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The time is right for health care for all

Please join your friends and neighbors for the Universal Health Coverage Day rally at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Buckley Park in Durango. Simultaneous rallies will be taking place all across...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Douthat: The baker and the empire

There are fine constitutional lawyers who can argue back and forth about the Masterpiece Cakeshop case the Supreme Court heard last week, which will determine whether a Christian baker can decline...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Krugman: The Republican war on children

Let me ask you a question; take your time in answering it. Would you be willing to take health care away from a thousand children with the bad luck to have been born into low-income families so...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

The GOP is harming every cause it used to serve

A lot of good, honorable Republicans used to believe there was a safe middle ground. You didn’t have to tie yourself hip to hip with Donald Trump, but you didn’t have to go all the way to the other...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Animal welfare: A feel-good tale for the season, the humane society needs our help

Right out of the Twelve Days of Christmas “La Plata County Animal Protection seized one cat, one duck, two chickens, three cows, seven sheep, 13 dogs, 17 pigs and 61 goats,” the story read (Herald,...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Find some way to honor old pine tree

There’s a hole in our hearts and a hole in the sky at the north end of town. A grand old ponderosa was just cut down by the city. Apparently they deemed it necessary to remove this “hazard” after...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Aichele: 2017 taxes due in January may be paid now

It is the end of the year, 2017. The county Treasurer’s office is busy with phone calls and emails from taxpayers. There are many “balls in the air” right now in determining just what your property...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Thomas: Looking to the future of Fort Lewis College

I’d like to offer an update about the budget situation at Fort Lewis College. As a campus community, we want to be proactive as we look ahead to the future. At the Board of Trustees meeting on Dec....

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Beck: Net neutrality – New rules will allow ISPs to enhance profits, restrict competition

Occasionally, I read something that impresses me with its Orwellian coupling of focus group-tested clichés and misleading claims. This happened recently when Ajit Pai, former Verizon lawyer and...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Kenna: When can you swear on television and the radio?

A few years ago, I started noticing the “s” word being spoken by characters on television shows during prime time. How is that allowed I wondered? I know as a volunteer radio disc jockey I’m not...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Wild West: Errant cow at a gas well no reason to increase requirements

Given the number of squirrels that trigger power line break-downs, or the trouble raccoons can cause, it was probably inevitable that a cow would trigger a leak at a gas well head in La Plata...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Schultz: Time Magazine gets it right – we have changed

It’s that sleeved elbow in the Time cover photo – the one attached to an unidentified woman sitting to the right – that magnifies the message. Five elegant women – actress Ashley Judd, singer...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed