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LUC Redux: Met by heavy criticism, land use code proposal has sparked healthy debates

It is the local issue of 2018, no doubt about it. And from every corner of La Plata County, folks are writing letters to the editor, packing our inbox as full as it was before the November 2016...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

FLC can rebound if it shakes old practices

Perhaps the biggest issue facing Fort Lewis at the moment is administrative bloat. The proportion of the budget spent on faculty and staff that work directly with students has steadily decreased in...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Sullivan: Can a top editor save local news back home?

Robyn Tomlin remembers, all too well, the high school teacher who tried to persuade her to drop out of school. “She basically told me I didn’t belong there anymore,” Tomlin said. Instead, Tomlin...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

SOTU: Trump’s first state of the union full of proposals, but short on specifics

President Donald Trump rightly boasted of the economic bump the changes to the tax code are creating, and identified some areas of focus for his administration. But his continued ill-founded...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

The story behind the Snowdown slogan

I thought Herald readers might enjoy a bit of backstory on why Snowdown is called “Durango’s Cabin Fever Reliever.” In 1990, I had 2-year-old twin boys and was pregnant with our daughter. I read a...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Friedman: Can crazy still keep the peace between Israel and Iran?

AT THE SYRIAN BORDER, Golan Heights — Who knew that the future of warfare would present itself with such serene beauty — like one of those warm 19th-century David Roberts’ landscapes of the Middle...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Rampell: Trump’s immigration ‘compromise’ is a trick

WASHINGTON – The White House’s immigration plan is not a “compromise.” It’s not a “generous” deal for Democrats, and it’s not full of “concessions.” It’s a sleight of hand designed to help the far...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Nofles: Congress should act so seniors get the care they need

Strokes, surgeries, and trauma from falls or other injuries sometimes result in patients needing extensive care by physical, occupational or speech therapists. But because of inaction by Congress,...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Brooks: The precious and potent power of human touch

In 1945, Austrian physician René Spitz investigated an orphanage that took extra care to make sure its infants were not infected with disease. The children received first-class nutrition and...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

A Black Tie Affair: Durango pulls together again for Snowdown, the best party of the year

The best part about Snowdown is, well, that there are so many parts. Over 154 events, to be exact. That guarantees there is something for everyone – families, kids, dogs and cats included. There...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Important information on property taxes

La Plata County property tax notices were printed and mailed last week. After printing, our software vendor informed all Colorado treasurers that there was a bug in the system that used the old...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Editorial cartoon

DATE: Jan. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorial Cartoons