Plan for Rico-West Dolores is an avoidable disaster

By Monday is the final extended comment deadline for the Rico-West Dolores Travel Management Plan Draft Environmental Assessment. This process laudably requires the Forest Service to designate and...

DATE: June 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Colorado first: Pilot program to allow 'harvesting' precipitation

Colorado follows the doctrine of prior appropriation when it comes to water use. In other words, Colorado is a "first in time is first in right" state. This means that those who apply first for...

DATE: June 14, 2009 | COLUMN: On the Law

With Sotomayor, the GOP is becoming the party of victims

SAN DIEGO - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is angry at Democrats for speeding up the start of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings - to July 13."They want the shortest confirmation...

DATE: June 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

A Win-Win Goal

As the Herald reported on June 8, negotiations are under way for renewal of the long-standing recreational partnership between Fort Lewis College and the city of Durango.This wonderful partnership...

DATE: June 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Predicting electricity prices from cap and trade will be difficult

The American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009, better known as the Waxman-Markey bill, emerged from the House Energy and Commerce Committee on May 15. This complex 932-page legislation has been...

DATE: June 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

The right to bear qualms

When I was 11 years old, I papered the walls of my bedroom with pages from gun catalogs. It was an attempt to convince my father that I really wanted a gun. He eventually gave in when I was 12 or...

DATE: June 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

'60s,'70s brought dawn of parks and open space

As the 1960s ended and the 1970s began, Durango looked to open space and parks as a way to preserve the community's "quality of life."Despite having had parks since 1880, pressure was building for...

DATE: June 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Return to Durango allows time to reconnect in district

We ended the 2009 legislative session a month ago, and I moved back home soon after. I couldn't get Denver to recede fast enough in my rear view mirror this year. It was a difficult session, partly...

DATE: June 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Plan ahead for travel

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the federal government has done much to tighten rules for travelers entering the United States and making their way around the...

DATE: June 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Community colleges

With the absorption of San Juan Basin Technical College, Pueblo Community College's increased presence in Southwest Colorado will result in higher educational standards and more value for students...

DATE: June 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Obama plan for GM won't change problematic corporate culture

On Jan. 21, 1988, a General Motors executive named Elmer Johnson wrote a brave and prophetic memo. Its main point was contained in this sentence: "We have vastly underestimated how deeply ingrained...

DATE: June 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Sotomayor's nomination to court is a thrill

I was thrilled with the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. She provides such an impressive trail of judicial experience, she adds to the huge need for diversity on the court,...

DATE: June 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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