Opinion

I know firsthand about buried atomic-age dangers

In May, 1955, the U.S. Navy participated in a test of a nuclear depth charge 500 miles off the coast of San Diego. The explosion was powerful enough that a merchant ship leaving San Francisco Bay,...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Reverse shocking city rules on nonprofit funding

Fact: Nonprofit organizations enrich our community in many ways. During my hikes, I regularly meet new arrivals who have relocated to Durango. Almost invariably, we end up talking about the special...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Mike Johnston: No good answer to why-not-Hick

The only thing that surprises me about Mike Johnston’s decision to leave the U.S. Senate race is that it happened so quickly. The pool is now open for which candidate drops out next. I didn’t think...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Mike Littwin

Bring back the old, intriguing Elizabeth Warren

The most important campaign news of the summer was Elizabeth Warren’s surge. Early in the year, her campaign was in fifth place, with a mere 6% support. Now, she is rising toward the top, with Joe...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

In Hong Kong, playing tennis with gas grenades

HONG KONG – President Donald Trump has called the pro-democracy protests here “riots,” and China has in effect denounced participants as terrorists. Yet even when chaos reigns during clashes with...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

A surprising path from Zimbabwe to Ivy League

You’ve read a lot over the past year about kids who end up in the Ivy League because of their parents’ wealth and wiles, kids with obscene advantages. I’d like to introduce you to another kind of...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Opioids here not the huge problem you may think

The Durango Herald article “16 million pain pills: Southwest Colorado works to reverse epidemic ” (Aug. 11) caught my attention. I have been working in this community doing opioid-specific...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Nostalgia breeds derangement. Let’s move on.

In 2014, Peter Pomerantsev, a British journalist born in the Soviet Union, published “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” which drew on his years working in Russian television to describe...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Lessons at most progressive and American school

SEDONA, Ariz. – As a government official in World War II, Hamilton Warren was outraged to learn that a black colleague made half as much as his white peers. So, after the war, the wealthy Harvard...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Trump’s presidency not unfolding, it’s unraveling

WASHINGTON – Historians studying the Trump presidency will have a prodigious amount of material that demands examination but defies explanation. The president’s Aug. 21, half-hour, South Lawn press...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2019 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Not just a machine, he’s the Lamborghini of gaffes

WASHINGTON – There is no surer way to convince people you are going nuts than to stand in front of a crowd and announce that you are not going nuts. “I want to be clear: I’m not going nuts,” Joe...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2019 | COLUMN: Dana Milbank

Here’s how we’ll choose our next city manager

During a city council meeting on Aug. 20, City Manager Ron LeBlanc announced his retirement after almost 12 years of service. Although his announcement took City Council by surprise, we recognize...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

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