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Obama's economic policies reach far beyond the economy

We've all heard liberal speeches on the economy. The central concern is inequality. Power and wealth tend to concentrate at the top of society, so government must stand as a countervailing power....

DATE: April 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Downtown Clerk

Those who are opposing moving the county clerk's office from the courthouse to Bodo Industrial park have many of the same reasons - feet.Many of the attorneys, real estate agents and lenders who...

DATE: April 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Celebrate Earth Day today

With the sun shining warmly in Durango, today provides an excellent opportunity to appreciate the environment that surrounds town and integrates with our daily lives.Since 1970, April 22 has been a...

DATE: April 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns


An interesting juxtaposition occurred last week between tea-party protests, many of which had an element decrying "taxation without representation," and the struggles of the Colorado Legislature to...

DATE: April 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Colleges dodge funding bullet

Higher education earned a welcome reprieve this week when lawmakers looked elsewhere to make the required $300 million in cuts to the coming budget. The breathing room keeps colleges and...

DATE: April 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

LPEA candidates

There are two contested seats in this year's La Plata Electric Association board election. The election will occur in May rather than in September so any change in association governance comes...

DATE: April 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Pain and responsibility teach hard, but effective, lessons

High school is a time for learning, but we all knew that.We learn about how to write, how to graph and how the world works. We also learn much more important things in school: We learn how to make...

DATE: April 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Students on Point

Common Ground

"Share the Trails" is not a new idea. In the book about global leadership, All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, author Robert Fulghum ranks sharing first as a basic skill for...

DATE: April 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Respectful debate leads to agreement about budget

It's great to be home for a short weekend to take a breather from the state Capitol buzz saw. With another heavy spring snowstorm hitting Denver, I didn't know if I'd make it, but I knew I wanted...

DATE: April 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Sentence reductions Incarceration rates worth examining

Nearly $700 million of Colorado's budget will be spent this year on prisons in the state - accounting for 8.8 percent of the general fund. That is a significant line item for a service that is both...

DATE: April 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Cuban embargo

In 1959, Frank Sinatra won a Grammy award, Charlton Heston starred in "Ben Hur," Alaska and Hawaii became states and President Eisenhower met with Nikita Khrushchev at Camp David. Fidel Castro also...

DATE: April 16, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Obama's Mexico visit will revolve around familiar issues

SAN DIEGO - Change is the buzzword on both sides of the border. But how much has really changed?Twenty years ago, when President George H.W. Bush hosted President Carlos Salinas de Gortari at the...

DATE: April 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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