on the back...

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

Alternative thinking

In her dire warning about the dangers of alternative cancer treatments ("No miracle cure found for cancer patients," Herald, June 15), Associated Press medical writer Marilynn Marchione alerts us...

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

Clinton and Korea

Former President Bill Clinton's mission to North Korea was remarkable in its success and in its execution - all the more so because of the characters involved. With the egos assembled for this...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

From CSU to you: State budget crisis could affect 4-H youths

When we were engaged, my wife never made me choose between her and the guns I own, but I'm sure it crossed her mind. Like the good Christian she is, she abhors violence, and growing up in suburbia...

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

Yellow Ribbon

The federal government has expanded the Post-9/11 GI bill to give veterans greater flexibility in the colleges and universities that they wish to attend. Now, private institutions, which...

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

American kids are raised far too disconnected from nature

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. - While backpacking here with my 11-year-old daughter, I kept thinking of something tragic: So few kids these days know what happens when you lick a big, yellow banana slug.My...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Nicholas Kristof

Editorial cartoon

DATE: Aug. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Loss of rail service a dual issue for Durango in '60s

On Aug. 1, 1969, Colorado Day, the state was going to celebrate its 93rd birthday. Durangoans, however, had something more important on their minds that day than a birthday. As The Durango Herald's...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Justice should be served

Supreme Court confirmations are a good time to reflect on some basic precepts of our "separation of powers" system of government.Like previous nominees, Sonia Sotomayor faced the Senate Judiciary...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Time right to listen, act on health reform

As many people enjoy what is left of summer, the politics of health-care reform is working into a froth. While the states will be impacted greatly by what, if anything, passes in Washington, D.C.,...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Pakistani girl's experience gives her fury to fight, not shame

MEERWALA, Pakistan - After being kidnapped at the age of 16 by a group of thugs and enduring a year of rapes and beatings, Assiya Rafiq was delivered to the police and thought her problems were...

DATE: July 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Nicholas Kristof

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