' I was there'

A white eight-by-six invitation bordered in silver read: "The honor of your presence is requested at the ceremonies attending the Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Budget measures will be challenging this year

Good morning from the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. You may not get this in the morning, but I'm writing it Saturday morning from my office in the state Capitol.Having a private office is one...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Cost weighs on all decisions in legislative session

We're heading into the third week of the session, and already it's a year much different than the others. The obvious concern for me, and many others, is the budget. The unavoidable backdrop behind...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

City boards

With the stated goal of enhancing efficiency and easing the city staff's workload, the Durango City Council is considering a plan to reduce the number of city advisory boards and commissions. It is...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns


There is not much doubt this country has more problems than one man can fix. Whether Barack Obama, as the 44th president of the United States of America, can fix any of them remains to be seen....

DATE: Jan. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

DMR should throw locals more significant bones

Ever since I can remember, my family and I have bought season passes to Durango Mountain Resort - until this year.Instead, we drove four hours to Albuquerque in order to get the best possible deal...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Gas here, gas now!

On a hot day in Denver last August, during the Democratic National Convention, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touted the Democrats' plan for dealing with the energy crisis.Her party, she said, would...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Reassignments have silver lining

The first week of the session began with unpacking and settling in.Along with the routine, though, came a pretty big jolt for me Monday, when I got a call from the Minority Leader letting me know...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Flight 1549

Congratulations to US Airways, New York City's rescue workers, and above all, the crew of Flight 1549 for giving the nation exactly what it needs right now - a healthy shot of good news.That all...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Get vaccinated for whooping cough

School District 9-R has reported a case of pertussis - aka whooping cough - in a student at Riverview School. The sick child is out of school and being treated, but San Juan Basin Health Department...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns


The post-election change of power in the White House is a reminder of how it should be done.President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama are talking about the nation's economic crisis...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Violence in Gaza is a reflection of Boomerang Syndrome

At a time when Israel is bombing Gaza to try to smash Hamas, it's worth remembering that Israel itself helped nurture Hamas.When Hamas was founded in 1987, Israel was concerned mostly with Yasser...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Nicholas Kristof

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