Opinion

Tear up the economics textbooks and start over!

WASHINGTON – Harvard professor N. Gregory Mankiw is one of the most influential economists in the United States. But the 61-year-old’s authority does not stem from advancing an arcane scholarly...

DATE: July 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Southern Utes can protect wildlife corridors

Protecting wildlife migration corridors has become one of the hottest topics in the conservation movement. But the idea actually goes back thousands of years to when indigenous peoples had great...

DATE: June 30, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

We’re more than OK with community support

Many years ago, our son Dave wrote a letter to the editor of the Herald about the importance of community. As I remember, he praised the new benches in downtown Durango as a way to promote...

DATE: June 29, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Animas River Trail a glorious work in progress

What a wonderful time of year to be in Durango! City council has worked hard throughout June and made significant progress on a number of important projects. I’m very optimistic that our efforts...

DATE: June 29, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Fake meat will save us from climate change

I plopped down in the sports bar last week to watch World Cup soccer and eat my first fake meat burger. I don’t mean to slight the surging U.S. women’s team, but the plant-based protein slab made...

DATE: June 27, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Maybe, at long last, China is the paper tiger

NEW YORK – Two weeks ago, according to organizers, about 2 million people marched in a Chinese city to protest an extradition bill that they labeled Chinese “tyranny.” If accurate, it would mean...

DATE: June 26, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

What ‘Chernobyl’ teaches us about Donald Trump

I binge-watched HBO’s “Chernobyl” this week. It made me think of Donald Trump. My Trump Derangement Syndrome has not spiked to on the ideological dosimeter. And no, I don’t think of the Trump...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

I want to live in Elizabeth Warren’s America

It’s early, but this much is true: Elizabeth Warren is running the most impressive presidential campaign in ages, certainly the most impressive campaign within my lifetime. I don’t mean that the...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

We could always just sink the pirate ships of Iran

On April 14, 1988, the USS Samuel B. Roberts, a frigate, hit an Iranian naval mine while sailing in the Persian Gulf. The explosion injured 10 of her crew and nearly sank the ship. Four days later,...

DATE: June 23, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Pine River Library is a gem that needs your help

As a property-owning, tax-paying citizen of Bayfield who also works at the library, I’m offering information and personal experience for consideration by my fellow citizens (“Bayfield library might...

DATE: June 22, 2019 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Responses to disaster reflect county’s key values

The contrast between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019 could not be more stark. As of June 1, snowpack in the Animas River Basin is 1,493% of the median. Last year on the same day, it was 0%. This...

DATE: June 21, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Harvard is choosing the wrong path to wisdom

Over the past year and a half, the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have handled themselves with a fervor and commitment that has, most of the time, inspired...

DATE: June 20, 2019 | COLUMN: David Brooks

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