Opinion

Our View: Threat of authoritarianism is real

This week, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who came to power in 2010 with his Fidesz Party, has taken over the country’s universities and placed them and academic freedom in the hands of...

DATE: April 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Decline to sign animal cruelty ballot initiative

Within the space of just five weeks, we find ourselves again defending Colorado ranchers and farmers against an irrational political salvo (March 19, “Governor blunders with ‘MeatOut Day’...

DATE: April 27, 2021 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Our View: Bill would hinder public’s right to know

A bill motivated by good intentions that will cause serious damage to governmental transparency is wending its way through the state House of Representatives. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Weissman of...

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Finance director’s case soon will be finalized

In a few weeks, Julie Brown, the city of Durango’s former finance director, will appear in district court again, this time for a final reconsideration of her sentence for embezzling more than...

DATE: April 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: COVID-19 state restrictions: lifted too soon?

At the end of last week, Gov. Jared Polis lifted statewide COVID-19 restrictions and left decisions about continued restrictions up to local county public health directors. On its surface, that...

DATE: April 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Durango’s unsheletered are us

Recently, we received a letter to the editor in which the author claimed that most people who are homeless in Durango are from “somewhere else” and should go back there. We heard the echo of the...

DATE: April 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: D&SNGR, Rockwood residents should jointly resolve issues

Who would have thought that our iconic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad would cause such a stink? But things have gotten really stinky up in Rockwood. The railroad has instituted three...

DATE: April 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Health care bill steps in the right direction

Coloradans – and especially rural Southwest Coloradans – are in trouble when it comes to health care costs. Before the pandemic, about 11.2% of people in Southwest Colorado couldn’t afford medical...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Durango Mesa bike park races forward

While everyone’s been bandying about the phrase “sustainable tourism” like it’s the solution to all our town’s woes – and secretly wondering what sustainable tourism really means – Durango Mesa...

DATE: April 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Lodgers tax vote sends signals on tourism marketing

Durango City Council election results and the approval of an increased lodgers tax, based on preliminary results tallied earlier this week, affirmed the community’s concern for a healthy business...

DATE: April 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: FLC’s Grub Hub models how to help others

Perhaps one in three U.S. college students was experiencing food insecurity – not having reliable access to food – before COVID-19, according to an October 2020 article in the Journal of Nutrition...

DATE: April 7, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: In wake of shootings, grief

The recent mass shootings in the Atlanta area and in Boulder, where so many Durangoans went to college and have spent time, have sparked grief among us. It’s the kind of grief that doesn’t, on the...

DATE: April 3, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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