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

Ignition interlocks

As of Jan. 1, Colorado has a new law intended to crack down more on drunken driving. Among other provisions, it lengthens driver's-license suspensions for certain offenders, increases the cost to...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Legislature likely to again examine limits of Colorado water law

In Colorado, it is generally illegal for most people to capture and use rain water or snow melt coming off their roofs. To some, this may appear wrong-headed; isn't it efficient and sensible to use...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: On the Law

Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for local heroes

John Schwob is a local hero.John, who describes himself as 67 going on 11, started volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado about six years ago as a "study buddy." When he...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Legislature 2009

The Colorado Legislature began its 2009 session Wednesday, and the day began with the typical ceremony bestowed on opening day. But there was an injection of history-making too, as for the first...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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