The results of last week's hostage-taking off the coast of Somalia could not have been neater.The hostage, captain of a merchant ship that Somali pirates had attempted to hijack, had offered...

DATE: April 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Editorial Cartoon

DATE: April 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

City Council

Congratulations to new Durango city councilors Christina Thompson and Paul Broderick, and to returning councilor Doug Lyon. Thanks, as well, to Aaron Tucson for making the election a contest and...

DATE: April 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Spring, fall cleanups appreciated

The city of Durango's spring cleanup gets under way Monday, and the town will soon look the better for it. It is a well-used effort Durangoans should appreciate.Public Works Director Jack Rogers...

DATE: April 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Durango has terrific - and low-priced - soccer culture

The other day, I had lunch with some of Durango's local soccer gurus.We met to discuss improvements to the local youth soccer program. I happened to bring along the op-ed piece by local soccer...

DATE: April 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Slick & Dirty

A lot has happened since March 24, 1989. Some of us have lived entire lives in the 20 years since one of the worst ecological disasters in our nation's history.In Alaska's Prince William Sound,...

DATE: April 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Budget process shows need for change

As the Rockies begin the new baseball season in Denver, the Senate has begun debating the budget bill for next year. The first is definitely more fun than the second.The budget will come to the...

DATE: April 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

New thinking emphasizes an evolutionary basis for morality

Socrates talked. The assumption behind his approach to philosophy, and the approaches of millions of people since, is that moral thinking is mostly a matter of reason and deliberation: Think...

DATE: April 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns


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

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