Opinion

Our View: Assembly needs to step up on redistricting conundrum

Colorado is facing an unprecedented constitutional crisis as it attempts to accomplish redistricting for our Congressional and state legislative seats. Until now, the legislative districts have...

DATE: March 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Hang on for a mask-free future

Hope is breaking out all over. You can almost feel it in the air, as more and more Southwest Colorado residents get vaccinated for COVID-19. Soon, this nightmare will be over, we are thinking....

DATE: March 3, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Motel conversions could help ease housing shortage

Wanted: One or more developers to buy, renovate and repurpose Durango motels now on the market into affordable housing units in the next 18 months-two years. Must be patient and flexible, and have...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Balance judicial leniency with wisdom

La Plata County Judge Anne Woods has recently come under fire for her “progressive” decisions on bail and sentencing involving violent offenders. Along with many readers, we winced when reading in...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Congress should pass Colorado conservation bills

“Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its cost in...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Let’s abandon our silos for connection

It was too much to expect David Brooks to hand us a solution to the terrible polarization in our community and country. But the New York Times columnist – a longtime regular visitor to Colorado –...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: ‘Caste’ provides lesson in Black history

It’s likely that few Americans living today have been properly educated about African-American history. One of us remembers a college political science lecture on the Civil War in which the...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: MidTown Renewal Area holds promise for redevelopment, housing

Remember when you were a kid and you had to do all kinds of things to prevent jinxes? Well, we’ve got our eyes, fingers and legs crossed, because it looks like the MidTown Renewal Area might be on...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Two health care proposals get our support

Coloradans have shown themselves to be solidly progressive on numerous fronts, nowhere more so than on the issue of abortion and reproductive rights. Last year, a ballot measure that would have...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: How the newspapers’ editorial pages work

As you may have read on this page a few months ago, the Durango Herald and The Cortez Journal have a new editorial page editor. This seems like a good time to re-acquaint our readership with the...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: Biden’s pause on federal land leases is prudent

F ishing, ranching, swimming, hunting, kayaking, rafting, climbing, farming, skiing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, mining, camping, bird-watching. All of these activities use air, water and land...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Our View: The time has come for gun violence prevention

On Feb. 16, the Colorado General Assembly is expected to reconvene for the remainder of its 2021 legislative session. Soon to be on the agenda are three gun violence prevention bills. ...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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