Given how expensive health care is, and how many different prices there are for it, we are eager to see what a potential panel created by the Colorado's state Legislature can come up with. Dubbed...

DATE: April 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Higher education

In its struggles with the state budget, the Colorado Legislature has been grasping at straws. State law requires a balanced budget. As with every budget problem, this one has only two solutions:...

DATE: April 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

A look at what was on Durangoans' minds in 1967

Walter Cronkite ended his television evening news with a statement about events "altering and illuminating" people's lives. A generation ago, July 2, 1967, these were the events that truly did...

DATE: April 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Healthy partnership

Although advances in public health are credited with adding 25 of the 30 years of life expectancy gained in the 20th century, public health still suffers from an identity crisis.Everyone...

DATE: April 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Higher education shouldn't face $300M cut

The No. 1 thing the Legislature has to do every year is come up with a balanced state budget, and I don't think we are there yet. The Joint Budget Committee will present a balanced budget to the...

DATE: April 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

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

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