Opinion

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

Regulating finance

The Obama administration, acting through Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, launched an effort Thursday to strengthen regulations governing the financial industry. And while critics were quick to...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Local teams achieve top honors

One of the things that attracts families to Durango is the large menu of opportunities offered for youths to develop new skills. These include outdoor pursuits, educational activities and athletic...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Economic crisis puts stress on political system

The American political system responds rather well to a national security threat.We're united, we identify the enemy, and we debate various strategies for countering the threat. However, we're...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Budget cuts are putting Legislature to the test

There was an abrupt and snowy end to the week at the Legislature with a heavy spring snowstorm hitting the Denver area. We were dismissed at noon Thursday and were told we wouldn't be meeting at...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Lift 8 delay makes sense

Given the sour economic climate, there are few businesses - or families for that matter - making large investments in capital improvements. In large part, that is because of a tight credit market...

DATE: March 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Latin Americans give new meaning to freedom of the press

Like everyone involved with newspapers, I consider myself a supporter of freedom of the press. But earlier this month, I met some people for whom that has a meaning far beyond anything that has...

DATE: March 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

AIG bonuses

The knives were out in Congress last week as members of the House of Representatives piled on American International Group's management for approving about $156 million in bonuses, and for the...

DATE: March 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

City Council

Having four candidates running for three seats on the Durango City Council is both fortuitous and awkward. It benefits the voters because it forces an election with the attendant discussion of...

DATE: March 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Pay to Play: What price success

When high school athletes pay their coach thousands of dollars, we have to ask, "What is the price for success?"By the time a soccer player is a senior, he can expect to pay $2,200 during his high...

DATE: March 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Warmer temperatures threaten Colorado's farm water

My great-grandfather moved to Kiowa County from Illinois and began our family's ties to rural Colorado in the late 1800s. Modern technology has changed our lives and most certainly how we work the...

DATE: March 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

No real surprises in economic news

 The state's economic forecast was just delivered to the Legislature and there were no real surprises that I could see. These are tough times and the numbers bear that out. From what I know from...

DATE: March 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

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