Credit card reform

The U.S. Senate passed new limits on companies issuing credit cards Tuesday on a 90-5 vote. Resolution of some differences with the version already passed by the House is expected to come quickly...

DATE: May 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Simple steps may save many lives, if women are a priority

BO, Sierra Leone - On this trip through West Africa with my "win-a-trip" contest winner, I was reminded of one of the grimmest risks to human life here. Despite threats from warlords and exotic...

DATE: May 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Nicholas Kristof

Habitat deserves generous gift

In the economic climate that is challenging budgets at all levels, nonprofit organizations across the country are facing cutbacks in funding both from individual donors and foundations. With that...

DATE: May 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Tracking dropouts

A study released Thursday recognized several key indicators that can help identify students at risk of dropping out of high school. It is interesting information and probably useful, especially to...

DATE: May 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Education in Durango should include the outdoors

School is important; but for me, I have learned some of my greatest lessons outside.While my family raised me with an appreciation for the wilderness, I know many students lack the motivation or...

DATE: May 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Students on Point

Here's the Drill

Several recent letters and opinion pieces in the Herald have raised concerns about the deletion of a section in La Plata County's code that limited drilling on parcels of 10 acres or less.The...

DATE: May 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Study of Harvard students documents complexity of life

In the late 1930s, a group of 268 promising young men, including John F. Kennedy and Ben Bradlee, entered Harvard College. By any normal measure, they had it made. They tended to be bright,...

DATE: May 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Afghan war

The replacement of Gen. David McKiernan as the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan is an extraordinary development. What it says is that President Obama and his top commanders are serious about...

DATE: May 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

An ode to Mothers and Healers

The Sisters of Mercy arrived here by train in 1882. Ever since, nurses have cared for their friends and neighbors in the San Juan Basin - from birthing through dying.Nurses Week is celebrated May...

DATE: May 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Camps need to move forward

We can understand School District 9-R's reluctance to task its newly formed panel on sports camp procedures with investigating the charges made against Durango High School's soccer coach and the...

DATE: May 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

City-CDOT meeting

The city of Durango and the Colorado Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Durango Community Recreation Center to discuss the future of Camino del...

DATE: May 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Flu scare highlights the need for better health-care system

As swine flu spreads around the country, it's only appropriate that the next political donnybrook may concern health care.Vice President Joe Biden said a few days ago that for the second 100 days...

DATE: May 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Nicholas Kristof

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